NPSA 2017 Mid-Winter Meeting – March 22-24, 2017

If you’re involved in the pecan industry, this is an event you don’t want to miss.  Education abounds during the varied presentations.  And don’t miss the tabletop exhibits where information is shared and new business relationships are forged!   These are just a few of the benefits you’ll experience when you attend.


Schedule of Events

Dining Options in Tubac  – please make sure to call ahead to make a reservation or get further information – some of the restaurants may close early in the evening.

Hotel Reservations and Information

The 2017 NPSA Mid-Winter Meeting is being held at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa Located on the historic 500-acre Otero Ranch in the Santa Cruz River Valley, the hotel includes a beautiful 27-hole golf course and a destination spa. Lush lawns and beautiful gardens surround the resort with mountain ranges on all sides. Adjacent to the resort, and within walking distance, is the village of Tubac; featuring fine art galleries, boutique shopping, casual eateries, the Tubac Presidio Historic State Park and Museum, and the Tubac Center of the Arts.

tubac2 The NPSA rate is $189 for Hacienda King Suites – plus a mandatory $18/night resort fee* – plus 6.6% tax. These rates are available until the NPSA block is sold out, or the cut-off date – February 28, 2017, whichever comes first.

Reservations: For online reservations, click here, or copy and paste this link into your browser:

Or, call the hotel directly at 800-848-7893, and reference National Pecan Shellers Association or NPSA to make a reservation in the block.

NPSA rates are available for three days pre-and post- event dates.

Hotel information:

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
One Otero Road
Tubac, AZ  85646
Phone: (520) 398-2211

  • Cancellation fees are one nights room plus tax if cancelled less than 48-hours prior to confirmed arrival date.
  • Self-Parking is included in the resort fee; there is no valet parking available.
  • Basic wireless internet connectivity in guest rooms and meeting space is complimentary with the resort fee.
  • Golf bag storage is complimentary for guests.
  • Check-in is 4 p.m.; check-out is 11 a.m..  (notify hotel if arriving after 10 p.m. to ensure your room is held)

*Resort fee includes day use of the Spa amenities; fitness center access; wireless high-speed internet access in guest rooms and meeting space; self-parking; business center use; putting green and tennis court.

March 22 – Golf and Tour Information


The course describes itself as a truly great golf experience for everyone.  Golfers will be starting out on the Otero nine and then rotating to Rancho nine.  Emerald fairways tee to green lined by stately old growth cottonwoods and mesquites give you room to maneuver and provide new and interesting shots.

Otero: The original front nine of the Tubac Golf Resort designed by Red Lawrence, the Otero nine is named for the Otero Family who were the original settlers of the property dating back to 1789. A parkland layout highlights the experience as the fairways meander through some of the original homes and casitas of the resort, providing a lush, manicured experience. Water plays a big part along the way as ponds front the greens on holes 5 and 8 and, a lake runs the entire length of the fairway on number 9.

The Rancho nine is, for the most part, the original back nine at the Tubac Golf Resort.  Rancho is the most challenging and scenic of the three, nine hole courses on the property, and is set along the banks of the Santa Cruz River.  The majestic cottonwoods and lush mesquite Bosque’s create a serene layout that can be enjoyed by golfers of all levels for its sheer beauty. Two scenes from the movie Tin Cup were filmed along the way. Keep an eye out for signs and plaque on the blue tee boxes on holes 3 and 4.

Optional Tour

Not a golfer? Join the optional tour on March 22 for an afternoon of exploring Tubac, Arizona!  The group will start with a traditional Mexican lunch at Soto’s Outpost, known for its great food and friendly atmosphere.  Following lunch, the group will participate in a docent-led tour of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, the first state park in Arizona and first 18th century Spanish Presidio.  The 1885 schoolhouse, Otero Hall and Rojas House are all on the National Register of Historic Places.  After the park tour, the group will have time to enjoy the galleries and shops of Tubac, an eclectic mix of retail, art, jewelry, gifts, boots, clothing, furniture and more.  The $60 fee for this exceptional afternoon includes lunch, park tour and transportation to and from the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa.

A Special Evening – Thursday, March 23

Dick and Nan Walden have graciously invited all attendees of the NPSA Mid-Winter Meeting to join them at their Rancho Soñado ranch in the Santa Cruz River Valley on the western flanks of the majestic Santa Rita Mountains, for a special reception and BBQ dinner the evening of Thursday, March 23 at 5:00.  Transportation will be provided to/from the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa.  Get your taste buds ready for some delicious western-style BBQ, complete with beer, wine, and margaritas.  Be sure to wear your favorite western attire as you enjoy a live country-western band!  This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Travel Discounts


2017 Delta Air Lines Discount: travel discount of up to 10% off of domestic fares flying into Tucson, AZ (TUS). Reservations and ticketing are available via When booking online, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting code NMPN3 in the “meeting event code”  box provided on the Search Flight page.


United Airlines: Discounted fares when you fly into Tucson, Arizona (TUS).  Book online at and enter your Offer Code ZYX4546318 in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights.

If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information:

  • Agreement Code: 546318
  • Z Code: ZYX4
  • Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office.


NPSA Members can get a discounted rate on car rentals through Avis.  Just go online to; and enter our AWD #Q031767 under “discount codes”.

Registration Information

Registration for the NPSA Mid-Winter Meeting is available exclusively online. Register by Tuesday, February 28, and qualify for the special advanced registration fee! Immediately following your registration, a confirmation will be sent to you via e-mail, summarizing your selections and payment. Simply print the confirmation for convenient expense reporting. Contact Headquarters if you have questions or are unable to register online.

In accordance with Association policy, the participants underwrite the entire cost of the Mid-Winter Meeting. The registration fee covers group meal functions and receptions, fees paid for presenters, audio/visual equipment, entertainment and decorations, stationery and printing costs, web-related expenses, programs, staff travel, office costs and all expenses incured in planning and coordination of the Meeting.

In the event you must cancel your registration, cancellation fees are $75 per cancellation. After March 7 all fees are non-refundable.

Registration Fees:

  On or Before 2/28: After 2/28:
Member $650.00 $700.00
Non-Member* $875.00 $925.00
Cancellation Fee $75.00 $75.00
Spouse/Companion $325.00 $375.00
Golf Outing $115.00 $115.00


A tabletop exhibit will take place on Thursday, March 23 from 8:30 – 4:00 p.m. To register for a tabletop, click the appropriate box during the registration process. The fee is $50, and includes an extension cord. Affiliates can set up beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22.

Models of equipment, posters or exhibits can be displayed and product literature can be distributed.  Please note that nothing may be attached to any wall, floor, ceiling, etc. with staples, nails or any other substance in order to prevent damage to the fixtures or furnishings.

Scheduling of Non-NPSA Functions

Please remember that no events are to be scheduled to conflict with official NPSA events. This includes hospitality suites, special breakfasts or dinners, recreational activities, including transportation and similar events.

Weather and Dress

In early March, daytime temperatures are typically in the low 70’s, with evening temperatures in the mid 40’s. Evenings are cool, so bring a jacket.  Average precipitation in March is less than 1″.  Business casual attire is appropriate for all business sessions and social activities during the Mid-Winter Meeting.

Dining Out

For more information about dining at the resort, click here:

For more information about dining in the town of Tubac, click here:

Future Meeting Dates and Locations

NPSA 2017 Annual Meeting: September 7-9; Westin Portland Harborview; Portland, Maine

Pecan Industry Meetings – pdf of upcoming industry meetings.


National Pecan Shellers Association
1100 Johnson Ferry Road, NE – Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30342

Phone:  (678) 298-1189
Fax:  (404) 591-6811