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Spring Conference & Exposition

May 3-6, 2007
Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
Baltimore, Maryland

Hotel Information   |   Hotel Reservations   |   Tentative Agenda
TLPA Registration Form   |   Exhibit Prospectus

The Destination

When asked what comes to mind when thinking about Baltimore, the most popular answers might be "Maryland Crab Cakes" and "The Oriole's". Certainly those are reason enough to visit this wonderfully unique city, but there are so many more great restaurants, a beautiful harbor, a plethora of history and TLPA's Spring Conference & Exposition.

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Conference Sponsors - All Gold

Please be sure to thank TLPA's Spring Conference Gold Sponsors Liberty Motor Company and Veolia Transport on Demand. Liberty is once again sponsoring the very popular registration bags and Veolia Transport on Demand is sponsoring a guided tour of their operation and is also co-sponsoring the dinner & baseball tickets for the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians.

Conference Sponsors - Silver & Bronze

Please also be sure to thank our Silver Sponsor 1-800-TAXICAB for sponsoring the Opening Cocktail Reception's Open Bar and to Digital Dispatch Systems for once again sponsoring the name badges.

The Invitation

President Brian Wier and TLPA host operator, Mark Joseph, invite you to enjoy an enriched educational experience at TLPA's Spring Conference & Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland, May 3-6, 2007. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in the heart of the city. Stroll the waterfront, have your fill of fresh steamed Maryland crabs, or meander through the interesting shops in the Harbor Pavilions. Baltimore is definitely a destination to bring the whole family. Some of Baltimore's top attractions line the Inner Harbor including the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center and the USS Constellation. For a change of pace, hop the water-taxi to Fells Point or Little Italy for fabulous restaurants tucked away on cobblestone streets.

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Steamed Crabs

Little Italy

The Agenda

Our General Session speakers are well known industry leaders who will provide you valuable tools and insights in an incomparable learning experience. Our popular breakout sessions allow you to visit the division of your choice and discuss unique issues. Some of the meeting highlights will be the three open steering committees meetings that address legislative and regulatory issues, review training materials and choose topics for the TLPA Annual Convention round tables and breakout sessions.

Inner Harbor Paddle Boats

METS: Tall Ships

Baltimore Arts Tower

Fells Point
The Relaxed Atmosphere of the Exhibits

TLPA has never been accused of all work and no play. We'll have time for a little relaxation as we break from our meetings and allow the exhibitors to welcome us into the trade show for a breakfast, a lunch and a cocktail reception. The Spring Conference allows for a more intimate setting than does our Annual Convention, which in turn enables our exhibitors to focus on you in a more relaxed atmosphere. The exhibit will feature tabletop exhibits and floor exhibits from vendors eager to show you new ways that they can help you build your business.

Tour a Diversified Company

Veolia Transport on Demand owner of Yellow Transportation, which is managed by our host operators Mark Joseph and Dwight Kines, will offer a tour of their 900-vehicle facility on Saturday afternoon. Yellow Transportation developed a full city block to include their facility, which has computer dispatch, full maintenance garage, and administrative offices. Yellow Transportation also leases property to a car wash and Jiffy Lube, which service many of the owner-drivers affiliated with Yellow Transportation.

Enjoy Dinner & a Baseball Game

Veolia Transport on Demand will cosponsor a "Day at the Yards," where TLPA registered attendees can register to attend dinner and the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards. Space is limited to the first 150 full conference registrants who also preregister to attend the dinner and game.

Hotel Highlights

The Sheraton Inner Harbor's 337 spacious guest rooms are appointed with the celebrated "ahhhh" of the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds. All room feature one king, one queen, or two double beds, coffee maker, bathrobes, refrigerator, wireless high speed internet access and oversized work desk. Check-in time is 3 p.m., check-out time 12 p.m.

The Sheraton's spectacular rooms with views of the harbor and aquarium, stadium or downtown Baltimore are offered to TLPA guests at the incredible rate of $185 single or double occupancy and $395 & $565 for a one or two bedroom suite. Triple and quad rooms are also available for $205 & $225. Sheraton reservations has created an online reservation page just for TLPA guests. Check here to reserve your room today. You may also contact the hotel directly at (410) 962-8300 or call Worldwide Reservations at (800) 325-3535.

  • Wireless High Speed Internet Access in all guest rooms & public areas (charge)
  • Indoor Heated Pool
  • 24 Hour Complimentary Fitness Facility
  • Concierge Service
  • Car Rental Desk
  • Pay Parking Facilities
  • 24-Hour Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Covered Parking Facilities
  • Valet Service and Self Parking Facility
  • Handicap Accessible Facilities

Top Attractions
  • Inner Harbor (0.1 mi)
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore (0.3 mi)
  • Baltimore Zoo (5.0 mi)
  • Maryland Science Center/Imax Theatre (0.1 mi)
  • Fells Point Maritime Museum/Ghost Walk (2.0 mi)
  • Ft. McHenry (9 ft)
  • Edgar Allen Poe's House
  • Sports Legend Museum
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Walters Art Gallery
  • Baltimore Convention Center (0.1 mi/0.1 km)
  • Water Taxi (0.1 mi/0.2 km)
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards (0.1 mi/0.2 km)
  • Mechanic Theatre (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • Ravens Stadium (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • Baltimore Arena (0.3 mi/0.4 km)
  • B & O Railroad Museum (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • University of Maryland at Baltimore (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Port Discovery Kid's Museum (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Little Italy (1.0 mi/1.6 km)
  • Johns Hopkins University (3.0 mi/4.8 km)
  • Pimlico Race Track (9.0 mi/14.5 km)

Baltimore & History

Up for a history lesson? Don't miss Baltimore's most famous sites like Fort McHenry of "Star Spangled Banner" fame or the Edgar Allen Poe House. And don't forget about sports history with a peek inside the new Sports Legends Museum located at Camden Yards, the home of the major league Orioles. There is also Babe Ruth's birthplace, a museum dedicated to his life and career as one of America's greatest athletes. Art lovers will not want to miss visiting two of the country's most prestigious art museums—The Baltimore Museum of Art featuring the renowned Cone collection of 20th century art by painters such as Matisse, Picasso, and Cezanne, and the Walters Art Gallery with more than 30,000 masterpieces covering 5000 years of history. Love antiques? One of the more than 75 antique dealers in Baltimore's "antique row" might have something for you!

Of course you will have ample opportunity to exchange ideas and solutions with your peers and exhibitors in a casual atmosphere. Make your plans to spend a few prosperous days this spring with TLPA in Baltimore!

Lexington Market

Fort McHenry

Tug Boat - Fells Point

Photos courtesy of the BACVA