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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2021 / Vol 44 No 2


34 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 WEB STAFDA’S ANNUAL CONVENTION RELOCATES by Georgia H. Foley, CEO The Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) recently announced the relocation of its 2021 Annual Convention & Trade Show from Charlotte, NC to Orlando, FL. The Charlotte dates were November 7-9 and the new Orlando dates are Sunday, October 24 – Tuesday, October 26. STAFDA’s Orlando Convention & Trade Show will be held in the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). The Trade Show will be in South Hall SA2, the General Session in South Hall SA1, and STAFDA’s educational workshops will take place on the South 200 and 300 Levels. STAFDA’s Opening Party will be a dynamite event on Sunday night, October 24: a joint venue affair at Mario Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games and TopGolf. Both facilities share a common parking lot and it’s only a 7-10 minute walk from the OCCC. They are self-contained facilities with countless entertainment options along with varied food and beverage choices. The three host hotels for STAFDA attendees will be the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Hilton Orlando, and Rosen Centre. Both the Hyatt and Hilton have raised walkways to the South Concourse and the Rosen Centre is directly across International Drive from the South Concourse. On Monday morning, October 25, entrepreneur… innovator…and co-founder of Fast Company magazine, Bill Taylor, will keynote STAFDA’s General Session. Taylor has a passion for the ideas and practices that are reshaping how organizations compete, innovate, and win. He’ll address these in his STAFDA presentation: Talent, Culture, and the New World of Work: How to Unleash & Sustain Fierce Execution & Nonstop Innovation. As a young entrepreneur, Taylor SHOW EVENT ARTICLE founded Fast Company, the bold business magazine that redefined the genre and chronicled the tech-fueled revolution which transformed business and work. In less than six years, a magazine that took shape in borrowed office space in Harvard Square sold for 0 million. Chronicling and learning from free-thinking leaders and game-changing companies is Taylor’s passion. In a competitive environment where ordinary is not an option, he’s a natural storyteller who inspires people to transform their organizations and challenge themselves, to make sure what they know doesn’t limit what they can imagine about the future. Following his keynote presentation, he’ll be in STAFDA Central in STAFDA’s Trade Show from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. signing copies of his book, Simply Brilliant. The first 50 attendees in line will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Also speaking at the General Session is Don Kudlak, president, Aerosmith Fastening Systems, Indianapolis, who’ll present the Associate State of the Industry. Aerosmith supplies commercial contractors and industrial fabricators with unique fasteners to attach a variety of products to steel and concrete. They also supply the RV, cargo, and utility trailer manufacturing industries. Aerosmith recently expanded into the mechanical and adhesive anchoring market. Kudlak is a 30 year industry veteran having started off with a STAFDA distributor, then moving onto ITW before being recruited by Aerosmith in 2005. More details on STAFDA’s Orlando meeting will be forthcoming on the Association’s website and in the monthly newsletter. STAFDA’s Orlando Convention registration opens Monday, June 28 at 8 a.m. Central from the members-only section of SPECIALTY TOOLS & FASTENERS DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION


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