Killers Slay …

No, this isn't another all-too-familiar headline from the day's news, this is a shout-out to the closing party at The NAFEM Show 2017. The band The Killers won over a crowd that seemed pretty equally divided between enthusiasts, keenly anticipating the evening, and Baby Boomers who weren't too sure about what to expect. It turned out to be a bold choice and a home run for The NAFEM Show's Trade Show Advisory Council. Closing night capped off a great show. I would estimate the crowds to have been well over a million people, maybe a million and a half.

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We will be with readers from the dealer community at the FEDA Convention, which takes place next month in San Antonio around the time that FE&S' 2017 Distribution Giants study is released. Look for this — the oldest and most comprehensive study of its kind — in the April edition of FE&S.

And now it's time to turn our attention to the next big industry show, NRA 2017, and of course that means the Dealer of the Year party, which will take place Sat., May 20 at The Four Seasons-Chicago. (For a list of FE&S' 2017 award winners, turn to page 10 in People and Events.) It is meant to be an intimate affair, so seats are limited, but we promise to cover the event with online videos, social media and in print, so that you can experience it as if you were there.