Nearly 1,000 people turned out for the 29th annual meeting of the National Association of Hose & Accessories Distribution (NAHAD) in Washington, D.C. last week. Joe Thompson, Executive Vice President of the association, said that it was one of the largest turnouts in NAHAD’s history.
Andrew H. Card Jr. was the keynote speaker. The former Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush talked about life behind the scenes at the White House and had attendees enraptured when he described the tragic events of September 11, 2001, drawing a standing ovation for his speech. Card, who has worked in three different presidential administrations, is now the Acting Dean at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University.
Michael Ference, publisher of Hydraulics & Pneumatics, attended the convention and noted that it is an important meeting for both distributors and manufacturers of hose and accessories because of the connections.
“I don't necessarily mean the hose connections but the people connections. One of the reasons that the NAHAD organization is so successful is because they realize this truth. People do business with other people. Manufacturers are represented by people who sell their products through distributors who are represented by people and they sell to customers who are people," states Ference.
"The four days of the NAHAD Annual Convention & Meeting are focused on those connections starting with the opening reception through the networking courses and excursions, the hospitality night, and culminating in the closing reception. NAHAD is about people.”
Tim Reynolds, Tribute president, and Bill Horrigan, Sales Director, said that this was one of the best NAHAD shows they’ve attended and the networking opportunities with customers and prospects was invaluable. They commend the NAHAD executive committee and Joe Thompson and his staff for the great job they did on this year’s convention.
We congratulation Dick Goodall, the CEO of Dixon Valve & Coupling Company, who was awarded the prestigious George W. Carver Award. The award was created in the name of George W. Carver, a founding father and third president of NAHAD. Goodall has assisted his company’s growth through a series of strategic acquisitions, as well as helping Dixon establish a global presence.
Tribute is proud work in partnership with Dixon Valve & Coupling on the release of features specifically for the Dixon distributor. PO files can now be exported to Dixon from Tribute/TrulinX software in their required format, streamlining their distributor’s business processes.