What a great time we had at our Annual Conference and Trade Show in Nashville! We've just looked at our post event survey and you seem to agree that it was the best event we've had in years. For those of you who didn't make it...we hope you'll consider joining us for our Summer Event later this year. But, in the meantime, let's recap what happened just a few days ago. You can click on the images to enlarge them. More photos will be in our March Bulletin.
For the Members who came in early they took advantage of doing a networking and team building exercise at the Escape Room. We had lunch at the famous Merchants Restaurant (which caught fire early in the morning on Saturday...yikes!). Then if was on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the RCA Studio B Tour...so much history there
Then we kicked things off on Thursday evening with music and fun. Our entertainment was singer/songwriter Hayley Payne with food and drinks at the Renaissance Hotel Bridge Area. If you want to hear the interview with Hayley here is that link.
We were honored by the fact some NTPDA icons were able to make the event. The Schaefer Family came by and we spend the rest of the week with Dick, Gene and Jerry who had a great time and it was wonderful to catch up with them. Then many of our members headed downtown to take in Broadway and the dozens of music venues up and down the strip. If you can believe it bands start playing at 9AM and the last cord is struck around 4AM the next day. Whew! Some folks decided to skip downtown and instead head to our Hospitality Room sponsored by Freight Partners Group. Thank you!
Friday morning many of our members loaded onto a bus to take in the tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery, have lunch and motor back to the hotel for the opening of our Trade Show/Happy Hour and Silent Auction. Meanwhile teams took to the Cornhole Tournament sponsored by All States Ag Parts competing for the grand prize of $1,000. At 8:00PM it was off to Broadway or to the Hospitality Room. Needless to say, it was a very busy day!
The morning started with a Build Your Own Bloody Mary competition at 7:00AM! Then it was off to breakfast in the Trade Show area with Coffee & Conversation as members mingled with our displayers and each other...some call it networking. The Cornhole Tournament continued, lunch was served and we raised thousands for St. Jude with our silent auction. Early in the afternoon the displayers held their meeting to talk about the event and to elect an Associate Member to the Board. We welcomed back Steve Haas from Freight Partners Group as our newest Board Member. The General Session was held and we elected two new Board Members: Welcome to Tom Roelofsen with Abilene Machine and Cody Levan from Schaefer Enterprises. Great to have you both join us.
Our Board Meeting took about an hour, thank you President Trey for keeping us on track! Then it was on to the dinner giving out awards, Lifetime Memberships to Jerry and Dick Schaefer as well as a Lifetime Membership to Jeff Griggs from All States Ag Parts.
Then all eyes turned toward the finals of the Cornhole Tournament the victors were Jim Hopp from Sparex, Inc. and our own Mike Hanson from NTPDA. Each awarded $500 for the win and they then donated $500 back for St. Jude. The final action on Saturday was the "Chuck Challenge" where we raised another $2,000 for St. Jude.
It was a great adventure and we're looking forward to heading to Pennsylvania this summer.
Thank you all for being Members of NTPDA...we are truly family!