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2016 convention Program Highlights

Click on the title to view full details from some of the exceptional programming that took place during this year's NAHAD Convention.

Friday, April 29  
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
Saturday April, 30  
8:30 am - 6:30 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
8:30 am - 6:30 pm NAHAD Program Kiosks Open
11:30 pm – 1:00 pm NAHAD Young Executives Luncheon - NAHAD Shark Tank*
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Speed Networking 
6:00 pm – 6: 30 pm First Time Attendees Welcoming Reception
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Members’ Welcoming Reception
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Children's Dinner and Party*
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Gala Dinner & George Carver Award Presentation
Guest Speaker - Amy Purdy - On My Own Two Feet
Sunday, May 1  
7:00 am - 6:30 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
7:00 am - 5:00 pm NAHAD Program Kiosks Open
9:30 am – 11:30 am Spouse Brunch and Program
Tom Weber, SMILE Photography – Let’s Talk About Your Photos
12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Members’ Luncheon, Annual Meeting of Members, 
Guest Speaker –

Keven ‘Kal’ Kallaugher – Editorial Cartoonist for The Economist

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm Company Meetings*
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm Manufacturer and Associate Hospitality Suites
Monday, May 2  
8:00 am - 7:00 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
10:15 am – 11:30 am Concurrent Workshops:
- Distributor Performance Dashboards Workshop
- Hose Safety Institute Workshop
- NAHAD Fish Bowls
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Company Meetings*
Tuesday, May 3  
7:30 am - 2:30 pm Convention Registration Desk Open
8:30 am – 1:00 pm Showcase of Hose Solutions
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Company Meetings*
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Closing Reception: Western Evening Under the Stars*
*Requires Preregistration  

Member Convention Registration and Hospitality

Enjoy leisurely conference registration at any time convenient to you. Be sure to pick up your badge prior to attending any events. Beverages will be served in a relaxing setting. Use this opportunity to enjoy a quiet chat with NAHAD acquaintances, and network to make new friends. This is also an excellent opportunity to visit NAHAD’s Hose Safety Institute Kiosk and learn all about the latest and greatest member benefits and the advantages of the Hose Safety Institute.

NAHAD conference registration staff will be available throughout the convention to answer questions and to assist you. Please refer to the Program Schedule above for specific times.


NAHAD Hose Safety Institute Kiosk

Located near the NAHAD Convention Desk.

Looking for powerful ways to connect with your customers and prospects? Is hose safety on the mind of your end-users? Want to improve your employees’ technical abilities while enhancing their engagement and loyalty? Find out how to meet all of these challenges quickly and easily, at minimum cost. Take time to visit the Hose Safety Institute Kiosk, where you can: 

  • Check out the Institute Handbook for the Design & Specification of Safe Hose Assemblies and the five Assembly Fabrication Guides
  • Test drive the online employee training and certificate programs,
  • Meet with the Institute Advisory Council end-users to connect with new business opportunities, and,
  • Get the latest updates on hose safety applications. 

Check the Program Schedule for hours, starting on Saturday April 30.

Young Executives

NAHAD Young Executives

Connect with up and coming executives age 40 and under in a series of events designed to share concerns and experiences in relaxed as well as more structured settings. See the Program Schedule for activities on Saturday and Monday and don’t forget to sign up for UID-in-a-Day classes.

NAHAD Young Executives Luncheon – NAHAD Shark Tank*

Saturday, April 30 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

NAHAD has designed a special networking event for emerging leaders age 40 and under. Grab a box lunch and join one of the teams who will each pitch a concept to a special panel of NAHAD Sharks. This is a great way to get to know other emerging leaders in a fun and competitive setting.

Speed Networking: Meet Your Industry Peers*

Saturday, April 30 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Program HighlightsWith over 800 delegates in attendance, it is often difficult to meet those members who might be a valuable connection for your business. Expand your horizons by signing up for this networking-by-design opportunity. This program was inaugurated in 2010 and has been highly valued by those who have participated. Bring at least 40 business cards for this opportunity to expand your network of contacts. Pre-registration is required in order to have adequate space for this event.

First Time Attendee Welcome to NAHAD

Saturday, April 30 • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

As a first time attendee, we’d like to extend a special welcome to you. We ask you to arrive early in Colorado Springs and gather together to meet NAHAD’s leadership to receive a brief orientation as to what to expect over the next few days and how to get the most out of your attendance. In addition, we encourage you to participate in the Speed Networking Session, held earlier in the day, to meet NAHAD leaders and fellow first-timers. Note that this will be your first meeting on the registration form on page 11 and sign up for speed networking on page 12. Take the fast-track to maximize your networking opportunities for the entire convention.

Members’ Welcoming Reception Saturday

April 30 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Welcome to Colorado! Re-connect with industry friends and make some new connections during this festive cocktail hour. 

Gala Dinner with George Carver Award and Special Presentation

Saturday April 30 • 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Program HighlightsAfter cocktails, enjoy a delicious plated dinner. You may choose to catch up with friends or network with new acquaintances in the spectacular Broadmoor Hall Ballroom. For your after dinner entertainment, Amy Purdy, actress, model, author, and world class snowboarder will deliver an inspirational message. You may have seen her on the television series Dancing with the Stars. She is also the author of the author of New York Times best-seller On My Own Two Feet. Read more about Amy on page 8.

The 2016 George W. Carver Award for Outstanding Commitment to Industry Excellence will also be presented during the evening. Since 2007, NAHAD has honored industry-leading individuals who have exemplified the leadership qualities of NAHAD past president, George Carver, through their professional and personal contributions to the industry. Join us as we honor the 2016 George Carver Award recipient.

Childrens’ Dinner and Party*

Saturday, April 30 • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

While parents are busy with cocktails and dinner, children ages 3 & up can enjoy their own dinner and age appropriate entertainment. See more information about registering your children on page 15. Your child’s registration for the convention is free. Certain activities are available to children on a space available, age appropriate basis.

Annual NAHAD Spouse Brunch

Sunday, May 1 • 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Program HighlightsWith a backdrop of the beautiful scenery of Colorado Springs, the focus of this year’s Brunch will be the opportunity to learn how to enhance the photographs that you take. Whether you use a NIKON or your smart phone to take pictures, this is a great opportunity to learn some tricks of the trade. Attendees are invited to submit a photo or two for review. We will have a fun contest with winners in several categories. During the convention, you will have the opportunity to submit additional photos from the convention to be viewed on the “Big Screen” as the meeting unfolds. All registered spouses are welcome to share a delicious meal, time to chat and a fun activity.

Company Meetings*

Space Available on Saturday-Tuesday see Program Schedule for Times

Program HighlightsIn response to member requests, NAHAD has reserved meeting space at the Broadmoor for companies to hold private meetings with their employees and trading partners. To review available spots and to sign up, please click here

Member Luncheon and Keynote Address

Sunday, May 1 • 12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Our 2016 Keynote speaker, Kevin Kallaugher (Kal) is the international award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Economist and the Baltimore Sun. The first resident cartoonist in the Economist’s 145-year history, his diverse portfolio includes more than 8,000 cartoons, 140 covers, and six books. Kal shares his unique take on current events, politics, and the economy. His presentation will be capped off with live drawing of his favorite targets and a surprise for the audience (their own original cartoons to take home). 

Join your fellow NAHAD members for this networking lunch and opportunity to stretch your mind and your world view.

Manufacturer and Associate Sponsored Hospitality Suites

Sunday, May 1 • Beginning at 6:30 pm

Manufacturers and Associates are invited to entertain NAHAD’s distributor members on this evening. If you are interested in contacting the Broadmoor for information regarding hosting a Hospitality Suite, you may call Tiffany Pisaneschi, Conference Manager for the Broadmoor, Direct: 1-719-577-5830 or email: tpisaneschi@broadmoor.com.

As a special convenience, Manufacturers and Associates may order a complete set of NAHAD distributor mailing labels (no cost) or specialized reports (fee charged) from the NAHAD office. Please call the NAHAD office directly for details.

Concurrent Workshops

Monday, May 2 • 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Special Interest Workshops include an opportunity to learn more about the Hose Safety Institute or the Distributor Performance Dashboards program. Or, you can take advantage to network and learn more from your peer group in the NAHAD Fish Bowls. Join the Fish Bowl group of your choice for a lively, quick-paced Q & A event where attendees will pose questions and share experiences.

NAHAD Showcase of Hose Solutions

Tuesday, May 3 • 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Program HighlightsA highlight of each year’s Convention, the Showcase of supplier products and services is where relationships are formed and strengthened and where business gets done. Exhibiting companies include NAHAD Manufacturer, Associate and Affiliate members (see Showcase Registration Information on page 13), displaying the very latest hose, fittings, equipment and services for all attending registered Distributors. All attendees will receive complimentary tote bags and a 32nd Annual Convention collector’s mug.

To maximize your business and networking opportunities, a breakfast buffet for all exhibitors and attendees will be available at 7:00 am, giving exhibitors a bit more time for last minute set-up. Manufacturer, Associateand Affiliate members are invited to register as soon as possible for a Showcase exhibit booth by completing the registration form on page 13. Booth assignments will be on a first received, best selection basis. For further details, contact the NAHAD office directly.

Please note the following:

  • NAHAD Manufacturer, Associates and Affiliate member exhibitors may set up their exhibit booth on Monday, May 2 from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, to get everything in place and ready for the Grand Opening on Tuesday morning. This time spread should provide a chance to enjoy a tour or some time on the golf course in the afternoon, or if preferred, to set up immediately after lunch.
  • See pages 13-14 for complete Showcase Rules and Application Form
  • Double booth spaces (10’ x 20’) are available on a limited basis.See Registration information on page 13.
  • Exhibitors’ booth teardown will begin at 1:00 pm on May 3

NAHAD’s Western Evening Under the Stars*

Tuesday, May 3 • 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Program HighlightsAll attendees are welcome to end their convention experience with a fun and entertaining evening filled with music, plenty of food and drinks and games. Put on your finest western wear (boots, hat, fancy belt). If you don’t already have them – shopping opportunities abound at the Broadmoor – have fun with it. Enjoy the mountain setting by the lake and make one last business connection before heading back to the office.

The NAHAD Annual Convention is open to members of NAHAD only. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please visit our Join page.