October 25th 2:00 Eastern Time
Is your HR manager overwhelmed trying to manage the ever-changing world of labor laws and regulations? From OSHA reporting to benefits administration to equal employment opportunity complaints and many other issues, where do you turn to provide accurate resources to help your HR manager perform the job without spending a fortune on legal and/or consulting fees? Register for this free webinar to learn more about the Trailer Makers Insurance Toolkit and how NATM members can get the Toolkit for 50% off. Below are just a few of the helpful resources you will find in the Toolkit.
For more information about the event and to register please contact Andrew Dearing and Josh Gurley.
Josh Gurley, CIC, MWCA
Trailer Industry Risk and Insurance Advisor
Andrew Dearing, CIC, MWCA
Trailer and Truck Body Industry Risk and Insurance Advisor
The Annual Regulatory Roundup and Capitol Hill Visits will be in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Along with the Convention & Trade Show, this is one of NATM’s most important events of the year. The event brings in speakers from industry groups and agencies such as the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to provide updates on current policy and regulatory happenings. Topics are geared toward current events and industry needs, with attendees being given the opportunity to engage with experts. Following morning speakers, attendees will be prepared for afternoon visits on Capitol Hills with the staff of their legislators. For those who might be unsure about this event, all attendees are paired into teams with more experienced attendees helping to navigate the Hill and lead meetings. The event is structured to be as easy as possible for attendees while providing the important function of raising awareness of the industry and the issues being faced with legislators.
With the impact of tariffs and proposed tariffs on the industry businesses and the general volatility of the government affairs arena in recent months which is likely to increase in this important midterm election year, messaging for the visits has not yet been confirmed. The Government Affairs committee continues to monitor and adapt possible messaging to ensure our visits on the Hill are relevant and reflect the needs of the industry in the moment.
While messaging is in the works, the next step to ensure a successful event is to encourage more participation from members. NATM Members attending the Capitol Hill Visit serve as crucial constituent voices and are the most important in these one-on-one meetings. Members who have attended in the past have found the experience very rewarding and provided the following comments:
John Kerr, Executive Producer, Manufacturing Practice Group, Marsh & McLennan Agency, says, “I have attended every Regulatory Roundup since I have been a member of NATM. The Roundup has allowed me to have a real and meaningful impact on the trailer manufacturing industry…Without a doubt, this event has been the most important and impactful contribution I have made to the industry. The benefits of this work are real and I would challenge every NATM member to up their commitment to the industry by joining us in Washington,” said Kerr.
NATM’s long-term approach to and investments in government relations continue to pay dividends to the Association and its members. Legislative and regulatory enactments are important and beneficial to NATM, but preventative activities—stopping bad things from happening—are perhaps more important from NATM’s perspective. The Association has been successful on both counts. The current government relations program in place for NATM is strong, and maintaining a steady course will continue to provide tremendous value to NATM members. Expanding the participation at the Regulatory Roundup and Capitol Hill visits will help build on that success and help NATM educate members of Congress about the trailer manufacturing industry.
If you would like more information about the Regulatory Roundup or how you can get involved in the NATM Government Affairs program, contact NATM Assistant Director Meghan Ryan at Meghan.Ryan@natm.com or call (785) 272-4433.
It has come to our attention that there are scammers claiming to offer NATM’s marketing lists NATM has historically had difficulty with scammers claiming to offer registration lists for the NATM Convention & Trade Show and as well as support in booking at host hotels.
These scammers are sophisticated and often build emails and websites that look very professional, but they are purely out to collect your data and money. If you use them, you will not be registered for the event and may find that your hotel reservation does not exist.
Registration for the 2018 NATM Convention & Trade Show can only be done directly through NATM. Registration will officially open Sept. 5. To register or make hotel reservations, visit www.NATM.com or by submitting the paper registration form that was mailed to your company directly. On-site registration will be available; but the earlier you register, the more you save!
NATM offers its membership lists FREE OF CHARGE to all members. For the most up-to-date membership list, contact Membership & Education Director Bill Tofflemire at Bill.Tofflemire@natm.com or call (785) 272-4433.
If you have any questions about registering for the 2018 NATM Convention & Trade Show or booking your rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, contact Events Coordinator Lane McNeil at Lane.McNeil@natm.com.
NATM is soliciting nominations for awards to be presented at the 31st Annual Convention & Trade Show at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Please consider and nominate individuals who may be eligible candidates for the following awards:
Outstanding Member Award
The Outstanding Member Award is presented each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the trailer manufacturing industry. The nominee must be an employee of an NATM Regular (trailer manufacturer) member. The nomination must include the name and address of the nominee and nominator along with a brief narrative about the contributions the nominee has made to the trailer manufacturing industry.
Young Professional Award
The purpose of the Young Professional Award is to recognize the accomplishments of young individuals in the trailer manufacturing industry. Nominees should be individuals under the age of 40, who have been innovative and successful in the trailer manufacturing industry. Both Associate and Regular member company employees are eligible for this award. The nomination should include the name and address of the nominee and nominator along with a brief narrative about the accomplishments of the nominee.
The purpose of the Green Award is to recognize an NATM Regular (trailer manufacturer) member company that has made significant contributions to improving the environmental impact within the trailer industry. The nomination should include a written description of the company’s contributions to positively impacting the environment in the trailer manufacturing industry. The document should provide qualitative and quantitative evidence of environment improvements. Nominees will be judged on case studies where the companies have been able to demonstrate improved performance in environmental manufacturing. This may include maximizing energy efficiency levels, compliance with environmental regulations and minimizing waste from the production process. Manufacturers should be able to illustrate success in reducing their environmental impact, as well as converting green manufacturing into a business opportunity. Download the Green Award form here.
Awards will be presented at the Annual Membership Meeting & Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.
Download the award nomination form here, or submit your nomination by email to Lane.McNeil@natm.com; fax (785) 272-4455; or mail to NATM Headquarters, 2420 SW 17th St. Topeka, Ks 66604. Nominations are due by November 30, 2018.
NATM is pleased to be headed back to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the 31st Annual NATM Convention & Trade Show, Feb. 19 – 21, 2019. This location has yielded three of NATM's largest gatherings to date. The Coronado Springs Resort will not only serve as the host hotel, but as the site of educational sessions, meetings and the trade show. The resort features a pool with a waterslide, hammocks lining a pond, multiple onsite restaurants and free shuttles to nearby Disney World parks.
The discounted NATM rate for Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is $165/night. Plan on coming early, staying late and bringing your family! Based on hotel availability, the rate will be available for the two days prior to the convention, as well as the two days post should attendees want to extend their stay. Disney is known for their service and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will not disappoint.
The 2019 schedule of events will be very similar to 2018 but with one major change: the entire show is moving up one day. One of the NATM Convention Committee’s goals is to keep enhancing the program and to make the event more worthwhile every year. NATM hopes with this change attendees will stay longer on the trade show floor and wrap up the convention by attending the closing event on Thursday night.
The golf tournament will be held on Monday, Feb. 18 at a nearby course. The cost to play in the golf tournament is $150 and attendees will be able to sign up when registration opens in early September. Players will be transported to and from the golf course and lunch is included.
Trade show space has opened up to the 2018 sponsors to begin selecting their booths. The opportunity to select space for non-sponsoring exhibitors will begin May 10 and the general membership and non-members will be allowed to choose booth space beginning June 21. For more information about the booth selection process, click here.
As always, the NATM Convention & Trade Show would not be possible without the support of its generous sponsors. There are sponsorship opportunities available from $500 to $50,000 to fit any budget.
Being a sponsor allows you to select your booth before previous exhibitors and the general membership, as well as provides a wide range of exposure, both electronically on NATM’s website and mobile app and in print on the convention program map. This creates name recognition which helps drive customers to your booth. Watch your email for sponsorship information coming in May!
For more information about NATM’s 2019 Convention & Trade Show, including sponsorship opportunities and exhibit space, contact Lane McNeil at Lane.McNeil@natm.com or call (785) 272-4433.
NATM is excited to be using Map Your Show’s online booth sales software again for its 31st Annual Convention & Trade Show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Feb. 19-21, 2019. This program proved to be a time saving and far less frustrating process for exhibitors. There is no more waiting around until your contract arrives to see what booth you have been assigned. This user-friendly software will allow you to select your desired booth in real time!
The opportunity to select exhibitor space at the 2019 trade show has been made available to suppliers and service providers in the following phases:
Phase 1: 2018 sponsors choose their booths first in the order of their sponsorship levels during the following dates:
$30,000 and higher: April 2nd- April 5th
$10,000-$29,999: April 6th- April 12th
$7,500-$9,999: April 13th- April 17th
$5,500-$7,499: April 18th- April 22nd
$2,500-$5,499: April 23rd-May 2nd
$1,000-$2,499: May 3rd -May 9th
Phase 2: 2018 non-sponsor exhibitors select their booths May 10-June 20.
Phase 3: The general membership and non-members will be allowed to choose booth space beginning June 21.
The 2018 sponsors and exhibitors that sign up before June 21 will receive a $200 discounted rate of $1,200 per 10’x10’ booth. The rate for any member that signs up for booth space after June 20 will be $1,400 per 10’x10’ booth. Booth spaces for non-members of NATM are $2,800.
On the day your booth-selection window opens, you will receive an email from NATM notifying you that the booth sales application is now available online for your company.
Within this email, a unique code is provided that, when entered, pre-populates the online booth sales application. Within the application, exhibitors can view the 2019 show floorplan and select the desired booth(s).
During the completion of the online application, exhibitors pay for their booth(s) online via credit card. Once NATM show management approves the application, an email containing login credentials to the exhibitor dashboard is sent. The dashboard allows exhibitors to update their company profile and contact information and view other important information relevant to the upcoming show. As always, the sign up for booth space is first come, first served. You can sign up at any time after your group’s window begins. If you miss the window for your group the privilege of choosing during your group’s time is lost. Be sure to mark your calendar to remember to sign up as soon as you receive your email from NATM!
If you have any questions regarding how to book your exhibit space or would like to be a sponsor at the 2019 Convention & Trade Show, contact NATM Events Coordinator Lane McNeil at Lane.McNeil@natm.com or call (785) 272-4433.