6:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Herman Edwards
See speaker bio.

7:00 p.m. Opening Reception & Exhibits


9:00 a.m. General / Business Session
Association business to include induction of the 2017 NMEDA Board, Treasurer’s Report and other related topics. An awards ceremony will be included as part of this session. All members are welcome to attend.

9:00 a.m. Associate Member Series (3 hours/CEUs) “DRS’ Interventions Toward Ensuring
Wheelchair Transportation Safety”

Although the principles of safety for those travelling while seated in wheelchairs are fairly straight-forward, the application of these principles can be a huge challenge! Positioning cushions, feeding tubes and medical equipment can render the proper positioning of seat belts a seemingly impossible task. This series will outline Best Practice guidelines toward ensuring wheelchair transportation safety, identify common barriers to the implementation of these guidelines and suggest concrete solutions to help the DRS optimize their clients’ safety when faced with less than ideal parameters.

2:30 p.m. The Art of Negotiation with Mori Taheripour
See speaker bio.
Effective negotiation underlies most successful business and social encounters. While negotiation is a way of life, most people have
not had formal training and rely all too often on their instinct to navigate a negotiation. Perhaps there are naturally gifted negotiators, but the simple truth is that anyone can learn to negotiate effectively. In fact, negotiation is more like art than art appreciation and as such, training and consistent application of key concepts can dramatically improve outcomes. Training allows individuals
to be methodical, confident and purposeful. Skilled negotiators have learned the importance of effective planning and communication skills and the impact of perception, trust, relationships, ethics, and reputation. They know that the best outcomes in a negotiation are win-win and they seek to understand the interests of their counterparts and clearly define their own goals and interests.
These attributes are valuable not just to ensure success in negotiation, they are also critical to personal and professional success.

3:00 p.m. Manufacturer Meeting


9:00 a.m. Manufacturer Product Presentations

3:00 p.m. Dealers Only Open Forum

6:30 p.m. Fundraiser Auction & Awards Banquet
The centerpiece of the conference. Join us as we hold a live auction full of great products, with proceeds used to support the association. Then enjoy dinner as we award those who have contributed to NMEDA’s efforts throughout the year as well as the presentation of the newest inductees to the NMEDA Hall of Fame.