SARASOTA, Fla. — Leedom and Associates announced that the exhibit hall for its annual National Special Finance and Buy-Here, Pay-Here Conference has been sold out. Officials said they have created a waiting list as more space will added in the future.

The event will be held Oct. 7 to 9, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

According to the company, dealers are continuing to sign-up for the conference at a "brisk" pace. Dealers can sign up by calling (800) 966-8733. Discounted room rates at Caesars Palace are $199 a night. The deadline for the special discount is Sept. 12.

"The firm has been hosting this event for the past 12 years and has created the framework for one of the most spectacular training events ever to be held for the automotive industry," executives reported.

The theme for this year's event will be NFL Pro Football. Officials said attendees and vendors can expect a variety of theme-related activities during the three-day conference, which will focus on teamwork, goal setting, coaching and training.

John Maxwell will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert and author.

"We want to thank the exhibitors who have signed up for this year's conference," said Chris Leedom, president of Leedom and Associates. "By having vendors on hand that truly have the interest of automotive retailers as a core value adds tremendous value to this event."

The 2007 conference is expected to feature more than 50 workshops, roundtable discussions and training sessions. The agenda will include everything from training workshops for dealership personnel to innovative new programs for dealer/owners looking to grow and develop their business, officials said.

For more information, call Lisa Favitta at (800) 966-8733.