Business opportunities. Business threats. Big changes at
TLPA. Good times in the Big Easy.
The TLPA Spring Conference & Expo in New Orleans is
going to be full of action. It all starts on Wednesday, April 24, so here are a
few things to keep in mind to get the most out of this important gathering.
Business Before Pleasure
The Spring Conference will feature Mike Izzo, new head of
contracting for LogistiCare Circulation, the nation’s largest nonemergency
medical transportation (NEMT) manager; Stanton Sipes, who is in charge of
business development for the quickly growing Veyo; and Alan Groedel, CEO of
Provide A Ride. Groedel, Sipes and Izzo will speak at the General Session on
April 25, and LogistiCare will exhibit at the Expo.
Dan Schlaff, who works in strategy and business development
for Via, a micro-transit company, will also speak at the General Session on
April 25. Via operates sedans and vans in numerous cities, is aggressively
expanding, and has raised $450 million in venture capital. Come see where
today’s fleet operator fits into that picture.
Four first-time exhibitors mean new business opportunities. Otariss
is a connectivity and device-management platform that allows drivers to share
data. The company helped TLPA member Will van der Linde save $100,000 in his
first year using the platform. Meanwhile, Clevr Mobility offers a turnkey
system to launch a fleet of scooters and is looking for companies to help it
expand. NDOT’s Taximobility offers dispatch and booking software for on-demand
or scheduled booking of taxicabs, limousines and NEMT. And, AppCab will be
displaying its taxi booking app.
Just as business opportunities abound, so do business
threats. TLPA legislative counsel Paul Miller will present on the Trump
administration’s new budget proposal that takes aim at Medicaid NEMT. He will
lay out this threat, TLPA’s response, and how members can get involved.
If this is not enough action for you, TLPA will unveil its
new strategic direction, which involves broadening the transportation industry
tent to provide members with unique new opportunities. And (drumroll, please) TLPA
will also divulge its proposed name change and rebranding strategy!
TLPA’s Spring Conference & Expo will be held at the
Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans on April 24 and 25, 2019. The hotel
is a 25-minute drive from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
There is no hotel shuttle.
The TLPA registration desk will open Wednesday, April 24, at
12:15 p.m. in the Churchill Foyer on the 2nd floor. This is where you can pick
up your name badge and meeting materials. Name badges are necessary for all
Business casual attire and comfy shoes are recommended for
For conference updates and a preliminary agenda, visit
Conference & Expo page. Also, you can follow the meeting on Facebook
and Twitter with #FleetForward.
And Now … Pleasure
New Orleans in late April—it is Spring break for adults!
Fats Domino wanted to get there so badly he walked (this crowd could have
helped him out with that. …)
On Wednesday evening, the TLPA conference will feature an
open bar in the Expo Hall. So relax, grab a beverage, and stroll the Expo floor
to see some of the best and brightest ideas, services and products in in the
industry. And be sure to thank MTI
Dispatch for sponsoring our open bar!
In the city itself, there will be a whole lot happening,
most notably the 50th anniversary of the New
Orleans Jazz Fest. In terms of impact on New Orleans, Jazz Fest is second
only to Mardi Gras. So, make your dinner reservations early!
The forecast for the end of April calls for daily
temperatures in the high 70s and nightly temperatures in the middle 60s. Perfect.
for a list of fun ideas for what to do while you are in New Orleans.
See You in New
Exciting business opportunities. Inspirational and informative
speakers. Exciting changes at TLPA. The countdown begins!
See you there!
By Dave Sutton,