Fort Lauderdale, FL – November 16, 2016 –The National Marine Propeller Association (NMPA) Annual Convention concluded successfully on Saturday November 12th in Las Vegas following two-days of professional training and educational sessions, product and service trade exhibits and business-to-business networking on the exhibit floor and at various social events. More than 100 attendees from states across the U.S. including Florida, California, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas and South Carolina joined other NMPA members from Canada, the Caribbean and Australia for the event which is now in its 24th year.
David De Witt, President of NMPA said, “I’m pleased to report that the interest and excitement about the NMPA Annual Convention and about the association itself is strong. We’re building on the enthusiasm from last year and the feedback from attendees has been all positive.” He added, “Our attendance numbers remained stable from 2015 and the formula of offering regular and well-known presenters with new subject-matter experts/presenters is proving a successful for us.” De Witt, Product/Program Manager for Mercury Propellers, was reelected to serve as NMPA president for another two years during the annual elections held at the Convention. Also elected for two-year terms were Mike Jones of Coastal Propeller Services; Scott Baumann of Baumann Marine Services; Marcus Clements of PowerTech! Propeller; Gary Linden of Linden Propellers; Kevin Mitchell of Michigan Wheel; and Phil Stephanuik of Turning Point Propellers.
The full complement of the NMPA Board of Directors for 2016 – 2017 are as follows:
President – David DeWitt, Mercury Propellers – Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Vice President – Stew Foster, Prop Masters – Airdrie, Alberta, Canada
Treasurer – Paul Fox, General Propeller Co. – Bradenton, Florida
Secretary – Mike Jones, Coastal Propeller Service – Bridge City, Texas
Board of Directors
Scott Baumann, Baumann Marine – Houston, Texas
Marcus Clements, PowerTech! Propellers – Shreveport, Louisiana
Jimmie Harrison, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Rick Licare, Rundquist Propeller Tools – Naples, Florida
Gary Linden, Linden Propeller – Dubuque, Iowa
Kevin Mitchell, Michigan Wheel Marine – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Darren Prouty, Precision Propeller Co. – Spokane, Washington
Phil Stephanuik, Turning Point Propellers – Jacksonville, Florida
Managing Director of NMPA Gordon Connell noted that members generally reported strong business throughout 2016 and that they were feeling positive about business expectations for the coming year. “Members that I spoke to at the Convention reported a strong year for their businesses, in some cases, a record-breaking year for both propeller sales and repairs,” Connell said. “Some manufacturers said demand was at one point out-pacing supply, and repair shops reported sending extra business to other NMPA members and collaborating to provide good service to their customers.” He added that members also voiced strong satisfaction about the value of the content, training and networking at the Convention again in 2016 highlighting one new member and Convention attendee who shared their thanks commenting that ‘We will not ever miss this convention as long as it is half as beneficial as we believe this year was for us!’
Sponsors and exhibitors at this year’s Convention included Acme Propellers, Advanced Finishing Technology, Clubine Manufacturing, Dynamics Research Corp., Glidecoat, Linden Propeller Prop, Mercury Propellers/ Quicksilver Propellers, Michigan Wheel Marine, Miller’s Island Propellers, Pesco Inc., PowerTech! Propeller, Propspeed, R.S. Hughes Industrial Suppliers (3M), Rundquist Propeller Tools, Solas Science & Engineering, Turning Point Propellers, Yamaha Motor Corp./Precision Propeller and Western Branch Metals.
NMPA is a not-for-profit marine trade association with member companies engaged in the business of propeller repair, or providing products and services to the propeller repair industry. Founded in 1992, the association promotes professionalism through training and certification, fosters growth through business development via events such as its Annual Convention, and generally represents the business interests of its members.