I'm not a big gambler, but as a former New Yorker, I like crowds, neon and parties. So Las Vegas seems like a fine place to be this weekend.
Traditionally, Las Vegas draws more dealers than the NADA convention's other venues. J.D. Power's annual conference drew about 600 participants to the Four Seasons Hotel, and the reception Thursday night was dotted with luminaries such as Juergen Hubbert of Mercedes, Ben Hollingsworth of Group 1 and superdealer Wes Rydell.
J.D. Power's troops had their game faces on. Chris Denove said he took his golf bag to the airport, looked longingly at his clubs - and then left them behind in his car.
"I knew I wouldn't have time for golf," Denove said. "But I may go bowling."
Apparently there's a big bowling tournament in Vegas on Sunday, and Denove sports a 220 average. Good luck, Chris!
Steve Girsky of Morgan Stanley didn't have time to play in Las Vegas. He arrived on Thursday, worked the room at the Four Seasons, then moved on.
"I'm here to schmooze," Girsky said. "I'm attending three dinners and two breakfasts, and then I'll fly out."
Don't forget the Rolaids, Steve.
The hot party will be the by-invitation-only Mercedes party at Fletcher-Jones Mercedes-Benz on Saturday night. After dinner, Jim Belushi will entertain the crowd. See you there.
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