Destination: Dallas in February!

Dallas

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The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is headed to the Big D for its Annual Conference & Product Exposition — and it’s a fitting location, according to Chuck Hardy, NMEDA VP of quality assurance & compliance.

“The conference in Dallas is going to be our biggest conference ever,” Hardy said. “Not only because it’s in Texas, where everything is big, but because our association continues to grow through membership and expanded outreach to certified driver rehabilitation specialists, and occupational and physical therapists. We have also invited partner organizations, such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Stroke Association, the ALS Association and more.”

The conference, Feb. 17-19 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Hotel, will support today’s mobility dealers via networking opportunities and education on best business practices.

“We have two incredibly talented keynote speakers who are focused on improving and growing your business,” Hardy said. “We will have award-winning author and mobile marketing guru Gary Swartz to open the conference on Wednesday, and recording artist, CEO and best-selling author Robin Crow to close the conference on Friday. Also, we have two new exciting workshops: Paul Webb, who was a big hit at last year’s conference, will host the morning sales training workshop on Thursday, and Larry Oxenham, one of America’s top asset-protection experts, will host the afternoon workshop designed to show business owners how to protect against lawsuits and how to reduce taxes.”

NMEDA leaders will also update members on the progress of ongoing advocacy efforts.

“Other highlights of the conference will be to share our work on Capitol Hill,” Hardy noted. “A Congressional bill pending approval that could help bring Veterans Affairs in line with a better way for selecting suppliers, plus all the new legislative friends we have made, should provide an informative and lively Government Relations workshop on Wednesday that you won’t want to miss.”

And the conference will let members get up close and personal with new Quality Assurance Program (QAP) requirements.

“Last but not least, learning about all of the activity with the QAP, everything from the newly rolled out QAP-Express tool that assists dealers with completing QAP documents with ease, to the new policy for mobile installations and the manufacturer quality assurance program,” Hardy noted. “All in all, it’s an exciting time for NMEDA, and this is one conference you don’t want to miss.”

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 issue of Mobility Management.

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