Member Benefits

The NTPDA Scholarship Program 2021

One of the many benefits enjoyed by members of the National Tractor Parts Dealership Association is our Annual Scholarship Program. It's time, once Diploma Scholarship again, to get those applications in to our office so we might distribute to our Scholarship Committee.

The total award to each recipient is $2,000. NTPDA contributes $1,500 and the sponsoring company kicks in $500. We'll invoice each sponsoring company and then issue the scholarship award to the recipient. The lifetime maximum an applicant may receive from the NTPDA Scholarship Program is two. In addition there is a limit of two scholarships awarded per paid member per year. This does include Regular, Associate and Affiliate members.

The scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are NTPDA members, employees of members, or dependents of members or employees. The application process is 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 and a Letter of Recommendation from someone outside of the sponsoring company or family.

Benefits ImageScholarship 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.

Remember, scholarship recipients must provide evidence to the NTPDA office that college registration is complete before scholarship funds are disbursed. Upon receipt of such evidence, the NTPDA will issue a check to the recipient.

Here, again, is the link to download the NTPDA 2021 Scholarship Application.

Applications must arrive in our Texas office by Tuesday, March 16.  That address is Post Office Box 1181, Gainesville, TX 76241.


The New Year Brings a Freight Acquisition

We recently heard from our National Tractor Parts Dealer Association representative Steven Haas about a new acquisition that he indicates will be a major Tforce Truck and Logo benefit for our NTPDA Members.

TForce Worldwide, a major freight company has acquired not only DLS Worldwide a business unit of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company which was established in 2006 but also the freight side of UPS, it's less than truckload division. 

According to Steve the new partnerships could not come at a better time.  He tells us that the collective freight spend now exceeds six billion dollars annually and TForce Worldwide has even stronger carrier negotiations than before.


Steve Haas Jan 2019Here is the news directly from TForce Worldwide and what it means for us:

"We won't be immune to these continued carrier increases but we won't be affected like most others. As a matter of fact, our industry intelligence suggests that that carriers will be dialing back many of their re-seller programs and will be pulling their rates from smaller 3pls and many independent brokers.

Here’s what the new TForce partnership brings to our customers and trading partners.

  •  Increased buying power with the SAME online platform and a larger carrier mix.
  •  An enhanced network of LTL carriers with new capabilities to/from/within Canada & Mexico
  •  Enhanced capabilities for full truckload services through an asset- based network with nearly 7000 power units, 8000 drivers and 12000 trailers.
  •  A new range of specialty services with new access to flatbeds, tanker trucks, oversized and specialty equipment.
  •  An improved mix of International capabilities including air freight, ocean freight and a host of intermodal services

There is hope on the horizon with forthcoming vaccines and 2021 will be a promising new year.

TForce Worldwide will flex with these changes and continue to look out for your best interests through stronger carrier negations, an improved range of services, and by looking for new and better ways to increase the value we bring to you.

We appreciate your business and our continued partnership, so please do your best to stay safe and have and prosperous New Year.

TForce Worldwide will remain a “force” within the auto, truck & tractor parts recycling industries and our rates will continue to prevail over the likes of: Priority 1, BlueGrace, GlobalTrans, SAV, Unishippers and Worldwide Express."

For more information and to connect with Steve Haas for an account or quotes you can call him directly at 612-296-1806 or steven.haas@tfwwi.com 

 


Connect With Your Fellow Members!

Hi and thanks for coming by!  I've gotta share with you that we're all a bit down that we were unable to hold our Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Nashville. Connect Image As I write this we would just have gotten back from what would have been a great opportunity to do business and have a bit of fun. But, every down side has an up side.

We, as members, didn't spend the advertising/marketing funds to attend so, perhaps, there is some money in the budget to reach each and every member with the NTPDA Bulletin. The next edition comes out in March so now is the time to plan and create your ad. Just make sure you get it to Phyllis during February.  And, if you check out the video below you'll learn of a NEW BENEFIT that has to do with The Bulletin and it can be a game changer.

Thanks for watching and thank you for being an NTPDA Member...it matters.

Here is the link for our Bulletin ad rates. 


A Membership Win - Win

A couple of weeks ago I got a message from President Scott that we might want to connect with his credit card processing agent Andy Goranson about themACCESS Payment Processing becoming an Associate Member. So I made the call, offered “the pitch” and we had a great conversation. Andy seemed interested and a day later said his company Access Payment Processing was “in”. Andy, by the way, is the president of the company.

The next step in becoming a member is that we circulate some of the new member data among our existing members so they have the opportunity to offer comments and ask questions. That email was sent out and within a couple of hours I get a call from Andy asking, “So am I a member because one of your members wants to do business with us!”  It was the fastest turn around I’ve ever seen.

Access Growth ImageMary Eisenmann from Eisenmann Supplies, based in Madison, Nebraska, saw the email and called Andy asking about switching out her current credit card processing service for Access. When I spoke with Mary she said their processing company was “OK” but, “I really do want to do business with a company that focuses on customer service and a person who we can trust. Those are the qualities I got from my conversation with Andy.”

Andy tells me that he sent her a new credit card machine, talked her through the setup and said that he plans to make a personal visit soon. Oh, one other thing:  The switch saved Eisenmann Supplies a couple of thousand dollars a year in fees.  And Mary indicates the switch was “seamless”.

Yes, there is real value in membership.

Got a great membership story for us?  Give us a call: 877-668-0900 and we're on it. 


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.


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.