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The Destination

The 91st Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held in one of TLPA's most popular locations—Caesars Palace in Las Vegas!

Those of you who have been to Las Vegas know that the fun and excitement never stops. You may try your luck at a gaming table or the slots, but the modern Vegas is so much more. It has become a destination of fine dining, invigorating nightclubs and spectacular shows. Even wandering through the hotels and casinos is an amazing way to spend your time!

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The Invitation

President Rick Hewatt's theme of "Work Hard: Play Hard" has no better background than Las Vegas. He invites you to join your fellow TLPA members at the Annual Convention, where each day we will focus on the current topics that affect your business ... and each night we explore all the excitement of Las Vegas.

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend. The registration fee includes two breakfasts, two lunches, two cocktail receptions, a tour of a transportation company, a prize drawing, and, of course, the items the exhibitors and sponsors give away. We'll Work Hard and We'll Play Hard too. Plenty of time is built into the convention schedule for you to relax, enjoy and speak informally with your fellow industry members.

Photos Courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

The Exhibits

Caesars Palace has expanded again, building a brand new home for our Trade Show. A walk down the hall from our meeting rooms and a trip down the escalators and you will be standing in the foyer of the new Forum Ballroom which will house our Trade Show. Now more convenient, this exposition is the place to discover new products and services from our industry's best vendors. You have the advantage when all your vendors are under one roof and everyone benefits when the meetings and the trade show are under the same roof.

Trade Show Hours

The Grand Opening of the Trade Show will be held on Sunday, October 4 from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. with the Grand Opening Cocktail Reception. On Monday, the exhibit hall will be open from 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. with a lunch being served early and an open bar served later that afternoon. On Tuesday, the trade show will be open from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with lunch being served early and prize drawings held before the hall closes.

Opening General Session

We've added an additional general session this year that will take place Sunday afternoon, October 4. The first general session will feature two sets of impressive keynote speakers. Mark Keller, CEO and William O'Grady, Executive Vice President of Confluence Investment Management LLC will present their keynote presentation of New Financial Realities for Businesses; followed by John Boit, CEO and Jon Taper, President of Melwood Global, LLC who will discuss Proactive Public Relations Strategies.

The speakers for the second and third general sessions are equally as impressive. On Monday morning President Rick Hewatt will give his state of the industry & TLPA address followed by the Legislative Report by TLPA Legislative Counsel Ken Butler. The Operator of the Year Presentations will conclude the second general session. The Annual Business Meeting is the third general session.

The Annual Business Meeting

The TLPA & TLPF Annual Business Meeting will be held Tuesday morning, October 6 at 9:00 a.m. During these meetings, new budgets will be adopted, bylaw changes will be received and board members will be elected and sworn into office. The highlight will be newly elected President Victor Dizengoff presenting his vision for the future course of TLPA and the industry.

The Educational Sessions

Roundtable Discussions are back, and we're scheduling 18 topics of importance to you. Sunday afternoon, October 4, opens the convention with two sets of roundtables. Roundtable discussions are informal Q & A sessions with a moderator. Each table seats 36 people so arrive early to ensure you get a seat at the table. A few of the roundtable discussion topics will include: Call Center: Attracting & Keeping Good Employees, Contracting: Managing Your Broker, Drivers: Coaching for Increased Productivity, Insurance: Optimizing Your Claims Management, Marketing: Budget Conscience Marketing Ideas, Regulations: Getting Enforcement Against Illegal Operators, Technology: Vice Recognition Systems, Vehicles: Discussion of Alternative Fuel Commercial Vehicles. Please see the agenda for a complete list of roundtable discussion topics and come prepared with your questions and comments.

Additional educational sessions include four opportunities to attend breakout sessions where industry experts will present on a variety of topics. Choose from breakouts on PR Crisis Management Strategy, TLPA's Web-based Taxicab Driver Education Program, Financial Outlook & Strategies, and Cost of Converting to Accessible Taxicabs and many others.

Host Operator Tour

On Monday afternoon, Whittlesea Bell Transportation will welcome us into their brand new facility. It's a 1012 parking space garage attached to our original 400 parking space garage built in '95. The bottom floor of the new garage features 50,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art shop comprised of 25,000 sq. ft. mechanical shop & 25,000 sq. foot body shop with two paint booths, two prep booths and a mixing room. Also on the first floor is 16,000 sq. ft. of office space that consists of the drivers room, operations offices for management, dispatch & reservations, and count room. On the 2nd floor we have 4,000 sq. ft. of space with two large training rooms and executive offices. The purpose for such a large garage was to provide on-site employee parking. Whittlesea currently operates taxicabs, limousines, sedans and buses totally 875 vehicles.

You won't want to miss this interesting tour. Everyone is invited to participate at no extra fee. Please sign up at the registration desk.