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convention Program Highlights

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Friday, April 25      
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm     Member Conference Registration and Hospitality
Saturday, April 26      
8:30 am – 7:30 pm     Member Conference Registration and Hospitality
10:30 am – 5:00 pm     NAHAD Hose Safety Institute Kiosk
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm     First Time Attendee Welcome to NAHAD
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm     NAHAD 30th Anniversary Welcome Reception
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm    
Sunday, April 27      
7:00 am – 8:45 am     Speed Networking: Meet Your Industry Peers*
8:00 am – 6:00 pm     Member Conference Registration and Hospitality
8:00 am – 5:00 pm     NAHAD Hose Safety Institute Kiosk
9:30 am - 11:30 am     Spouse Brunch Event
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm     Member Luncheon and Keynote Address
Starting at 6:30 pm     Manufacturer and Associate Sponsored Hospitality Suites
Monday, April 28      
7:30 am – 2:00 pm     Member Conference Registration and Hospitality
7:30 am – 12:00 pm     NAHAD Hose Safety Institute Kiosk
Tuesday, April 29      
7:30 am – 3:00 pm     Member Conference Registration and Hospitality
8:30 am – 3:00 pm     NAHAD Hose Safety Institute Kiosk
9:00 am – 2:30 pm     NAHAD Showcase of Hose Solutions
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm     Childrens’ Dinner and Party*
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm     Western Fancy-Dress Reception & Dinner

Member Conference Registration & Hospitality 

Convention Reg Desk

Friday, April 25 • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 26 • 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 27 • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday, April 28 • 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, April 29 • 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Enjoy leisurely conference registration at any time convenient to you. Be sure to pick up your badge prior to attending any events. Beverages and light refreshments 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 for specific times.

NAHAD Hose Safety Institute Kiosk

HSI KioskLocated next to the NAHAD Convention Desk.

Saturday, April 26 • 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday April 27 •  8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday April 28 • 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday April 29 • 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

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,
• Test drive the new online employee training programs,
• Meet with the Institute Advisory Council end-users to connect with new business opportunities, and,
• Get the latest updates on hose safety applications.

First Time Attendee Welcome to NAHAD

Saturday, April 26 • 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm

As a first time attendee, we’d like to extend a special welcome to you. Plan to arrive in time to attend the First-Timer Reception and Orientation on April 26, hosted by the NAHAD Board of Directors and Past Presidents. Board the NAHAD shuttle bus from the hotel at 5:15 for a short ride to the Musical Instrument Museum, where you will be personally welcomed and enjoy a champagne toast before the Convention Opening Reception.

To maximize your attendance, we also encourage you to participate in the Speed Networking Session, held the next morning, to meet NAHAD leaders and fellow first-timers. Please indicate that you’re attending your first NAHAD Convention on your Convention registration form and sign up for Speed Networking. Take the fast-track to maximize your networking opportunities for the entire convention.

NAHAD 30th Anniversary Welcome Reception

Saturday, April 26 • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

MM Opening

Welcome to Phoenix! NAHAD’s 30th Annual Welcome Reception will be held at the fabulous Musical Instrument Museum, a stunning new attraction with distinctive architecture evoking the topography of the Southwest.

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oevres while strolling through music and instrument collections from around the world. Discover the complete orchestra of a Chinese opera; the piano on which John Lennon wrote Imagine; a big-band jazz ensemble; and a complete collection of guitars from ancient to Santana! Wireless headsets will be provided for each exhibit hall, while live music performances will set the scene for a lively evening of networking. You won’t want to miss this unique event!

For NAHAD Young Executives Only – Young Executives

Lunch & Learn with Alex Goldfayn, CEO, Evangelist Marketing Institute*

Saturday, April 26 • 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Action is Everything: How to Grow Your Organization In 15 Minutes Per Day or Less (Or Why Perfection is The Enemy of Growth)

NAHAD Young Execs are invited to arrive early in Phoenix to network with your peers and discover new ways to grow your business and yourself. This session, designed specifically for our NAHAD Young Executives (any NAHAD member age 40 or younger), will be presented by marketing expert, Alex Goldfayn.
Too many young executives – even otherwise aggressive entrepreneurs – wait to put marketing out into the world until its perfect. Perfection is the leading cause of death of good marketing. If you have 15 minutes per day (and who doesn’t?) you will learn how to significantly and quickly increase your revenue with simple, no-cost marketing techniques.

Speed Networking: Meet Your Industry Peers*

Sunday, April 27 • 7:00 am – 8:45 am
Breakfast followed by Speed Networking available at 7:00 am Speed Networking

With over 600 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 was highly valued by those who participated. Attendees told us that it would be helpful to hold this session at the beginning of the convention, so plan to get an early start on Sunday to take full advantage of the opportunity to expand your network of contacts during this 90 minute session – bring at least 40 business cards. We will begin with breakfast and then, go directly into networking session rooms. Pre-registration is required for the luncheon.

Spouse Brunch Event

Sunday, April 27 • 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Spouse brunch 2012

All NAHAD spouses are invited to attend the annual Spouse Brunch. After a delicious meal and opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones, we will enjoy a comprehensive look at Native American culture featuring a member of the Hochunk tribe and a member of the Diné nation. The show includes music and dance performances, a culture and arts presentation and an opportunity to purchase handmade Native American crafts and jewelry.

Manufacturer and Associate Sponsored Hospitality Suites

Sunday, April 27 • 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 JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort for information regarding hosting a Hospitality Suite, you may call Kiersten Tilley, CMP  Senior Event Manager at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa - Direct: 1-480-293-3915 or email Kiersten.Tilley@marriott.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.

Member Luncheon and Keynote Address - Eric Greitens

Sunday, April 27 • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pmEric Greitens

Our 2014 Keynote speaker, Eric Greitens has been a Rhodes and a Truman Scholar; a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, a United States Navy SEAL officer who was deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism to Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, the Horn of Africa, and Iraq – are some of the highlights of his resume. In this special presentation, based upon his New York Times bestselling memoir, The Heart & The Fist, Eric Greitens will share the fundamental philosophy of his life’s work: to be effective in solving the world’s problems or even just to live a meaningful life, one must live with both courage and compassion. Join your fellow NAHAD members for this networking lunch and opportunity to stretch your mind and your world view.

NAHAD Showcase of Hose Solutions

Tuesday, April 29 • 9:00 am – 2:30 pmShowcase

A 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, displaying the very latest hose, fittings, equipment and services for all attending registered Distributors. All attendees will receive complimentary tote bags and a 30th 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. During the Showcase, a strolling lunch, butler-served, will include beer, wine, soft drinks and a variety of small plate food items. Exhibitors will be served in their booths for their convenience, continuing to showcase their products and services throughout the 5 ½ hour event.

Please note the following:

  • NAHAD Manufacturer, Associates and Affiliate member exhibitors may set up their exhibit booth on Monday, April 28 from 1:30 pm – 8:30 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 a round of golf in the afternoon, or if preferred, to set up immediately after lunch.

  • Click here to see complete Showcase Rules and Application Form

  • Double booth spaces (10’ x 20’) are available on a limited basis.

  • Exhibitors’ booth teardown will begin at 2:30 pm.

Manufacturer, Associate and Affiliate members are invited to register as soon as possible for a Showcase exhibit booth by completing the Showcase registration form. Booth assignments will be on a first received, best selection basis. For further details, contact the NAHAD office directly - 800-624-2227.

Childrens’ Dinner and Party*

Tuesday, April 29 • 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

While parents are busy with cocktails and dinner, children ages 3 & up can enjoy their own dinner and age appropriate entertainment. Registration for the convention is free. Certain activities are available to children on a space available, age appropriate basis.

Western Fancy-Dress Reception & Dinner
with the Michael Martin Murphey Band

Tuesday, April 29 • 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Dig out your best hat, boots and belt buckle and join your NAHAD pardners for an authentic Cowboy Ball, featuring great libations (them’s drinks), delicious cuisine (vittles), business networking (chattin’ with the neighbors) and a rip-roarin,’ foot stompin’ performance by America’s Best Cowboy Band.

con imageRolling Stone Magazine has labeled Michael Martin Murphey “one of the best songwriters in America,” having left an indelible mark on the American Music Landscape, recording such iconic hits as “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines”, “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, “Cowboy Logic,” “Cherokee Fiddle”, “Boy From The Country” and more. In the process, he has topped the Pop, Country, Bluegrass and Western Music charts, earned six gold albums and multiple Grammy nominations.

Through all the chart-jumping and genre-busting, Murphey has remained constant to an honest, sophisticated approach to his songwriting. His latest album, Red River Drifter, is a collection that draws from a deep well of eclectic influences ranging from classical to country, blues to bluegrass, pop to western. In fact, it’s simply impossible to pigeon-hole Murphey to one specific genre. He is no more country than rock, no more bluegrass than classical. He is, rather, a true AMERICAN songwriter

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.