XPEL Dealer Conference 2018

  Earlier this month, we kicked off XPEL Dealer Conference 2018 in downtown San Antonio. With insightful keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions, and cut-throat installation competitions, XDC18 captured the XPEL ethos to a T. Take a peek at the gallery above for a taste of what you may have missed. EXPERIENCING XPEL Dealer Conference 2018 If you've never managed to make it to XPEL Dealer Conference, fear not - it's officially an annual event. It's geared toward towards growth, and the momentum created at XDC helps drive us all towards mutual success. We're polishing the format, working out the kinks, and honing in on what makes XDC a must-visit for first timer dealers & industry veterans alike. Check out some of the highlights from XDC18 below.   For the uninitiated, XDC18 might even feel a little overwhelming. From the minute you walk past the Lamborghini in the lobby to the moment you leave the awards ceremony, Dealer Conference is a state of mind. XDC18 Installation Competition A core component of Dealer Conference is competition. The paint protection & window film install showdown was fierce this year. From around the globe, the top XPEL installers fought their way through hoping to bring home the gold. Featuring over $20k in prizes from cash to film credits, the install comp brought a lot of excitement to XDC18. The intricate surfaces of the 4Runner & bulbous shape of the Beetle's rear window posed a challenge for even the most skilled installers. As the ULTIMATE paint protection & PRIME window film boxes started to pile up, the bracket thinned out. After a few strict rounds of judging, it was clear who would take the crown at XPEL Dealer Conference 2018. BREAKOUT SESSIONS This year's breakout sessions highlighted a little bit of everything. Behind the main stage, a bright yellow Porsche GT3 served as the subject for Advanced Installation Training. Attendees could also take part in DAP Q&A, along with a Dealer Round Table Discussion, and an informative exposé on digital marketing. Down the hall, participants could uncover the benefits of PRIME automotive window film and tint patterns. Of course, the VISION architectural & security film demo was a hit too, both literally & figuratively speaking. Guest Speakers at XDC18 While we may have cut back on the keynotes at XPEL Dealer Conference 2018, we made up for it with quality. The variance in schedule lended more time for stories, more room for engagement, and ultimately, a better experience overall. "The Alpha Dog" Jim Ziegler led the charge on the first day, highlighting his expertise with dealerships & what drove him to success. Day 2 brought with it the return of Facebook guru Jared Guynes and his keys to understanding how to maximize social media potential. Michael Vickers helped us understand the meaning of "Becoming Preferred" while maximizing brand appeal with polished experiences, quality service and consistent results. The Winner's Circle & After Party at Pat O'briens XPEL Dealer Conference 2018 concluded in a similar fashion to XDC17 with an open bar & awards ceremony at local haunt, Pat O'Briens. After a non-stop, 48 hour onslaught of all things XPEL, what better way to unwind than with a Hurricane or two? But enough about the after party. Lets' get on to the important stuff: the winners. Paint Protection Film: Showcasing their abilities with XPEL ULTIMATE, the top 3 in paint protection were Andrew Pilon in 3rd, Marcus Wiener in 2nd, and reigning champ Chris West in 1st.   Window Film: For window film, the prizewinners for PRIME went to Juan Botia in 3rd, Sylvain Parenteau in 2nd, and Rob Ruska in 1st. Congratulate the winners when you see them - if you didn't win, don't let it shake you. Hunker down, practice like there's no tomorrow and home your skills. XDC19 will be here before you know it. Regional Awards This year's conference also marked the new addition of regional recognition. From all around the world, the top XPEL Dealers received awards for their ongoing efforts to push the brand to new heights. In no particular order, congratulations to Goldwing Autocare, Tint Tech, WD Co-Auto, E.T., Midwest Tinting, Gulf Coast Auto Shield, Automotive Elegance, Protective Film Solutions, Eurotech Motorsports, Knox Details, Eastside Auto Salon, and Protex Laval for a stellar performance in 2017. The Future Of XPEL Dealer Conference No doubt, the camaraderie among the XPEL Family is palpable. From the biggest dealers to the smallest start ups, we're all in it together, and that's truly what Dealer Conference is all about. Where will XDC go from here? Only time will tell. Maybe next year we'll be gearing up for an XPEL DealerCation on a beach somewhere. For now, keep one hand on the squeegee & an eye on your email - XDC19 is sure to be bigger than ever.

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XPEL Dealer Conference 2017 – Celebrating 20 Years

XPEL Dealer Conference We would like to thank everyone who attended the XPEL Dealer Conference in San Antonio, Texas. It was an absolute blast, and we cannot wait for next years event. If you missed the Dealer Conference, be sure to keep and eye out for next year's event, dates will be coming soon. Over the course of two days, we had more than 120 attendees from our worldwide network of XPEL installers descend upon the Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio. We were fortunate to have many great guest speakers ranging from Indy Car Winner, Graham Rahal, to Bobby Bowden, the legendary Florida State Seminoles head coach. In addition, we had speakers from all different networks, including experts in social media, branding, and search engine optimization, all designed to help you, our customer, to build your business and brand. Aside from the guest speakers, show attendees were welcomed with various breakout sessions which focused on key points and topics to help them with their business and make a stronger impact in their market, more details below. The heavy hitter was the installation contests for both Paint Protection Film and Window film. Contestants could choose to enter both contests to win a grand prize of five thousand dollars! The winning didn't stop at first place, we also had cash prizes for second, third, and fourth place. Overall, it was a successful weekend and we thank you, our customers for attending. Installation Contest When we announced that there was going to be an installation contest, with over $14,000 in cash prizes, we had a flood of interest to install both Window Film and Paint Protection Film. Combined, we had more than eighty installers competing to win the title of best XPEL Installer for Window Film and Paint Protection Film. The PPF competitors had to install XPEL ULTIMATE on one full fender for the first round, a 24" partial hood kit for the second round and full front bumper for the final round. The Window Film competitors had to tint one roll-up window for round one, the opposite roll-up window for round two, and the back window for the final round. Competition winners are announced below. We'd also like to thank Northside Ford, for lending us six, 2017 Ford Mustangs for the installation competition. Install Competition Winners Paint Protection Film: 1st Place was Chris West of CCA Motorsport 2nd Place was Nick Blek of Premier Auto Armor 3rd Place was Gabriel Stefan of Protex Canada 4th Place was Lance Pugh of Clear Pro Window Film: 1st Place was Steve Valiquette of Protex Canada 2nd Place was Jose Castano of Affordable Window Tinting 3rd Place was David Dellinger of Dellinger Inc 4th Place was Ron Talley of Midwest Tinting Breakout Sessions Aside from the amazing line up of our guest speakers, we had breakout sessions that covered topics to help our installers with growing their business and becoming a better installer. Throughout the course of two days, we had sessions that included: Dealer Panel - Driving Price, Search Engine Optimization with Bill Leake, PRIME Window Film, DAP Q&A and PPF Installation Advanced Training Q&A. For those that attended, which did you like the best? If you will be attending Dealer Conference 2018, what more would you like to see for the breakout sessions? Day 1 Guest Speakers Graham Rahal - Taking home his first national championship race car win at Road America in 2003 to standing in the winner’s circle at several recent Indy Car events, including a win at Texas Motor Speedway last year.   This 9 year veteran of Indy Car has competed at the highest level and is only getting better. Jared Guynes - Beginning his professional career in 2004 as a graphic artist, he first became a marketing director in 2007 before heading up advertising for the nation's largest Nissan dealership in 2009. In 2015 he created the workshop "Jared's Facebook Masters Class" which is an interactive workshop for small business owners to learn Facebook best practices. Jared’s social media endeavors are all about delivering results and not likes. Bill Leake - CEO of Apogee Results, draws on a deep expertise in both business and marketing to help increase revenues for a wide range of clients. He has been involved in driving provable revenues through Internet marketing techniques since the early 1990s when, as part of the management team at Power Computing, he built the first company to sell $1 million of product over the Internet. Day 2 Guest Speakers Bobby Bowden - Coach Bowden has amassed a record of 377 wins over his coaching career. Which places him in second for all-time among Division 1 coaches.  From 1987 to 2000 the Seminoles finished every season with at least 10 wins and in the top 5 of the Associated Press College Football Poll, and the Noles won the national championship in 1993 and 1999. He leads thru his faith, his values and given his coaching success he has a proven formula for success. Juan Barrera - His leadership and consistently excellent creative execution have brought him peer recognition and lead to over 60 awards. Receiving awards from institutions such as the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, The Art Director’s Club, the American Advertising Federation, American Design Awards and the International Association of Business Communicators. Manny Diotte - For over 20 years, Manny has been empowering companies and individuals to leave their mark on the world. He is an expert in performance in both professional and personal development.  He is a motivator, educator and cancer survivor.  Manny has delivered his message to over 3 million people and has helped a great many in overcoming their obstacles. Record Attendance When the team at XPEL heard that we were bringing back the Dealer Conference in 2017, everyone was beyond excited and couldn't wait to get to San Antonio. When the announcement went out worldwide, many of you shared the same excitement and passion for the upcoming annual conference.  After all the number crunching and registration was completed we were at an astonishing 125 attendees. Next year we expect to exceed that number and make the event bigger and better, in every way possible.   Around the Hotel and Dealer Conference We can't wait to see everyone next year for a bigger and better event! Without you, our Dealer Network, we wouldn't be where we are today. We strive to be the best company with the best customer service. Thank you for attending! XPEL Dealer Conference 2018 | February 2nd – 3rd |

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