HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Sitting in his hotel suite just a few miles from the beach, on the top floor of the Hilton Los Angeles/University City Hotel, Walter Lybeck used a surfing analogy to describe the unprecedented success of the Point S USA dealer cooperative in 2017.
"We made a big wave with Point S, and you got to paddle to stay on that wave, or you lose that wave," Mr. Lybeck, the Point S USA CEO, said, a smile breaking over his face.
"We've got the momentum, so let's ride that momentum all the way into the beach to succeed. We have to find ways to continue that growth."
Point S, the marketing group with locations mainly in the Pacific Northwest, celebrated wave after wave of success over the last 12 months during its annual owners meetings, held Feb. 22-24 at the Hilton Universal and nearby Universal Studios Hollywood amusement park.
Nearly 500 dealers, vendors and guests attended the group's annual owners conference — or about 80 percent of all Point S dealers — which included a general session, a shareholders' meeting, product workshops and a trade show featuring more than 50 vendors.
Among the attendees were representatives from Point S dealer groups in Germany, Norway and Canada. There are more than 3,600 Point S-branded locations globally in 32 countries on four continents.
Point S dealers, vendors and their families also received a tour of Universal Studios, including an exclusive event held after park hours at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as a celebration dinner at the renowned Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.