Posted March 16, 2020

ISA cancels Atlanta convention

The Industrial Supply Association notified members today of the board's decision to cancel the ISA Atlanta 2020 convention.

The event had been scheduled for April 20-22. The association sent an email to members outlining its decision.

"Everyone at ISA understands and appreciates the time, effort, and resources that you have put into preparing for this event. Like you, we have been working hard, and were looking forward to coming together to Engage, Learn and Lead," according to the email sent by Ed Gerber, ISA president and CEO.

"This decision was made after careful review of the most recent facts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), the Georgia Department of Public Health and other local authorities. Ultimately, the health, safety and well-being of our members, management team and the community at large led to this decision. Although difficult, as this decision comes at a significant cost to ISA which is a nonprofit, we know it’s the right thing to do."

Gerber added that the association has the financial strength to weather this storm. "We plan to access our financial reserves to make that happen. These reserves are intended to protect ISA in times like this and for investing in value added programs that benefit ISA members and our industry," he said.

"With this decision, we are prepared to refund 100% of all registration, booth and sponsorship fees. However, recognizing the significant impact on our reserves, we are asking for your consideration in donating your registration, booth fees and/or sponsorships to the ISA Foundation, all or in part, at the level your organization is able to support. Foundation funds will only be used for education, research and/or scholarships and your organization will be recognized as a supporting patron of the Foundation helping ISA continue its mission critical purpose. Your donation will help continue the momentum and fuel the future of the Industrial MROP Channel. We recognize the magnitude of this ask, but if each company can help in some way, together, we will strengthen ISA, our community and industry overall."

In the coming weeks, a member of the ISA team will contact all ISA Atlanta 2020 participants to discuss refunds and or donations.

As recently as Friday, March 13, ISA had planned to proceed with the convention. Over the weekend, however, the CDC recommended that organizations postpone or cancel events for gatherings of more than 50 people over the next eight weeks.