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Spring Conference & Expo

May 7-10, 2008
Hyatt Regency Crown Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri

The Destination

Go ahead. Start humming ... "I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come!" And make your plans to attend TLPA's Spring Conference & Expo in where else but Kansas City, Missouri? This is where you can find great networking opportunities and the newest vendor products and services to help you build your transportation company.

Kansas City Muse of Missouri Fountain

The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain

Statue of jazz legend, Charlie Parker

The Invitation

President Brian Hunt and TLPA host operators, Sheri Watson and Terry O'Toole invite you to TLPA's Spring Conference & Expo where our focus will be on superior customer service. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in the heart of all that Kansas City has to offer.

Kansas City is the most centrally located city in the nation, which makes it a great location for the Spring Conference. Part of the city's charm lies in its impressive network of boulevards, fantastic architecture, spacious parks and over 200 exquisite fountains. Kansas City offers visitors great daytime and evening diversions including world-renowned blues and jazz clubs, a thriving arts scene, superb shopping and many fine restaurants including those specializing in the city's signature food—BBQ.


Kansas City Attraction

Nightly Live Jazz

Conference Sponsors

Sponsors are vital to keeping your conference fees affordable and allowing us to provide added benefits to our meetings. Be sure to show your appreciation by personally thanking these Spring Conference Sponsors:

  • Promptu Systems CorporationPlatinum Sponsor
    Promptu is a new vendor and sponsor to TLPA and will sponsor the Opening Night Open Bar on Wednesday and the Buffet Luncheon on Thursday.

  • Liberty Motor Company - Gold Sponsor
    Liberty is once again sponsoring the very popular registration bags for each conference registrant.

  • Digital Dispatch Systems - Silver Sponsor
    DDS is again sponsoring the name badge holders for each conference registrant.

  • Checker Transportation Group and Kansas City Transportation Group - Local Host Operators
    Colleagues who have offered support and guidance in planning the conference, guided tours of their respective operations and an evening on the town at Kansas City's newest attraction, The Basketball Experience.

The Agenda

The conference will begin Wednesday, May 7, with the TLPF Board Meeting at 11:30 a.m. followed by meetings of the Taxicab and Paratransit & Contracting Committee meetings at 2:30 p.m. and the Opening Cocktail Reception at 6:00 p.m. Thursday morning will begin with our very popular breakout sessions which allow you to visit the topic of your choice and discuss unique issues. The Limousine Steering Committee and the General Session will be held on Thursday afternoon. Session topics will focus on industry innovations; solutions and techniques to help you better lead your company in providing successful quality transportation service. Presentations will examine how the best industry practices and knowledge of customer service techniques can improve every aspect of your operation.

New, this year is an open meeting of the TLPA Board of Directors on Friday morning. The board meeting (previously held at the Mid-Year Conference) will discuss a variety of Association business including future meeting site selections. The operator tours of Checker Transportation Group and Kansas City Transportation Group are the last item of business on Friday afternoon. As always, you will have ample time to relax and plenty of opportunities to network with your fellow operators.

The College Basketball Experience Optional Event

Our host operators Sheri Watson & Terry O'Toole, invite TLPA's attendees to a Thursday evening of fun, food, drink and a little friendly competition at Kansas City's newest attraction, The College Basketball Experience. Make no mistake, The College Basketball Experience is not a museum. This is a high energy, interactive venue where basketball fans of any age can totally immerse themselves in the game of college basketball. Located at the new Sprint Center in Kansas City's Power & Light District, the 41,500 square foot building features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, exhibits honoring coaches and players, as well as hands-on, interactive exhibits designed to test a visitor's basketball skill level and knowledge. After enjoying dinner, Sheri and Terry invite all attendees to "Step Up To The Line" in electrifying game-like situations, from sinking the game winning shot to announcing the play by play action from the ESPNU broadcast desk. There are courts to practice your passing and rebounding skills, to challenge a friend to a Pop-a-Shot or 3-pointer contest. And if you have ever wanted to feel the exhilaration of a dunk shot, you will have your chance here where backboards at a variety of heights provide the opportunity. Wear your favorite college basketball t-shirt and your tennis shoes—you may just sweat! There is a separate registration fee for this event.

The Relaxed Atmosphere of the Exhibits

The expo will feature tabletop and floor exhibits from vendors eager to show you their newest products and services. As always, our exhibit hall will be the location of the food and beverage functions including the opening cocktail reception, buffet breakfast, and the buffet lunch. The Spring Expo allows for a more intimate setting than does our Annual Trade Show and our exhibitors take advantage of that time, concentrating on you, their customers, in a more relaxed atmosphere.

If your company is a provider of goods and services to transportation companies and you have not yet exhibited at TLPA's annual trade show, our spring expo is a good time to see if TLPA is a place where you should definitely exhibit. Approximately 270 industry leaders will attend the conference to set the Association's focus for the coming year. Make sure your company's products and services are in front of the people who count ... and watch your profits soar. Click here to view the exhibitor prospectus.

Attendees enjoy exhibits in the exhibit hall

Food service in the exhibit hall

Networking opportunities

Tour Two Diversified Transportation Companies

Sheri Watson of Checker Transportation Group and Terry O'Toole of Kansas City Transportation Group will offer tours of their respective facilities on Friday afternoon for all Spring Conference participants.

Checker Transportation Group is the largest female owned transportation company in Kansas City, which operates over 180 vehicles and is the largest sedan supplier to the KCATA, MARC and to several school districts. Checker's philosophy is "Safety, Sensitivity and Awareness"—safety first in all situations with sensitivity to clients' special needs, with an ongoing awareness of what commitment is needed to provide honest reliable service. Conference attendees are invited for a tour of their facility.

Kansas City Transportation Group (KCTG) is Kansas City's largest full-line ground transportation company. With a diversified fleet of more than 400 vehicles, KCTG prides itself in its diverse staff of 650 transportation professionals. Customer Satisfaction, Safety, and Accountability are themes that are constantly reinforced throughout the organization. In 2007 SuperShuttle International, the world's largest airport shared-ride service, acquired KCTG. The company is located in a brand new five-acre campus in the heart of Downtown Kansas City. The complex features a state-of-the-art maintenance facility, a 24-hour car wash and detailing center and the latest in computer-dispatching technology, all of which will interest TLPA Spring Conference attendees.

Hotel Highlights

The Hyatt Regency Crown Center has all the amenities that you want and need-including the plush Hyatt Grand beds, high-speed Internet and T-Mobile WiFi, express check in and check out, heated all-season, outdoor pool, and complimentary health club with free weights, cardio machines, whirlpool and sauna. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 noon.

Enjoy a view of Kansas City's skyline or the Crown Center amid the sophisticated comfort of contemporary décor offered in single or double occupancy at TLPA's great convention rate of $139. Triple and quad rooms are also available for $164 and $189. There are a number of suites, available upon request, also offered at special convention rates. Regency Club rooms are available for an additional $40 per night.

The Crossroads Art District

Hyatt Regency Crown Center

Hallmark's Crown Center

Please make your reservations early. TLPA's room block will expire on April 4, 2008, or whenever our block of rooms sells out, whichever happens first. Click here to reserve your room today. You may also contact the Hyatt Reservations Center directly at (402) 593-5088 or toll free at (800) 233-1234 and use the reservation code: TAXI to receive our special group rate.

Transportation to the Hotel

The Kansas City airport (MCI) is approximately 22 miles from the hotel. Taxi fare averages $35-40 one-way and local members include Checker Cab and Yellow Cab. You could also opt for the KCI shuttle operated by member Kansas City Transportation Group that offers a shuttle every 30 minutes priced between $16-$29 roundtrip.

Kansas City Highlights

Kansas City has more to offer than ever—$4.5 billion in downtown improvements to be exact. Attached to our convention hotel is the Crown Center, headquarters of Hallmark Cards, and an enclosed complex of shops, restaurants, exhibits, and live theatre. Attached to it by covered walkway is Union Station, a renovated train station that houses a science center along with more theatres and restaurants. Just to the south is the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. This one of a kind museum serves as the first and only American museum dedicated to the Great War.

Art lovers will enjoy the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with its five levels of galleries bathed in natural light. There, you can discover masterpieces by French Impressionists to photographs from the earliest days of American photography. The new addition to the museum was designed by recognized architect Steven Holl and captures the imagination with glass structures rising out of the landscape illuminating the night sky.

The Royals will play the Orioles at Kauffman Stadium

Kansas City's world famous barbecue

The National World War I Museum

The new Power & Light District (a 15-minute walk from the hotel) is also an exciting new area, featuring seven blocks of restaurants, entertainment and nightclubs. Designed with the pedestrian in mind, the Power & Light District has broad, brick-paved sidewalks, extensive landscaping, fountains, fire pits, pocket parks and outdoor seating. By day the district is a unique lunch and retail destination and by night it transforms to an electrifying fun zone. For baseball fans, the tentative 2008 baseball schedule has the Kansas City Royals playing the Los Angeles Angels on May 7 and the Baltimore Orioles, May 8-10.

Last, but not least: BBQ. Barbecue is one thing Kansas City does better than everyone else. With their rich traditions of dry rubbed meats cooked to perfection and covered with a multitude of spicy sauces, Kansas City is "The Home of Barbecue." Kansas City brings it all together with more than 100 barbecue joints, from itty bitty eateries to nothing-but-barbecue restaurants. Kansas City has it all!

Kansas City Nightlife

Bill George of Kansas City Transportation Group personally invites you to his restaurant, Seven, during your stay in Kansas City. On Wednesday evening Bill will provide free transportation to and from Seven starting at 8 p.m. for TLPA delegates who are up for a little fun.

Nestled in the heart of downtown, Seven has modernized Kansas City's passion for northern Italian cuisine. Enjoy delicious entrees, taste one of our Seven Deadly Sins specialty drinks and overlook the skyline from our VIP Loft. Stay late Friday and Saturday as the dance floor comes to life with the areas top DJ's.

Seven, part restaurant, part nightclub, always tempting. 

Our Kansas City operators will also have a list of their other favorite restaurants waiting for you in Kansas City.

Register Now

Register now to attend TLPA's Spring Conference in Kansas City. Early registration is open now through March 4. Click here to register.

Photos Courtesy of the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association