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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer 2022 / Vol 45 No 4

38 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

38 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK SPECIALTY TOOLS & FASTENERS DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION PO Box 44, 500 Elm Grove Rd., Ste. 2I0, Elm Grove, Wl 53122 TEL 1-800-352-2981 FAX 262-784-5059 EMAIL info@stafda.org WEB www.stafda.org STAFDA’s 46th ANNUAL CONVENTION & TRADE SHOW JUST WEEKS AWAY by Georgia H. Foley, CEO The Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) is in its final weeks before hosting members at its 46th Annual Convention & Trade Show, October 30 – November 1 in San Diego, one of America’s favorite cities. The near-perfect weather, area attractions, and low key Southern California lifestyle make it a top destination for both tourists and conventions. Because it’s so popular, October and November are their prime meeting months and many groups who come to town are repeat clients. STAFDA began the process of trying to secure dates in San Diego in 1999 and finally in 2016, dates became available in 2022. It was a relentless pursuit! In today’s world where COVID changed and transformed how we live and work, STAFDA members also have a heightened relentless pursuit of new business, new products, and new opportunities. Social media and the internet carried many companies through the pandemic and now that we’re on the “other side” – those technology tools continue to be front and center in STAFDA businesses. Many members are still riding the wave of double-digit sales but its only through their dedication and commitment to their companies that continue to make them soar. Contributing to their success is by attending the STAFDA Convention. Educational and business-focused workshops lead off the three-day meeting on Sunday, October 30 with four programs in the morning and one in the afternoon. College students from universities offering industrial distribution or supply chain majors also attend the Convention and participate in our NextGen SHOW EVENT ARTICLE Luncheon (for anyone under 35) and then the Speed Interviewing process with STAFDA members looking to hire. In today’s ultra tight labor market, having the ability to meet with upperclassmen looking to be hired with industry knowledge is a gold mine! Economist Alan Beaulieu always draws a standingroom only crowd to his forecast session on Tuesday, November 1. He’ll cover not only the immediate future for North America, but global markets and outside factors that impact the U.S. economy. STAFDA’s General Session on Monday, October 31 will include two industry speeches in addition to keynoter, British adventurer and wilderness survivor, Bear Grylls. He’ll talk about his adventures and how resilience and overcoming obstacles can allow anyone to achieve their goals. But the big attraction is the Trade Show. With more than 35 different product categories exhibiting, distributor attendees have the opportunity to see the latest and greatest in a wide spectrum of tools serving the construction/industrial channel. COVID restrictions were still in place in 2021 for STAFDA’s international members so many were unable to make the Orlando Convention & Trade Show last year, however that’s not the case for San Diego! International participants are back after three years – STAFDA 2019 Nashville marked their last STAFDA Convention – and they’re eager to meet with their distributor customers again! CONTINUED ON PAGE 136

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