Press Release Article

  • 2/1/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • John Spaulding

EXETER, PA – If an event’s success is measured by attendance and sales, NTP-STAG’s 2019 EXPO would be one for the record books. By almost every measure – attendance, exhibit hall size, sales, new product and program reveals, the 2019 EXPO appeared to break all the previous show records. “We had high expectations going into the event,” stated Bill Rogers, President of NTP-STAG. “The results were exactly what we hoped for – strong attendance, busy show floor, solid representation by leading suppliers in our market, and great sales,” he adds.

The 2019 EXPO, held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, had over 3,000 preregistered NTP-STAG customers, supplier personnel and staff scheduled to attend.  The two day event had the largest RV University attendance ever and the 150,000 square foot exhibit hall was humming with people and deals until the closing bell.

“Our training and education programs continue to be a strong draw for the EXPO,” says John Spaulding Director of Communications and Events. “It reinforces the fact that there is a desire for people to be better at their jobs and have a deeper understanding of the products, business practices and trends that impact their success. Having over 1,100 people signed up to participate in our education programs this year was incredible.”

During EXPO, there was definitely a focus on new items, product categories and marketing programs that can help dealers grow their businesses. The traditional model store was transformed into an idea center where attendees could see how a variety of categories like, pet supplies, portable lighting, kitchen items, smart technology products and PDI components can be merchandised to improve impulse shopping and overall store sales performance.

Fred Petrivelli, Vice President of Sales says, “Helping customers find new products and showing them how to sell them was a key initiative for us at the show this year. Based on the level of interest we saw in the merchandising area and with the 17 new suppliers we had on the show floor, I would say we delivered on that one.”  When asked if the on-the-floor promotions delivered, too, he said, “Keeping the energy up on the show floor was easy. The power hours were terrific!”

The company reported that their pre-cart order building process was a success this year with more than 64% of the registered dealer accounts having come prepared with some of their buying pre-planned. The pre-cart sales totals were up over 50% from 2018. Ralph Ruzzi, Vice President of NTP-STAG Canada said, “Obviously, coming to the show prepared gives people more time to spend with suppliers on the floor learning about new products and I think that really helped us achieve our overall sales plan at the event.”

“Based on what we experienced in Nashville this week, I’d have to say that things are off to a pretty good start,” says Rogers. “The suppliers were very complimentary. Our customers were appreciative and upbeat, and they really showed a keen interest in a lot of the new things we introduced. From our Marketing Garage digital content solutions and Parts VIA to product and service offers from DISH, Pet Comfort, Blue Ox, Airxcel, Carefree, Valterra and others, I really couldn’t be happier with what I saw this week.  The best part was being able to build on so many great relationships that we have.”

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For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it.

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NTP-STAG Opens 2021 with Expo
Exeter, PA (February 05, 2021) – NTP-STAG, the leading distribution company for the recreational vehicle aftermarket, opened the new year with the 2021 Expo, both in person on January 18 – 19 at the Marriott Orlando World Center in Orlando, FL, followed by a weeklong virtual event January 25 – 29.
 
“Supported by extensive customer surveys and supplier communications voicing a strong interest in our holding the live show, our events team worked closely with the Marriott Orlando World Center staff to establish parameters and protocols while integrating the technology and tools that allowed us to execute a safe and healthy event for all attendees,” said NTP-STAG President, Bill Rogers. “Although meeting these needs required us to reduce the number of staff, exhibitors and customers, the result was a high-quality event allowing dealers valuable networking opportunities while partaking in the various educational seminars and of course, show-only sales and promotions. We are grateful to our customers who took time out of their busy schedules to join us in Orlando and participate in Expo.”
 
In conjunction with the live event, the virtual Expo, hosted through NTP-STAG’s online portal, viantp.com, provided attendees weeklong access to a similar slate of sales and promotions, Power Hours and buying opportunities along with the impressive roster of speakers and product seminars that appeared at the live event in Orlando. Hall of Fame speaker and well-respected economist Dr. Mary Kelly PhD returned for the second year as a PRO Speaker to share her business insights while bestselling author and nationally-recognized social media expert, Corey Perlman discussed best practices to maximize digital business opportunities including developing and publishing effective, high-quality social media content. Numerous RV University product presentations by some of the industry’s leading suppliers rounded out the agenda both in person, and virtually.
 
“While logistics, capacity limitations and the geographical travel restrictions of the current environment restricted live event capacity, the virtual show allowed us to engage with dealers while showcasing the leading manufacturers in a safe, online environment,” continued Rogers. “The wider accessibility of the virtual show format also gave us an opportunity to expand our reach and communicate with a larger audience for an extended period of time. We foresee incorporating the virtual show elements into our event programming well into the future.”
 
For RV Dealers, many of whom were attending their first live show in nearly a year, the 2021 NTP-STAG Expo was a welcomed return to the calendar.
Attendee, PPL Motor Homes President, Diana LeBlanc summarized her sentiments at the conclusion of the show in Orlando. “We didn’t know what to expect coming this year, we just knew that NTP-STAG would take care of us. The feeling this year is completely different but it’s a good feeling and I think it’s going to be the future of the industry.”
 
For more information about Expo, please visit: https://expo.ntpstag.com/
The 2021 NTP-STAG Virtual Expo is Here

Exeter, PA (January 22, 2021) – The 2021 NTP-STAG Virtual Expo will be held this week, January 25 – 29. Accessed online through viantp.com, the 2021 NTP-STAG Virtual Expo will deliver the same great deals and promotions as the live event with an increased level of supplier participation in a digital environment.

Virtual Expo attendees will have access to a full slate of RV University sessions, including PRO (Professional Retail Organization) Education Seminars with interactive Q&A Sessions, in addition to online manufacturer exhibits, Power Hours and daily prize giveaways.

Also highlighted is the compelling keynote address, presented by Hall of Fame speaker, Dr. Mary Kelly PhD. Dr. Kelly a retired Commander in the US Navy as an intelligence officer, a chief of police, an HR director, and a chief of staff, as well as training more than 40,000 military personnel, now specializes in leadership growth that helps organizations improve their profitability and productivity.

For more information go to https://expo.ntpstag.com or contact your NTP-STAG sales representative.

About NTP-STAG

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving RV dealers, retailers and service professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company for the recreational vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it.
Venue Event Preparedness and Safety Information

Prior to your arrival, take a moment watch the following recording of the January 11th  call where NTP-STAG and the Orlando World Center Marriott (OWCM)presented venue preparedness & safety protocols.

You can also view a video that showcases an event that took place in October 2020 at OWCM:  https://marriottbonvoyevents.com/inspirational-stories/article/277.

 We look forward to greeting you.

 

Excitement Builds for 2021 NTP-STAG Expo

Exeter, PA (January 6, 2021) –  The 2021 NTP-STAG Expo Mobile App sponsored by Southwire is now available to download, providing many useful features such as access to the show agenda, an activity feed and “my schedule” which allows show attendees to customize their show day. With less than three weeks before the launch of the NTP-STAG Expo, show attendees are invited to download the show Mobile App and familiarize themselves with the show-enhancing tool. The 2021 NTP-STAG Expo is being held January 18 - 19 at the Orlando Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida followed by a virtual event January 25 – 29.


“The Expo Mobile App is the best way to stay connected to all the show activities,” said Vice President, sales, Fred Petrivelli. “It’s simple to use and a very handy tool to help our dealers who will be attending Expo maximize their experience.”


The Expo Mobile App features the most up to date information about the show right at users’ fingertips. This includes access to the RV University schedule, PRO Seminar speakers with topics and much more.  Along with an interactive floor plan, the show app delivers live notifications on prize drawing winners, Power Hours and much more.


In addition to RV University, which includes PRO (Professional Retail Organization) Education Seminars, manufacturer exhibits, show-only sales and promotions and receptions, NTP-STAG has announced Hall of Fame speaker, Dr. Mary Kelly PhD will present the keynote address. Dr. Kelly a retired Commander in the US Navy as an intelligence officer, a chief of police, an HR director, and a chief of staff, as well as training more than 40,000 military personnel, now specializes in leadership growth that helps organizations improve their profitability and productivity. She will be delivering her insight that has contributed to more than 13 business books, including her best-seller, Master Your World, and her latest award-winner, “Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success which was profiled in both Forbes and Success magazines.


“We are looking forward to welcoming Mary to Orlando as our keynote speaker,” said NTP-STAG President, Bill Rogers. “As an award-winning economist, Mary is a compelling speaker and we are all excited about what she has to say, ultimately benefitting from her valuable perspective.”


For more information go to expo.ntpstag.com or call an NTP-STAG sales representative.


NTP-STAG continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are in constant communication with the host venue and local authorities.


For more information about Expo, please visit: https://expo.ntpstag.com/


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