The FPDA Motion & Control Network represents motion solution providers of fluid power, automation, and electro-mechanical technologies and distribution services designed to enhance customer performance and profitability.

University of Innovative Distribution

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March 5-8, 2017‚Ä®
JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel
Indianapolis, IN

2016 Uid CoverThe University of Innovative Distribution is presented by the leading industry trade associations and delivered by content experts and nationally recognized university faculty members, the UID program is recognized as "the source for distribution management."

Here’s a look at the 2016 University:

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Participants select their own courses for each day of the four-day program, including such topics as: Distribution Marketing; Branch Management; Sales & Sales Management; Value-Added Selling; Business Leadership; Distribution and Profitability.


Tom D. Ralls Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship to be Awarded One Scholarship to the University of Innovative Distribution will be awarded for each session of the University of Innovative Distribution each year. The awarded scholarship will be for full tuition to the University of Innovative Distribution; travel expenses are to be paid by the scholarship recipient.


  • Applicant must be an employee in good standing of an FPDA Regular (Distributor) Member organization.
  • Applicant must be a qualified member of the FPDA Young Executives (YES).
  • Applicant must provide a letter of recommendation from a company principal.
  • Applicant must provide an essay detailing his/her desire to attend the University of Innovatie Distribution program.

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UID participants will earn credits toward their Certificate in Innovative Distribution, provided by Purdue University upon the completion of 90 hours (9 CEUs) of qualified educational instruction.  For more detailed information about receiving your Certificate in Innovative Distribution, click on the links below:

Application for Certification in Innovative Distribution
Purdue Certificate in Innovative Distribution Information 

For more information or questions regarding the March 2017 UID Program, please call the UID Office (410) 940-6348.

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