Trade Show

A Global Giant in Ag Parts - Worthington Ag with Mike Winter

From very humble beginnings nearly sixty years ago, Worthington Tractor Parts Inc. has evolved into a company that sees its Mike Winter 25 January 2022 subsidiaries doing business not only in the Western Hemisphere but also in Australia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Italy and more. My guest is Mike Winter the President of this vast company. Here we talk about the early days, the business growth, what they offer to their customers and some interesting details about a corn-head many farmers laughed at back in the 1980's...but no longer.  Oh, one other thing, Mike gave us an exclusive about a new development that deals with Capello Corn Heads and the U.S as well as he concern about Ukraine. 

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.


NTPDA Leadership with Scott Schelling and Trey Russell

Over 40 years ago a group of agriculture equipment recyclers got together and formed the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA). The group was small and mostly confined to the United States. Today the association has members not only in the Trey and Scott KC July 2021 U.S. but also Canada, Italy, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and Malaysia. Here I sit down with Scott Schelling the Immediate Past President and owner of Rock Valley Tractor Parts of Iowa and Trey Russell the incoming President and second generation to Russell's Tractor Parts of Alabama during our time at our Annual Conference and Trade Show. We talk about what they've gotten out of the association and what may be coming in the future.  Plus a "Shout Out" about the Summer Mixer coming in July. 

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.


Some Phyllis Cox Photo Memories

All of us at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association want to take a moment to wish Phyllis the very best in her retirement. She's been with us for nearly 25 years and has made so many friends and we have so many memories. We visited earlier today, on her last day with us, and don't worry...she has plenty of projects lined up to keep her busy. Here, from over the years are some Phyliss Photo Memories.  Enjoy!  You can click on the image to enlarge. 

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Here's to you Phyllis and thank you!! 


New Video & Conference Information

We're ramping up for NTPDA-2022 in Kansas City next month. If you have not yet registered it's time to get on it. Here is that online registration link. NTPDA 2022 Harrahs Hotel We've got so many cool things planned and it's going to be great to see everybody again.  The last time we were in Kansas City was 2016 and because it's so centrally located we made the decision to go back. And, we know you want to do business while you're with us and we're all into that.

We've created another video for you and you're about to see some familiar names and faces.

A couple of other pieces of information. To be able to get the Group Room Rate you can reserved online here or give Harrah's a phone call at 1-800-427-7247 and remember to get the correct rate use our code: S01NAT2.  Reservation deadline is coming up fast...like Monday the 20th of December!  Get 'er done! It's been a long time since we've all been together and we've got so many cool things planned.  And, we know you come to do business and we're all about that as well. If you've got questions or having issues with your registration give us a call at 1-877-668-0900. Staff will be onsite early to help with everything you might need. Also, watch your email for some important information coming from Kim.  See you in Kansas City!

 


Oh My!!! NTPDA22 in Kansas City

OMG! This is going to be amazing! Your Board just got back from our NTPDA Summer Board Meeting and facility review of our host hotel for our Annual Conference and NTPDA 2022 Harrahs Board Gordon Ramsay Steak Trade Show as we return to Kansas City in January. What a fantastic location and it's already promising to be a huge event.

As you know we were unable to go to Nashville in 2021. Since then we've been working on putting together an amazing event for 2022. We've already been on the phone getting companies to commit to attending, some for the first time in years. And, we've got plenty of surprises in the works that will make this Annual Conference and Trade Show one of the best we've had in a very long time. 

The Facility

NTPDA 2022 Harrahs HotelWe'll be at Harrah's Hotel & Casino in North Kansas City. Even for those of you who are not into gambling this is a fantastic location and facility. The gaming rooms are separate from much of the hotel...but there if you wish. The hotel is just minutes from Downtown Kansas City but, because we're not directly in the city center, our room rates are really quite low. But, that's not all. We're working on setting up a credit for each night you stay with us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It's called motivation.

And you'll be just steps away from the very famous Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse located in the facility. Your Board (see above photo) had dinner there and we promise you that it will be an amazing experience. Even though it serves some fantastic steaks you've got to try the sea bass. No, really...it is stunning!

We also checked out the Trade Show Floor and that too has room for plenty of our Associate Members to show off their products and services. Plus we've been working on several new ways to help you better engage with our displayers and actually...win some $. Our goal is to make this Trade Show Event one of the best we've ever had and really make it worth the time and effort for our Regular and Associate Members.

Registration & Pricing NTPDA 2022 Harrahs Room

The Board, during our Summer Meeting, has set the pricing for registration and booth space and that link will soon be on our website. Don't worry, we'll share as soon as we go live.  However, just so you might start planning, registration is $300 per person through the end of October, $375 per person through the end of November and $450 per person if you're going to drag your heels and wait to register. 

Booth space is set at $500, a bargain if you've been seeing the rates for other trade shows, and we're working on a Site Visit that will take place at Cook's Tractor Parts of Clinton, Missouri. Transportation is included...and Richard tells us so is lunch...and more. There will be a Spouse Event that will be "over the moon" and of course we'll continue our tradition of fund raising for St. Jude.

NTPDA 2022 Harrahs Gordon RamsaySave The Date!

So you can plan to be with us make sure you save the date!  Many will be arriving on Thursday January 20th as we get the party started and we'll be active with tours, the Trade Show, Annual Meeting, St. Jude Auction and Dinner ending on Saturday night, January 22.  Again, full registration details and our event details will soon be posted on the NTPDA website. Our goal here is to get you in the mood for what is promising to be an outstanding event for business and for a great social experience. Photo: Gordon Ramsay Streak Restaurant. 

Stay tuned...we'll continue to tease you.

 


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.


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


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!

 


Register Now and Save!

The 2020 NTPDA Conference & Trade Show runs January 16th - 18th at the beautiful Harrah’s/Ak-Chin Casino in  Maricopa, AZ (Think...Phoenix) and, as usual we've got a great event for our members full of networking, education and some fun! And...if you register before the end of day the 30th of November we'll save you some money!

Here's a quick video to encourage you to join us in January: 

But, remember...register today to get in on the "Early Bird" Savings. Here is your registration link and we look forward to seeing you in January for #NTPDA20!

 


We REALLY Want You!!

OK, so you missed out on the free registration last month. Don't be sad. We get it...everybody is busy. But wait!  There's more!  Early But Wait Theres More
registration ends on November 30 and what does that mean for you?  Simple we'll knock off $150 bucks from your NTPDA20 Registration!  Rather than spending $450 (after 12/31) each registration is just $300.

Look, we really want you to join us for the business opportunities, networking and fun we'll have in Phoenix. Registration is easy and right here

Over the past week we've been on the phone with a number of our members who have already registered. The number one reason they've made plans to attend in January?  "Increase business!" and at the end of the day...isn't that what this is all about? Getting to know each other better and having more access to our suppliers and our fellow members. Sure, we'll have a great time, (just like we do every year) but the bottom line is YOUR bottom line. After all, we exist to bring value to our members...all our members!

So, don't delay. Register here for NTPDA20. Watch our Facebook Page for regular updates and if you use Twitter you can find us @NTPDA

And, yes, we'll keep bugging you because we've got a great line up of events and business education.  Plus...some special opportunities for you and your business to get noticed that you can use well after the Annual Conference and Trade Show. We'll be recording radio and video spots that you can take back with you...to promote your business on your social media channels and if you use radio spots back home.  The value of that exceeds $1,000 a crack.

Hope to see you in Phoenix in January!