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Hear from pass attendees and exhibitors on their experiences at the NRPA Annual Conference and the value that attending brings.
“[The NRPA Annual Conference] is a great opportunity to spend time with like-minded professionals, people who share your passion for parks and outdoor recreation. For me, that’s the best part, just being there and talking to people I otherwise wouldn’t likely meet anywhere else. We connect, we share stories and we inspire each other. It’s truly energizing.” – Chuck Kines, Park Planner, M-NPPC, Montgomery Parks
“Overall, the conference is worth attending; solid educational sessions and the expo hall is a must-see.” – Dan Rumsey, Director, Higginsville (Missouri) Parks and Recreation
“The NRPA Annual Conference always delivers exceptional learning and networking opportunities!! Every park and recreation professional needs to prioritize attending this event.” – Darren Hoff, Recreation Manager, Brookings Parks, Recreation and Forestry Dept.
“I highly recommend the NRPA [Annual] Conference to any park and recreation professional. No matter where you are in your career, NRPA has educational opportunities that can help you achieve your professional goals for yourself and your organization” – Sherri Proud, Director of Parks and Recreation, Coralville Parks and Recreation
“Overall great experience! It is a very, very smart thing to have dedicated time/hours for attendees to visit the exhibit hall. I wish all conferences would do that! The traffic to our booth was noticeably increased during that time, and we collected a lot of leads. Thank you.” – Michael Gassmann, Art Director, Engraphix Architectural Signage
“The NRPA Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity to market products and services to an engaging audience. Our company was able to connect with several qualified leads from many regions within and out the U.S.” – Tom Worley, National Sales Executive, Hamer Enterprises
“I would recommend the NRPA Annual Conference, because it is a great networking opportunity. This year, I was able to connect with a large number of my existing customers as well as meet quite a few prospective new customers.” – Darrel Lawson, Account Lead/Estimator, DuraPlay
85% are at the management level or higher in their profession.
93% play a role in their agency’s purchasing process.
99% shop the exhibit hall for products and services.
More than 40% have an annual operating budget of $10 million.