The Board of Directors of SENPA Inc. a nonprofit trade association, is pleased to announce the expansion of educational offerings in the Southwest area including the first Strategies for Success Road Show to be held August 5 in Houston, and production of a table top buying show, SOHO Healthfest, for independent natural retailers in the Spring of 2019.
“After months of discussion, the NPA-SW’s board made the difficult decision and voted to dissolve their association at their annual business meeting held on April 8," said Michelle DuFresne, VP of KeHE Distributors Natural Independents East/Central and SENPA president. “SENPA leadership had been working with the NPA-SW board for several months exploring the opportunities of extending membership and providing additional opportunities to their association, and we are excited to bring their members into the SENPA family.”
“Although Healthfest has seen growth over the past few years, the current board and membership believes the association needed to re-evaluate the educational support being offered to the membership,” said Howard McQuay, president of NPA-SW. “The board of directors of NPA-SW feels confident SENPA can give the Southwest area the trade shows and educational programs that are needed to grow our industry.”
SENPA Inc. will work with NPA-SW membership and extend dues and privileges of membership with SENPA through the 2018 fiscal year, and those SW members who were also members with SENPA will be offered dues and privileges through the 2019 fiscal year.
“SENPA is mindful of the independent retailer,” said Debra Short, executive director SENPA. “With top-notch education, networking and proven innovative trade shows, retailers remain up-to-date in the natural products industry. We remain committed to being their resource for education.”