Board of Directors

Annual Meeting Agenda - Nashville 2021

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

37th National Conference 

January 14 - 17, 2021

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

The NTPDA office staff has been working on the 2021 National Conference (#NTPDA21) in the face of the coronavirus and made several changes for next year. We've been able to get the program approved by Renaissance Hotel Nashville President Scott and this is what we've got planned. Watch this space for the Registration Information. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

    All Day Arrivals

    Noon                            Registration

    3:00PM - 6:00PM           Depart for Top Golf

    7:00PM                         Early Arrival Party - The Bridge - Hotel 2nd Floor

Friday, January 15, 2021

    8:00AM                           Breakfast

    9:00AM                           Depart for Site Visit - Russell's Tractor Parts - Scottsboro, AL

    Noon                               Lunch & Retirement Party for Pat at Russell's Tractor Parts*

    2:00PM                            Depart for Jack Daniels Distillery Tour - Lynchburg, TN

    5:00PM                            Depart Lynchburg for return to Nashville

    7:30PM                            Dinner - Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Saturday, January 16, 2021

    8:00AM - 9:00AM               Networking - "Coffee & Conversation" Breakfast Served

    9:00AM - Noon                   NTPDA Member Presentations - In Person & Videos

    12:00PM                            Lunch/General Session/Election of Officers

    1:30PM                              NTPDA Board Meeting

    6:30PM                              Meet for Cocktails/Dinner/St. Jude Silent Auction

Sunday, January 17, 2021

All Day Departures

Please use your Sunday Breakfast Voucher

Have a safe trip home! 

* If you are in the area but not registered for the conference you are invited to attend the Pat Russell Retirement Party/Luncheon on Friday. To make       sure you have a reserved place contact Trey Russell at 256-259-6059 or send Phyllis an email Phyllis@NTPDA.com 

 

 

 

 


Should I Stay or Should I GO...

You're no doubt wondering if the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) is moving forward with our Annual Meeting scheduled to take place in Man Confused Question mark January, on site, in Nashville. The Board of Directors have been polled by our president and the overwhelming response is, "Let's Go to Nashville!" 

Now, to be sure, we're working on implementing the wishes of the Board right now. We're not exactly sure what this will look like or how it will all come together in four months. But we've got several options and those are being considered and there, as we're sure you can imagine, lots of logistics included.  Some time ago it was decided that the group wanted less speakers and more time to network and socialize...so there is that. The Trade Show portion of the meeting is still up in the air and depends on what our Associate Members wish to do.

While lots of work has already been underway we've had to change some things up due to COVID19. So, while we're still four months out you need to know we're doing what we can to be able to present our members with an event they will enjoy.

And, finally a little music from The Clash. Why not...it's 2020!

Thank you for being loyal members of the NTPDA! 


An Abundance of Caution - Summer Board Meeting

All of us here at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) hope this finds you and your family well. Over the past month we've been reaching out to our current and potential members and the bottom line seems to be that you are having a superior season.  We are grateful...stay safe and well. Portland Image

That "safe and well" comment leads us into sharing that the Board recently voted on if we should move forward with our Summer Board Meeting in Portland or if we should not travel and do our Board Meeting remotely. The overwhelming response from the Board was to cancel our trip to Portland and hold our July meeting "on-line". This decision was not made lightly. President Scott polled each board member for their input and at the end of the day he made that decision.  You should know the hotel and staff have been great to work with and they totally understand and are working with us for next year.

The good news is that we hope to be in Portland in July of 2021 and all systems are "GO" for that adventure. 

What About Nashville 2021

We're still looking forward to holding our Annual Conference and Trade Show in Nashville in January of next year. Phyllis has been working with the venue and considering speakers and topics.  If you've got a "hot button issue" you might like us to consider get with President Scott, Phyllis or Michael and let us know. As always, we love hearing from our members.

Tim Muller March 2020Speaking of Members

It took a bit of time but we can now announce that Granit Parts has been officially welcomed as an Associate Member.  We've had extensive conversation with members who may have taken issue with admitting Granit and in the end it was decided to bring Timm Mueller and his company in. We look forward to having them join us in January.  Many of our current members have already met Timm and for those of you who have not we hope to fix that next year.

Stay in Touch

While we're making phone calls every day to our current and potential members we remind you to stay in touch with us. If you have new, news about your company please share it with us and we'll do our best to share it with the world.  Follow us on Facebook and if you use Twitter you'll find us here: @NTPDA.

Thanks for reading...and...stay well!

 


Time For NTPDA Scholarships!

Each year the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association presents scholarships to deserving students wishing to advance their education. The NTPDA Diploma Scholarship Scholarship Program is open to NTPDA members, employees of members or dependents of members or employees.  Students must enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) at an accredited college or university for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.

Due to the rising cost of education, our Board of Directors voted last year to raise the amount of the annual scholarship. 

NTPDA contributes $1,500 and the sponsoring company of the recipient is to contribute $500 for a total of $2,000 award per recipient.

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.

OK!  So let's send you to the NTPDA Scholarship Page on our website that has all the details and the application. 

Remember, applications must be complete and received in the Texas office by Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  That address is: 

NTPDA - Post Office Box 1181 - Gainesville, Texas 76241

Once again, here is a link to our NTPDA Scholarship Page.


2020 Annual Trade Show & Conference

It's here!  Registration is NOW OPEN for the NTPDA 36th Annual Conference and Trade Show January 16 - 18. And if you register before the end of business day on November 1 Harrahs Ak Chin you'll get one FREE Registration. How cool is that? Oh, you want a LINK to Register...here you go!

We'll be at the wonderful Harrah's AK-Chin Casino & Resort. (You wanna look...right?) Room rates are very reasonable and here is your link to book rooms.

So, what can you expect this year?

Thursday we will kick off our conference and trade show with our Early Arrival Party. If you've never been it is a BLAST!

Then on Friday we will offer presentations sure to enhance your day to day operations:

  • How to Achieve the Impossible with Billy Riggs
  • Confronting the Chaos of State Taxes with George Isaacson
  • Current State of Freight with Steven Haas

Mobile Spouse Event 2019The NTPDA Spouse Program is going to be wonderful!  We'll be going to the Queen Creek Olive Mill it will be a true experience. Go ahead, click through to learn more but...come back!  Remember Mobile? (You can click on the images to enlarge!)

We'll take a break on Friday afternoon and do some bowling with your fellow NTPDA members. It is just another way to get to know each other and network. This should be a great time...we've done this years ago and bringing it back.

Register Here!

Also on Friday Evening we'll open up our Trade Show/Marketplace so members can mingle with displayers, make some friends and some deals. And, Mobile Trade 2019 yes...we're still in "Reception Mode"!

On Saturday our Trade Show/Marketplace opens and we'll have breakfast there. Also on Saturday we'll hold our election, have a displayers meeting and our Board Meeting.

Then, on Saturday night we'll wind down with Cocktails and Dinner along with our Live Auction to benefit St. Judes. Something Mobile Fun Drinks 2019that YOU our members have been so happy to support!

Every day will be a day for you to enjoy the sunshine and the companionship of your fellow NTPDA Members and Guests. 

Don't delay!  Make your reservations TODAY and BEFORE November 1 and you'll save on an additional registration. 

See you in Arizona!  

 


On To Sioux Falls

This weekend your Board, friends and family and other members will be in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for our Summer Meeting. We've got much on our plate from Sioux Falls Rapids Board decisions to a site tour of All States Ag Parts and, yes, some socializing. In advance of our trip to South Dakota we reached out to our Board Members and asked this question: "What is the highest value you receive by being a member of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association?"

To a person we were told that the networking and relationships that are built at any of these NTPDA events more than make up for any cost of becoming a member. One told us, "I can share with you that business coming to us because of our many relationships is 25 times that of what my membership costs are." That is a pretty good endorsement.

Other members told us they learn new things, find new products and compare ideas to help their business grow.

This weekend we'll be talking about ways in which we can do better when it comes to adding value to an NTPDA Membership including better efforts for outreach to retain existing members and recruit new members.

We just thought you should know. 

Safe travels as you head to Sioux Falls!  Wait...what? Rapids in Sioux Falls?  Yep, and it's a big draw for folks...


A Very Special Thank You!

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Board of Directors - Members & Staff

Thank You!

A "Tip of the Hat" to all our sponsors that pitched in to help us with our Annual Meeting and Trade Show held in Mobile, Alabama!  We could not have done it without you. The image that  you see below was placed at all our meeting functions to make sure the attendees knew about your support of your association.

Cocktails - Early Arrival Party - Bluegill Restaurant

Allied Information Networks

Farmland Tractor Supply, Ltd.

Early Arrival Party - Entertainment

Steiner Tractor Parts, Inc.

Continental Breakfast - Friday

Fawcett Tractor Supply, Ltd.

Memo Corporation

Morning Break - Friday

Plastics Unlimited

Friday Lunch

Tractor House/AuctionTime.com

Schaefer Enterprises

Saturday Breakfast

All States Ag Parts, Inc.

Cocktail Reception - Saturday

Cook Tractor Parts, Inc.

Memo Corporation

Schaefer Enterprises

Dinner - Saturday

Abilene Machine, LLC

Allied Information Networks

Reliance Corporation

Entertainment

Steiner Tractor Parts, Inc.

2019 Thank You Image

 


NTPDA President Featured on The Business News Hour

While we were at our Summer Board Meeting in Minneapolis our NTPDA president, Scott Schelling was featured on Insight on Business the Scott Schelling IOB July 2018 News Hour where he talked about the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association, the business of buying and selling tractor/agricultural parts, technology and the efforts the NTPDA goes to as we boost the value of membership. You can listen in by clicking on the player that was provided to us by the Business News Hour:

We had a great meeting and our plans for the Annual Meeting and Trade Show are being worked on every day. We look forward to seeing you in Alabama early next year. Watch this space, our Facebook Page and Twitter for more details.

Thank you for coming by! 

 


Natural Disasters, Oil Spills and Community Effort

Over the past month a number of our NTPDA members have had to deal with weather related disasters. In Iowa there has been a rash of flooding and then in Rock Valley there was a major oil spill.  Rock Valley is the home base of our President Scott Schelling. We sent an email to Rock Valley Flood 2018 Scott to check up on him. We thought his answer mirrored so many of our members and their communities that we're sharing it with you:

"Sorry for the delay in responding.  I have been out for over a week for various reasons including sandbagging and flood relief.  We are getting back to normal, the river is back in its banks but we still seem to get rain every couple days so it doesn’t go down much.  We set an all time record back in 2014 when the river got to 22.7 feet over floodstage.  This year we topped out at 21.5.  We were more prepared this time and we knew where and what to do so things went a little smoother, but ultimately we still got our butts kicked by the river.  We were able to avoid the major property damage with the work we did and most people just had to empty their basements Rock Valley Flood 2018 Twoand pump water.(they still are pumping water)  We took some steps after 2014 to prevent that same event in the future, we built a permanent berm on the north end of town to keep the river out and bought a couple huge pumps to pump out our storm sewers.  When the river is in flood stage it is higher than our storm sewers and cant run away so we have to pump it out.  And that takes a HUGE pump to keep up when you keep getting rain and everyone is pumping water out of their basements.  We also made some changes to make the river flow away better so it don’t dam up as high.  All the steps we took helped, but we still can do more.  I’m sure we will have more ideas to help for future events. 

 

The oil spill was just 6-7 miles upriver from us and I understand it was the worst oil spill in the US in the last 5 years.  The last number I Rock Valley Oil Spill heard was 230K gallons spilled, and as of last Thurs, only about 100k of that was recovered.  We could see oil in the river and of course it puddled up along the banks in the quiet water.  You could smell oil all thru town on Thursday and Friday.  We had to shut down the city wells to try to keep oil from getting into them.  The DNR has been out and testing dirt in places as the river recedes to see how bad the contamination was.  They have cleared the soccer fields and ball fields to be played on, they say the contamination was minimal in those areas.  The cleanup crew that BNSF brought in was excellent, they went right to work with cleanup and repair and last Thurs the trains were running again down those tracks.  We will see how long before they are finished with oil cleanup, but they don’t stand around, those people are here to work. 

 

The silver lining of it all is the way the communities come together to fight back against the water and how they come out to help others that are in need.  We again had several thousand volunteers from the surrounding towns come to us and help, and they still are coming to help people they don’t even know with cleanup.  This is the reason I love to live here, we don’t just throw up our hands and cry about it and quit, we show up any time of day, and help out people we might not know, and we stand shoulder to shoulder in chest deep water throwing sandbags all night, and we pick each other up when things seem like they are hopeless.  It is a beautiful thing to witness, and it keeps you going even after no sleep, or when your muscles don’t want to go anymore.  I love my town!!"

Scott Schelling - Rock Valley Tractor Parts


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!