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Distributor NTP Holding Dealer Conference

Convention is next week

Conference is next week

NTP Distribution, a key RV parts and accessories distributor, next week is hosting its annual dealer conference – the “2011 Big Kahuna Show” – Feb. 14-18 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Nearly 500 dealers — more than 30% greater than last year — are expected at the event.

“This year’s conference, held in the Polynesian paradise of Palm Springs, Calif., is sure to make you think you can catch the perfect wave just outside the door,” the Wilsonville, Ga.-based distributor is telling its website-visiting dealers on the eve of the company’s annual conference. “Since the desert doesn’t have those amazing waves and spectacular views we have put together another outstanding event schedule sure to make you feel like you’re walking the sandy beaches of Hawaii. So dust off your Hawaiian shirts and hula skirts and join us February 14-18, 2011, at our annual dealers conference.”

For over 40 years, NTP Distribution has been serving the RV industry by distributing “the best in parts, supplies and accessories” to its dealer clients. Founded by Wallace J. Lewis as Northwest Trailer Parts in 1962, NTP today has more than 200 employees, four major warehouses and two satellite operations across the U.S.

Conference highlights include a Tuesday, Feb. 15, full day of informative workshops hosted by the company’s vendors, followed by an “Aloha Reception and Dinner” at the convention center. Extended show floor hours will be held on Wednesday and Thursday for visiting displays of NTP’s 2011 vendors, while a poolside “Big Kahuna Dinner” is planned for the Renaissance Hotel at which a Hawaiian trip for two will be raffled off.

The agenda looks something like this:

Tues., Feb. 15

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Vendor Workshops

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Primrose BD)

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Vendor Workshops

5:15 p.m. Aloha Reception & Dinner

Wed., Feb. 16

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast*

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Show Floor Open

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Show Floor Open)

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Show Floor Open

5:30 p.m. Dinner on your own

Thurs., Feb. 17

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast*

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Show Floor Open

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Show Floor Open)

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Show Floor Open

5:00 p.m. Big Kahuna Dinner

Fri., Feb. 18

Dealers depart

A leading U.S. distributor, Oregon-based NTP in 1994 opened a second warehouse in Ontario, Calif., and in 1997 acquired MHS Supply in Elkhart, Ind. The Oregon company’s Grand Prairie, Texas, warehouse was added in 2007 to cover the southern states while its newest warehouse in Austell, Ga., opened its doors last March.

“With our satellites in Fresno, Calif., and Edmonds, Wash., NTP covers major portions of the U.S. within one to two days,” the company states on its website. “To meet the needs of the growing number of North American dealers, we continue to evaluate further growth opportunities. Our long-term goal is to offer next-day service across North America.”

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