Membership Committee Update

Last month the reconstituted Membership Committee of NTPDA held a telephone meeting and lots of ideas were floated. The first being the decision to let our membership know that YOU are welcome to attend Summer Smash, the meeting formally known as the Summer Board Meeting. Summer Smash

Here’s the deal: For years the Summer Board Meeting has been open to any member of NTPDA but…the name alone…suggested it was only for leadership. We want to turn the event into a fun and educational effort open to everyone.

Currently the Committee and President Scott are working on the details and the agenda but please…mark down the dates: July 11 – 14 at the Embassy Suites in Minneapolis, MN. We’ll be sending out more details in the coming weeks so watch for it!

Other suggestions from the group:

· Enhance Benefits Package

· Include a Trial Membership Program

· Reactivate “concierge” (welcome wagon) program

· Incorporate Networking Exercises

· Build Up the Education Tracks for the Annual Meeting

· Develop New Member Outreach and Orientation Programs

And there were many more.

Our goal is to listen to the Membership and be proactive in presenting real value for your membership dollars. We think we can do that with what we already have as well as building in new programs that are a true positive return on your investment. The Summer Smash is just the start.

Hope to see you there!

NTPDA Membership - Kick Start

This week NTPDA (National Tractor Parts Dealer Association) president Scott Schelling called together a group of members to reignite the NTPDA MembershipMembership Committee. The group is tasked with working on new and innovative ways to improve our membership numbers while offering real value in, not only, our Annual Meeting and Trade Show but also our summer gathering.

The Membership Committee is made up of:

The meeting looked at various ways in which to offer increase value to our members, which assists in retention, and the active recruitment of new members.

While we'll detail changes and plans here one of the first things the group decided to accomplish was to re-name the Summer Board Meeting. The reason is that many members figure the meeting is only for the Board of Directors. That's not the case. So, we're rebranding the event as The Summer Smash. Our goal is to invite the Board and our Regular and Associate Members to an event that is packed with information, planning and the name suggests.  As soon as our plans are more clear we'll be sending out some schedule information.

Please know that this Membership Committee is committed to creating and building a better National Tractor Parts Dealer Association and we look forward to this future.

Thanks for reading and more to come! 



Right to Repair and NTPDA

Right to Repair Update - By Kenny Roelofsen

First, I want to thank NTPDA and its members for giving me the opportunity to talk with you all at this year’s show in Corpus Christi. Kenny Personally I think a lot of good came from all of us discussing the problem at hand. I am especially looking forward to putting a team together with NTPDA and all its members to ‘combat’ this issue and get something done!

With that being said, while we were discussing the issue at hand the WEDA (Western Equipment Dealers Association) sent out a Legislative Update indicating that they had got the Right to Repair bill amended in Washington State to exempt all Ag Equipment from the bill. In other words even if Washington state passes the bill it would do nothing for agricultural equipment. This, in part, was achieved by WEDA lobbying efforts and testimonial.

“Moving forward, we anticipate our advocacy efforts in Washington will set a precedent for other states to follow,” said John Schmeiser, CEO WEDA. This is what we need to be careful of. Groups like WEDA and others will try and sneak in and get the bills changed without us knowing so. Another reason why we need to act fast and get our own team of lobbyist to help combat groups like WEDA.

For more information please contact Kenny at 785-655-9455 Ext 103


Kenny Roelofsen is the Digital Marketing Associate at Abilene Machine he has been employed since 2013. Before Abilene Machine Kenny attended college at the University of Kansas where he majored in Political Science with a minor in Business Marketing. Kenny also serves on the Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Economic Development Corporation of Dickinson County Board of Directors

2018 Scholarship Information

On of the major benefits of being a member of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) is the opportunity to take part in our Scholarship Program. Our association will be awarding a total of $1,000 to each scholarship recipient. This truly is a nice way to further the education of a deserving Diploma Scholarshipstudent who is an NTPDA member, employee of a member, or a dependent of a member or employee. This scholarship is for Regular Members, Associate Members and Affiliate Members. The scholarships are open to U.S. and Canadian graduating high school students, or current college students, enrolling full time (12 or more credit hours), toward a diploma or degree at an accredited college or university. 

Completed applications must be accompanied by written verification of affiliation with an NTPDA member company.

Scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, extra-curricular/community activities, evidence of leadership, work experience, short and long-term career goals and the applicant's overall response to each of the questions on the application. Financial need is not considered in the review process and there is no distinction made on race, religion or gender of the applicant.

The selection process is an extremely difficult one because of the many outstanding applicants each year. Therefore, great care is taken to assure that impartial and unprejudiced choices are made. Applications are sent to the NTPDA office where they are logged in and noted with the date received and assigned a student code. The numbered applications are then sent to the Scholarship Committee and the original kept in the NTPDA office. Based on the criteria above, the committee then ‘rank’ the applications, choosing the top ranked as the recipients of the scholarships. Their selections are then forwarded to the NTPDA office for announcement to the Association and in the student's local newspaper.

Here is a link to the scholarship application, which you can download, and further details about the process.

Here is wishing you all the best of luck and remember, applications MUST be into to he NTPDA office by Wednesday, March 14, 2018.


It's Like Family...

Being part of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association is more, much more, than simply doing business. Sure, we trade with each other, sometimes Doug and Phyllisprotecting our turf but more often than not we honestly care for each other.  Over the years we've become more like family than an association. New members that join us can tell that right away. There is an honest respect and love for each other.

That's why the passing of our Immediate Past President Doug Swanson is so tough to take. Doug, from Abilene Machine has been with NTPDA for decades. He has served, faithfully, on the Board of Directors and recently took the job of Board President. We knew, when we were in Corpus Christi last month, that Doug was putting up a fight against the cancer that he would often say, "Just sucks". His fellow Board Members and attendees were all hopeful that he would pull through and get back at it.

That was not to be and sadly our friend passed away as the new month began. And, it hurts.

Today we remember his family, friends, co-workers at Abilene Machine and all who were touched by him, his story, his business and his laughter.

We don't know if it's like this with other associations but we know what it's like here.


A Celebration of Life will be Friday, February 9, 2018, from 4-8 p.m., at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth St., Salina, KS

In lieu of flowers a card, message, blessing can be sent to Doug's daughter - Taylor Swanson,  1015 N. 9th, Salina, KS 67401

Please keep Doug's family, friends and everyone at Abilene Machine in your thoughts and prayers.

Here is a link to the obituary.

Thank you for being with NTPDA...

The photo (with Doug and Phyllis) is from our time together at a recent Annual Meeting and Trade Show.  We will always remember.

Oh, The Memories - NTPDA18 with Elizabeth Fawcett

Just after our time together in Corpus Christi we reached out to those of who attended to give us some feedback on your time during the NTPDA Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Elizabeth Fawcett from Fawcett Tractor Supply offers these thoughts:

We had an amazing time visiting and building relationships. The weather was not ‘Texas’ weather but still much warmer than Canada. The Jeff and Elizabeth Jan 2018 hotel was wonderful aside from the construction happening on some people’s patios, but we are tough, rural folk and managed just fine.

The training from Richard and Crystal was amazing. I can’t begin to explain how crucial good training is and I feel as though it was delivered this year. We learned about some tough leadership issues that everyone who deals with people encounter. We also learned about some of the tricks about social media and a little bit of a good intro to those who are overwhelmed by the options.

The trade show was as good as I always remember it to be; we had some new faces that left some impressions (the Steiner Girls) and the tasty baklava from the gentlemen at Keba; these were just a couple of the great product conversations and good times shared.

As a new board member, and the youngest, I am excited for the upcoming term and very eager to learn from those around me – I feel like I’m among some folks that have a lot to teach (not an age reference, I promise) and I look forward to continuing our good times this summer at the Summer Conference in Minneapolis. I also found out that not everyone knew that the Summer Conference was open to everyone – it’s not just a board meeting! If it’s anything like the Annual Conference and Trade Show, it’s bound to be a great time! (Me with former president Jeff Griggs)

Meanwhile, back to Corpus Christi!

Now the banquet, that was something else! Phyllis outdid herself with the food choices and the music (again). There was a dance floor that got some good action with about a dozen of us dancing the banquet to a close. The auction was NTPDA18 Fog Boatamazing! We had to explain to some new-comers that yes, mailboxes go for $300 here and that’s ok because it’s all for a good cause. There was also the Chuck-challenge for Doug….Wow. Just Wow. If I had only one word to describe this crew of people it would be ‘family’. The support and love showed that night, and all through the convention was astounding. A night to remember for sure. It didn’t end there though (it rarely does); a few of us decided to stay an extra day in Texas for a deep-sea fishing adventure which turned into, well, an adventure!

We arrive to Port Aransas with fog as thick as pea soup and some less-than-equipped vessels. Some of the boats were still not fully repaired after Harvey made his way through so we didn’t have radar or GPS on the boats which made for a very challenging hide and seek game with the breakers to get back into the jetty (I just learned those words so excuse me if I misused them….). After 8-10 foot swells, a good bought of sea sickness, and very frazzled captains, we called it Lexingtonafter only 45 minutes on the water.

We all decided that wasn’t going to be the end of our day so we headed for breakfast, then naps, then some went for walks and shopping and some went to the USS Lexington – a dry-docked aircraft carrier turned museum; quite an impressive thing! With the ever-skilled Phyllis working on reservations for our group, we finished off the day with 26 of us heading to Landry’s for a delicious meal and farewells. It was an amazing trip and I am so excited to spend time with these folks again in July and January 2019; lots of laughs and learning.




Corpus Christi - NTPDA18 Photos

If you missed our gathering in Corpus Christi you missed an exciting and valuable event. Sure we learned new tactics about hiring and marketing and met new people. We also had a TON of FUN. One of the great things about NTPDA Membership is the personal connections we make through the years. Here is just a small sample of our time in Corpus Christi during NTPDA18!

NTPDA18 Photos for BLOGWe hope you'll join us next year! In the meantime follow us on Facebook and on Twitter it's @NTPDA. We hope you arrived safely and are ready to put what you learned in Corpus Christi to work in your business.

Thank you all for being members of our association!

Gearing Up for Corpus Christi

It won't be long now as our 2018 Annual Conference and Trade Show is coming up quickly. If you are coming to Corpus Christi you're in for a great event full Gearsof socializing and education designed to help you and your business perform even better this year.

We'll kick off our time together with our Early Arrival Party on Wednesday the 17th. This is a great time for our members to network with each other and have the opportunity to meet up with our trade show attendees. Along with the socializing we'll be entertained at the House of Rock by artist Doug Strahan. Remember there isn't any early registration on Wednesday we'll get to that part on Thursday starting at 8:00AM.

Ya gotta be there to enjoy it all!

We'll get busy with Richard Flint Thursday morning and his presentation "6 Steps to Embracing Change". For many change is difficult Richard is one of America’s top personal development speakers and coaches (he travels and speaks over 210 times per year and personally coaches many businesses and individuals from on the road), Richard has been successfully mentoring and quietly helping professional organizations, large and small businesses and individuals for over 30 years. Considered a well guarded secret by companies and organizations due to his results, Richard Flint motivates, inspires, teaches and helps people and companies metamorphosize into their ‘Power To Be’, so they can Do or Have anything they want.  That's a tall promise. Make sure you're here and taking notes.

Next up we'll welcome back social media expert Crystal Washington who will take you through the many changes and opportunities in Digital Marketing. What is it? Why should you know about it? Who does it well? What's involved? She will answer those questions and more and get you on the right track for your marketing opportunities in 2018 and beyond.

Richard Flint comes back in the afternoon of Thursday with his presentation "Finding the Right People for your Company". We all know that it is much less expensive if we hire smart in the first place. Richard will offer up those tools to make that happen.

We'll get an update on R2R from Kenny Roelofsen later in the afternoon and then break into our "Welcome to Corpus Christi" reception that will take place in the Trade Show Area.

And that's just day ONE and TWO...

If we're NOW talking your language you can STILL register for our Annual Meeting and Trade is that link!

See you in Corpus Christi! 



New Year Wishes

All of us at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) would like to wish each of you the best of the New Year to come. This past year we've had some major successes and some heartbreaking losses. It truly is the way the world turns and none of us can know what the future might bring. While it is fitting and proper to celebrate with a Happy New Year we also want you to know we're thinking of each of you.

To the families who are missing family members we want you to know we understand and pray that you find strength in the memory of your loved ones.

New Year WishesTo the families who are struggling with health issues and with business insecurity we offer our sincere thoughts and prayers and we are always here for you.

To the families who have had some major successes this past year; the birth of a new member of the family, a marriage, that new business opening or expansion, that decision to finally retire and spend quality time with friends and family. We offer to you our hearty congratulations and continued best wishes.

This is one of the special things about the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association...while we are a business we are also friends and family working side by side to help and support each other. It's what we do.

For those of you who are traveling to Corpus Christi for our Annual Meeting and Trade Show...know that we are looking forward to seeing each of you and spending that quality time learning and socializing.

So, today, and every day, we wish you only the very best and may 2018 be bright, joyful and bring you health and happiness. 

Thank you for all you do!

Thank You Members!

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association is coming up next month in Corpus Christi. (If you have not yet registered here is that link.) It promises to be Thank You Written
warmer there and we've got a great line up of business education and "down-time" for all of us to enjoy. 

Each year we ask our membership if they might be willing to help NTPDA with sponsorship of our various events and each year we get to say "Thank YOU!" to a great group of members who step up to help their association. Here's an updated list of those sponsors, click through to visit them...and yep we truly appreciate the help!




Cocktails - Early Arrival Party – Wednesday

 All States Ag Parts
Allied Information Networks
Steiner Tractor Parts, Inc.

Reception – Early Arrival Party – Wednesday

 Reliance Power Parts
Abilene Machine, Inc.

Entertainment – Early Arrival Party – Wednesday

Memo Corporation

Refreshments during Displayer Setup – Thursday

 Plastics Unlimited

Continental Breakfast – Thursday

 Memo Corporation

Morning Break – Thursday

Fawcett Tractor Supply

Lunch – Thursday

 Allied Information Networks

Hy-Capacity, Inc.

Memo Corporation

Cocktail Reception – Thursday

 All States Ag Parts

Allied Information Networks

Memo Corporation

Welcome Reception – Thursday

 Schaefer Enterprises

Breakfast Trade Show Area – Friday

 Hy-Capacity, Inc.
Memo Corporation

Refreshments during Trade Show Hours – Friday

 Steiner Tractor Parts, Inc.

Cocktails– Friday

 All States Ag Parts
Memo Corporation

Dinner – Friday

 Allied Information Networks

Entertainment – Friday

 Steiner Tractor Parts, Inc.