Dallas, Texas—Registration for the 2021 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention is officially open. After having to conduct last year’s event from a digital distance, the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) and the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) will reunite here on November 2-4, 2021.
The convention will join the top distributors and suppliers for three days of professional development and business connection, organizers said. Throughout the event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals about the latest leadership, distribution management, economic, sales/marketing and technological trends, according to organizers.
“Following the success of last year’s virtual event, we plan to keep the momentum going and deliver our members a live forum that will address challenges and opportunities in the distribution channel,” said Kevin Gammonley, executive vice president of NAFCD and NBMDA. “Our distributor members are anxious to reconnect with their peers and trading partners in person to address the many growth opportunities in the marketplace as well as the challenges caused by supply distributors.”
The well-being of attendees is viewed as a top priority, event organizers said. NAFCD and NBMDA have developed protocols based on recommendations put forth by the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), local authorities and the Hilton Hotel CleanStay program, organizers added.
Currently, suppliers are invited to reserve a tabletop booth. Tabletops aim to provide a private and comfortable setting to establish partnerships and deepen existing trading partner relationships. To make sure maximum levels of productivity are met, trading partners are encouraged to reach out to each other ahead of time to set up appointments for business meetings.
“Outside of tabletop meetings, there will be a host of entertainment and social functions offered to provide a casual forum for developing channel connections,” Gammonley added. “The distribution channel is continuously changing. That said, it is crucial for members of the distribution community to come together as one to navigate challenges, exchange ideas and share best practices.”
Aside from making meaningful connections and expanding knowledge, attendees are encouraged to explore the city of Dallas. Dallas is a favorite meeting location for NAFCD/NBMDA attendees, providing easy access and a stimulating environment for distribution executives to unite, organizers said.