Board of Directors

Helping In Forgotten Communities - NTPDA

When we received word that Harvey had struck the Coastal Bend Area of Texas it hit a nerve with our Board and our Members. Recently Coastal Bend Map we held a meeting near that area and our Board had an opportunity to interact with residents there. (You can click on the map to see the area.)

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey it seemed like these communities had been forgotten as all the attention focused on Harvey Images Sept 2017Houston. This takes nothing away from the destruction in our nation's 4th largest city it has been awful. However, we wanted to help in an area we knew and where there was minimal assistance and focus.

The Board of Directors for NTPDA authorized a donation to buy generators, fuel cans and other supplies. Phyllis and friends loaded up a truck and drove to the Coastal Bend to deliver them. Buying, loading and driving took hours and the donated supplies were GONE in minutes.

Thank you to our staff and to our Board for your assistance in this effort. We have heard from several people in the communities we visited and they all extend their gratitude to you and our general membership. 

Giving back is often the very best feeling...ever.


The Value of Membership

One of the benefits of being a member of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association is our Scholarship Program. Since 1992 NTPDA has been awarding Diploma Scholarshipcollege scholarship funds to deserving students of our members. To date your association has delivered 510 scholarships with a value of $461,250.

Think of that for just a moment. We have been able to impact the lives of several hundred young people because the NTPDA Board has seen the value in sharing our good fortune with our member families. It's called a return on investment.

True, you can invest in a host of other groups but here, at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association our mission is to provide our members with service, value and business training. It's what we do on a daily basis.

This year NTPDA has awarded nine scholarships at $1,000 each. NTPDA kicks in $750 per student and the sponsoring member adds $250 to hit the one-thousand dollar mark. Be looking for our Summer Bulletin for the names of our scholarship winners.

We're proud to be able to help train the next generation of business leaders and grateful that you and your business are part of our continuing effort to offer concrete reasons for membership.

Don't you think this is something we should share with others?

 


How About a Checkup From the Neck Up?

Doctor FunnyEveryday our NTPDA Members go to work making life better for their customers and employees. That, at least, should be the goal because when we are "other focused" we all get what we want.

So, how can your association make your life/business better?  That is constantly the focus of our Board of Directors and staff and we think, based on your response to some recent polls, we may be on target.

Next year we'll gather in San Antonio to offer your business a "checkup from the neck up". We'll help you take a hard look at current business practices and ask you what you think has worked and what might need work. We'll spend time on marketing, social media, sales, employee recruitment and retention. We'll listen to what you've done and offer some tips on how you might change some tweak some things to boost your level of happiness.

Sure, we'll have fun and have the opportunity to enjoy the company of our family and friends but we also want to deliver value for your membership and we, honestly, want to help your business get better.

We're looking forward to doing that business checkup in San Antonio and be watching for registration information soon!


NTPDA and Social Media

Social Media HandsPerhaps you have noticed an uptick in our social media efforts. That's because we've refined some search items and we've been reaching out to more and more members as well as potential members.

Part of the future success for the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association is going to rest with how well we share the value of membership. While it's true that, when we get together, we have a great time it is also true that your association leadership is attempting to help you become more successful. We do that by sharing topical news items, links to new sales ideas, marketing advice and member to member sharing.

So, here is something you can do for us...get social.  

If you are using social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube make sure you hit us up as well.  Let us know what you are doing. Share with us your news. Tag us in your posts and let us use the power of social media to help promote the work you are doing.

Search for us on Facebook: National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

And on Twitter we are @NTPDA

Together we can make an impact and make a difference.


Too Early?

The Summer Board Meeting is in the books and much of the meeting had to do with the 2017 Conference and Trade Show headed to San Antonio starting on Save the Date January 18. So, this is your "heads up" to Save the Date!

The Membership Committee is working on details surrounding the event and recently members filled out a survey telling them what they wanted to learn while in Texas.  The survey was sent via email in May to 192 email addresses we have on file. 14% of our members responded and told us these are the top four things they would like to learn more about during the 2017 Conference and Trade Show:

  • Marketing including Social Media - 74% of those who responded said they want to learn more about how to market effectively and how to better use social media in their marketing efforts. This would include traditional marketing methods such as print, radio, television as well as new media such as Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram and a host of other products that are available;
  • Employee Recruitment/Retention/Motivation - 44% of our responding members say they would like to learn how to better recruit and retain employees. And 59% said they would like to learn how to better motivate current employees. This didn't surprise us much because across most industries we hear the same thing, "We can't find good people who want to work." Our goal with this area would be to examine what works and what might need work when it comes to finding, keeping and motivating employees;
  • Sales - This area received a 51% rating. Our members want to know how to increase sales and who doesn't? What new ideas are there to boost the bottom line and deliver a more sound profit?

You can be assured that we are working, right now, on delivering on our promise to bring value to your membership. 

We hope that you'll Save the Dates of January 18 - 21 for our Annual Conference and Trade Show this year in San Antonio!  More information will be coming to you on a regular basis!

See ya in Texas y'all!

 


Welcome eShipperUSA to NTPDA!

The Board of Directors of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) has EShipperUSA Logoapproved the Associate Member Status Application for eShipperUSA!  We thought you might like to meet Sal and hear a bit more about the company.

Estalished in 2005, eShipperUSA has strong relationships with major airlines, couriers and trucking companies and they have been named as NTPDA’s preferred small package carrier. 

Sal will be reaching out to you to introduce himself and his service offering - he is  a direct provider of all major small package services and has some great options for your domestic and international freight activities!

Sal has agreed to provide a courtesy freight analysis to all NTPDA members and he will also be attending the January convention in Kansas City so you may want to visit with him about your transportation program.

Welcome Sal and eShipperUSA!


A Troubling Thought

In the most recent edition of The NTPDA Bulletin our National Tractor Parts Dealer FuneralAssociation president, Jeff Griggs, lamented the fact that our organization has tried, but so far has been unsuccessful, in breathing life into our association:

"Are we doomed as an organization? Is it inevitable that we are headed toward just simply fading away over time?  I've worked with the premise that the answer to both of these questions is NO! But now I'm beginning to second guess myself."

It's one thing to have those concerns privately but to make it public shows each of us, who love what this organization has given us, how critical it is that we act.

Your Board of Directors believes that adding value is the only thing that will save our association and that's why it has evaluated and reevaluated our Annual Trade Show and Meeting.  We'll gather in Kansas City in January for a revival or a wake. Your choice.

Frankly, we see it as a revival. 

In the coming weeks you'll be receiving more information on what value added items we'll be taking to Kansas City.  Then, you can judge if learning and building more sales for your business is going to be worth the effort.

We think it will be and that you will be surprised!

In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts/ideas here or with an email.

 


NTPDA Gets Bold!

Recently at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) Summer Board Meeting Sioux Falls Phyllis talking webBoard Meeting the board took the bold step in reaching out for new members and getting them involved in our Annual Trade Show and Meeting scheduled for Kansas City in January. "Our goal", said NTPDA President Jeff Griggs "is to not only build our member base but show that we can provide real value to our existing members, people who have left our group and folks who have not been members."

To that end the Board ratified an outreach program to target several potential members who have businesses within a few hours of Kansas City and offer them a full registration for $100 per person with a maximum of two people. 

Phyllis Cox is the executive meeting planner and long time coordinator of NTPDA and, as you can see, when she speaks the Board listens. She added, "We know some business owners might be skeptical of joining an organization however, we bring real value to our members with training, networking and solid business help that will help them sell more product.  It all happens in Kansas City in January!"

Over the next several months you'll be hearing more about the Kansas City NTPDA Fish Kissing Boot Camp for Business.  If you've been a member and dropped out or you've not
been a member and your business is within a couple of hours of Kansas City expect us to reach out to you and encourage you to come see why we're serious about doing business.

Oh, and there was some "Fish Kissing" going on.  Hey...it's not ALL business! 

Thank you for reading.  Stay tuned!