The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) has filled out its program for the 70th Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo, taking place April 21-23 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
“We’re extremely excited to return to Nashville,” says Westmor Industries’ Tim Esterling, chairman of the NPGA Conventions Committee. “We had tremendous success there last year with record attendance (more than 4,100 total people).”
NPGA estimates more than 4,000 people, including representatives from more than 250 exhibiting organizations, will attend this year’s show.
“Registration [in February] was 10 percent ahead of the same time last year,” Esterling says. “I would say we’re projecting a 15 percent increase in attendance this year over last year. We’ve also added more exhibit space – about 12,000 sq. ft. more.”
In addition to the products and services featured on the show floor, the Propane Expo will again include an Autogas Pavilion focusing on manufacturing products, processes, educational tools, and services specific to the propane autogas market.
Staff Sgt. Keni Thomas, a former U.S. Army Ranger involved in the battle of Somalia and now a country music artist, will deliver the keynote April 21.
According to NPGA, the conference will offer 28 breakout sessions, eight fast-track sessions, six propane technical workshops, a Propane Education & Research Council update and a Women in Propane roundtable. Women in Propane will also offer a leadership forum April 21.
Additional networking opportunities include a Propane Expo welcome reception April 21 and a Women in Propane reception April 22. The Young Gassers will also host its annual members’ reception April 22 at the Hard Rock Cafe, and a prayer breakfast with singer Ginny Owens will take place April 23, on the show’s last day.
“It looks like it will be a very successful year again,” Esterling says. “Geographically, we will continue to plan for shows in Nashville and Atlanta. Those are the two that surfaced as the best geographically to capture the most attendees. The things we looked for were the ability of people to travel to that location, housing and a place that’s likable to the people.
“Location is just a portion of the equation that makes this show successful,” he adds. “Continued education opportunities and membership involvement are keys to the success. As we move forward, we hope to add more to the expo.”