Posted June 22, 2017

FPDA and ISD to hold joint Summit

The FPDA Motion and Control Network (FPDA) and the International Sealing Distribution Association (ISD) Joint Industry Summit provides expanded networking opportunities for the leaders of the industries served by these two associations.

With a theme of “Amplify Your Future,” the 2017 Joint Industry Summit brings together fluid power and sealing distributors, manufacturers and other vendors for education, professional networking and to experience the latest industry products and services at the Showcase.

Program Highlights: Keynote Sessions
This four-day program scheduled for Sept. 24-27 in Nashville offers many opportunities for association members to build their professional networks with new connections and learn alongside channel partners. 

The opening keynote speaker economist Dr. Chris Kuehl (PhD), is a managing director for Armada Corporate Intelligence and co-founder of the company in 1999. He is Armada’s economic analyst and works extensively with trade associations. He is the chief economist for the NACM and the economic analyst for the Fabricators Manufacturers Association and writes their bi-weekly publication, Fabrinomics. 

New this year, a Joint FPDA/ISD Business Meeting features a panel of industry leaders based on NAW and IBM's recent trend report, "Facing the Forces of Change: Navigating the Seas of Disruption." Following separate business meetings on Tuesday morning, September 26, IBM’s distributor expert will facilitate a panel of fluid power and sealing distribution leaders while answering your most pressing questions around disruption. 

Mike Rayburn will serve as the closing keynote presenter. His musical summary of the Summit’s programming will offer a true “What If” experience for member seeking to maximize opportunity and performance.

Program Highlights: Workshop Sessions
UID in-a-Day: FPDA and ISD will present the best of the University of Innovative Distribution (UID) with 90-minute sales sessions featuring Don Buttrey and Mike Marks, tackling the topics of sales and business strategy, respectively. UID Sessions are held in the morning and afternoon on Monday, September 25.

Special Events and Networking Opportunities
Kicking off the members Nashville experience, the Opening Networking Reception will be held at the renowned Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which will include a tour of the Museum.

The Gala Reception, Dinner & Closing Party will feature music from local talent. Following a sit down dinner, members will enjoy photo opportunities, impersonators and dancing the evening away to one of Nashville’s hottest bands.

The Tuesday, September 25 Supplier Showcase offers the latest in fluid power and sealant products and services. The FPDA/ISD Supplier Showcase is designed as an informal program, utilizing only table top displays. This Showcase always offers a broad spectrum of the latest technical developments, products and services to meet member needs, all in one congenial place.