PPA Announces Dates and Keynoter Speaker for Paddlesports Pro 2006

Paddlesports Pro 2006: Markets, Messages & Opportunities, the annual conference presented by the PPA, is scheduled for November 5 – 8, 2006, in Destin, Fla.

(Springfield, VA) – Paddlesports Pro 2006: Markets, Messages & Opportunities, the annual conference presented by the Professional Paddlesports Association (PPA) , is scheduled for November 5 – 8, 2006, in beautiful Destin, Florida at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa.

Paddlesports Pro 2006: Markets, Messages & Opportunities is the only comprehensive national conference that specifically targets the paddlesports industry.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Tom Shay who brings his sales training and small business expertise to the paddlesports industry. Shay's knowledge and experience in retail management and promotion and the special needs of paddlesports industry outfitters and retailers will give attendees the training they need to increase profits and boost sales. More information about Tom Shay is available online at www.profitsplus.org.

Paddlesports Pro 2006 will also feature educational workshops for all sectors of the paddlesports industry including manufacturers, sales representatives, retailers, renters and outfitters. Workshops will focus on the themes of developing new markets, creating effective marketing messages, and capitalizing on business opportunities. Many of the seminar speakers will be industry professionals. Conference attendees consistently rate industry speakers high for the practical knowledge they provide attendees.

“What makes this conference special is that it encourages peer-to-peer sharing of successful business practices,” states PPA Executive Director, Matt Menashes. “The conference brings the industry together to share ideas and build community.”

The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa includes a world-class spa, numerous onsite dining options, and a championship golf course all located next to the Gulf of Mexico on the most beautiful beaches in the world. For more information on the hotel, visit www.sandestinbeachhilton.com or phone: 800-367-1271.

The Professional Paddlesports Association (PPA) is the premier trade association fostering paddlesports business. PPA is a non-profit organization representing the industry's top canoe, kayak and raft renters and outfitters, retailers, manufacturers, and sales distributors. PPA's mission is to improve the value and profitability of paddlesports business.

More news about exhibiting, registration and sponsorship opportunities at Paddlesports Pro 2006 is available online at www.propaddle.com/paddlesports.htm.