February 2016 

Calendar of Events

March 1-3, 2016

The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession

March 2016

Dayton, OH

March 6-9, 2016

University of Innovative Distribution

JW Marriott Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

May 24-26, 2016

The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession

May 2016

Dayton, OH

August 9-11, 2016

The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession

August 2016

Dayton, OH

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2015 Proves To Be Record-Breaking Year for UID!

The 2015 University of Innovative Distribution was held March 8-11 at the beautiful JW Marriott Indianapolis. For the second year in a row, UID saw record-breaking attendance, with 579 attendees participating.

  • 78% First Time Attendees
  • 53% Under Age 40
  • 13% International Audience, representing Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Mexico and Canada

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AEA - The Association Education Alliance, LLC

Formed in 1991 by five wholesale-distributor trade associations; PTDA, AHTD, EASA, FPDA and NAHAD. Currently, AEA represents 43 trade associations, as noted in the box to the right. AEA executives meet biannually to develop programs that deliver value to its members.

Value Proposition:

The Vision of The Association Education Alliance is to identify, evaluate and develop educational products and programs for use by member associations as well as to facilitate networking and idea sharing among AEA members.


  • To develop affordable educational products and programs for use by its member associations.
  • To share information, content and ideas among AEA members.
  • Facilitate ongoing communication among AEA members.


AEA develops, with the support of Purdue University, and delivers the University of Innovative Distribution (UID), a powerful four-day educational experience offered each March for member Distributors and Manufacturers.

Since 1994, UID has provided exceptional education, at the most reasonable cost, to over 7,000 industry professionals throughout the world. >> More details available here. <<

AEA members also develop, or co-produce, a variety of educational programs and services for the mutual benefit of their member companies throughout the year. These may include seminars, webinars, conferences and publications.

AEA Members

AEA Member Events

February 28 - March 1, 2016

Industrial Manufacturers' Representatives Summit (IMR)

Sanibel Island, Sanibel, FL

April 6-9, 2016


AHTD Spring Meeting 2016

Amelia Island, FL

April 16-19, 2016

ISA Annual Convention

Rosemont, IL

April 16-19, 2016


2016 Annual Convention

Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, IL

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