Mark your calendars for April 25-28 (Exhibit Dates: April 27-28). IDAExpo will be held in Las Vegas, NV. IDAExpo will feature invaluable two-day educational programs, face to face networking opportunities, exhibits, and fun events.

IDA President's Commentary

Join us in Las Vegas for IDAExpo 2018

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.

We look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

- Ed Hermanns, IDA President

Keynote Speaker

Jim "The Rookie" Morris

Jim Morris

Subject of the hit movie, The Rookie

Through his Cinderella story as a small town high school teacher-turned-major league baseball player, Jim “The Rookie” Morris inspires others to never give up on a dream.

Jim was a minor-league baseball player whose major-league ambitions were dashed by arm injuries – or so he thought. He went on to coach a high school baseball team in West Texas, and made a bet with his last-place team: If they won the championship, he would try out for the majors. The team won. At his tryout, he threw 98 mph fastballs, and eventually made it to the majors at age 35. His unconventional path to the professional ranks makes him a living testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform one’s life.

The subject of the inspirational Disney feature film “The Rookie,” Jim reminds us that it is never too late to believe in – and achieve – our dreams, especially in the face of adverse circumstances and personal setbacks. His feel-good story leaves audiences encouraged and empowered with a renewed sense of self-belief and the energy and passion to take a chance, tackle their goals, and change their lives.

Strange Things Photo Contest

Send us photos of strange things you encounter on the job!

Win a $200 Lowes Gift Card!

How to Enter:

  • Take a photo of strange things you see on the job
  • Email photo to
  • Win a $200 Lowes gift card!
  • Photos must be horizontal, not vertical
  • Enter as often as you like before the April 6, 2018 deadline
  • Winner will be announced at the IDAExpo President's Awards Banquet on April 26th, 2018!


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.

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Complete Schedule of Events

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Charity Award Reciepient

Rachel's Challenge

The Story that Changes Everything

160,000 students skip school every day for fear of being bullied.

Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. But that was only the beginning of the story. After her death, many students that Rachel reached out to shared stories with the Scotts about the profound impact her simple acts of kindness had on their lives; even preventing one young man for taking his own life. They soon realized the transformational effect of Rachel’s story and started the non-profit organization that is Rachel’s Challenge today.

Rachel's Challenge makes schools safer, more connected places where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect; and where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest. And it works!