Annual Convention 2022



For our 30th Anniversary NMPA is set for a return to Las Vegas for the Annual Convention from November 10 – 12, 2022!

If you’re a ‘true propeller pro’ this year’s Annual Convention is where you need to be. It’s where anyone who repairs, manufactures, or sells boat propellers, or anyone who sells products and services to propeller repair professionals should plan to be. Your business should be like a well-tuned propeller… just like you ask the boater about the type of boat she drives, the water he’s boating in and the type of engines on the boat, you need to take some time to check-in with your fellow propeller pros to learn about what’s happening in the industry, what others are seeing and learn about how you can improve your technical knowledge, yourself and your business.

Registration will open in mid-July! We’re heading back to The Orleans Hotel & Casino where we’ve had many great past conventions. Rooms are available and you can get a head-start by booking your room early. Call the office to get the group rate code or ask any questions you may have!

For additional information about being an Exhibitor, give us a call at 954-880-3588, or send an email to info@nmpa.net. An updated Annual Convention program and schedule will be announced soon, till then, see the quality program from 2021. Members can log in to watch recordings of the sessions from previous years.

2022 Annual Convention Schedule

Thursday, November 10, 2022

    • 10:00am – 2:00pm Pre-Convention Workshop: Propeller Repair Certification Training – The Basics of Propeller Repair & NMPA Standards of Propeller
      4:00pm – 7:00pm Registration Desk Open
      7:00pm – 9:00pm Welcome Reception
      • President’s Welcome Remarks (7:45pm)
      • Sponsor’s Welcome Remarks
        30th Anniversary Celebration & Toast

Friday, November 11, 2022

  • 7:30am Registration Desk Open
    8:00am – 9:00am Exhibit Hall Open

    • Coffee & Danish Breakfast Available
    • Networking & Visit Exhibitor Booths
    9:00am – 10:15am Opening Session

    • President’s Welcome Remarks
    • Managing Director’s Introductory Remarks
    • Keynote Address – Greg Sharrow, Sharrow Marine
    10:15am – 10:45am Break: Member & Exhibitor Networking
    10:45am – 12:00pm

    Session 1:

    Round Table Discussions
    Each table will be assigned topics for open discussion. Given the boating industry’s strong performance over the past several years, and by extension, the high levels of business in the propeller sector, we anticipate shops and propeller pros will have much to share about how they managed the during and in the time since the height of the pandemic. Each table will be asked to summarize and share the key points from their discussions.

    • NMPA Prop Scan Database Interest Discussion
    • Creation Inventory Sharing Network Interest Discussion
    • Post pandemic supply chain strategies
    • Stainless Steel prop supply issues and solutions
    • Financial Survival Tactics During Extreme Inflation / Recession
    • Employee Retention


    12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
    1:00pm – 1:45pm

    Session 2:

    Propellers, Engine Load, and RPM
    Today’s engines give more feedback than ever before – accurate RPMs, engine load, and fuel burn are now prominently displayed on the pilot dashboard. Boaters are frequently requesting propellers to hit specific engine load percentages for both top performance and warranty requirements. We’ll discuss boat trials, engine performance data, and how to finely tune our propeller size to achieve target engine loading and RPM.


    Adam Kaplan, HydroComp/TrueProp
    2:00pm – 2:45pm

    Session 3:

    Too Hot to Handle – Welding Techniques Used by True Prop Repair Pros
    From equipment options, to welding supplies to practical tips, knowing your way around this important part of propeller repair is essential to quality workmanship and your bottom line. Pre-heating or not when repairing aluminum, manganese bronze or NiBrAl. Inverters, MIG or TIG? How much is too much? What’s supplies are the profitable shops using to manage costs? Never rushing and avoiding dirty welds. No topic is too hot to handle in this session.


    Colton Watson, Precision Propeller 
    2:45pm – 3:15pm Break: Member & Exhibitor Networking
    3:15pm – 4:00pm Session 4: Spilling the Tea on the Art of Cupping
    This session will briefly delve into the history of cupping propellers and examine the purpose, effects on performance and methods of measuring the cup. You’ll hear the pros perspective on modifying and quantifying propeller cup and what tools are needed to get it right. Learn about feathering and use of new technology like Veem Interceptor Strips.
    Presenter Mike Jones, Coastal Propeller
    Session 5: Prop Shop Show and Tell – A Look at the Unique Set-up & Tools In Use
    4:15pm – 5:00pm This session will give members a chance to see how other NMPA pros are staging their shops and the examine the unique special-built tools some operations use to achieve high quality professional repairs. This will be a photo and video session with presentations from large, medium and small facilities.


    Jody Bell, Osborne Propellers
    6:00pm – 8:00pm Happy Hour  – Poolside, The Orleans Hotel & Casino

  • Schedule, Topics & Speakers are subject to change

Saturday, November 12, 2022

  • 7:30am Registration Desk Open
    8:00am – 9:00am Exhibit Hall Open
    • Coffee & Danish Breakfast Available
    • Networking & Visit Exhibitor Booths
    9:00am – 10:00am Opening Session
    • President’s Welcome Remarks
    • Keynote Address – TBC
    • NMPA Elections – Voting for Board of Directors
    10:15am – 11:00am

    Session 1:

    Priority # 1 is Safety…. Let’s Be Careful Out There!
    Everyone has a personal horror story or can recite one they’ve heard. That’s NOT what this session is about. New products, tools and techniques are coming into the marketplace every year – from dust masks, to welding apparatus with built-in a/c cooling in the helmets, to shop ventilation systems and non-slip/anti-fatigue mats. We’ll review safety and help you ensure your practices, and your shop can exceed safety standards.


    11:15am – 12:00pm

    Session 2a:

    The Value of a Good Front Office  – Why Training, Knowledge and Propeller Expertise Equal Time and Money
    Understanding the role of front office and how to help the repair pros in the back shop makes a significant difference in the time and profitability of the business. The determination on repairability, whether the customer should be sold a new prop, understanding prop sizing, boating water conditions and all the other right questions separates NMPA shops from non-member business. This is a don’t miss session for anyone on the prop shop frontline.


    Stacey Foster, Prop Masters
    Presenter TBC
    12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
    1:15pm – 2:00pm

    Session 3:

    No One Wants to Hear a Prop Sing!
    Prop sing is defined as the resonance between the local natural frequency of the propeller blade tip and the vortex shedding frequency at trailing edge of the blade. Basically, it’s a very annoying high frequency sound usually as a result of vibrations. We’ll take a look at this phenomenon and solutions such as anti-sing edges to help you give your boating customer a better boating experience.


    Gary Linden, Linden Propellers
    Tim Hackney, Performance Propeller
    2:15pm – 3:00pm Session 4: New Propellers & Technology in the Marketplace and Use Scenarios
    Volvo, PowerTech, Yamaha, Acme, Turning Point and Sharrow Marine are among the manufacturers who have introduced new wheels and technology over the last few years. Join us as we close out the NMPA Annual Convention with close look at what’s new and hot in the marketplace and examine the use scenarios for these new propellers.
    Presenter Kevin Mitchell
    3:15pm – 4:00pm Closing Session
    • Board of Directors Election Results Announcement
    • Certification Recognition Awards*
    • Annual Raffle

Schedule, Topics & Speakers are subject to change.