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

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!

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.


A Month Away!

It's hard to believe that in just a month we'll be gathering for the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association Annual Trade Show and Corpus Christi SkylineConference! With all the holiday cheer and excitement it's sometimes easy to forget about the middle of January...  We get it. If you have not yet registered and made plans to join us in Corpus Christi now is the time to make that happen. Here is a link to our registration page complete with the schedule of events and our top of the line speakers.

Come to Corpus Christi, where we hope it will be much warmer, and hang out, have some fun and learn how to become a better business owner/manager/employee. (A nudge to our Canadian Members...think...warm!)

Coming up a THANK YOU to so many who have decided to help NTPDA with sponsorship. We figure a little recognition is in order...right?

See you in Corpus Christi...remember, just a month away.


Thankful for Saving Money!

Thanksgiving week puts us all over the edge it would seem. Family dinners, friends coming over it's enough to make us all forget about business. But, wait! Our Thanksgiving-turkeyAnnual Conference and Trade Show is coming up and we're giving you an opportunity to save money on your registration!

Now through the 30th of November you can register for the Corpus Christi based conference for just $300 per person. That's quite a savings from the price that hits on December 1st. While you're thinking of "the bird" don't forget to get your registration TODAY.

Don't be a turkey (I know ENOUGH with the Thanksgiving links!) get your registration made today. And, we've made it easy to do so. Here is the link for our registration page on our National Tractor Parts Dealer Association website.

We're headed to warmer weather and some great business education in Corpus Christi. Make sure you join us so when you get back the ideas and the networking put you on the "Gravy Train". (BTW, did you know you can make your gravy in advance? Use turkey wings or a leg and cook up your gravy BEFORE the guests come and freeze it then it's heat and are welcome!)


You Should Be Very Afraid!

It is Halloween and the spooks are really! But if you are fearful of ghosts that is nothing compared to missing the National Tractor Parts Dealer Annual Man Shock Meeting and Trade Show. Missing that adventure should really send shivers down your spine!

We'll be headed south to Corpus Christi, Texas in January and there is no time like the present to make plans to attend. We've got some frightfully dynamic events in store including our great headquarters hotel the Omni Corpus Christi. Check it out by clicking on our special page...go ahead and the price won't scare you away!

In addition to a great location we've got a boiling cauldron of great information to help you better run and manage your business! 

  • Richard Flint on Embracing Change - Folks are often scared by change but it's coming any way. Richard will offer up "Six Steps to Embracing Change" in our first session on 18 January.
  • Crystal Washington on Advanced Digital Marketing - She's baaack! Crystal was with us last year and you enjoyed her so much she is back for a second round of training. This time she will be helping you better understand the best methods of using digital (think computers and smart phones) marketing. She will also be presenting on 18 January.
  • Got the Right People? - Richard Flint joins us for an afternoon session that same day and talks to us about hiring smart and retaining well. We all know how difficult it is to find the RIGHT person for the job. Richard will help take the horror out of the effort.
  • Got Skills? - Then on the 19th Richard is back with "Mastering the Five Skills for Effective Leadership". What skills are necessary to be able to get people to their most productive level? He'll have the answers!

Don't miss out on this fantastic ain't at all scary!

One other thing:  "Knock, knock" (Who's there?) "Booo!" (Booo who?) "Don't cry it's Halloween!"

Thanks for reading...see you in Corpus Christi! 




American Workers and Hostile Workplaces

Last week we saw a national news story that shocked us. In a recent study of over 3,000 U.S. workers by the Rand Corporation, Harvard Man Angry Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles one fifth of these American workers say they face a hostile or threatening environment at work. This can include sexual harassment, bullying and co-worker abuse.

That is a shocking number.

Some additional findings:

  • Nearly 55 percent say they face "unpleasant and potentially hazardous" conditions;
  • Nearly three-fourths say they spend at least a fourth of their time on the job in "intense or repetitive physical" labor;
  • Only 38 percent say their jobs offer good prospects for advancement and the older they get the less optimistic they become.

Why do we share this with you? Because we often hear from members that it is difficult to find workers to fill jobs even while the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low.  Could it be that working conditions matter?

How are things at your shop? If you are having issues in hiring and retention? Perhaps it's time to do a self assessment. Some thoughts on that:

  • The "Stay Interview" - Why do some of your employees stay with you and other leave? There is much you can learn from an interview with some long-term employees;
  • Your Employment Brand - While every business has a brand not all business know what their employment brand is. What do current and past employees say about your company? (In this age of social media it's important to know.) What can you learn from them by asking and then making changes;
  • Job and Performance Reviews - Do you do them fairly and do you offer employees an opportunity for feedback?

To be fair, not everything about the American workplace is grim. Workers enjoy considerable autonomy with more than 80 percent saying they get to solve problems and try out their own ideas. Moreover, 58 percent say their bosses are supportive and 56 percent say they have good friends at work.

The goal is to take the time and find out what you can do...better... to retain your employees and hire well qualified staff. Everybody knows that turn-over is costly and when your "employment brand" isn't positive it impacts hiring, productivity and profits.

If you would like to read the study we referenced, click here.