From the President - October/November - 2015

Welcome Back!

Dear ATRA Expo Attendee:

For all of you who were here last year, welcome back; for those first-time attendees, welcome. Your being here is the reason that Expo is the largest gathering of transmission rebuilders in the world.

It seems like every year, when someone asks about our annual Expo, I say “Best one ever.” I’d like to go out on a limb and promise that, once again, this year will be the best one ever. This year we have more of everything: more training, more exhibitors, and more fun!

Last year, Transtar held their annual cocktail reception around the pool at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. Stephanie Cargil, who plans this event for Transtar, thought that last year’s reception was the best they’d ever had. I think anyone who attended would agree. Well, this year, she claims they’re planning on outdoing themselves.

Our keynote speaker for Friday’s ATRA Luncheon, sponsored by Raybestos, will be none other than TV and movie star John Ratzenberger. John played Cliff Clavin on the TV show Cheers: the postman who always sat at the end of the bar. John will keep you entertained and his message is sure to get you thinking.

Right after the luncheon we’ll be opening the ATRA Trade Show, which covers 50,000 square feet of vendor space. And, with your ATRA trade show pass, you’ll have access to both the APRA and ReMaTec trade shows at no extra cost.

With all the top industry speakers — both management and technical — who’ll be with us this year, you’ll probably have a tough time deciding which to attend. So let me make a suggestion: Register for the complete show package.

Why the complete package? Because that gets you the handouts for both seminar tracks. Plus, about four weeks after the show, you’ll receive a personal link where you can download the audio files from nearly every seminar.

You’ll be able to listen to the programs you missed and you’ll have the handout material to follow along. It’ll be just like there were two of you at Expo… and it’s only about $50 more than registering for a single track! And you can upgrade any time, right at the registration booth.

I also want to invite everyone to the ATRA Member Meeting on Friday, between 7am and 8am. This is a valuable meeting where you’ll be able to learn what ATRA is all about, and meet the ATRA staff and board members.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you there.

Jim Rodd

ATRA Board President