IDA President's Commentary

No Excuses – You Need to Attend the 2017 IDAExpo in Atlanta

IDA President
Randy Oliver

"If you take care of important things, the urgent things don't show up as often." - Seth Godin

2017 is my 30th anniversary of attending my first DODA Convention in beautiful Nashville.  Attending my first DODA Convention was eye opening and extremely beneficial to me both personally and professionally. Since 1987 I’ve attended 27 of the 29 shows and after each one ends I begin looking forward to next year’s event and the opportunity to reconnect with my fellow door guys and gals, learning all that I can at the various workshops, attending the fantastic awards banquet, enjoying the lively and entertaining hospitality parties, being inspired by the terrific keynote speaker, and of course enjoying the latest and greatest products and services our industry has to offer on the Expo floor. [Read more...]


Schedule of Events

(As of 1/12/2017, subject to change)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m IDEA Testing**
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Registration
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Educational Workshops
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. IDEA Train-the-Trainer**
  • 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Golf Tournament

Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Registration
  • 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. IDEA Testing**
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Educational Workshops
  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 2-Day School Cert. Testing
  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Silent Auction
  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. President's Awards Banquet*

Friday, April 21, 2017
  • 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*
  • 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Exhibitor Hospitality Party

Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • 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

Georgia World Congress Center -
Location of Events

Registration - Bldg A, Level Three (Wednesday through Saturday)
Workshops - Bldg A, Level Three
Exhibits - Bldg A, Level One, Halls A2-3
Annual Meeting and Opening Session - Bldg B, Level Five, Thomas Murphy Ballroom
Exhibitor Hospitality Party - Georgia Aquarium

Complete Schedule of Events

Keynote Speaker

CBS Broadcaster and Host of The NFL Today Greg Gumble

Friday, April 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Bldg. B, Level Five, Thomas Murphy Ballroom

Greg Gumbel is one of the most visible sports broadcasters on network television. During his more than 30 years in broadcasting, he has covered everything from Major League Baseball to NBA to NFL, the Summer and Winter Olympic games and one of the premiere events in all of sports, The NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament, also known as March Madness.

Considered one of the best hosts in sports television, Greg is currently hosting CBS’ award-winning show, The NFL Today for the second time in his career.  He formerly hosted in 1990 to 1993.  He served as the lead play-by-play announcer for CBS’ coverage of the National Football League for the past six years and was the play-by-play voice of Super Bowl 38, one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever.  He also hosted The NFL on NBC, and has anchored the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, and the 1996 Summer Olympics Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

You won't want to miss his positive discussion on leadership and teamwork..."Rewind, Review, and Replay."

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“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.


2017 Tancil Horne Charity Award Recipient...

Just 1 Book

The 2017 IDA Tancil Horne Charity Award recipient is Just 1 BookThe award will be presented during the IDAExpo Opening session on Friday, April 21 in Atlanta.

The idea of Just 1 Book came from 10 year old Sarah Dewitz, and has grown leaps and bounds during the past few years.  Sarah is now 18, but she still believes that every child deserves their own books.  In the beginning she secured donations of books from her classmates, schools, businesses and community service groups. The donated books are distributed to children throughout Orange County, Florida and beyond.

The organization has distributed more than 100,000 new and slightly used books to children in central Florida since its inception.

All IDAExpo attendees are encouraged to bring a new or used children’s book (K-6) to the Opening Session or to the IDA booth in the exhibit hall.  All collected books will be boxed and shipped to Sarah by the association. 

Visit their website: Just1Book.org


The rules are simple and easy:
  • Take a selfie on the job site, with your truck, or with your co-workers.
  • Selfie must be horizontal, not vertical
  • Email your entry to: myselfie@idaexpophotos.com
  • Enter as often as you like. Entry deadline is
    April 3, 2017.
  • Winner will be announced during the IDAExpo President's Awards Banquet on April 20, 2017.
First place prize a GoPro Camera!

Future IDAExpos

IDAExpo 2018 - Las Vegas, Nevada
Host Hotel: Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)
Show Dates: April 27-28, 2018


“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