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WPA Annual Meeting-2024

2024 annual meeting taking pallets into the future

Our 2024 Speaker Program

Dr Bill Bellows Dr Bill Bellows

From Red Square Puzzles to Blue Pen Companies – Discover Hidden Barriers to Teamwork – Part 1 (January 14th) and Part 2 (January 15th) - This highly interactive 2-part learning event aims to reveal blind spots to teamwork and presents new fundamental concepts and strategies from the management philosophy of Dr. W. Edwards Deming. Adoption of these strategies can shift organizations in a new direction, embedded with the vibrant benefits of a collaborative environment. This powerful new framework, enables leaders to better manage their resources, including, but not limited to, time, money, knowledge, equipment, and people.

Dr Jimmy GandhiDr Jimmy Gandhi

The Why and How of Customer Retention in Challenging Economic Times - In this presentation, we will be looking at the importance of customer retention during challenging economic times and how it affects the bottom line of a business. The discussion will include how to go about customer retention and understanding your customer's pain points as well as the constraints from your business perspective to be able to achieve a balance between the two -- and thereby achieve better customer retention. At the end of the presentation, there will be a hands-on exercise where attendees will work on answering a few thought-provoking questions to develop a customer retention strategy for their business.

Guy GruenbergGuy Gruenberg

How to Survive and Thrive in Tough Economic Times - Prepare to thrive in today's tough economy and gain insights on navigating industry changes, interpreting key metrics, monitoring financial health, streamlining processes, strengthening key account relationships, leveraging technology, and maximizing production profitability. Learn how to stay relevant and flourish and resilient in an ever-changing market.


Chaille BrindleyChaille Brindley, Industrial Reporting

Upside Down, Rightside Up Markets - A look at the changing competitive landscape in the U.S. pallet sector from technology to markets to customer expectations. These strategies will help you compete better for customers and workers in a tough economic environment.

Our 2024 Event Sponsors!

      Pacific Northwest Lumber   Pallet and lumber supply viking engineering cresswood shredding machinery

Sponsorships available!  Contact us for more information:

Meeting  Schedule

Friday - January 13th
3:00 p.m. Board of Directors’ Meeting
6:00 p.m. Board of Directors’ Dinner

Saturday - January 14th
8:00 a.m. Golf - TBD
5:00 p.m. 1st-Timers Reception & Exhibits
5:45 p.m. Welcome Reception & Exhibits

Sunday - January 15th
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet & Exhibits
7:45 a.m. Business Meeting
9:30 a.m. Speaker Program
12:45 p.m. Lunch & Exhibits
4:30 p.m. Buffet/Reception & Auction

Monday - January 16th
7:45 a.m. Breakfast Buffet & Exhibits
8:45 a.m. Speaker Program
12:00 p.m. Annual Golf Tournament - RLP Country Club
1:00 p.m. Poker Tournament
6:30 p.m. Reception & Awards Dinner


Member   $950  (EarlyBird price $850)
Non-member   $1050  (EarlyBird price $950)
Spouse   $495  (EarlyBird price $395)
Saturday golf   $?
Monday Golf Tournament   $?
Early Bird ends 11/15/23

Reserve your room!

Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Rancho Mirage, CA

WPA room block expires 5 PM PST on 1/2/24 or when full if prior to 1/2/24

Online     (760)568-2727, Group Code 010824WESTERNPA

The WPA Annual Auction

Last year's auction raised over $100,000 for the WPA and Pallet Foundation! We're looking forward to another successful auction in 2024.  Donations are being accepted now! Download the donation form or contact us today!

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