Georgia Foley 2017-10-03 01:54:39
One thing is certain: Members of the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) sure want to go to Austin! This is the first time STAFDA will meet in Austin and within one month, the 700- booth Trade Show was sold out! Of our three host hotels, one hotel sold out in 4.5 hours, another within 48 hours, and the third within a week. STAFDA added more booth space at the Austin Hilton which sold out in 72 hours. Our fifth overflow hotel is almost at capacity. This is completely unprecedented for STAFDA! The November 12-14 meeting blends education, networking, social activities, and of course, the trade show. But this year’s meeting will have a new dimension — upper class-men from four universities offering supply chain majors: Purdue University, Texas A & M, the University of Alabama-Birmingham and the University of Texas-Austin will also be in attendance. STAFDA’S AUSTIN CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Educational Workshops featuring top speakers addressing pertinent business issues from reviving work ethic, to winning customers back, the best methods to deliver employee praise, to creating smart work teams. Young Professionals Luncheon, aimed at those 35 years and younger, will be a moderated lunch by Gen X speaker, Jason Young, who will discuss “The New Diversity: Engaging the Generational Workforce.” The Speed Interviewing Session allows students to man tables while members “table hop” every 10 minutes to interview another student. In today’s competitive environment, there is a tremendous demand from STAFDA members for knowledgeable young talent to add to their company roster. STAFDA is hosting a private party at Austin City Limits. Top Austin musicians will rock the house! There will be food trucks, buffet stations and libations to satisfy attendee appetites. STAFDA’s General Session will open with a powerful video followed by State of the Industry talks from a distributor and a manufacturer. Keynoter, John Ratzenberger, the former Cliff Claven from Cheers and the voice of several Pixar movie characters, will address the importance of Made in America. The Trade Show is an incredible opportunity for distributors to see the latest innovations. Many exhibitors use the STAFDA Show to introduce products for the following year so the newest and greatest is always on display! The Closing Party wraps up the meeting with a good meal over more business conversation or to simply relax and unwind. There are also spouse/companion programs and tours for those who are coming to enjoy Austin. The STAFDA Convention & Trade Show is for members only! Please visit www.stafda.org to learn more about the Austin meeting, its member services or apply for membership.
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