Annual Convention



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.

2021 Virtual Convention Schedule (2022 Convention Schedule Will Be Announced Soon)

Thursday, November 4, 2021

  • 5:00pm – 5:10pm Welcome & President’s Opening Remarks – Mike Jones, NMPA President
    5:10pm – 6:00pm Day One Session 1: Panel Discussion
    Topic: Is the Boating Business Boom Sustainable in a Post-Covid World? How Prop Shops Should Get Ready. 
    Some manufacturers and prop shops have done well throughout the pandemic as boat sales and boating business took off. This panel discussion will tackle the question whether the strong growth will continue and how those who are doing well are keeping up, investing in human, technical and capital resources, and how they’re making medium/long term plans for a post COVID business world.
    Panelists: Matt Gruhn, MRAA, Vladimir Kolbasov, Solas Propeller
    6:00pm – 6:30pm Day One Session 2: Exhibitor Product Presentation
    Topic: Solving Line Residue Polishing/Buffing Issues With The 3m Trizact & Proper Durometer Contact Wheel
    See and hear from 3M experts as they troubleshoot and solve some polishing/buffing issues happening near the root of a propeller and affecting areas like the cup. Suggestions will include materials, modifications to the materials and which tools best achieve top quality and performance in the opinion of a 37-year propeller pro.
    Presenter: Jim Olson, 3M, Tony Cristoforo, 3M, Richard Hendle, RS Hughes, Gary Linden, Linden Propeller
    6:30pm – 7:30pm Day One Session 3: Technical Education Session
    Topic: Propeller Performance in 16 million Colors
    Join HydroComp staff for an overview about how propeller performance is predicted by computer – from basic calculations to full-blown 3D computer simulations. Most of you will know about using historical propeller types (such as the Gawn, B Series, and Kaplan styles) for prop sizing, but many of you may have questions about the industry’s infatuation with CFD. We will describe the evolution of performance prediction, including an introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) – what it is, where it is useful, and when to beware the pretty pictures!
    Presenters: Don MacPherson, HydroComp, Inc.
    7:30pm Day 1 Closing Remarks – Stew Foster, Convention Committee Chair

Thursday, November 11, 2021

  • 5:00pm – 5:05pm NMPA Virtual Convention Day 2 Opening Remarks – Stew Foster, NMPA Past President
    5:10pm – 5:45pm Day Two Session 1: Technical Education Session
    Topic: A Primer on High Polish Mirror Finishing & Satin Finishing Techniques
    In this session we will focus on the 18” 2 Ply Satin Airway Buffs offered by Phoenix Abrasives. We will go over how these specialized wheels will help you achieve an outstanding satin finish on stainless propellers as well brass propellers, and any other material requiring a satin finish. We will cover the construction and material present in these wheels that make them so unique. If you are looking for a superior satin finish on your props then these need to be in your shop.
    Presenters: Greg Magnuson, Phoenix Abrasives & Stew Foster, Prop Masters
    5:45pm – 6:30pm Day Two Session 2: Technical Education Session
    Topic: Hydraulic Strut Press System – A Video Presentation & Q&A
    This session will offer a video presentation demonstrating the mechanics of hydraulically straightening struts. It will demonstrate the ability to hydraulically lock, push and heal where required to bring struts back to their original casted form. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the equipment, process and results achieved.
    Added Bonus: Kawartha Propeller Wireless & Paperless Invoicing System
    Presenter: John Fuderer, Kawartha Propeller
    6:30pm – 7:30pm Day Two Session 3: Technical Education Session
    Topic: Pricing & Shop Charges – One Shop’s Perspective Over 40 Years
    Did you calculate your actual costs, the value of your time and determined your profit goals in setting your shop charges? Are your prices based on time, materials, knowledge, experience and quality of the workmanship, or did you use the good ol’ un-scientific method of trying to not be the cheapest or most expensive in your area? This session will offer an analytical review of pricing and shop charges and their important role in your profitability.
    Presenter:Gary Linden, Linden Propeller
    7:30pm Day 2 Closing Remarks – Mike Jones, NMPA President

Thursday, November 18, 2021

  • 5:00pm – 5:10pm NMPA Virtual Convention Day 3 Opening Remarks & Annual Election Results – Mike Jones, NMPA President
    5:10pm – 6:00pm Day Three Session 1: Technical Education Session
    Topic: Evolution of Welding Power Supplies
    This session is for both the experienced and new welders alike, and will provide an overview of the transformer/rectifier welding machines , and the inverter style machines with a focus on their roles in ensuring quality welding results; it will help propeller repair pros understand power supply, input power and consumption and will take a look at arc performance differences.
    Presenter: Gary Holbrook, Retired Fronius Welding Products Rep.
    6:00pm – 6:30pm Day Three Session 2: Exhibitor Product Presentation
    Topic: Pitchometers – Wanted Dead Or Alive
    Propeller pitchometers have come a long way, but the basic principles and structure remain the same. There’s no need to let an older device become obsolete – many times, they can be retrofitted and refreshed with TrueProp! Join TrueProp Software to learn what your legacy device is capable of – as well as the latest advances in digitizing the propeller repair and inspection process.
    Presenter: Adam Kaplan, TrueProp
    6:30pm – 7:30pm Day Three Session 3: Technical Education Session
    Topic: Large Wheel Repair – New Tools, Techniques & Pro Secrets
    Basic elements in large prop repair. Same principles just larger scale. We will take you through a snapshot of our process on our commercial side of propeller repair. Starting with an initial analysis with new technology and old we will show you how we mesh them to be as efficient and reliable that our customers demand. After straightening we will have a demonstration of our Fronius welding machine with its user-friendly settings, record keeping and superior welding abilities. From the thick stuff to the thin stuff, it will amaze you.
    Presenter: Cory Baumann, Baumann Propellers
    7:30pm Closing Remarks & Acknowledgements– Stew Foster, Convention Committee Chair
Schedule, Topics & Speakers are subject to change.