NTP-Stag Expo 2024, presented by Airxcel, filled the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center Jan. 15-16 in Kissimmee, Florida. The annual event, host by NTP-Stag and SeaWide Marine Distribution, merged the RV and marine aftermarkets.
NTP-Stag President Bill Rogers said, “Bringing Expo to Kissimmee for the first time provided us with a tremendous opportunity to produce an event that aligns these exciting outdoor recreational activities in one fantastic location in central Florida.
The show kicked off with a speech from Sterling Hawkins, “No Matter What” movement founder and “Hunting Discomfort” author. The speech was sponsored by event suppliers.
Hawkins delved into the inevitability of discomfort in a world disrupted by technology and uncertainty. Hawkins delivered insights on building resilience and achieving breakthroughs in the face of adversity.
Expo’s first day showcased vendor educational speakers, supplier product seminars, National Marine Electronics Association certification classes and an opening reception on the show floor.
Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton’s keynote address, sponsored by Carefree of Colorado, brought the energy to the second day. Walton shared leadership and teamwork lessons extending beyond the basketball court.
“There are no guarantees in life,” Walton said, “unless you are waiting for a delivery from NTP-Stag/SeaWide Distribution.”
Following his talk, the Hall of Famer visited with attendees in the Carefree of Colorado booth.
“Beyond his speaking engagement, Bill Walton arrived in Orlando with a genuine interest in the industry and set out to immerse himself in the show, the culture and the people engaged in the RV and marine aftermarkets,” Rogers said. “After circulating among attendees and taking in the atmosphere of the overall Expo experience, the personalization of his presentation…was appreciated and warmly received by everyone in the audience.”
Throughout the day, NTP-Stag and SeaWide North American customers engaged on the show floor, interacting with exhibits from industry suppliers.
The day culminated in a closing reception. The event closed with 2022 American Idol Winner Noah Thompson, sponsored by Dometic, performing.
“Expo presented a platform for attendees to acquire invaluable knowledge and cultivate important industry connections,” Rogers said, “while fully immersing themselves in an environment tailor-made for success.”
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