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2015 convention Program Highlights

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Wednesday, April 22  
12:00 pm Buses depart for Annual Golf Tournament*
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm   Shotgun Start Golf Tournament* 
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
Thursday, April 23  
8:30 am – 6:30 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
9:30 am – 11:00 am Young Executives Bike Tour*
9:30 am – 5:30 pm Hose Safety Institute Kiosk Open
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Speed Networking* 
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Company Meetings – Space Available* 
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm  NAHAD Spouse Salsa and Cocktail Gathering 
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm First-Timer Reception
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Welcome Reception
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Children’s Dinner and Party* 
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Gala Dinner, George Carver Award,
Presentation: Building Your Own
Personal & Corporate Brand
Clyde Fessler, ClydeFessler.com

Friday, April 24  
7:00 am – 7:30 am 17th Annual Fun Run Walk*
7:30 am – 6:00 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Hose Safety Institute Kiosk Open
9:00 am – 11:30 am

UID in a Day Morning sessions (choose one):

1. What is Your Company’s Competitive Edge?
Brian Gardner, Sales Process 360
2. Planning for Profit Optimization
Michael E. Workman, PhD, MikeWorkman.com
3. Troubleshooting Inventory Replenishment
Jon Schreibfeder, Effective Inventory Management, Inc.

9:30 am – 12:00 pm Company Meetings – Space Available*
12:00 pm– 2:15 pm

Members’ Lunch & Keynote Speaker

Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System for

Breakthrough Business Success
Sarah Miller Caldicott, Power Patterns of Innovation

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

UID in a Day Afternoon sessions (choose one):

1. Getting ROI Out of CRM
Brian Gardner, Sales Process 360
2. New Elements of Profitability
Michael E. Workman, PhD, MikeWorkman.com
3. Effective Warehouse Operations
Jon Schreibfeder, Effective Inventory Management, Inc.

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Company Meetings – Space Available*
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm Manufacturer Hospitality Evening
Saturday, April 25  
7:30 am – 2:00 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
7:30 am – 2:00 pm Hose Safety Institute Kiosk Open
9:30 am – 11:30 am  

Special Interest Workshops (choose one):

1. Trade Credit: An Alternative to Commercial Lending
Abe WalkingBear Sanchez, A/R Management Group, Inc.
2. Succession or Exit? Decision or Dilemma
Ryan F. Barradas & Tim D. Young, WealthPoint®
3. NAHAD Fishbowls for CEOs, Sales,
Product and Branch Managers, Young Executives

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Company Meetings – Space Available*
Sunday, April 26  
7:00 am – 2:00 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
7:00 am – 2:00 pm Hose Safety Institute Kiosk Open
8:30 am – 1:00 pm Showcase of Hose Solutions
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Company Meetings – Space Available*
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Young Executives Mojitos in Miami Pre Party*
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm NAHAD Miami Street Party*
*Requires Preregistration  

NAHAD Annual Golf Tournament*

Wednesday, April 22 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

NAHAD buses will depart for Normandy Shores Golf Course at noon on April 22. This legendary golf 2015 Convention Imagescourse, which dates back to 1928, underwent a major renovation in 2008. The Arthur Hills’ renovation attracted world attention so that in 2011, the course hosted South Beach International Amateur (SBIA). In 2013, the SBIA placed second worldwide only to the British Amateur in the number of international amateurs in its field.

The NAHAD Tournament will feature a scramble format. Please indicate on the Registration Form if you would like to be paired with another member. It is usually extremely easy for NAHAD to honor your request for pairings with advance notice, but impossible to do this at the last minute. Pairings will be done on a first noted, first designated basis.

Member Conference Registration & Hospitality 

Convention Reg Desk

Enjoy leisurely conference 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.

HSI 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? 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,
  • Test drive the online employee training and certificate programs,
  • Meet with the Institute Advisory Council end-users to connect with new business opportunities, and,
  • Get the latest updates on hose safety applications. Check the Program Schedule for hours, starting on Thursday April 23.

For NAHAD Young Executives Only 

Young Executives

Connect with up and coming executives age 40 and under in a series of events designed to share concerns and experiences in relaxed as well as more structured settings. See the Program Schedule for activities on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and don’t forget to sign up for UID-in-a-Day classes.

Young Executives Mojitos in Miami Pre Party* 

Sunday April 26 • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm  

 Young Executives Bike Tour

Thursday, April 23, 2015 • 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Price: $49 per person, includes bike rental fee, helmets and guide

Bike and Roll Miami provides a great tour of the Miami Beach area. Parts of the tour will traverse the paved pathway that runs along the South Beach section, passing by the Loews hotel and then you will pass by the South Pointe Pier and Park on your way to Lincoln Road. You will have a chance to network with other young executives and share experiences as the convention continues during the weekend.

Speed Networking: Meet Your Industry Peers*

Thursday, April 23 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Speed Networking

With 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. This program was inaugurated in 2010 and has been highly valued by those who have participated. Attendees told us that it would be helpful to hold this session at the beginning of the convention. Bring at least 40 business cards for this opportunity to expand your network of contacts. Pre-registration is required in order to have adequate space for this event.

Room Reservation for Company Meeting

NAHAD has reserved meeting space in the Loews Hotel for companies to hold private meetings with their employees and trading partners. Space is limited and is available on a first reserved basis. NAHAD will provide coffee, decaf coffee and tea for your meeting. There is a $250 charge for each time slot listed below to cover NAHAD’s costs.

Thursday, April 23            2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Friday, April 24                  9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Friday, April 24                  3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Saturday, April 25             12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday, April 26                1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual NAHAD Spouse Event:

Spouse brunch 2012

Salsa Dancing and Sangria

Thursday, April 23 • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Have you always wanted to learn how to Salsa dance? This lively event for NAHAD spouses will feature a mixologist, Latin dance demonstration and fun. All NAHAD spouses are welcome to share a fun afternoon.

First Time Attendee Welcome to NAHAD

Thursday, April 23 • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

As a first time attendee, we’d like to extend a special welcome to you. We ask you to arrive early in Miami Beach and gather together to meet NAHAD’s leadership to receive a brief orientation as to what to expect over the next few days and how to get the most out of your attendance. In addition, we encourage you to participate in the Speed Networking Session, held earlier in the day, to meet NAHAD leaders and fellow first-timers. Note that this will be your first meeting on the registration form on page 11 and sign up for speed networking on page 12. Take the fast-track to maximize your networking opportunities for the entire convention.

NAHAD Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 23 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Welcome to Miami! Shake off those winter blues and join NAHAD convention attendees for a cocktail reception under the warm Miami skies. We are planning to host this event on the Loews lawn overlooking Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, before we move inside for our gala dinner and presentations.

Childrens’ Dinner and Party*

Thursday, April 23 • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

While parents are busy with cocktails and dinner, children ages 3 & up can enjoy their own dinner and age appropriate entertainment. See more information about registering your children on page 14. Your child’s registration for the convention is free. Certain activities are available to children on a space available, age appropriate basis.

Gala Dinner with George Carver Award and Special Presentation

Thursday, April 23 • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

After cocktails, enjoy a delicious plated dinner. You may choose to catch up with friends or network with new acquaintances in the spectacular Loews Americana Ballroom. For your after dinner entertainment, Clyde Fessler, former Head of Marketing at Harley Davidson USA, will share the story of how the company went from near bankruptcy to become one of the most recognized brands in the world. The 2015 George W. Carver Award for Outstanding Commitment to Industry Excellence will be presented during the evening.

17th Annual Fun Run Walk

Friday, April 24, 2015 • 7:00 am – 7:30 am

Price: $17 per person, includes 2015 tee shirt2015 Convention Images

Start your morning with a brisk run or walk along Miami Beach. Take it all the way to South Pointe where you can spot the cruise ships returning to port or turn around at your own pace. Always a great way to catch up with active NAHAD members and spouses.


Six Key University of Innovative Distribution programs, delivered by three top UID faculty members. Choose one of the morning and one of the afternoon sessions.

Member Luncheon and Keynote Address 

Friday, April 24 • 12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Our 2015 Keynote speaker, Sarah Miller Caldicott, is a great grandniece of Thomas Edison. Inspired by a family lineage of inventors, she has been engaged in creativity and innovation throughout her life. Her latest book, Midnight Lunch: The 4 Phases of Team Collaboration Success from Thomas Edison’s Lab brings Edison’s collaborative approach into the digital era (see more here). Join your fellow NAHAD members for this networking lunch and opportunity to stretch your mind and your world view. 

Manufacturer and Associate Sponsored Hospitality Suites

Friday, April 24 • Beginning at 6:30 pm2015 Convention Images

Manufacturers and Associates are invited to entertain NAHAD’s distributor members on this evening. If you are interested in contacting the Loews Miami Beach Hotel for information regarding hosting a Hospitality Suite, you may call Giovanna Irigoyen, CMP Conference Manager for Loews, Direct: 1-305-604-3908 or email girigoyen@loewshotels.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! Special Interest Workshops

Saturday, April 25 • 9:30 am – 11:30 am

NAHAD is providing members with an opportunity to network and discuss relevant ideas with peers who hold the same position (CEO, CFO, Sales, Buyers, Young Executives, etc.) or who have similar concerns or interests. Each workshop will begin with a presentation from an expert(s) on the topic and then will devolve into round table discussions. NAHAD will ask you to submit a topic or question for the group after you register.

NAHAD Showcase of Hose Solutions

Sunday, April 26 • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

A highlight of each year’s Convention, the Showcase of supplier products and services is where 

2015 Convention Imagesrelationships are formed and strengthened and where business gets done. Exhibiting companies include NAHAD Manufacturer, Associate and Affiliate members (see Showcase Registration Information on page 13), displaying the very latest hose, fittings, equipment and services for all attending registered Distributors. All attendees will receive complimentary tote bags and a 31st Annual Convention collector’s mug. To maximize your business and networking opportunities, a breakfast buffet for all exhibitors and attendees will be available at 7:00 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 Saturday, April 25 from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, to get everything in place and ready for the Grand Opening on Sunday morning. This time spread should provide a chance to enjoy a tour or some time on the beach in the afternoon, or if preferred, to set up immediately after lunch.
    • See page 13 for complete Showcase Rules and Application Form.
    • Double booth spaces (8’ x 20’) are available on a limited basis. See Registration information on page 13.
    • Exhibitors’ booth teardown will begin at 1:00 pm on April 26.

NAHAD’s Miami Street Party*

Sunday, April 26 • 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

All attendees are welcome to end their convention experience with a fun and entertaining evening filled with music, plenty of food and drinks and games. South Beach is known for its party atmosphere and we will take full advantage of the Latin flavor and ambience on the Lawn of the Loews. Break out your Miami Vice duds, your Cuban heels, your Panama hat or your hot Miami dresses for this last chance to network and enjoy the Miami sunshine before heading back to the office. 

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.