Were You at NPE?

Almost 4,000 people attended the recent National Pavement Expo, Jan. 27-30, in Charlotte, NC – you can get a feel for some of what went on there and uncover some of what they learned on pages xx-xx and xx.

But what you can’t get just by reading the articles and viewing the pictures is the high-energy event that it was. From the new sold-out, day-long “Taking the Next Step in Leadership” boot camp to the more than 160 exhibitors and the packed NPE Night at the NASCAR Hall of Fame (thanks to sponsors 800 Pavement Network, Bomag, Case Construction Equipment, Crafco, LeeBoy, Neyra, and Seal-Rite) the 2016 NPE was one for the ages.

The biggest-drawing session was “How to Make Quality Your Employees’ #1 Obsession,” which filled a 300-person room to capacity. And a number of other new sessions played to a packed house, too, notably the video-focused “Solving the Paving Puzzle,” “Pavement Evaluation & Repair,” “Introduction to the Power of Job Costing,” “Talking to Property managers about Sealcoat,” “Small Company Boot Camp,” and “Improve Striping Productivity Using Today’s Technology.” Fully 25 sessions drew 100 people or more – so an awful lot of people went away with an awful lot of knowledge that hopefully will help them improve their business – whether we’re talking field work or office work.

If you were at NPE, let us know what you thought about it. If you attended a seminar, did it help? What did you learn? What are you going to apply to your company? What would you like to see next year?

If you visited the exhibit floor let us know what it looked like to you? Did you find the vendors you were hoping to see? Who else would you like there? Did you buy anything? If so, what?

Use our Facebook page www.facebook.com/PavementMagazine to let us know what you got out of our largest, most successful NPE ever… then mark your calendar for Feb. 1-4, 2017 when NPE returns to Nashville, TN, and we’ll see you there!