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Area Diesel Service - Member News

We love sharing Member News. Recently long time NTPDA Member and family owned company Area Diesel Service was awarded an ISO 9001:2015 Von Linda Leefers Trade ShowCertification. What does that mean for the company and its clients?  You can bet we asked. Here Von Leefers and his wife Linda explain what this is, the impact on their business and, more importantly, what it means to the people who, internationally, are buying from them. As always we're grateful to hear about stories like this and pleased that Area Diesel Service made the news. If you would like to listen to the interview with Von and Linda, just click the audio player below.

Congratulations and thanks for being a member.  AND...if you've got news about your business, make sure you connect with us. We'd love to tell your story too. You can reach us at 877-668-0900 or by cell at 515-707-7699.   


How Can We Help?

When you join an association like the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) they should be working on your behalf and not the other way Benefits-sm around. Ya think? Look, we get it, we've been members of other associations over the years and the relationship often seems to be a "one way street". That's not us. Our mission is to help you and your business grow. That's what we promised when you joined and that is our goal each and every day.

So, how do we do that?

You do know that when you do any print media and use the NTPDA logo that we'll send you a check up to $300 a year. The Bulletin is excluded but not your local newspaper, magazines, etc.  All we ask is that you send to our Texas office the ad so we can see the date and publication. 

You do know that as a member you get a major discount from our friends at Allied Information Network. Allied and NTPDA have been partners for years and years and as an NTPDA member you receive a discount when you use their service to list your parts.

Allied Information LogoYou do know that as a member using Allied that we have a parts search on the home page of our NTPDA website and that we often get calls from consumers looking for parts and we drop what we're doing and help them search for what they are looking for and then send them to our members.

You do know that as a member you have access to the NTPDA Library full of business related materials that you can check out and use to help you better promote and manage your business.

You do know that you have access to a marketing professional who will, at no additional charge, answer questions about marketing and advertising.

You do know that we have Associate Members in the trucking industry that, because you are a member, you will save thousands of dollars each year by contracting with them...

We're here to help and if you stump us with a question our goal is the find the answer.  

There is great value in your NTPDA Membership and we're just getting started.


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 

 

 

 

 


Put It On Video - Nashville & Beyond

As we make plans for a very different Annual Meeting and Trade Show we kicked around the idea of allowing our members to create a brief 3 – 5 minute video Video Crew to showcase their products/services.  Stay with me on this because it’s a great marketing tool for your business.

As you may know, due to COVID19 we’ll not be having a Trade Show in Nashville this coming January but (and this is where it gets interesting) how about hooking up with your fellow members via a produced video that we’ll not only share with attendees who come to Nashville in January but then release to all our members during the months following the scheduled January meeting?  Think of this as an enhanced Member Benefit! This is for all our members, Regular and Associate.

Here’s what I’m hoping for:

  • Create a short video with your crew to highlight your product/service;
  • Make sure it is “evergreen”. In other words no time limits on pricing, etc. If you have special NTPDA Member Pricing make sure it can carry through for months;
  • The video can be funny or serious...but you know this crew...if you can create with some humor...so much the better;
  • Put it on a Flash Drive and send it to me or, if you have the ability to use a Dropbox that will work as well.
  • We’ll then take your video and create the program for attendees and then begin to share it on our NTPDA Blog and through our social media platforms.

Work for you?  And, the Board has said there will be some prizes for “Best Of” so get cracking!  Deadline for you to get me your video is December 15, 2020.

Thanks and my address is: 2009 80th Street, Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324

Michael Libbie, Business Development/Membership Cell: 515-707-7699


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! 


Another Member Benefit Explained - The Bulletin

Here's a Member Benefit that is open to our members as well as non-members. Four times a year the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) publishes a hard-copy, high quality, magazine called The Bulletin. (You can see samples on our website.) This is a great opportunity for member to member marketing as well as offering non-members the opportunity to reach our membership. Except, of course, members receive a prefered rate.  Check the video below for a bit more.

The Bulletin, a great way to put your product or service in front of the decision makers who make up the NTPDA. Here is the published rate sheet.  Hope to see you and your logo in The Bulletin soon!


The NTPDA Shipping Benefit with DLS Worldwide

Our goal at NTPDA (National Tractor Parts Dealer Association) is to make sure your membership is a real value to your business. Here to help explain the shipping benefit afforded to NTPDA Members is Steven Haas from DLS Worldwide. How much of a value?  According to studies done by DLS Worldwide you'll save enough money with your first four or five shipments that will pay for your annual membership fee. If you're not already enrolled in the program you can reach Steve at 612-296-1806 or by email here...that's steven.haas@rrd.com. The DLS Worldwide Shipping Benefit another way that we add value to your membership.

Thanks for coming by. Watch  for future benefit programs to be explained. If you're a member and you've not yet used our benefits here is a list of what to expect. If you're not an NTPDA Member, let's fix that right away.  Here is a link for your application.  


The NTPDA Advertising Benefit

As a member of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association you've got...benefits. Our goal is to make sure you understand that your membership is really an investment in your business. Here, in this quick video, we'll detail one of the easiest and most cost effective benefits that belong to you.  It's our NTPDA Advertising Benefit and it nearly pays your annual membership fee. 

So, to recap: If you advertise in print (newspaper or magazine) send us those collected "tear sheets" that carry the NTPDA Logo and shows the date and publication and we'll send you $25 for each ad you've ran. The maximum number of ads we'll support is twelve. We would like you to save each ad and then send those tear sheets all at the same time to our Gainesville, Texas office and we'll send you a check. Questions?  Call us at 877-668-0900.

The NTPDA Advertising Benefit just another way your association makes sure we're working for you and your business. And, yes, this benefit is available for Regular and Associate Members. Here is a link to our other NTPDA Member Benefits.


What If We Told You...

What if we told you we have a way for your business to save hundreds of dollars and all you had to do was work with our prefered vendor Payteva?  Would Payteva logoyou? Our bet is that you would at least look into it.

Recently Payteva, a credit/debit card processing service, and its founder, Steve Casteel, became a member of NTPDA. During a recent conversation with him (we check in with our members all the time) he told us about how PayTeva is saving a company based on the east coast hundreds of dollars each month just by following the suggestions of Steve and his crew.

One of the things we do for our members is attempt to make sure your membership dues becomes an investment rather than an expense and, clearly, by working with Steve you've got an opportunity to do just that. And, it doesn't cost you a dime to at least make a call to learn more.

Here is a link to Payteva.  Let us know how it goes AND if you want to hear more check out this audio interview we recently did with Steve on behalf of NTPDA.

Thanks for being a member...or hoping  to be one.  We'll make it worthwhile!

 


Got News?

Every weekday we, at NTPDA, reach out to our current, former and potential members just to check in, thank them for their membership, encourage membership and better explain the benefits of membership. But, long before we get into all of that we explain the reason for our call, "Hi, and thanks for Man phone call plad shirt taking our call. We reach out to our members, potential members and past members just to check on you and your business. Tell me, how are things with you and your family?"

We can tell you that the overwhelming response has been very positive. Somebody actually cares and is willing to take the time to reach out. And nearly every call we've been making we're hearing reports that business in the agriculture world is solid. It could be a combination of farmers/ranchers having the time to focus on repair or it could be lower prices are forcing many do DIY or it could be that they are seeing value in their relationship with their parts supplier.

In other words...business is good.

We share that with you for a reason. On each call we learn more about our members and their unique place in their community and how they reach out to customers old and new.

Just like with everything else, if you stay in touch with your customers and keep your business "top of mind" they will more likely continue to do business with you. But, just like we're doing with our membership it all takes time. But, the rewards can be very positive.

One other thing.  Have you got news for us?  

Onion Dump Chicago TribuneFrom time to time our membership forgets to let us know about what's going on so that we can share that through our robust social media efforts, here in our
business blog or with other news outlets.

Just a reminder...if you've got news about your business or a story you want to share...like the onion story we heard last week from our member Steven Sparks at Nyssa Tractor & Implement. Check that HUGE yard!  Did you know that the biggest user of onions isn't the consumer but schools and restaurants?  And because so many restaurants and schools have shut down many farmers are having to "dump" their onion crop because it's way too expensive to try to hold them. And...Outback Steakhouse uses those "jumbo onions" for their famous "Bloomin' Onion" and many of them come from onion patches near Nyssa. (Photo - Chicago Tribune)

Who...knew?

So, if you've got a story send it along, we'd love to share.  You can send it to Michael@NTPDA.com

Stay safe and well!