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Meet Your Annual Convention Experts - The Smythes

You can learn a lot from a TLPA convention, and you don’t have to take our word for it.

Just ask the Smythes.

Ham Smythe III of Yellow Cab of Memphis and his son, Ham Smythe IV of Premier Transportation Services in Memphis, have attended their fair share of TLPA Annual Convention & Trade Shows. This year will mark the younger Smythe’s 38th convention. His father has been to more than half of TLPA’s conventions; this year will be his 58th.

What’s even more important is the simple fact that it’s always been worth it.

“I’ve never had a convention that didn’t save or make me the money it cost to make the trip. I’ve always paid for the trip with the information and ideas I brought home. It’s really crazy that people choose not to attend,” Smythe III said. 

Of course, the conventions themselves have changed, just as the industry has. The topics have evolved, as has the makeup of the association. Larger, more corporate companies have joined alongside the mom-and-pop businesses that have long been part of the association, which now focuses on the full local passenger transportation for hire industry.

Technology and innovative ideas have helped the Smythes run their business for decades. Even more importantly, they’ve made great relationships with operators from around the country who truly understand the unique challenges they’re facing. It keeps them coming back for more.

“Every year, you go meet with your friends and share stories from the road and about the business,” Smythe IV said. “The greatest thing the convention brings you is a shared fellowship with the industry.”

The Smythes will attend TLPA’s 99th Annual Convention & Trade Show from October 8 to 12 in Denver, Colorado, at the Hyatt Regency Denver / Colorado Convention Center. You can register now and join them. 

Posted 10/3/2017 4:02:34 PM