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NAFCD: Networking takes center stage as event evolves

By Steven Feldman

Orlando, Fla.—When the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) held its annual convention here two weeks ago, attendees witnessed one noticeable change: The Distributor Marketplace—in essence a mini trade show—had been reborn as the Executive Net-working Forum, designed to facilitate more strategic networking opportunities between distributors and industry suppliers.

The change stemmed from NAFCD’s extensive member research survey, which suggested members were looking for “something different,” according to David Williams, vice president of Horizon Forest Products and NAFCD’s outgoing president. The Distributor Marketplace was more of a traditional trade show format, and though members enjoyed the interaction with suppliers, most were not there to purchase anything. “However, they liked the networking part, especially when there was an opportunity to talk to high-level executives.”

Hence, the marketplace was transformed into the Executive Networking Forum. The idea was to take products out of the booth and replace them with tables and chairs to encourage upper-level manufacturer and distributor interaction. Overall, the forum was a success. But some with whom FCNews spoke looked at the forum as a work in progress. Continue reading NAFCD: Networking takes center stage as event evolves

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NAFCD & NBMDA convention speakers provide insight on key issues

Chicago – The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) and North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) are pleased to announce a strong lineup of industry expert speakers at their 2012 Annual Convention, this November 13-15, in Orlando, Florida.

The co-sponsored Annual Convention will feature highly respected speakers, including economic forecaster Alan Beaulieu, manufacturer-distributor relationship expert Robert Nadeau, and selling and sales leadership veteran Jim Pancero. The Convention, formerly known as the Distributor Marketplace, brings hundreds of leading distributors and manufacturers from the floor covering and building material industries together for networking, strategic business planning, and industry-specific education. Continue reading NAFCD & NBMDA convention speakers provide insight on key issues

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Distributor Marketplace to feature education for operations managers

CHICAGO—The 2011 Distributor Marketplace will feature the Distribution Management University (DMU), a new program designed for general, operations, and branch managers of floor covering distributor firms, led by distribution operations expert Dr. Michael E. Workman.

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