The board of directors of the National Trailer Dealers Assn. (NTDA), recognizing that the recession makes it difficult for trailer dealers and manufacturers to spare the expense, time and resources to be away from their businesses, has voted unanimously to postpone the 2009 NTDA Convention, which had been slated for Oct. 8-10 in Palm Springs, CA.

"While this was a difficult decision to make, the Board feels that it’s the best and most prudent course of action at this time," said NTDA president Elvin Spellman. "The economy is expected to improve going into 2010, and we are looking forward to welcoming back the convention next October at the same resort scheduled for 2009 [in Palm Springs] with high levels of anticipation and participation from the membership. We strongly believe that postponing the convention until 2010 provides members the opportunity to focus solely on their businesses and gives the NTDA the ability to ensure the 2010 convention will effectively serve our membership."

Spellamn said NTDA recognizes that now, more than ever, member companies need to focus their energy and resources on customers and future planning. Member needs are first and foremost to the NTDA, and the association understands that businesses need to concentrate on saving money and positioning for success when the market begins to improve.