Nearly 3,300 individuals participated in the National Propane Gas Association’s 71st Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo in Atlanta—a 6% increase compared to the last time the event took place in Atlanta, in 2015, the association reports.
The event took place April 6–8 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event returns to the Georgia World Congress Center, April 13–15, 2019; it will be held in Nashville in 2020.
The three-day event in April attracted participants from 48 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and 31 foreign countries and territories. In addition, the nearly sold-out 180,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall included more than 240 exhibiting organizations.
Program highlights included a keynote presentation by Greg Gumbel of CBS Sports, PERC Update Live presented by Tucker Perkins, president and chief executive officer of the Propane Education & Research Council (pictured), and a Women in Propane Roundtable: Management Matters. There were also 28 breakout sessions, seven Fast-Track Sessions, several Propane Technical Workshops, and a Women in Propane Leadership Forum. In addition, NPGA added a preconference “Propane Cargo-Tank Test & Inspection Workshop” to this year’s agenda.
Networking events included a three-hour Expo Welcome Reception, Women in Propane Reception, Young Gassers’ Reception, and Payer Breakfast with Rev. Dr. William Fullilove.
The exhibit hall included the United Propane AutoGas Solutions (UPAS) Group’s Autogas Pavilion—focused on manufacturing products, processes, education tools, and services specific to the rapidly growing autogas market—as well as a New Products Showcase, presented in partnership with the Propane Education & Research Council, featuring new products and cutting-edge technologies.
The National Propane Gas Association is a national trade association representing the U.S. propane industry. Membership includes small businesses and large corporations engaged in the retail marketing of propane gas and appliances, producers and wholesalers of propane equipment, manufacturers and distributors of propane gas appliances and equipment, fabricators of propane gas cylinders and tanks, and propane transporters.
With a membership of approximately 2,800 companies in 50 states, 38 affiliated state or regional associations, and members in 19 foreign countries, NPGA represents every segment of the propane industry. Find additional information at www.NPGA.org.
Photo of Tucker Perkins by Stephen Bennett