Mark your calendars to join Tribute, Inc. at the 2013 FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit, to be held September 22-25 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, CA.
In response to member requests for a schedule that allows more time in the office the week of the Summit, the schedule has been to begin on a Sunday evening and end Wednesday by noon.
Alex Wheelock, Vice President of Business Development at Connector Specialists and valued Tribute partner, is the Convention Chair this year. He joined FPDA on the recommendation of his contacts at Parker Hannifin and states that “[FPDA] really helped me to develop my network. I really benefitted from meeting younger people in the industry and seeing the awesome and interesting things they were doing at their organizations. I was learning the industry and everything I needed to know to be successful in it.”
Wheelock believes that membership in FPDA has been invaluable because of the industry contacts he has made. “I can't even measure its value on the networking side, because many of the group of 20-30 distributors that I am really close with, I talk to on a regular basis. It's invaluable having all those different sounding boards and hearing about how they're overcoming challenges and applying creative methodologies.”
In addition to the networking aspect, Wheelock appreciates the resources available to members, such as the benchmarking studies. “The benchmarking aspects of FPDA are valuable to see where you stand in the rest of the distributor landscape. Ultimately that knowledge makes your own internal data that much more valuable.”
This year’s meeting location in San Diego’s Coronado Bay Resort promises to be as fun as it is informative. Although all the details haven’t been finalized yet, Wheelock is excited about the location and hopes to get maximum attendance this year. Click here to read the entire interview with Alex on FPDA’s website.