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2017 convention Program Highlights

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Sunday, April 2  
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm NAHAD Emerging Leaders' Luncheon
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Fish Bowls - Networking with a Twist -
Meet Your Industry Peers*
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Opening Reception Under the Stars of Texas
Monday April, 3  
12:00 pm – 2:15 pm Member Luncheon and Keynote Address

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Special Spouse/Guest Event – Experience Texas –
Line Dancing and Margaritas
Beginning at 6:30 pm Manufacturer and Associate Sponsored Hospitality Suites
Tuesday, April 4  
8:30 am – 9:30 am NEW Women in NAHAD (WIN) Breakfast Program
9:30 am – 10:00 am NAHAD Annual Program & Services Update
Evening until 10:30 pm Explore San Antonio on Your Own
Wednesday, April 5  
8:30 am – 2:00 pm NAHAD Showcase of Hose Solutions
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

True Texas Experience: Reception and Dinner at
Knibbe Ranch*
 *Requires pre-registration  

Member Convention Registration and Hospitality

Registration DeskEnjoy leisurely convention registration at any time convenient to you. Be sure to pick up your badge prior to attending any events. Beverages will be served in a relaxing setting. Use this opportunity to enjoy a quiet chat with NAHAD acquaintances, and network to make new friends. This is also an excellent opportunity to visit NAHAD’s Hose Safety Institute Kiosk and learn all about the latest and greatest member benefits and the advantages of the Hose Safety Institute.

NAHAD conference registration staff will be available throughout the convention to answer questions and to assist you. Please refer to the Program Schedule for specific times.


NAHAD Hose Safety Institute Kiosk

Located near the NAHAD Convention Desk.

Looking for powerful ways to connect with your customers and prospects? Is hose safety on the mind of your end-users? Want to improve your employees’ technical abilities while enhancing their engagement and loyalty? Find out how to meet all of these challenges quickly and easily, at minimum cost. Take time to visit the Hose Safety Institute Kiosk, where you can:

  • Check out the Institute Handbook for the Design & Specification of Safe Hose Assemblies and the five Assembly Fabrication Guides
  • Test drive the online employee training and certificate programs and the Mobile App,
  • Meet with the Institute Members to connect with new business opportunities, and,
  • Get the latest updates on hose safety applications.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging LeadersNAHAD Emerging Leaders

Connect with up and coming industry professionals in a series of events designed to share concerns and experiences in relaxed, as well as more structured, settings.

NAHAD Emerging Leaders' Luncheon

Sunday, April 2, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

NAHAD has designed a special networking event to kick off the new Emerging Leaders Program, Connect with other future leaders and help to set the foundation for a dynamic and career-enhancing program. Bring plenty of business cards

Fish Bowls - Networking with a Twist - Meet Your Industry Peers*

Sunday, April 2, 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Fish BowlsWith over 800 delegates in attendance, it is often difficult to meet those members who might be a valuable connection for your business. Expand your horizons by signing up for this networking-by-design opportunity.

After the General Session presentation of Facing the Forces of Change, we will divide into focused breakout sessions to address some of the key business topics to discuss raised during the presentation. This is where ‘members learn from members’!

Opening Reception Under the Stars of Texas

Sunday, April 2, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Opening Reception Welcome to Texas! Re-connect with industry friends and make some new, valuable connections. Enjoy cocktails and a strolling supper with games and fun designed to set the stage for an enjoyable time in San Antonio. This is your opportunity to start your networking off to a great start with plenty of good food, libations and camaraderie.

Company Meetings*

Space Available from Saturday – Wednesday, see Program Schedule for Times

In response to member requests, NAHAD has reserved meeting space at the JW Marriott for companies to hold private meetings with their employees and trading partners. To review available spots and to sign up, click here. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first reserved basis.

Member Luncheon and Keynote Address

Monday, April 3, 12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Member LuncheonOur 2017 Keynote speaker, Captain Mark Kelly is one of the most recognizable faces of NASA. American astronaut, retired United States Navy Captain, #1 New York Times best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator and test pilot who flew combat missions during the Gulf War is the winner of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Kelly was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1996 and he flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. 

AMark Kellylready a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  Their story captivated the nation and was chronicled in an exclusive Diane Sawyer interview as well as on the covers of People and USA Today. Listen to him address those turbulent times, as well as offer his exceptional insights about today’s marketplace.

Prior to Kelly’s presentation, enjoy a networking lunch with industry colleges and friends as NAHAD’s Board of Directors presents this year’s George W. Carver Outstanding Commitment to Industry Excellence Award, presented annually to a deserving current or former NAHAD member.

Special Spouse/Guest Event – Experience Texas – Line Dancing and Margaritas

Monday, April 3, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pmLine Dancing

NAHAD appreciates our members’ spouses and guests who travel each year to the NAHAD convention to support their spouse. This special event will provide an opportunity to mix and mingle with others who have travelled from all over the United States and from Europe, Canada, South America and Pacific Rim countries. Learn how to do the Texas two-step, along with other popular line dances while enjoying some Texas snacks and beverages.

Manufacturer and Associate Sponsored Hospitality Suites

Monday, April 3, Beginning at 6:30 pm

Hospitality Manufacturers and Associates are invited to entertain NAHAD’s distributor members on this evening. If you are interested in contacting the JW Marriott San Antonio for information regarding hosting a Hospitality Suite, you may call Edith Ambrester,

Senior Event Manager, (phone) 210-491-5879 or (fax)  210-403-3452 or by email Edith.Ambrester@marriott.com.

As a special convenience, Manufacturers and Associates may order a complete set of NAHAD distributor mailing labels (no cost) or specialized reports (fee charged) from the NAHAD office. Please call the NAHAD office directly for details.


NEW Women in NAHAD (WIN) Breakfast Program

Tuesday, April 4, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

The purpose of the new WIN program is to support the professional development of women within the hose and fittings industry, and to enhance member companies’ opportunities to attract, develop and retain more high-performing female employees. Join with your fellow Women in NAHAD at this “kick-off” breakfast to learn what NAHAD is planning and to discuss ways that the association can help achieve individual and member company goals.

NAHAD Annual Program & Services Update

Programs and Services Tuesday April 4, 9:30 am – 10:00 am

This lively annual meeting of the membership will include information on new NAHAD programs and a review of current offerings for members, as well as honoring our volunteer leaders.

Explore San Antonio on Your Own

Tuesday, April 4, Evening until 10:30 pm

Explore San AntonioFor NAHAD’s Open Evening, shuttle service to downtown San Antonio and the famous RiverWalk will be provided at no charge to attendees. Gather your group together to visit one of the many festive restaurants or just take some time on your own to see the sights. A list of restaurants and area attractions are included on page 18. For planning purposes, you must reserve a seat in advance.

NAHAD Showcase of Hose Solutions

Wednesday, April 5    8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Showcase of Hose SolutionsA highlight of each year’s Convention, the Showcase of supplier products and services is where relationships are formed and strengthened and where business gets done. Exhibiting companies include NAHAD Manufacturer, Associate and Affiliate members, displaying the very latest hose, fittings, equipment and services for all attending registered Distributors. All attendees will receive complimentary tote bags.

To maximize your business and networking opportunities, a breakfast buffet for all exhibitors and attendees will be available at 6:30 am, giving exhibitors a bit more time for last minute set-up. Manufacturer, Associate and Affiliate members are invited to register as soon as possible for a Showcase exhibit booth by completing the registration form on page13. Booth assignments will be on a first received, best selection basis. For further details, contact the NAHAD office directly.

Please note the following:

  • NAHAD Manufacturer, Associates and Affiliate member exhibitors may set up their exhibit booth on Tuesday, April 4 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, to get everything in place and ready for the Grand Opening on Wednesday morning. This schedule should provide a chance to enjoy a tour or some time on the golf course in the afternoon, or if preferred, to set up immediately after lunch.
  • See the complete Showcase Rules and Application Form
  • Double booth spaces (10’ x 20’) are available on a limited basis.
  • Exhibitors’ booth teardown will begin no earlier than 2:00 pm on April 5

True Texas Experience: Reception and Dinner at Knibbe Ranch*

Wednesday, April 5, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Knibble Ranch LogoAll attendees are welcome to complete their convention experience with a fun and entertaining Texas evening filled with music, plenty of food and drinks and games. Put on your finest western wear (boots, hat, fancy belt), if you don’t already have them – shopping opportunities abound at the JW Marriott gift shop – have fun with it. NAHAD buses will shuttle attendees to an authentic Texas Ranch located in the Hill Country just north of our host hotel.

Founded over 150 years ago in 1852, the Knibbe Ranch is one of the few remaining Century Heritage Ranches in the State of Texas. Century Heritage Ranches must be owned and operated by the same family in a direct line of descent. The ranch is representative of the Texas Hill Country with rolling hills, beautiful meadows, the Guadalupe River as its southern boundary, and the Spring Branch Creek with its many springs flowing through the middle. Hundreds of beautiful, sprawling live oak trees cover the hills, and cypress, sycamore, and pecan trees line the creek and river bottoms.

Knibble Ranch LogoA working ranch, you will have the opportunity to see long-horn steer, participate in a Texas rodeo, kick up your heels to cowboy music and enjoy delicious Texas barbecue. The perfect ending to this year’s NAHAD Convention!


The NAHAD Annual Convention is open to members of NAHAD only. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please visit our Join page.