KIOTI Tractordealers were among the first to see – and experience – many of Kioti’s new products at the company’s annual dealer meeting held in late 2021 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. This year’s meeting, with the theme of “Next Level,” marked a return to an in-person gathering with a record-breaking attendance after being held virtually in 2020.
At an off-road adventure park, dealers tested new products for themselves, including Kioti’s all-new stand-on zero-turn-radius (ZTR) mower, K9 2400 Cab utility vehicle and forthcoming diesel-powered ZTR and compact construction line consisting of a skid steer loader and compact track loader.
In addition to operating the new equipment, dealers were able to submit their feedback in real-time for each model. With conveniently placed QR codes at each product station, dealers were encouraged to scan and voice their opinion on products before they hit the market, ensuring that dealer feedback and customer needs are top-of-mind when new products are developed.
“Kioti’s continuously expanding dealer network across the globe is the backbone of our pack and the driving force behind our success across the compact equipment and turf care industries,” says Peter Dong-Kyun Kim, president and CEO of Daedong-USA, Inc. Kioti Tractor Division. “We were excited to once again gather in person to celebrate their success, provide educational and training opportunities, and prepare for the year ahead. We hope the experience empowered dealers to take their businesses to the next level in 2022.”
Kioti welcomed dealers from the United States, Canada and overseas at the annual meeting, which serves as an opportunity for the company to recognize its dealer network, celebrate new product announcements and discuss industry trends.
Other highlights from the meeting included:
- Educational sessions: This year’s general session featured comedian and emcee Adam Christing along with keynote speakers Dr. Anthony Chan and Dr. Mary Kelly. Chan, former Chase Bank chief economist, shared critical insights on what the latest global economic trends, including inflation and supply-chain challenges, mean for the outdoor power equipment industry. Kelly, retired Commander of the U.S. Navy, advised dealers on best practices for ensuring their business’ succession plan. Dealers also heard from Byoungwoo Kam, chief of future business development at Daedong Corporation and CEO of Hydrotec, on innovation and technology advancement projects.
- Breakout sessions: Breakout sessions provided dealers a deep dive into some of Kioti’s most exciting product developments, including the K9 utility vehicle, NS Cab Series of tractors, CK/DK Series tractor updates, grapple attachments and expansions in the compact construction and turf care categories.
- Dirt Brigade: Dealers were also able to preview the custom Kioti tractor the company recently donated to a local nonprofit as part of its Dirt Brigade initiative. Dan Sargent, executive director of Rebuilding Together of the Triangle, presented the one-of-a-kind CK2610 HST tractor featuring a KL4030 front-end loader and KB2475L backhoe to attendees. The organization will use the equipment in its work providing no-cost home repairs to neighbors in need near Kioti’s North American headquarters in Wendell, North Carolina.
- Awards Banquet: The dealer meeting concluded with a banquet honoring the company’s top dealers with awards to commemorate their 2020 successes. Recognitions were also given to Kioti’s overseas special guests, including dealers from Germany and distributors from the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Australia and Mexico.