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2015 president's welcome

Welcome to Miami

2015 Convention ImagesI hope that you have marked your calendar, packed your swimsuit and started to search for your flight to Miami for April 2015!

With my wife Lori, I am very pleased to extend to you a warm and personal invitation to attend NAHAD’s thirty-first Annual Meeting and Convention. This year, our meeting will combine a blend of traditional NAHAD programs with some innovative features – all described in this web site and in the Convention Brochure.

As a company president, I am always extremely interested in learning about what’s in the forecast for the future. It is important to scan current conditions with an eye towards future economic predictions and trends. That’s why I am enthusiastic about this year’s theme:


We will begin the convention with Alan Beaulieu, a leading industry economist who has had industrial distribution in his sights for many years. Not only have his predictions proved to be very accurate, but he has his eye firmly on the distribution channel. His presentation will be followed by a dynamic and thought-provoking futurist, Jack Uldrich, author of Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow. When you are making your travel plans, be sure to arrive early on Thursday to catch both of these dynamic presentations which will set the stage for the rest of the Convention.

Our UID-in-a-Day programs have proved to be very valuable to attendees over the years. Please take advantage of the offerings on Friday, April 24. Your attendance at these events will earn you credits towards a Certificate in Innovative Distribution from our UID partner, Purdue University.

Every year, we gather feedback from attendees and incorporate some new features into our program schedule.

This year, we are offering Reserved Company Meeting Rooms at specific times for your company to get together with other employees who may be scattered at locations around the world or to meet with trading partners to discuss new products or opportunities. Another new feature is our Special Interest Workshops, each led by an expert in the field. This should give attendees in similar company positions the opportunity to learn and then discuss, areas of their own focus with business peers. Sign-up early so that NAHAD can pre-plan your attendance.

We have altered our pattern in 2015 to take advantage of a long weekend at the beach. My company is located in Nashville and I know that I will be longing to escape the cold, gray, rainy days and head to the beach. Please take note of the change in schedule so that you can take full advantage of the opportunity to combine business with some time to bask in the heat of Miami.

Finally, I cannot write this letter without mentioning our fantastic venue, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and the fabulous South Beach area. Within a two block walking radius of the hotel, you will find everything you need to make this trip to Miami everything you could desire – from sun block at the corner Walgreens to great cuisine at LURE or a quick trip to get a burger while window-shopping on Lincoln Road. Then add in the beautiful white sand and sparkling turquoise water on Miami Beach, I think you will agree that we’ve wrapped our great business program in an extremely attractive package.


Mark Fournier

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.