Spring Bulletin Deadline

Hello NTPDA Members and a quick reminder that we've extended the deadline for the March Issue of The Bulletin until Tuesday the 20th of February. We're expecting a large amount of photos, news and a big "Meet Our Members" section from our time in San Diego for our Annual Conference and Trade Show. But, don't delay! Get your news or your ads to us right away.

You can send images, press releases and your ad to [email protected].

Thank you for being a Member.  It does matter!

Michael & Kim 


Let's Talk NTPDA Scholarships!

It's that time!  The opportunity for NTPDA to help a student continue or start classes at the university, college or trade school level. And all you need to do is Diploma Scholarship apply.  Here are the details:

The 2024 NTPDA Scholarship Application is now available on our website here.  The NTPDA Scholarship Program is open to NTPDA members, employees of members, and dependents of members and employees who are planning to enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) at an accredited trade school, college, or university for 2024 – 2025 academic year.   

NTPDA will award 10 trade scholarships and 15 collegiate scholarships. If there are less than 10 trade applicants, the remaining scholarships will go to collegiate applicants. The top two applicants will be awarded $5,000 each and the remaining scholarships will be $3,000 each with the sponsoring company contributing $500 towards the scholarship award per recipient.  NTPDA will invoice companies following the selection of the recipients and one check will be sent to the recipient from NTPDA in the full amount. The lifetime maximum an applicant may receive a NTPDA scholarship is two.  There is a limit of two scholarships awarded per paid membership per year.  This includes Regular, Associate and Affiliate members.  Additional details are available on the front page of the application.

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.

We hope to see YOUR application soon! 


Showing Gratitude

It's November and we're coming up on the American holiday of Thanksgiving. It's a time when family and friends gather to express our combined gratitude for San Diego Beach Image all that we have and reflect a bit on the past year. It's also the start of the busy holiday season. It's...all good.

At the same time we're gearing up for our Annual Conference and Trade Show that will happen in Southern California. San Diego is not only beautiful but also warm this time of year.  You should know that your staff has been working on this for months and the early indication is we're going to have many new faces with us. If you're on the fence when it comes to attending consider the benefits of joining us.

  • Face Time - You'll have the opportunity to visit with the decision makers of our association and that gets business done;
  • Learning Time - Our speaker is an expert on "generational differences" in the workplace. You've got to hear this;
  • Social Time - Our group is not afraid of having a good time and we spread that cheer all around;
  • Marketing Time - How can you better market your products and services? We're here to help;
  • Giving Time - Once again we'll be raising funds for St. Jude's Hospital and Clinic. A worthy cause.

Today it's time to make that decision and join us. Here is a link for the agenda as well as the registration link. This is truly the time to act.

Finally your Board and Staff are so very grateful you are an NTPDA Member. Our group has grown over the past sixteen months and you've been most generous in renewing your membership fee. In addition many of you have made a contribution to this years event. We thank you and we'll be sharing that message of gratitude in the weeks to follow and also make a big splash in California come January.

Thank you for being a member...it does matter! 


Meet Our Members - Paul Kelly and MaxiForce

We have known Paul Kelly for several years as a loyal NTPDA member and when we invited him to sit down for an interview about his company MaxiForce I was in for a surprise story Paul Kelly MaxiForce Sept 2023 about his father Santiago Morales.  We all knew Santiago, who recently passed away, but I did not know this amazing story about his involvement with the CIA, the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba that resulted in him being in a Cuban prison for 18 years. Here you will not only learn that story but also about the success of the business he started many years ago, back in 1994.  Meet Paul Kelly...

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on  PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour...and on Threads @Insight_On_Business.

 


Meet Our Members DC Heavy Hydraulics

Join us as we travel to the small community of Union, South Carolina where we visit with one of NTPDA's newest members and what has become a very fast Ann Kerr DC NTPDA Member August 2023 growing small business. Ann Kerr is the General Manager of DC Heavy Hydraulics.  The company has seen rapid growth over the past eight years and Ann suggests that is because of their commitment to customer service, building positive relationships and having a dedicated technical staff. We love showcasing growing small businesses and more than that we so enjoy visiting with new NTPDA members!  Listen in to our conversation.  

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on  PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour...and on Threads @Insight_On_Business.


Meet Our Members - Freight Partners Group

Another radio story about one of our NTPDA Members. While we were in Pennsylvania for our Summer Board Meeting and Mixer we had the opportunity to sit Tom Drew FPG July 2023 down with the President and CEO of Freight Partners Group, Tom Burke and the Director of Sales, Drew RamosFreight Partners Group is a technology driven logistics company that assists large and small businesses who ship everything from small freight to big items just about anywhere. If you ship anything it might be a good idea to listen and then connect with our friends from FPG. And, because they are NTPDA Members the company offers exceptional rates and service to each of you.  Enjoy the conversation and learn more about their technology and mission. 

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on  PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour...and on Threads @Insight_On_Business.


It's That Time! Fall Bulletin News

You've got products and services and our members would LOVE to know more about them!  It's time to reserve your spot in the Fall Edition of The Bulletin. Fall Road Four times a year we print a high quality magazine (and online edition) covering member news, interviews, thoughts and ideas about the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association. And because we allow advertising in the mag...you get to be there too.

So, if you've got news or simply want to make sure our members see what you have to offer this is the time to secure your spot. Here is a link to the sizes and special member pricing for the ads and if you've got NEWS about your business we'd love to share with everybody.  Sure, you can do social media (and we do) but this is an opportunity for some "hard-copy" reading that stays around longer than a scroll through. 

Send your story or ad to [email protected] and we'll do our very best to make sure it gets in.  Have questions and want to visit?  Sure, call us at 877-668-0900 and we'll be happy to help!

Thank you for being a member...it does matter! 


Wengers of Myerstown - Meet Jake Walmer

Last month NTPDA held our Summer Board Meeting and Social in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. It was an amazing trip. So much Jake Walmer July 2023 history and things to see and do. (Like dining at an inn that George Washington frequented.) Along with our Board we had a number of members join us for the weekend. Our host was Wengers of Myerstown a multi-generation company that is seriously crushing it when it comes to construction and agricultural parts. Here we sit down with family member Jake Walmer and talk about the past, present and future.  How this company has continued to expand, where their market is and how technology has made a huge difference in overall sales. Oh, one other thing the Wengers Foundation has given millions of dollars to local non-profits. It's part of their mission.  Here's Jake...

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of NTPDA Member Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour...and on Threads @Insight_On_Business.


In Memory of Steven Haas

Steve Haas, beloved son of William and Julie Haas, unexpectedly passed away in Las Vegas on May 30, 2023. He was born in Ames, Iowa on February 21, Steve Haas October 2022 1961.

Steve's educational journey took him through St. Cecilia grade school, Central Jr. High School and Ames High, where he graduated in 1979. During his time at Ames High, he excelled in wrestling and track, even earning the opportunity to compete in the 1978 Iowa State High School Wrestling Tournament. Despite a knee injury in the semi-final round, which prevented him from advancing to the championship, he ended up in 4th place.

After completing high school, Steve worked as a meat cutter at Save-U-More grocery store in Ames while also running his own tanning business on Main Street. Later, he relocated to Salida, Colorado, where he and his wife operated a small restaurant. Following a debilitating brain abscess, Steve underwent successful corrective surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Subsequently, he moved to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where he made a remarkable recovery with the support of Minnesota's State assistance programs and his education at St. Thomas University. There Steve completed an Accelerated Mini MBA in Non-Profit Development in 1996 and a short course in Electronic Commerce in 2002. Throughout the years, his lifelong friend Elsom Eldridge provided
invaluable guidance and mentorship.

Steve embarked on a flourishing career in the shipping industry that spanned over 25 years. He poured his heart and soul into his work, investing countless hours to build strong relationships with colleagues, coworkers, and clients. For Steve, merely having a roster of clients wasn't enough; he cultivated deep connections and associations with hundreds of clients.

Whenever Steve visited, he brought with him fabulous food, and his generosity extended to thoughtful and generous gift-giving. He had a genuine interest in listening and providing solutions to others. Steve thoroughly enjoyed engaging college students in conversations about e-commerce and the transportation and logistics industry. Making friends came naturally to Steve, whether it was a bellhop at a casino or a vast radio audience. He held a deep affection for his clients and the industry he served.

Steve had a remarkable talent for storytelling, captivating his audience with his animated and engaging narratives that transported listeners into the heart of the tale. Most of his stories were laced with humor, always aiming to bring laughter to those around him. Steve had a light-hearted and fun-loving nature, particularly enjoying the thrill of shooting off fireworks. His nieces and nephews affectionately referred to him as their "funcle." He delighted in sharing jokes, orchestrating endearing pranks, and had an impressive collection of awful Christmas sweaters. Furthermore, he was known to rally people together for various causes that united them in a common purpose.

Steve is survived by his daughter Kindra (Dave) Mahowald, his granddaughters Danielle, Abby, and Emma Mahowald, his parents Bill and Julie Haas, his brothers Mike (Rhonda), John (Deana), Mark (Cindy), his sister Joan (Greg) Wilson, and his nephews Will (Amber) Haas, Nate Wilson, and August Haas, as well as his nieces Mary (Kristof) Wüthrich and Lauren Wilson.

Family and friends of Steve are invited to gather and visit at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, located at 2900 Hoover Avenue, Ames, Iowa, beginning at 10 am on July 14, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am, followed by a light lunch in the Church Social Hall where cherished memories will be shared. A brief inurnment ceremony will take place at 2 pm at Ames Municipal Cemetery, located at 310 E 9th Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s memory may be sent to benefit the Annual Fund of the Shakopee Area Catholic School, located at: 2700 17th Avenue East, Shakopee, MN 55379. Internet address: https://www.sacsschools.org. This is the school Steve’s granddaughters attend.


Reach Every NTPDA Member!

You have a product or a service to sell; use The Bulletin to get your message out to our NTPDA Membership. Each quarter we produce a high quality magazine Bulletin Summer Cover 2022 designed to inform, entertain and educate our membership about a host of issues like best marketing practices, highlighting member benefits, member news, member interviews, upcoming events, photo memories, articles from staff and elected officers of our association. 

We not only create the magazine but we also post each edition on our NTPDA website where advertisers get "hot links" directly to their latest offering or website. You can see a sample of that page here.

And cost? We haven't raised our prices in years. Because The Bulletin is created "in house" our only costs are publishing, printing and postage. You can find our rates and sizes here.

The deadline for the June 2023 Edition is May 18 and we'd love to get your message into our magazine.  So, if you are interested in promoting your products or services to our world-wide membership let's talk. You can send your articles and ads to [email protected] or give us a call at 877-668-0900.  

Thanks for being a Member...it matters.