About NAMAD 2023
From October 10th to 13th, 2023, the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) welcomes automotive leaders, thought pioneers, and industry advocates to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami, FL, for an event dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion within the automotive sector. NAMAD has been at the forefront of advocating for change since 1980, championing diversity across the industry. This conference isn't just an event; it's an opportunity to engage with luminaries in the automotive world, discuss groundbreaking ideas, and connect with industry professionals who are shaping the future. Don't miss this extraordinary encounter with the future of automotive retail, set against the backdrop of Fontainebleau's grandeur.
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- October 10-13, 2023
- Member: $500
- Next Gen: $250
- Guest/Spouse: $400
- Child(ren): $200
- Vendor Sponsor: $900
- Manufacturer Representative: $600
- Non-Member: $800
*Pricing listed are for registrations before 9/1/23, after will be +$100 to all categories
Click here to register for NAMAD 2023.
About the Venue
Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey where striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion, and cutting-edge technology seamlessly converge, creating an unparalleled guest experience. Located majestically along the oceanfront of Collins Avenue in the heart of the legendary Millionaire's Row, Fontainebleau Miami Beach stands as an iconic masterpiece, renowned not only for its history but also for its architectural significance.
As the host venue for NAMAD 2023, Fontainebleau Miami Beach offers an unrivaled backdrop for an event that promises to be nothing short of remarkable. The hotel's captivating ambiance perfectly mirrors the spirit of innovation and transformation sweeping the automotive industry today.
Within these opulent walls, you'll find yourself immersed in an atmosphere of limitless possibilities. Every corner of Fontainebleau exudes elegance and sophistication, setting the stage for thought-provoking discussions, captivating presentations, and invaluable networking opportunities.
At NAMAD 2023, there will be an exceptional lineup of speakers who are luminaries in the automotive industry. These visionary leaders will take center stage at Fontainebleau, sharing their insights, experiences, and groundbreaking ideas that are shaping the future of automotive retail. You won't just attend a conference; you'll become part of an experience that merges the best of the automotive world with the luxury and grandeur of Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Join them at Fontainebleau Miami Beach for NAMAD 2023 and be prepared to be awed by the venue's grandeur, inspired by the speakers' vision, and connected with industry professionals who are driving change. It's more than an event; it's an extraordinary encounter with the future of automotive retail, all in the splendid surroundings of Fontainebleau.
Flights and Hotels for NAMAD
Miami Airport (MIA)
2100 NW 42nd Ave
Miami, FL 33142
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL)
320 Terminal Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nobu Hotel Miami Beach
4525 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Eden Roc Miami Beach
4525 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
For over four decades, The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) has remained at the forefront of advocating for diversity and inclusion within every facet of the automotive industry. Since their inception in 1980, they have embraced a leadership role, championing the cause of a more inclusive and representative automotive landscape.
NAMAD’s commitment to diversity extends beyond mere rhetoric; it's a tangible force that drives us to collaborate with policy-makers at the local, regional, and national levels. Moreover, they engage with both domestic and international manufacturers, striving to establish comprehensive business protocols that are not just symbolic but are substantive in their impact. They are dedicated to crafting protocols that are meaningful, equitable, and, most importantly, sustainable. These protocols empower minority entrepreneurs and employees who are presently contributing to or aspire to become part of the American automotive industry.
As they stand at the forefront of change, they value your interest in NAMAD. We invite you to join them actively in supporting our unwavering commitment to maintaining economic diversity and parity as fundamental priorities within the automotive industry. Welcome to NAMAD, where together, we drive change.
Purpose & Mission
NAMAD: Pioneering Progress in the Automotive Industry
In its relentless pursuit of a more diverse and inclusive automotive sector, the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) has set its sights on a compelling objective: to foster the substantial presence and active engagement of minority enterprises and a diverse workforce across every facet of the automotive economic landscape.
This ambitious mission encompasses several critical dimensions:
1. Empowering Minority-Owned Dealerships: NAMAD is unwavering in its commitment to drive up the number of minority-owned dealerships, ensuring they thrive in communities throughout America.
2. Championing Diversity in Manufacturing: Advocating resolutely, NAMAD seeks to usher in a new era of workplace and supplier diversity within the automotive manufacturing sphere.
3. Empowering Minority Participation: At its core, NAMAD is devoted to bolstering minority engagement within the automotive retail sales and service segments.
To breathe life into these ambitions, NAMAD tirelessly forges strategic alliances and relentlessly champions the advancement of business policies and practices that firmly place diversity and economic parity at the forefront of the American automotive industry.
A Glance at the Automotive Landscape
The automotive industry, a cornerstone of the American economy, has consistently contributed between 3 and 3.5 percent to the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It serves as the livelihood for over 1.7 million individuals, encompassing roles from design and engineering to manufacturing and sales.
Intriguingly, the industry's reach extends far beyond its immediate sphere, touching various sectors through its extensive consumption of goods and services. The automotive sector's significance cannot be overstated; it's integral to the nation's industrial landscape.
Navigating Challenges, Embracing Diversity
Despite the automotive sector's indisputable importance, it faces a critical challenge - the underrepresentation of minorities in dealership ownership and operation. The United States Census Bureau's forecast that the present "majority" demographic will transition into a minority by 2043 underscores the urgency of addressing this imbalance.
NAMAD's diligent research brings to light some striking statistics:
- An impressive 32% of all new vehicles are purchased by minorities.
- Shockingly, only 6% of American automotive dealerships are minority-owned.
- Equally striking is the fact that 95% of minority dealers are first-generation owners.
- Despite significant potential, the growth of minority-owned dealerships has yet to rebound fully from peak numbers recorded in 2019 before the economic downturn.
Clearly, there's much ground to cover on the path to heightened diversity and inclusion within the automotive industry. NAMAD seizes the opportunity to take a leading role in catalyzing this transformation.
Pioneering Legacy: "Making Tracks" Documentary
The history of minority entrepreneurship within the automotive industry is a remarkable journey marked by resilience and pioneering spirit. NAMAD's documentary series, "Making Tracks: History of Minority Dealers," pays homage to the visionary African-American men and women who chose a path in franchised new car dealership ownership.
In the late 19th century, with the advent of the first automobile, an estimated 250 to 300 manufacturers emerged. While some, like Ford, GM, and Chrysler, secured a lasting presence, many faded into obscurity. Within this dynamic landscape, manufacturers made crucial decisions - establishing their sales outlets or collaborating with independent business entrepreneurs who could best represent their products.
NAMAD's documentary series delves into this rich heritage, illuminating the remarkable journey of those who ventured into franchised new car dealership ownership in the automotive industry.
Embrace the legacy, celebrate diversity, and join NAMAD on its transformative journey towards an equitable automotive future.