The 24th Annual Meeting & Convention of NAHAD, The Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution is being held in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, April 5-9, 2008. NAHAD consists of both manufacturers and distributors of hose and accessory products as well as associate and affiliate members. H&P magazine has been an affiliate member and close partner of NAHAD for the past six years.
We participate in the Annual Meeting & Convention by exhibiting in the Service Mart portion of the event which is a trade fair set up at the meetings for delegates. Along with other affiliate members, Hydraulics & Pneumatics distributes our products that would be of interest to the distributor and manufacturer members.
Included in our product offerings of interest are H&P magazine subscriptions for the distributor members, advertising for the manufacturer members, books, web products, Fluid Power Handbook & Directory, and our new Fluid Power Supply Channel digital magazine to be launched in July 2008.
The 2008 NAHAD meeting will be kicked off on Saturday, April 5 when Danny Forster, host of the Discovery Channel’s Build It Bigger gives the keynote address to the delegates and sets the tone for the meeting with the theme, Building Bigger Value for Your New Markets.
Also on the speaker list for this year’s program are Bill McCleave of W.R. McCleave & Associates, a recognized expert in distribution management and integrated supply. His topic will be Strategic Sweet Spots for Market Success. Then Gary Jobson of Jobson Sailing and ESPN commentator will present a session on Ultimate Performance.
Kathy Newton of Purdue University will discuss Sustaining Growth Through Distribution Excellence, Tom Reilly presents on Value-Added Sales Culture, and Bob Destefano shares insights on building an online marketing machine. Christine Corelli will give attendees some help with a presentation on building customer loyalty.
Colonial Williamsburg offers an awesome historic setting for this year’s meeting. NAHAD does a tremendous job of providing networking opportunities, unique dining settings, sight-seeing excursions, golf, and an all-around enjoyable, educational, and productive four days to all in attendance.