Steve Pitt and his full-time staff of 20 manage to put together a National Automobile Dealers Assn. convention that year after year goes off without a serious hitch – or so it seems from the outside. But consider the size of the convention. Two years ago in Las Vegas, convention space totaled well over 1 million sq.-feet (92,900 sq.-m), with 30,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors on hand. In New Orleans, site of last year's event, the convention center is 1.3-miles ( 2.09-km) long. It takes ...

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