Posted June 5, 2023

Alan Beaulieu, workshops headline business education at STAFDA convention

The Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) announced Economic Consultant Alan Beaulieu will present an Economic Update at the association's 47th Annual Convention & Trade Show, November 5-7, in San Antonio. Workshop presenters and additional agenda happenings have also been released.

On Tuesday, November 7, Beaulieau will deliver a program pulls together the global economy, U.S. legislation, and the North American economy to present a comprehensive, industry-focused synopsis to help businesses through uncertain times. As president and principal of ITR Economics, Alan is one of the pre-eminent economists in the country.

Meanwhile, the Sunday morning educational block begins at 8:30 and runs for 90 minutes. After a half hour break, the sessions repeat. Topics and speakers include:

Human-Centric Leadership: Dirk Beveridge
In today’s ever-changing environment, leaders are learning the very nature of leadership is being redefined by the social, technological, and demographic forces creating new customer and employee expectations. The human element of leadership has become the true north for today’s leaders. Dirk will introduce qualified data showing leadership is at an inflection point and share insightful case studies of distributors who are setting the standard. As an entrepreneur, researcher, author, and strategist, Dirk is the catalyst for companies to redefine their future in the age of rapid change.

The Fine Art of Building Relationships: One Conversation at a Time: Debra Fine
You can’t hide behind that screen any longer: It’s time for face-to-face conversations. Debra will focus on rapport-building techniques, conversation and mingling skills, gaining visibility, and networking tips. A former engineer, Debra teaches C-Level executives, managers, and stakeholders, the conversation skills needed to navigate business events, meetings, and interact with clients and customers.

Master Your World: Today’s Game for Maximum Profits, Peak Productivity, & Top Communication: Mary Kelly
Leadership is the difference between failure and success. The strength of leadership affects every employee, every team member, and everyone you serve. Mary will explain how leadership creates a productive and constructive team, how loyalty and relationships affect the bottom line, and what most employees aren’t getting from their supervisors and managers causing them to leave. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served 21 years on active duty as an intelligence and a logistics officer. She earned a PhD in economics and taught at the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and in the graduate school for Colorado State University.

Trust, Accountability, & Business Relationships: Thom Singer
Company culture is a key employee-retention tool. When there is trust and accountability between people who know, like, and respect their coworkers, a company will thrive. Thom will combine his teachings on the power of community, collaboration, and conversations with the underpinning foundations of trust and accountability to help teams come together to win more business.

Two additional sessions on Sunday, November 5, include a “Women in Distribution” luncheon and an “Emerging Leaders Forum.”

The luncheon will be a networking opportunity along with a program from JJ Geronimo.
Many professional women desire more influence and impact yet don’t know the necessary steps to make their goals a reality. Her luncheon topic is "Accelerate Your Impact." 

Thom Singer will moderate the Emerging Leaders Forum. Many STAFDA members are Baby Boomers who are grooming the next generation to take over the business. Whether it’s a family member or tapping a long-term employee, these upcoming leaders need to form a network with their peers who are on the same career trajectory. Developing a person’s “inner circle” of contacts – inside and outside work – is the key to more opportunities.

Online registration for STAFDA’s San Antonio Convention & Trade Show begins from the members-only section of at 8 a.m. Central on June 26. The workshops are included in the Convention registration fee, and only STAFDA members may attend. Non-members are encouraged to visit to review and complete membership applications.