DEL MAR, Calif. (BRAIN) — With gray skies and rain in the forecast, CABDA show director Jim Kersten may not have gotten the balmy Southern California welcome he hoped for as he set up for the inaugural CABDA West expo here in San Diego County this week. But he certainly took comfort in dealer pre-registration numbers ahead of Wednesday’s show opening — 1,150 attendees from 410 shops.
“When we first started putting this together I was going to be happy with 275 shops, so I’m very impressed with the turnout we’re getting. I knew we weren’t going to replicate Chicago numbers immediately our first at-bat out here, but it’s definitely better than I thought it was going to be,” Kersten said.
Many of those dealers are concentrated in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, but Kersten said retailers as far away as Denver, Salt Lake City and the Phoenix