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2020 President's Letter

Sam Petillo

Join Us In Paradise Island

Registration is underway for NAHAD’s 36th Annual Meeting & Convention, taking place April 24-29, 2020 at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. NAHAD has picked some pretty incredible locations to host our Annual Convention, but, in my humble opinion, this is one of the most exceptional properties to date. Quite simply, this property has everything. Five miles of pristine beaches, 11 pools, a world-class casino, nightclub, theatre, award-winning golf course, and a pretty unbelievable water park and open-air marine habitat. Can you tell I’m excited to have you join us?

But we aren’t just there to enjoy this amazing resort. NAHAD has planned a robust program that provides us time to experience Atlantis, but also offers the forums necessary to network, to learn, and to achieve our business goals. We have planned this year’s educational program with 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. I am also pleased to report that we have secured a terrific line up of speakers including Herm Edwards, former NFL coach and commentator, who will deliver our luncheon keynote. Talk about someone who can motivate us all.

NAHAD wouldn’t be NAHAD without a primary focus on networking, and this year’s program does not disappoint. In addition to Speed Networking and the Opening Reception, we have also brought back the Showcase of Hose Solutions Party, so attendees have more time to meet with manufacturers. We have networking planned for the open afternoon at the Royal Pool, lots of great hospitalities scheduled, and our Closing Party on the beach. I promise during this year’s Convention, you will have every opportunity to meet with long-time colleagues and new connections to help you grow your business.

For our manufacturers, please note we have a seamless shipping process planned to get your materials easily and affordably to Atlantis and have worked with the hotel to ensure the best possible experience for all our members. Flights are quick and easy for most of the U.S., and now is the time to make sure your passport is up to date. And while islands in the Bahamas experienced damage from Hurricane Dorian, Atlantis very luckily did not. They are, however, very active in the recovery process and I know I’m happy to put my dollars into an economy doing its part to help those in need.

Please take a moment to look through the Annual Meeting & Convention website. You will find everything you need to know related to the program, hotel, registration, travel and more. Thank you and I look forward to welcoming you to Paradise Island in April!


Sam Petillo
President, Singer Equities
NAHAD 2019-2020 President

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