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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  
8:00 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 DeskHere is where NAHAD attendees enjoyed leisurely convention registration at any time convenient to you. This is where you pick up your badge prior to attending any events. Beverages were served in a relaxing setting and attendees used this opportunity to enjoy a quiet chat with NAHAD acquaintances, and network to make new friends. 

NAHAD conference registration staff were available throughout the convention to answer questions and to assist you. 


NAHAD Hose Safety Institute Kiosk

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? The Hose Safety Institute Kiosk was the perfect place to learn how to meet all of these challenges quickly and easily, at minimum cost. Here's what attendees were able to do at the kiosk: 

  • 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

Professionals had the opportunity to 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 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.

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. Those who participated in this networking-by-design opportunity were able to expand their horizons.

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

Opening Reception Under the Stars of Texas

Sunday, April 2, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Opening Reception This was the time to re-connect with industry friends and make some new, valuable connections. Members enjoyed cocktails and a strolling supper with games and fun designed to set the stage for an enjoyable time in San Antonio. 

Company Meetings*

In response to member requests, NAHAD reserved meeting space at the JW Marriott for companies to hold private meetings with their employees and trading partners. Space is always 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.

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 provided an opportunity to mix and mingle with others who have traveled 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.

As a special convenience, Manufacturers and Associates had the opportunity to order a complete set of NAHAD distributor mailing labels (no cost) or specialized reports (fee charged) from the NAHAD office.


NEW Women in NAHAD (WIN) Breakfast Program

Tuesday, April 4, 8:00 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. Women in NAHAD joined together at this “kick-off” breakfast and learned what NAHAD is planning and to discussed 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 included information on new NAHAD programs and reviewed current offerings for members, as well as honored 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 was provided at no charge to attendees. NAHAD members gathered in groups to visit many festive restaurants or just take some time to see the sights.

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 included NAHAD Manufacturer, Associate and Affiliate members, displaying the very latest hose, fittings, equipment and services for all attending registered Distributors. 

Booth assignments are on a first received, best selection basis. For further details, contact the NAHAD office directly.

True Texas Experience: Reception and Dinner at Knibbe Ranch*

Wednesday, April 5, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

All attendees were welcomed to complete their convention experience with a fun and entertaining Texas evening filled with music, plenty of food, drinks and games. Attendees put on their finest western wear (boots, hat, fancy belt).

Knibble Ranch LogoThe true Texas experience was completed with the opportunity to see long-horn steer, participate in a Texas rodeo, dancing 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.