Registration continues for NAHAD’s 36th Annual Meeting & Convention, taking place April 24-29, at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
The program provides time to experience Atlantis, but also offers the forums necessary to network and learn. This year’s educational program features a focus on the economy, not only providing an overall Economic Update, but also workshops that focus on trends specific to NAHAD’s business sectors, as well as distribution as a whole.
According to Molly Mullins, Executive VP, “Programming for this year’s event is well underway and will focus heavily on economic forecasting and industry trends sessions to provide NAHAD attendees with educational sessions pertaining directly to their businesses. This year’s program will also build on the networking opportunities for which NAHAD is known, including multiple evening events, hospitalities, and outdoor receptions taking advantage of the beach location.”
Mullins said that registration is trending favorably to start 2020, almost doubling registration numbers at this same time last year. “Additionally, almost 60 exhibitors have been confirmed to date for the Showcase of Hose Solutions, which will also include an opening party during this year’s Convention,” she said. “NAHAD attendees are also using this venue as an opportunity to bring their guests and families with them to enjoy all the resort has to offer, including five miles of pristine beaches, 11 pools, a world-class casino, nightclub, theatre, water park and open-air marine habitat.”
Mullins stressed the importance of the fact that Atlantis is in international waters in the Bahamas, so passports are a requirement and attendees will need to plan early to ensure they have their documentation in place. “NAHAD is also working with an international shipping company to ensure the most cost-effective opportunities for NAHAD’s manufacturers to ship their materials for the Showcase of Hose Solutions,” she said. “All in all, it’s shaping up to be an exceptional convention and one of NAHAD’s highest attended events in recent years.”
Speakers include Herm Edwards, former NFL coach and commentator, who will deliver the luncheon keynote, “Doing the Little Things and Executing Vision.” Whether it is his faith, his family or his football team, Herman Edwards exudes passion in all areas of life. His career is defined by his energetic and enthusiastic attitude, first as an NFL player and coach, then as an NFL studio analyst for ESPN, and now as the head football coach at Arizona State University. The lessons he has learned along the way and the impactful messages he has shared with his teams will keep any audience on the edge of their seat.
Alex Chausovsky from ITR Economics will present the opening general session, “Managing in an Uncertain Economy.” The session will provide ITR Economics’ expert views on what to expect from the 2020 economy and beyond, covering such topics as industry trends, business to business activity, trade, inflation, interest rates and more. Attendees will also learn about a method by which their company can take advantage of their own data to make better informed decisions based on the economic environment. Using leading indicators, the audience will find out how to identify where they are in the business cycle and which inputs should guide their business strategy to help them make the right decisions at the right time.
Workshops and educational sessions include:
Industry Workshop – Owen Flanagan, Macroeconomic Update & Industry Trends Report. Flanagan is an industrial analyst at Cleveland Research Company where he analyzes trends across the industrial economy to help investors and companies forecast and better manage their businesses. He is responsible for the NAHAD Industry Trends survey that members participate in and receive monthly. In addition to analyzing data and survey results, Flanagan speaks with hundreds of business leaders throughout the year to help executives and decision-makers understand not only what’s going on in their business and the economy, but also the why behind the trends.
Distribution Workshop – Ian Heller, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Distribution. “Digital disruptors” and major corporations like Walmart, Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon are invading the wholesale distribution industry. These entrants are wielding artificial intelligence, large marketplaces and state-of-the-art logistics networks to create new services and capabilities your customers will embrace. How is the competitive landscape going to change and how should distributors respond?
Educational Session – Sales & Marketing – Ryan Avery, Connect More, Convince Less! What’s costing your team members the sale? The win? In most cases, they are missing relevant connection! They might not know how to weave the communication threads necessary to build the relationships that help to form customers for life. The kind of relationships that not only buy – but also refer. That’s where Avery brings out the game-changers. He challenges sales audiences to stop “convincing” and start connecting with the clients, customers, and prospects that will grow your company to new levels of success.
General Session/Business Meeting – Jeff Havens, Us vs. Them. If you’ve listened to any other discussion about generational issues at work, then you’ve undoubtedly been told there are four distinct generations operating side-by-side in today’s working world. However, if you’ve ever been frustrated by how impossible it seems to employ four different strategies to manage four distinct generations, and if you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one who’s being asked to make any changes, then Us Vs. Them is exactly what you need. In this keynote, you’ll learn a simpler way of looking at your own generational picture, and you’ll also learn how to understand, recognize, and resolve every generational issue facing today’s workforce. Other generational presentations focus on what people want, but Us Vs. Them will tell you why everyone wants the different things they do.
In addition to speed networking and the opening reception, NAHAD has also brought back the Showcase of Hose Solutions Party, so attendees have more time to meet with manufacturers. The Showcase will run from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, April 27, and again from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28.
Networking is planned for the open afternoon at the Royal Pool, several hospitalities are scheduled, and the closing fish fry party will be held on the beach.
Visit nahad.org for more details on the agenda and to register.