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|SATURDAY, APRIL 20|
|10:30am - 5:00pm||Hose Safety Institute Kiosk|
|11:30am - 1:45pm||Speed Networking: Meet Your Industry Peers|
|4:30pm or 5:30pm||Trading Partner Meetings|
|6:30pm - 7:30pm||First Time Attendee Welcome to NAHAD|
|7:00pm - 9:00pm||Opening Welcome Reception|
|SUNDAY, APRIL 21|
|8:00am - 5:00pm||Hose Safety Institute Kiosk|
|9:00am - 11:30am||Spouse Brunch Event|
|1:00pm - 2:00pm||Member Luncheon & Keynote Address|
|6:30pm||Manufacturer and Associate Sponsored Hospitality Events|
|TUESDAY, APRIL 23|
|9:00am - 2:30pm||NAHAD Showcase of Hose Solutions|
|12:30pm - 3:00pm||Hose Safety Institute Kiosk|
|6:30pm - 10:30pm||Children's Dinner and Party|
|6:30pm - 10:30pm||Closing Cocktail Reception, Dinner & The Capitol Steps|
|10:30pm - 11:30pm|
Member Convention Registration & Hospitality
Friday, April 19 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday, April 20 • 8:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday, April 21 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday, April 22 • 7:30am - 12:30pm
Tuesday, April 23 • 7:30am - 2:30pm
Enjoy leisurely convention registration at any time convenient to you. Be sure to pick up your badge prior to attending any events. Beverages and light refreshments will be served in a relaxing setting. Use this opportunity to enjoy a quiet chat with NAHAD acquaintances, and network to make new friends. NAHAD staff will be available throughout the convention to answer any questions and to assist you.
Saturday, April 20 • 10:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday, April 21 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday, April 22 • 7:30am - 12:30pm
Tuesday, April 23 • 12:30pm - 3:00pm
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 some time to visit the Hose Safety Institute Kiosk to check out the all-new Handbook for the Design & Specification of Safe Hose Assemblies as well as the five new online exams. Get the latest updates on hose safety applications and meet with the Institute Advisory Council members to learn how the Institute can help you to buid stronger relations with your customers.
Saturday, April 20 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
As a first time attendee, we'd like to extend a special welcome to you. We ask you to arrive early in Washington and gather together to meet NAHAD's leadership to receive a brief orientationas 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. Take the fast-track to maximize your networking opportunities for the entire convention.
Saturday, April 20, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Welcome to the Gaylord National Harbor Resort! NAHAD's Reception will be held poolside overlooking the Potomac River on Riverview Terrace. The lights of the Washington monuments will be the backdrop to this exciting visit to the United States Capitol environs. In this spectacular setting, with the hisotirc town of Alexandria, Virginia just across the river and George Washington's home of Mount Vernon just a short boat ride beyond, you will feel the amvience of the historic past and the U.S. seat of power as a backdrop. We have planned some festive surprises and we'll provide enough delicious food to satisfy your appetite. The opportunity to meet and mingle is our special ingredient for a pleasant evening of business networking.
Saturday, April 20, 11:30am-1:45pm
With over 600 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 was highly valued by those who participated. Attendees told us that is would be helpful to hold this session at the beginning of the convention, so plan to get an early start on Saturday to take full advantage of the opportunity to expand your network of contacts during this 90-minute session - bring at least 40 business cards. We will begin with a buffet luncheon and then, go directly into networking session rooms. Pre-registration is required for the luncheon.
Saturday, April 20, 4:30pm or 5:30pm
Tuesday, April 23, 2:30pm-5:00pm
NAHAD Convention evaluation surveys consistently request more time for attendees to have conversations with trading partners in both formal and informal meetings. Last year, we began this program and took advantage of the all-suites host hotel to allow members to set aside time for private meetings. This year, we need to be a bit more deliberate, using convention meeting space, reserved and held in NAHAD's name. We will book and hold your meeting room for you on a first come, first served basis at no charge. One person per company will need to pre-register by contacting Molly Thompson at the NAHAD Office at email@example.com, or (410) 940-6350. Once your meeting room is confirmed by NAHAD, you may issue your own invitations.
Sunday, April 21, 9:00am-11:30am
A cordial invitation to all NAHAD spouses to attend the annual Spouse Brunch. After a delicious meal and opportunity to meet and greet each other, we will hear a timely presentation from Cornell McClellan, a Fitness Consultant and Personal Trainer to the First Family of the United States of America. His timely topic will be "Taking the First Step to a Healthy Work/Life Balance". Good good and good company are the ingredients for this uplifting event. Come and make new friends!
Sunday, April 21, Beginning at 6:30pm
Manufacturers and Associates are invited to entertain NAHAD's distributor members on this evening. If you are interested in hosting a Hospitality Suite, you may call Ashley Ackright, Convention Services Manager, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center by telephone direct: 1-301-965-3714 or email Aakright@gaylordhotels.com.
Sunday, April 21, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Our 2013 Keynote address comes with a definite Washington-insider flare. Andrew H. Card served as former President George W. Bush's Chief of Staff and is most well-known as the person who imparted the news about the September 11 attackes to the President during a presidential school visit in Florida. Mr. Card has a long history of public service, as well as working in industry at General Motors, a term as CFO of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association and his current position as the acting Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A & M University. His insights into strategic leadership, particularly during challenging times, is not to be missed.
Tuesday, April 23, 9:00am-2:30pm
Don't miss this year's premier event, with a special "AprilFest" strolling lunch! Full details and registration available here.
Tuesday, April 23, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Windows on the Potomac will provide a beautiful setting for our final Cocktail Reception. Greet old and new friends and snap a photo of the sunset over the Potomac River as we kick off the final evening's activities. A gala dinner will be served at 7:30pm. Following dinner, you will be entertained by the Capitol Steps. The ensemble began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!") , and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together, the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 27 albums and have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS and now NAHAD. See what they bring to light about the new Congress and President Obama's second term.
Tuesday, April 23, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
While parents are busy with cocktails and dinner, children ages 3 & up can enjoy their own dinner and age appropriate entertainment.
Tuesday, April 23, 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Keep the Party Going! NAHAD has brought the Dancing back in 2013. Bring your best moves to the dance floor. We are expecting all of our Young Executives to show the young at heart NAHAD all-stars how to network on the dance floor.
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 NAHAD page.
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