It just isn't possible to get a bad meal in this town, is it? That's one reason it's great to have the NADA convention back in San Francisco.
Things are in full swing, and for the next few days, we'll bring you some of the less-reported happenings.
The J.D. Power and Associates International Automotive Roundtable was so big - more than 700 registrants - that it had to move from the Hotel Nikko to the Hilton. Heavy hitters on yesterday's program included Chrysler group COO Wolfgang Bernhard, GM CEO Rick Wagoner, Ford CEO Bill Ford and Hyundai Motor CEO D.J. Kim.
Among the attendees, Ford sales honcho Jim O'Connor was beaming. He's grand marshal of the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade this year and just picked up the marshal's official sash from Cardinal Edward Egan.
We also saw several dealer pals who are Power regulars, including Alan Potamkin of Planet Automotive, Ben Hollingsworth and John Bishop of Group 1 Automotive, Ron Tonkin, and Mike Maroone of AutoNation.
Did you hear? Because there was no room at Moscone Center, Banker's Integration Group, an F&I software vendor, set up shop at the Starbucks on Howard Street. Vice Chairman Ted Cunningham, late of Chrysler, will buy you a cup of coffee. One tipster says ex-Ford CEO Red Poling and ex-Chrysler CEO Bob Eaton are investors in the project, but won't be there.
We'll be back tomorrow with more of the skinny. To be a tipster, call 415-284-8012. And remember, it's just between us.