Education

Planning Ahead for Mobile

Over the past several weeks your NTPDA Board and Staff have been busy putting together our agenda for the 35th Annual Conference and Mobile AL CrowdTrade Show which will take place in Mobile, Alabama between January 17th and 20th of next year. (Plenty of time for you to get your flight arrangements, right?)

Along with our many social events we've got some great training and education planned. Here is a quick rundown:

"Going Beyond the Brand"

Coming back to NTPDA is one of our favorite and fun professionals! For those of you who have been with us for several years you may remember that Karen McCullough spoke to our group while we were in Florida. Gosh, has it been that long? Always entertaining and always enlightening Karen will share her thoughts about "Going Beyond the Brand". What does it really take to create a lasting and positive customer experience and what is the impact of making sure your customer engagement is positive. That is what some call your exterior brand. However, also important is your "interior brand". Making sure the people who work for and with you are able to extend a positive brand message in everything they do. Why? It all matters. 

Mobile AL Night ShotKaren will give you solid tips and ideas of how you can polish both your external and internal brand. Both are critical when considering profit potential.

"Online Excellence"

We all know it...but do we pay attention to our "digital brand"? Joining us in Mobile will be Nicholas Longtin and Sydney Franklin from Arcstone. They will help you understand how to create a website that connects with your target audience and does more than just "sit there". There are many factors that go into web design from the way consumers read the content to the way consumers can now interact with your business. And, when you understand that first impressions matter, it's important that your website sends a positive and clear message the moment a customer makes a connection.

The "how" and "why" of website marketing. Yet another piece of valuable information you can take home and work on right away.

We hope you'll block out the dates and join us for an exciting adventure in January! 


Retention, Recruitment and Workers Comp

We can all agree that the labor market is tight. There are HELP WANTED signs everywhere. Take a drive along any paved road and you'll Help Wanted Come In see them nailed on fence posts, written on billboards and scrawled on the sides of semi-trailers. The issue is serious and you would think any employer would use whatever they can to increase worker retention and recruitment. Even focusing on workers compensation.

What?

We get it...say the words "workers compensation" and eyes glaze over. But, think about it. If you have a solid system to deal with worker compensation claims you do two things:

  • Improve your employer/employee relationship with the injured party;
  • Polish your employment brand as being fair and concerned. 

The key is to take the time to focus on a system to engage the injured employee and the treatment facility all to make sure the employee returns to work quickly and whole.

Recently Michael Libbie, a long time member of NTPDA, shared an interview from his radio show, Insight on Business the News Hour, in which he had a conversation with a firm based in Iowa, Colorado and Arizona that specializes in Human Resource Management. By no means does the NTPDA wish to tell you to use the firm that is being interviewed. We are simply trying to share the information that could help you and your business retain valuable workers and build a positive message about your business which can enhance your  recruitment ability. 

If you would like to listen to the conversation just click this link. Then, consider what procedures you have in place to deal with workers compensation. We know our members can often be in a business where unintended  injuries can happen. We just hope you have a plan to deal with them.

In this tight labor market we need all the help we can get.

Thanks for reading and remember to make plans to be with us in January!  We've got a dynamite program coming together and you do not want to miss it! 


Working For...Value!

One of the working committees of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association is our Membership Committee. We meet on a regular basis with one goal, "What can we do to create real value for our members...existing or otherwise." Our president Scott Schelling from Rock Valley Tractor Parts chairs the Benefits Image meeting and when we get to Member Benefits with Stephen Haas from DLS Worldwide things get really interesting.

While we can't yet share all of the new member benefits, because the Board has to ratify them at their next meeting, they are, in a word AMAZING! Should a member take advantage of any of these existing or soon to be announced benefits your benefits will pay for your membership. That's right. Use the benefits and your annual membership to NTPDA is...well, covered.

One of the things we can share is that over the next several months members of this committee will be touching base with former and current members who operate near the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Our Summer Event (formerly known as The Summer Board Meeting and for a very short time Summer Smash) will be inviting business owners/managers to come and hang out with us in Minnesota. Get to know the members and leadership team and become more active.

The dates for our event are July 11 - 14. It's not to early to pencil the date in. We promise not only a good time but also information and ideas that will help move you and your business forward.  As always, should you have thoughts, ideas or suggestions make it a point to connect with us! Shoot us an email NTPDA@NTPDA.COM or follow us on Twitter @NTPDA or here is our Facebook Page.

Bam!  Oh...one other thing for our friends up north.  We hear you got...snow...again. Could somebody please turn the calendar to April?

 


2018 Scholarship Information

On of the major benefits of being a member of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) is the opportunity to take part in our Scholarship Program. Our association will be awarding a total of $1,000 to each scholarship recipient. This truly is a nice way to further the education of a deserving Diploma Scholarshipstudent who is an NTPDA member, employee of a member, or a dependent of a member or employee. This scholarship is for Regular Members, Associate Members and Affiliate Members. The scholarships are open to U.S. and Canadian graduating high school students, or current college students, enrolling full time (12 or more credit hours), toward a diploma or degree at an accredited college or university. 

Completed applications must be accompanied by written verification of affiliation with an NTPDA member company.

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.

The selection process is an extremely difficult one because of the many outstanding applicants each year. Therefore, great care is taken to assure that impartial and unprejudiced choices are made. Applications are sent to the NTPDA office where they are logged in and noted with the date received and assigned a student code. The numbered applications are then sent to the Scholarship Committee and the original kept in the NTPDA office. Based on the criteria above, the committee then ‘rank’ the applications, choosing the top ranked as the recipients of the scholarships. Their selections are then forwarded to the NTPDA office for announcement to the Association and in the student's local newspaper.

Here is a link to the scholarship application, which you can download, and further details about the process.

Here is wishing you all the best of luck and remember, applications MUST be into to he NTPDA office by Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

 


If You Are An Early Bird!

If you are an "Early Bird" we've got great news! Our Early Bird Registration is open until Thursday evening Early Bird Special Image the 30th of November. That means you've still got time to register for our Annual Conference and Trade Show and save some significant fees.

Why do we do this? Because we want to provide you value for your NTPDA membership and we like knowing early who is coming so we might plan ahead. It's important because not only do YOU save money when you register early we save too by being able to lock in our pricing from the hotel.

This January promises to be a great year for our Annual Conference and Trade show and we hope that you and your staff will join us in Corpus Christi.

In the coming days we'll be sharing BIG THANK YOU notes to those of you who have sponsored some of our events. That too...helps your Association bring you top talent for our educational sessions.

Here is your LINK to register today before our Early Bird flies 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 in...like 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 eat...you are welcome!)

 


You Should Be Very Afraid!

It is Halloween and the spooks are out...no 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 training...it 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! 

 

 

 


Scholarships - Giving Back

Each year the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) awards college scholarships to a group of deserving young people. Each Diploma Scholarship recipient was vetted by our Scholarship Committee made up of Carol Russell (Abilene Machine), Brian Kitch (Bates Corporation), Linda Benton (Southeast Tractor Parts, Inc.) and Paul Dyke (All States Ag Parts). Allow us to introduce you to our Scholarship Award Winners for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:

Andrea Blankespoor - Andrea is pursuing a degree in nursing at St. Luke's College and was sponsored by member corporation A & I Products;

Connor Brinton - Connor is seeking a degree in business at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was sponsored by member corporation Hoober, Inc.;

Alexis Fabian - Alexis is at the University of Northern Iowa seeking a degree in education and was sponsored by Worthington Ag Parts;

Angela Good - Angela is working toward a degree in business administration and management at Millersville Univerity and was sponsored by Hoober, Inc.;

Matthew Kennedy - Matthew is at Indiana Purdue - Fort Wayne studying civil engineering and was sponsored by TTP-Diesel Power & Machine;

Dorea Lauer - Dorea is at Fox Valley Technical College working toward an Associates Degree and was sponsored by All States Ag Parts;

Lexee Lemler - Lexee is working toward a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Manchester University and was sponsored by Bates Corporation;

Jamin Manus - Jamin is at Hawkeye Community College where he is working toward a degree in agriculture. Jamin was sponsored by A & I Products.

Once again, thank you to our Board the Selection Committee and congratulations to our scholarship winners!

 

 


How Does Your Business Measure Up?

Today is National Tape Measure Day! No kidding, we looked it up. It seems it is celebrated every 14th day of July. Who knew? But, that got us to thinking about business and how we measure our success and our relationships with our members and friends of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association. Tape Measure Image

So, how do you measure success? Sure, we can look at sales (the easiest way to gauge how we are doing) we can measure expansion of our business and it's business model. We can measure customer satisfaction. We can measure our willingness to give back to our community. We can measure our ability to attract and retain employees. We can measure so very much and many of us do.

But what happens if we find out we're "coming up short" in our measurement of success in any of the areas above? What do we do about it? Might we chalk it up to mistakes, miscues, or is it mismanagement? 

Those are tough questions to ask ourselves and ask about our relationship with customers, vendors and employees. How do we measure up and what might we do if we find an area where we can improve?

One of the things your NTPDA attempts to do on a regular basis is take the measurement of what we're doing to enhance the value of membership. Where is it that we can improve in our communication our training our involvement with our members?

We'd love to know what you think. Take a moment and let us know. You can comment here on this blog or drop us an email or give us a call or check us out on Facebook. We're here and we'd love to know how you measure success and if we are measuring up to your expectations.

Thanks for reading!


The Value of Membership

One of the benefits of being a member of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association is our Scholarship Program. Since 1992 NTPDA has been awarding Diploma Scholarshipcollege scholarship funds to deserving students of our members. To date your association has delivered 510 scholarships with a value of $461,250.

Think of that for just a moment. We have been able to impact the lives of several hundred young people because the NTPDA Board has seen the value in sharing our good fortune with our member families. It's called a return on investment.

True, you can invest in a host of other groups but here, at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association our mission is to provide our members with service, value and business training. It's what we do on a daily basis.

This year NTPDA has awarded nine scholarships at $1,000 each. NTPDA kicks in $750 per student and the sponsoring member adds $250 to hit the one-thousand dollar mark. Be looking for our Summer Bulletin for the names of our scholarship winners.

We're proud to be able to help train the next generation of business leaders and grateful that you and your business are part of our continuing effort to offer concrete reasons for membership.

Don't you think this is something we should share with others?