Annual Convention


Due to Covid-19 the NMPA Annual Convention will be a virtual event and three-part series program with presentations, panel discussions, and the usual high quality educational and informational sessions, all online instead of in person in Las Vegas this year. While it will certainly be different, it will still however be a worthwhile gathering of the ‘true propeller pros’. If you repair, manufacture, or sell boat propellers, or you are a provider of products and services to propeller repair professionals, check the Convention Schedule below and register now for the NMPA 2020 Virtual Annual Convention. For additional information give us a call at 954-880-3588, or send an email to info@nmpa.net.

Convention Schedule

Thursday, November 5

  • 5:00pm – 5:10pm Welcome & President’s Opening Remarks – Stew Foster, NMPA President
    5:10pm – 5:45pm Panel Discussion Address:
    The Boating Industry Business Boom or Bubble of 2020 and Beyond –
    David Meeler, New Product Introduction Manager, Yamaha Motor Corp., USA -Marine Group
    Tom Murray, Marine Industry Economist, Thomas J. Murray & Associates
    Peter Orlando, 25+ year Marine Industry Sales/Marketing Professional
    5:45pm – 6:15pm Exhibitor Product Presentation: 3M New Products & Tools for the Propeller Segment
    Presenter: Connor Christon, Industrial Customer Specialist – 3M Industrial & Safety Markets 3M;
    Presenter: Jeff Steege, National Accounts Business Manager – RS Hughes
    6:15pm – 7:00pm Education Session 1:
    Re-Pitching & Cup Modifications – An Advanced Primer on Returning Propellers to Factory Spec Using Patterns & Tips for Fine Tuned Modifications
    Presenter: Gary Linden, Linden Propellers
    7:00pm Day 1 Closing Remarks – Gordon Connell, Managing Director – NMPA

Thursday, November 12

  • 5:00pm – 5:05pm NMPA Virtual Convention Day 2 Opening Remarks – Stew Foster, NMPA President
    5:10pm – 5:55pm Education Session 2
    Embracing the Internet: A Strategy for Delivering Professional Brick & Mortar Pre-Sales Advice & Customer Service in Online Propeller Sales
    Tim Wilson, BDC Group – Marine Marketing for the Digital Age
    5:55pm – 6:15pm Exhibitor Product Presentation:
    Mercury Propeller’s Innovation Updates
    Presenter – Gary Diehl, Mercury Marine
    6:15pm – 7:00pm Education Session 3
    What is Face Cavitation? – An expanded discussion on Adam Kaplan’s comments during the NMPA Prop Talk Podcast. This is particularly relevant with some of the newer cambered propeller models, as well being influenced by high power loading and use of cupping.
    Presenter: Don MacPherson, HydroComp, Inc.
    7:00pm Day 2 Closing Remarks – Gordon Connell, Managing Director – NMPA

Thursday, November 19

  • 5:00pm – 5:15pm NMPA Virtual Convention Day 3 Opening Remarks – Stew Foster, NMPA President
    Annual NMPA Board of Director Election Results – Brian G. Cann, Nominating Committee Chair
    5:15pm – 6:00pm Education Session 4:
    What is Camber? – High performance outboards and inboard sportfish propellers are gaining popularity. These propellers are designed to better conform to the water inflow beneath the boat (wake) – and blade camber, which is additional curvature of the blade face, is critical to this goal. This presentation will explain what blade camber is, how to recognize a cambered blade, use-cases for cambered blades, performance implications, and repair considerations.
    Presenter: Adam Kaplan, TrueProp Software LLC
    6:00 – 6:15pm Closing Remarks & Acknowledgements– Gordon Connell, Managing Director – NMPA
Schedule subject to change