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TLPA’s Spring Conference & Expo: Things to Know Before You Go

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!

Conference Housekeeping Items

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 events.

Business casual attire and comfy shoes are recommended for all events.

For conference updates and a preliminary agenda, visit TLPA’s Spring 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.

Click here for a list of fun ideas for what to do while you are in New Orleans.

See You in New Orleans

Exciting business opportunities. Inspirational and informative speakers. Exciting changes at TLPA. The countdown begins!

See you there!

By Dave Sutton, Melwood Global

Posted By Bridget Peery | 4/18/2019 6:17:19 PM