XDC19: XPEL Dealer Conference 2019
XDC19 - XPEL DEALER CONFERENCE 2019
For the 3rd consecutive year, XPEL Dealer Conference took over downtown San Antonio. A 2-day all-encompassing event with breakouts, keynotes, and training sessions, XDC19 tipped the scales with 200+ attendees from around the globe.
Epic Displays and Opening Remarks
As is tradition at XPEL Dealer Conference, the hotel lobby was set up to display an absolute neck breaker. Last year was a Lamborghini Huracan. This year, we went up the hypercar food chain quite a bit with an extremely exclusive McLaren Senna. Thanks to XPEL San Antonio, the Senna arrived completely protected with ULTIMATE PLUS PPF, PRIME XR PLUS Window Tint, and FUSION PLUS Ceramic Coating. Exactly the type of thing a $2 million dollar machine deserves!
XDC19 kicked off with the who's-who of yearly conference attendance with plenty of wise cracks from our favorite Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Mark Shevitz.
Shortly thereafter, Opening Remarks from President & CEO Ryan Pape brought attendees up to speed on the state of all things XPEL. Highlighting new products, record company growth, and more, Dealer Conference is the perfect place to get in the know.
Breakout Session Highlights: Partnering With Dealerships, VISION Architectural, SHIFT SOCIAL, ENVISION Marketing, and Advanced Installation
Along with our returning breakout presenters, we introduced two completely new sessions at XDC19 this year.
First up, Partnering with Dealerships, presented by Willis Auto Accessories Director Micah Westrum. Mr. Westrum shared some enlightening insight about the inner workings of dealership accessories, as well as creating new avenues for mutual success by working with dealerships to grow business.
A few doors away, our very own Vic Beisel showed attendees how to open new opportunities for growth with the inclusion of flat glass offerings. VISION Architectural Film is taking the home & office window tint industry to new heights.
On the digital front, returning presenter Jared Guynes of Shift Social headed up a breakout on new Facebook ad tactics, page growth, and brand presence.
For those interested in what's happening in the world of PPC & Google Search, Envision Marketing put together a thorough presentation covering the in’s and out’s. Understanding how to leverage organic content, search visibility, and other metrics to drive more business is extremely important to our dealer network. We do everything we can to make sure XDC can be a place to learn.
If you'relooking to learn more about PPF installation & try your hand at some trickier techniques, the Advanced PPF Training Breakout is the place to be! Porsche of San Antonio provided us with an awesome 911 Carrera to work on this year.
In the world of window tint installation, it doesn't get more cutting edge than the PRIME Breakout. Covering DAP tint patterns, the E-Z Tint bottom loading tool, install techniques and more, the PRIME Breakout is a must-attend for all XDCers.
Keynote Presentations By Michael Vickers & Mike Lipkin
XDC19 also marked the return of a popular keynote presenter Michael Vickers. Last year, Mr. Vickers presented powerful points on what it takes to become preferred with clients. This year, he took his presentation even further with a full two-part interactive presentation
Our new keynote for 2019 brought an incredible energy to the stage. Mike Lipkin's presentation on "The Checklist of Champions" shined a light on how to think, feel, and continue performing at our very best.
Install Competition Winners & Dealer Awards
As is tradition with Dealer Conference, 2019 rounded out with the XPEL Dealer Awards & crowning of the install competition winners. With a total cash giveaway of $24,000 in prize money across the PPF, Window Tint, and Architectural Film install competition, there was a lot on the line for competitors!
ULTIMATE PLUS PPF WINNERS
- First Place: Tyler O'Hara
- Second Place: Chris West
- Third Place: Lance Pugh
PRIME WINDOW TINT WINNERS
- First Place: Steve Reader
- Second Place: Alex Rosales
- Third Place: Jose Morales
VISION Architectural Film Winners
- First Place: Shane Geddes
- Second Place: Charles Marshall
- Third Place: Rob Ruska
Benelux Dealer of the Year - Carprotect Center
Germany & Austria Dealer of the Year - CreativZwo GmbH & Co KG
Poland Dealer of the Year - CATRED
Switzerland Dealer of the Year - Foilxpert
Northern Europe Dealer of the Year - Autoshield AB
Northern UK Dealer of the Year - Invisifilm LTD
Southern UK Dealer of the Year - Auto FX LTD
International Distributor of the Year - Exquisite Technique
Ontario Region Dealer of the Year - Clear Choice Paint Protection
Eastern Canada Region Dealer of the Year - Goldwing Autocare
Western Canada Region Dealer of the Year - Car Pretty
Canada PRIME Dealer of the Year - Protex Terrebonne
Canada PPF Dealer of the Year - Invisible Auto Designs
Canadian Dealer of the Year - Protex Laval
Northeast Region Dealer of the Year - Eurotech Motorsports
Southeast Region Dealer of the Year - Atlanta Precision Paint Protection AP3
Florida Dealer of the Year - The Sign Savers
Midwest Region Dealer of the Year - Midwest Autobahnd
Texas Dealer of the Year - Gulf Coast Auto Shield
Four Corners Region Dealer of the Year - One Armor
California Dealer of the Year - Sticker City
Pacific Northwest Region Dealer of the Year - CCA Motorsport
U.S. Window Tint Dealer of the Year - Sun Stoppers
U.S. Paint Protection Film Dealer of the Year - Protective Film Solutions
U.S. Dealer of the Year - Automotive Elegance
Dealer Awards photos of those in attendance are below (in no particular order)
Revving Up for XDC20
All in all, XDC19 shaped up to be another incredible conference. We can't thank our attendees, presenters, keynotes, and all of Team XPEL enough for making it one for the record books.
Still buzzing from the camaraderie & excitement of XDC19? XDC20 is going to be here sooner than you think. Secure your spot now & be ready for 2020 to be even bigger! Click here to register.