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TLPA’s Convention of the Century

People tried to crash a car. They partied at a mansion overlooking Las Vegas. They played golf just off the famous Vegas Strip. They signed business deals, made new friends, soaked up knowledge in educational sessions, and forged new partnerships for a new century.

In short, TLPA's 100th Annual Convention & Trade Show last month did not disappoint. With a jam-packed schedule, top-notch speakers, and all that Vegas has to offer, there were too many memorable moments over the course of this historic three-day event to share them all, but we’ll try to list a few here:

Photo: Golf Tournament PlayersPhoto: Golf Tournament PlayersPhoto: Golf Tournament Players

Fore!! The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Foundation Golf Tournament, sponsored by Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc. kicked off the convention at the Bali Hai Golf Club on Saturday morning. Golfers hit the links on this beautiful 18-hole course, a tropical oasis just off the Vegas strip.

Photo: Dueling Pianos Kick-Off PartyPhoto: Dueling Pianos Kick-Off PartyPhoto: Dueling Pianos Kick-Off Party

Dueling Pianos, sponsored by Taxi Butler and zTrip, entertained hundreds of top transportation executives from around the world at the convention’s Kick-Off Party. The performing pair provided the perfect ambiance of recognizable musical covers as attendees caught up over hors d’oeuvres from Flywheel and an open bar from The Black Car Fund.

Photo: Learning Lab SpeakerPhoto: Learning Lab SpeakersPhoto: Learning Lab Speakers

Rise and dine! Sunday morning got underway with the delicious aroma of breakfast, courtesy of iCabbi. During three sets of concurrent Learning Labs, transportation experts delved into the latest industry topics, including innovative technologies, market trends, and workforce and driver management—all while a hot breakfast was served in each meeting room.

Photo: Ford ExhibitionPhoto: Ford Exhibition

No really—try to crash this car! Ford Motor Company let attendees get behind the wheel of a vehicle with automatic braking capabilities designed to prevent collisions, which was part of a hands-on driving exhibition featuring Ford’s All-New Taxi vehicle line-up.

Photo: Transportation Solutions MarketPlacePhoto: Transportation Solutions MarketPlacePhoto: Transportation Solutions MarketPlace

The Transportation Solutions MarketPlace was buzzing! Dozens of exhibitors packed the exhibition floor to showcase their products and services. The Grand Opening Party came complete with an open bar sponsored by Paratransit Insurance Company and hors d’oeuvres by Ford Motor Company.

Photo: Monster Mansion PartyPhoto: Monster Mansion Party

Surprise party! Flywheel invited convention attendees to the Monster Mansion overlooking Las Vegas. The evening had live music, food and drinks, as well as a collection of high-end cars open for viewing and cameos by a few celebrities.

Photo: Second General Session Keynote Speaker Dennis SnowPhoto: Opening General Session Keynote Speaker Chris JonesPhoto: Closing General Session Keynote Speaker Scott McKain

The convention hosted three in-demand speakers from outside of the industry to share strategic insights and best practices. They included Dennis Snow, a 20-year veteran from Walt Disney, Chris Jones, co-founder of Canalys, and Scott McKain, author of Create Distinction

Photo: Closing ReceptionPhoto: Closing ReceptionPhoto: Closing Reception

TLPA’s centennial convention concluded with a silent auction and reception, the perfect event to cap a packed-to-the-brim convention program.

Photo: President Terry O'Toole

Thank you to those who joined us in Las Vegas to celebrate TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention & Trade Show! And to those of you who weren’t there, you won’t want to miss next year at Bally’s Las Vegas, October 16-18, 2019. We look forward to seeing you there, familiar faces and newcomers alike!

Not yet a member? It’s never too late to join. Click here for more info, or call us at (301) 984-5700 and we’ll be happy to tell you why members consistently say TLPA has been a crucial part of their fleets’ growth!

Posted 11/14/2018 12:26:39 PM

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