NAFCD, NBMDA to host joint conference
The joint event for distributors and manufacturers within the floor covering, specialty building material and woodworking distribution channels aims to combine the best of both association legacy events to provide distribution channel leaders with more thoughtful sessions on the trends shaping our industry, larger audiences and new opportunities to meaningfully connect with other industry leaders.
"With the economy and housing market starting to recover from its downturn, NAFCD and NBMDA decided this was the ideal time to join forces and introduce a new event," said Kevin Gammonley, NBMDA exec vp. "Bringing the industries together within one event provides our attendees a unified way to discuss shared challenges and opportunities, which will ensure their competitiveness in the years ahead."
"NAFCD is pleased to co-locate with NBMDA this year, as it provides the opportunity and venue to network and discuss challenges and solutions with the greater distributor community. Co-locating also enables NAFCD and NBMDA to present a higher caliber of speakers, who will help attendees navigate through the remainder of 2010," added Michelle Miller, exec vp, NAFCD.
The conference will include a range of events: the Distributor Marketplace where manufacturers and service providers will showcase their latest products and services; manufacturer-hosted distributor meetings; general sessions on a variety of topics, including pricing strategies for distributors, managing a rising business cycle and developing a strategic vision for upcoming megatrends; and Roundtable Discussion Sessions, where distributors can expand their network of peers and learn about best practices and success stories from within the distributor community.
For more information and to register by the Sept. 15 early bird registration deadline visit the Distributor Marketplace website.