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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


How to Get the Most Out of the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting & NDTA Expo


Irvin Varkonyi, Past President, NDTA DC Chapter and Master Instructor, APICS DC Metro ivarkonyi@scopedu.com


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he NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meet- ing in St. Louis continues to evolve and expand its format. With the introduc-


tion of Transportation University the edu- cational and networking opportunities in- creased tremendously. But, taking advantage of all the Fall Meeting and Transportation University have to offer take a little prepara- tion and work from the attendee. Begin your preparations by checking out NDTA’s free technology tools:


NDTA GLOBALMATCH The benefit of conference attendance is be- ing in the same place at the same time as colleagues, customers, vendors and potential business contacts. Use NDTA GlobalMatch to help you make the most of your time by


setting up meetings with these connections. To access GlobalMatch, log in using the link and information found on your registration confirmation email. Once you have logged in click on the link that says “Appointment Home” at the top of the page. From here you can make a profile for yourself or your com- pany, research and review profiles of other at- tendees, as well as communicate and request meetings with companies and individuals. Arriving with a schedule of side meetings and a list of leads will surely add value to an already worthwhile event.


THE NDTA MOBILE APP A couple of weeks before the meeting, attendees will receive an email that the NDTA mobile app is ready for download


in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Like GlobalMatch you will need to log in using information from your regis- tration confirmation email. Once you are in, start familiarizing yourself with all of the great features—have the most up-to- date schedule in the palm of your hand, find that “must see” NDTA Expo exhibit booth, and ask questions of speakers and panelists. NDTAConnect, which allows at- tendees to keep track of the contacts they are making without having a pocket full of business cards, has been integrated into the mobile app. The default setting for this feature includes very basic information on each attendee, so as you explore the app


See Prof. Devel., pg. 34


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