NTP Distribution Inc. CEO Bob Morter has retired after 32 years with the Wilsonville, Ore., company.
According to a press release, Morter was instrumental in NTP’s growth from a regional company to the second largest RV distributor in the United States.
After starting as a temporary employee hired for one day’s work in the summer of 1980, Morter advanced throughout other areas of the company. By 1996, he was able to purchase the company and took on the role of CEO.
When NTP Distribution was sold to Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. just over a year ago, Morter agreed to stay on to assist in the transition. As of Nov. 2, 2012, he has retired and is moving into the next phase of his life.
According to the release, his calling has been clear for the past several years to work in ministry. Along with his wife Heidi, he recently finished a trip in his RV across the United States engaging in their newly focused efforts.
Greg Boyd, president of NTP Distribution Inc., presented a check on behalf of the company for $1,250 to the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc.’s fund raiser during a ceremony at the NTP booth at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.
After previously donating $2,500, NTP came up with an innovative idea to benefit the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s even further, according to a press release.
The idea was to purchase a $250 brick on the Hall’s walk of fame on behalf of RV dealers that obtained a minimum buying level of products. To sweeten the deal, Jay Hesse, president of Blue Ox, offered to upgrade the dealer’s brick to the larger $500 brick for dealers who made a minimum purchasing level through NTP of Blue Ox products.
The Hall previously announced that the proceeds from the Brick Program would count toward the Hall’s fund raisers.
The resulting promotion by NTP resulted in raising an additional $2,250 to the Hall’s fund raiser.
Below is a summary of donations:
Hall President Darryl Searer while accepting the contribution noted, “It continues to amaze me how companies come up with innovative ideas to help the Hall reduce its debt. Besides individual contributions, the Boots Ingram Family’s Challenge grants, our Peer Challenge Program and now NTP’s Brick Promotion idea, has had a very positive impact on the Hall’s effort to pay off its bank loan.
“It’s no secret that the Hall was in jeopardy of closing its doors a year ago, but through the generosity of many individuals and companies, the Hall has been able to survive and is on a path to recovery.”
Searer pointed out that the bank loan to 1st Source Bank has gone from $840,000 in early 2012 to only about $200,000 now.
The current fundraiser is the “Burn the Bank Note” campaign with a goal of raising $150,000 in voluntary contributions by April 30, 2013, to be matched by the Robert “Boots” Ingram family, which has offered a $50,000 challenge grant, and that $200,000 would pay off the Hall’s bank note to 1st Source Bank.
The RV/MH Heritage Foundation is a 501-c3 not-for-profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible. Donors can use our federal ID#: 35-1610362 to verify that they are a 501-c3 not-for-profit corporation in good standing with the IRS.
Gifts may be made by mail, in person at the Hall, by phone at (800) 378-8694, or through the Hall’s web site: www.rvmhhalloffame.org.”
NTP Distribution Inc. recently announced that Donna Martin has been promoted to director of marketing. According to a press release, Martin will be responsible for NTP’s marketing, publications and SMART services.
Martin, who earned a master’s in psychology, has over 30 years experience in the RV industry working in retail and wholesale distribution. Most recently, she was category manager with Keystone Automotive Operations Inc., which acquired NTP last October, and successfully supported the company’s launch into the RV industry.
NTP, based in Wilsonville, Ore., said that Martin will be officially assuming her new role July 9.
Wilsonville, Ore.-based NTP Distribution Inc. today (June 12) announced strategic changes in its senior management team that “will help it to capitalize on strengths and continue its growth,” according to a news release.
“It has always been NTP’s policy to be strategically proactive in our growth,” said Greg Boyd, president of NTP. “With these changes we are poised to continue our growth in the RV distribution market.”
• Cathy Sutton has been promoted to director of NTP’s new hitch and towing segment, formerly known as LINK Towing. Sutton was most recently the director of vendor relations responsible for vendor promotions and products. In this new role, she will be charged with starting the new silo and developing everything from a solid product offering to sales and marketing.
• Mark Jenson has been promoted to vice president of category management and marketing. Jensen has been serving as the vice president of sales and marketing. In his new position, he will be charged with all functions of the category management team, which includes supplier relationships, marketing and publications.
• Jon White has been promoted to vice president of sales.White had been the general manager for the RV segment at Keystone Automotive Operations and had, most recently, been the general manager for Keystone’s hitch and tow segment. White brings to NTP a vast level of experience in business development, sales and marketing, the company said in a press release.
• Bill Schidleman was promoted to director of sales operations. In this new role, Schidleman will be responsible for consultant training, process discipline and developing a consistency throughout the NTP sales force. He has been with NTP for 38 years, holding various positions in the company, most recently as the national sales manager for the United States.
• Tony Coppo was promoted to regional sales manager for the Western division. Coppo has been with NTP for the past seven years as a sales consultant in the Northwest. He has more than 20 years of sales and management experience in the RV industry.
NTP Distribution Inc. announced new fleet routes to begin servicing customers in areas of Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico and Wyoming.
The Wilsonville, Ore., has steadily increased its fleet capabilities since being acquired by Keystone Automotive Products Inc.last October.
The new next-day service will run 2-4 days a week, depending on location, beginning May 7. As with the company’s other fleet offerings, this new service has an extended order cut-off time of 6 p.m. local time.
NTP recently announced the opening of its Kansas City distribution center, which will be servicing these new fleet routes.
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NTP Distribution Inc. announced new fleet routes to begin servicing customers in areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia.
This new next-day service will run 3-4 days a week, depending on location, beginning April 23. As with the company’s other fleet offerings, this new service has an extended order cut-off time of 6 p.m. local time.
This is the latest move by the Wilsonville, Ore.-based supplier since being acquired by Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. to increase its delivery area nationwide. NTP is a key supplier of aftermarket products, parts and accessories for dealers in the recreational vehicle and hitch and tow industries. The company has 200 employees and operates five distribution centers across the U.S.
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Industry supplier NTP Distribution Inc. announced that it will be adding Saturday ordering for fleet delivery customers with a regular Monday stop.
According to a press release, this allows a customer to place orders on Friday and/or Saturday and receive their orders the following Monday. Beginning April 14, NTP customers can place orders on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pacific) for Monday delivery.
“We’re constantly seeking new ways to help our customers grow their business,” said NTP President Greg Boyd. “This new service is another way we can enable them to service their customers in an even more timely way.”
Since its acquisition by Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. last October, the Wilsonville, Ore.-based company has added several fleet routes to their services and anticipates adding more in the near future.
During its 2012 National Dealer Conference in San Diego, NTP Distribution Inc. honored Progress Mfg. with a 2011 Top Vendor Award. This marks the third consecutive year Progress Mfg. has received this award from NTP.
“We work hard to build strong relationships with our dealers and distributors,” said Rich Elliott, sales director for Progress Mfg., in a press release. “This award is a combination of our excellent sales staff and innovative products and we are grateful to NTP for this recognition.”
Progress Manufacturing, creator of The Original Equal-i-zer Sway Control Hitch, supplies the RV industry with towing hitches and other innovative towing product solutions. For more information, call (800)478-5578 or visit www.EqualizerHitch.com and www.fastwaytrailer.com.
During its 50th Anniversary Conference in San Diego last week, NTP Distribution Inc., a leading national distributor of RV and recreation-related products, honored Cequent Performance Products with the “2011 Vendor of the Year” award, as well as “Best Booth” featuring its Reese, Tekonsha and Bulldog brands. Pictured are Tom Benson, president of Cequent Performance, accepting the “Vendor of the Year” award from NTP President Greg Boyd. To win the best booth honor, Cequent’s staff took full advantage of NTP’s 50th anniversary by creating a rock-and-roll theme and dressing as the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” from the classic Beatles album. “While we have fun at these events, we take the relationship we have with NTP and all our customers very seriously,” said Benson. “It’s an honor to be recognized with this award and a privilege to participate in NTP’s success.” Plymouth, Mich.-based Cequent supplies NTP with a several prominent towing brands, including Reese, Tekonsha, Bulldog, Bargman, ROLA, Tow Ready and Draw-Tite.
NTP Distribution Inc. announced the addition of Home & Road mattresses, a private label brand developed with The Mobile Outfitters, a division of Lippert Components Inc. According to a press releasee, the mattress line is exclusively distributed through Wilsonville, Ore.-based NTP.
The product line is currently available for delivery only and marks the first private label offering for NTP utilizing its new fleet services resulting from its acquisition by Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. last year.
“We’re excited about this new line,” said NTP President Greg Boyd. “Big, bulky products like mattresses can be problematic to ship, often making it cost-prohibitive for a lot of customers. Because of our new logistics capabilities, we can deliver this cheaper, faster and better than anyone in the industry.”
The new line was one of many new offerings the company had at their show last week in San Diego and is expected to be a big boost to their product mix.
“We wanted to partner with Lippert because we knew they could provide the kind of quality we know our customers expect, at price points that keep them competitive,” said Mark Jenson, NTP’s vice president of sales and marketing. “We anticipate this addition being a big win for us this year.”