Membership

Member Stories - Herman Rempel

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association has a long history of helping our members grow their business. We thought it might be a good idea to "look Herman NTPDA Board
back" and profile some of the people who were with us near the beginning. Here is a short story about Herman Rempel, a lifetime member, who along with his wife, Jeannie attended nearly 20 NTPDA Annual Meetings. We reached out to his daughter Rebecca Braun who helped us pen this story:

Herman was fascinated by all things mechanical as a young boy. In his small home town of Niverville, Manitoba, he had the first transistor radio and subscription to Popular Mechanics. Some of his early toys included a horse and saddle, a green CCM bicycle he bought for $59 in 1950 with his paper route earnings, a Hiawatha scooter, a 1946 Chev convertible (the first built after WWII), a new fiberglass red and white Vanguard boat, a 1957 Vauxhall (which had the same Zenith-built carburetor as British Ferguson tractors), and a 1967 Lincoln Continental. Mostly every vehicle he owned he rebuilt, modified, and repainted red.

His first of eight airplanes was a Piper PA11 that he rebuilt from a wind-damaged wreck. It took one year and Herman Planewas finished two weeks before his wedding. He also owned three Cessna 172s, an Alon Aircoupe, a PA12 Piper (750 hours), a Beechcraft Sport, and finally a Cutlass RG Cessna 172 with 180 hp and retractable gear. Herman’s policy was always to be paid by and pay by certified cheque. This lesson was learned as he has numerous stories of how planes and automobiles were damaged on their ways home.

He worked for 11 years with his father, John K. Rempel, at an International Harvester dealership owned by Mr. George Kehler. To feed his growing family, he started rebuilding Ford 8N and 9N tractors in his car garage. He was known for his beautifully painted tractors and implements. Eventually, his hobby-turned-business grew and required him to buy two acres outside of his home tow. The yard had an abattoir which became his first building for repairs and storage. His business kept growing which required to hire more people, buy more land, build more buildings, erect more shelving, hire more people…you get it. He eventually farmed 80 acres with 3,500 tractors – that’s a Herman joke!

Herman was a walking encyclopedia of tractor parts information. He recalled almost every part number by heart and explained how and why and with what Herman Wife Young
you could interchange it. He also had jobber parts manufactured with modifications made to make them perform better.

Worthington purchased Rempel Tractor Parts in May 1994. Herman very much appreciated the way they treated him and enjoyed the five additional years he stayed in the business, including two winters in Sikeston, Missouri. There was no ownership stress, management and customers valued his knowledge, and he grew his relationships and formed new ones.

Former customers called him for information so he thought it would be good if he had a few replacement parts on-hand. Herman had a giant auction sale of parts and tools in 2017, so you can imagine that those “few” parts expanded out of his garage and basement and into storage trailers.

HErman Wife NowHe is a man of integrity, a wonderful storyteller, and is generous and empathetic. He was bighearted with his time and resources at their churches and in their communities.

He married the love of his life, Jeannie Buhr, in October 1964 and together they had four beautiful children. Now their family has grown to 24 with everyone included! They fully and happily retired when they moved from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Calgary, Alberta in December 2017 to be close to their daughters.

 

 


Nashville 2021 Annual Meeting - Cancelled

In what was a tough decision by the NTPDA Board of Directors the 2021 Nashville Annual Meeting has been cancelled. Over the past several weeks it was Nashville Skyline becoming more clear that the vast majority of our membership had made the decision to skip the event. This past weekend President Scott and Vice President Trey had some discussions about the numbers and, of course, the bombing which happened just blocks from our hotel. 

President Scott sent a note to each Board Member asking for their input and the group voted 8 to 2 to cancel. President Scott did not vote and would have only done so if there had been a tie.  We will be holding a Board Meeting Conference Call during the time that we had been scheduled for Nashville to accomplish the business of the Association. 

In addition if you had pre-paid your registration we'll be making reimbursements as soon as Kim gets back in the office.  If you made room reservations we urge you to call and cancel as soon as possible.

What's Next?

Now your staff is working to make sure we connect with each member who had indicated they were going to go to Nashville. We are also connecting with the hotel, the restaurant, transportation, the Jack Daniel's Distillery and others involved.  In addition we're also changing up The Bulletin and removing information about our 2021 event.  That issue should be in your hands in the next couple of days.

Now it's on to making plans for our 2021 Summer Meeting which is scheduled for Portland and our 2022 Annual Meeting and Trade Show which is scheduled for California. Our focus will be to create some outstanding events that will help each of our members and their businesses.

On a personal note you need to know that we worked hard to make this happen but in the end it was not to be.  You should also know that NTPDA Leadership took on the task to, behind the scenes, continue to keep everybody in the loop. We've had near daily phone calls and text messages.  Our thanks to President Scott and the entire Board of Directors for their input and work.  Thank you too for being an NTPDA Member...it matters.


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


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!