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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring Issue 2013 / VOL 36 / NO.2

50 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

50 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK SFA - 292 Sugarberry Ci., Houston, TX 77024 • Tel: 713.952.5472 • Fax: 713.952.7488 • Email: swfa@swbell.net • www.sfa-fastener.org SOUTHWESTERN FASTENER ASSOCIATION SFA 2013 SPRING CONFERENCE TUCSON, ARIZONA - APRIL 25-28 The Southwestern Fastener Association 2013 Spring Conference will be held at Lowes Ventana Canyon, Tucson, Arizona, April 25 – 28. The conference will be highlighted by two excellent seminars. Friday, April 26th The featured seminar is titled, “Using Technology To Help Your Bottom Line”. Michael Rodriguez, The Fastener Connection, Houston, Texas will moderate the seminar. Panel participants will include Shannon Brooks, President & Founder, Brooks- Jeffrey Marketing, Inc. Brooks serves as the agency’s Creative Director and leads Brooks- Jeffrey’s Technology & Website Innovation teams. Jason Kuhn has 40 years of experience in the information technology industry and has served as Vice President - Services and CIO of 3Coast since 2001. In his current role, Mr. Kuhn is responsible for high-profile client engagements where his expertise and experience in business operations, business process management and technology solutions are key to ongoing success. Cory Bray serves as the Managing Director of Ateli Consulting LLC, a Houston-based firm that provides Business Intelligence and Process Improvement services to small and mid-sized industrial companies. Eric Dudas is managing partner of the online fastener sourcing network, Fastener Clearing House, www.FastenersClearingHouse.com. He is also co-host Top: 2013 Officers Middle: Porteous Fastener Company Bottom: Shawna & Jerry Clark of Big Red Fasteners of the popular industry podcast, Fully Threaded Radio. FCH also produces the monthly Fastener Distributor Index (FDI), in partnership with BB&T Capital Markets. The index measures industry performance and sentiment through a monthly online survey of North American fastener distributors. For more information, visit www.fdisurvey.com. This seminar will provide Distributors and Manufacturers up-to-date information on the latest techniques in technology today that will deliver positive results to the bottom line of their company. Additional activities will include a golf outing on the challenging Mountain Championship Golf Course at Ventana Canyon. The course offers excellent playing conditions and the scenery is some of the best in the desert from the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Golfers will not want to miss this opportunity to test their ability on this excellent desert course. Friday night is open for conference attendees to network and entertain their clients at the variety of excellent restaurants in the Tucson area. Saturday, April 27th The featured seminar is “The Market - Where Are We Headed.” Tom Stocking, Stelfast Inc., will moderate a panel of fastener industry professionals in a discussion of what we can expect in the current and future developments of the fastener industry. please turn to page 52

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