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NPE West: A Powerful Combination of Opportunities

NPE West: A Powerful Combination of Opportunities

by Kelly Hartmann, Cygnus Expositions

    

Seven years ago, National Pavement Expo West was created as a regional alternative to National Pavement Expo, its successful national sister show.  Since then, the event has grown to attract thousands of paving and pavement maintenance professionals looking for valuable and effective business solutions. 
This year’s event, scheduled for November 20-22, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will continue to connect attendees with information and products critical to enhancing business operations and driving profits.
First-Rate Instruction
NPE West’s valuable seminars offer comprehensive education covering a variety of topics within the industry.  Sessions are highlighted by practical, up-to-date tips for professionals to take home to their respective business operations. 
This year, attendees will master new trends and hear about the latest business developments in five brand-new paving seminars.  New conference seminars include Improving Your Infrared Pavement Repair Operation, Pavement Defects & Repair Strategies, Pavement Preservation Strategies for 2009, Improve Your Overlay Work, and How Storm Water Management Affects Pavers and Sweepers.
In addition to this year’s new paving sessions, there are over 25 additional sessions in the areas of sweeping, striping, sealcoating, repair, cracksealing, and management.
Expert-Led Workshops
Taught by popular speaker Brad Humphrey of the Pinnacle Development Group, How to Turn Your Crew into a High-performance Team is one new workshop that will sure to be a big hit.  Humphrey introduces attendees to a team-based work system that has been field-tested in the construction industry and is proven to be successful.
Jeff Stokes of Next Level Contractor System guides attendees through creating a written marketing strategy in another new workshop, “Killer” Marketing for Contractors.  He’ll show how marketing with a purpose can help in outselling other contractors by as much as 5 to 1!
Back by popular demand is the Asphalt Institute Lightning Course on the Essentials of Asphalt Mix and Maintenance.  The highly regarded course helps attendees quickly get up to speed on the fundamentals of HMA materials and “best practices” for the maintenance and repair of asphalt pavements.
Other NPE West workshops include: Applying “Best Practices” to Your Paving Operations, Managing Employees for Profit & Productivity, and Parking Lot Striping for Contractors.
Pavement Marketplace
After taking in NPE West’s informative conference sessions, attendees head to the exhibit floor to find the tools to put their knowledge to use.  Showcasing a wide array of solutions for the jobsite, the NPE West exhibit floor has proven to be a top purchasing resource for paving and pavement maintenance professionals year after year. 
Attendees enjoy being able to view such a large assortment of innovative products in one place.  Evaluating the large number of available equipment helps companies to save time and money and make the most educated purchasing decision possible.  Trent Hone, Company Coordinator for Imperial Asphalt LLC says, “The event was exactly what our company needs.  It keeps us up to date on what new technologies are available and successful in our industry.”
Exchange Ideas
Over the course of the three days at NPE West, there are many opportunities to meet and network with other industry professionals.  On Thursday, November 20, five different free Industry Roundtables will take place for Sealcoaters, Sweepers, Stripers, Pavers, and Infrared.  Network Night on Friday, November 21 is another chance to network with peers and visit with leading manufacturers, dealers, and distributors.  These popular events provide ways to network and socialize while sharing problems, solutions, and experiences.
Benefit Your Business
Participation at NPE West puts business owners & contractors in the position to expand, enhance, and improve their operations, making it worthwhile to attend and return back each year.
As NPE West 2007 attendee Jesus Mesta, General Manager of Straight Edge Striping Services says, “NPE West should be on every contractor’s, regardless of size, to-do list for 2008.”
For more information on attending or exhibiting at National Pavement Expo West, please visit http://www.nationalpavementexpo.com or call 800.827.8009.