IDA President's Commentary

Join us in Las Vegas for IDAExpo 2018

IDA President
Ed Hermanns

There's no question about it. Attending the 2018 IDAExpo is A Sure Bet!

The educational program provided by IDEA is second to none, responding to the ever expanding challenges door and access dealers face on a daily basis. Sales, financing, personnel management, and marketing, are but a few of the topics to be covered. In addition, an extensive program for technicians will be presented.

I consider the expansive line-up of product and service exhibitors to be a major part of the educational experience as well. Learning about new products and services first hand is highly rewarding. No other place exists that offers dealers such a valuable opportunity. The event also offers a number of social and fun events you won't want to miss.

Circle your calendar and join us for IDAExpo 2018, April 25-28, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA!


Schedule of Events

(As of 4/28/2017, subject to change)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
  • 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. IDEA Testing**
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Registration
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Educational Workshops
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 2-Day School (day 1)
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. IDEA Train-the-Trainer**
  • 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Golf Tournament

Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Registration
  • 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. IDEA Testing**
  • 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 2-Day School (day 2)
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Educational Workshops
  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 2-Day School Cert. Testing**
  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. President's Awards Banquet*

Friday, April 27, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Registration
  • 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. IDA Annual Meeting of Members
  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Opening Session*
  • 10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Opening Day of Exhibits
  • 12 noon - 2:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Lunch*

Saturday, April 28 , 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. IDEA the SuperTech!
  • 9:00 a.m. - Noon General Registration
  • 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Exhibits
  • 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Lunch*

*Ticketed event
**Requires pre-registration


“In today’s market so much happens ‘digitally’ that it is easy to forget the importance of face-to-face contact with customers. The 2016 Show helped us strengthen existing relationships and build new ones. The IDAExpo has been central to our growth over the years.”

– Doug Kidd, CEO
Re-Source Industries, Inc.


Education. Exhibits. Excitement.

All three well describe the value of attending the IDAExpo. The educational programming produced each year by the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA) continues to set an educational benchmark in our industry. The exhibits provide attendees an opportunity to discover what’s new, and to actually see and touch new products. In addition, visiting with product provider personnel face-to-face is truly invaluable. And, of course, such events as the Golf Outing, Motorcycle Ride and President’s Awards Banquet are very exciting to enjoy.


“IDAExpo 2016 was a rousing success for ABC Docks, LLC and the ‘Aaron-Bradley™’ product line.  We stayed busy the entire time, meeting with existing dealers and qualifying potential new ones.  And, we were busy for nearly an hour after the show closed on Saturday.  In my 15 years with the company and exhibiting at each of the Expos, I would rank this as one of the very best, if not the best in which we’ve participated.  Hats off to all the staff and to the organizing committee for a job extremely well done.  I’m looking forward to Atlanta in 2017."

– Bill Reitmeyer, Operations Manager
ABC Docks, LLC