You can learn a lot from a TLPA
convention, and you don’t have to take our word for it.
Just ask the Smythes.
Ham Smythe III of Yellow Cab of Memphis and his son, Ham
Smythe IV of Premier Transportation Services in Memphis, have attended their
fair share of TLPA Annual Convention & Trade Shows. This year will mark the
younger Smythe’s 38th convention. His father has been to more than half of
TLPA’s conventions; this year will be his 58th.
What’s even more important is
the simple fact that it’s always been worth it.
“I’ve never had a convention that didn’t save or make me the
money it cost to make the trip. I’ve always paid for the trip with the
information and ideas I brought home. It’s really crazy that people choose not
to attend,” Smythe III said.
Of course, the conventions themselves have changed, just as
the industry has. The topics have evolved, as has the makeup of the
association. Larger, more corporate companies have joined alongside the mom-and-pop
businesses that have long been part of the association, which now focuses on the
full local passenger transportation for hire industry.
Technology and innovative ideas have helped the Smythes run
their business for decades. Even more importantly, they’ve made great
relationships with operators from around the country who truly understand the
unique challenges they’re facing. It keeps them coming back for more.
“Every year, you go meet with your friends and share stories
from the road and about the business,” Smythe IV said. “The greatest thing the
convention brings you is a shared fellowship with the industry.”
The Smythes will attend TLPA’s 99th Annual Convention &
Trade Show from October 8 to 12 in Denver, Colorado, at the Hyatt Regency
Denver / Colorado Convention Center. You can register now and