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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer 2018 / Vol 41 No3


134 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK STAFDA A PREVIEW OF STAFDA’S UPCOMING 42ND ANNUAL CONVENTION & TRADE SHOW from page 52 On Sunday afternoon, Putting the Success Back in Succession is a hot topic that will be covered by STAFDA consultants, Ryan Barradas and Tim Young, of WealthPoint. Business owners often become ‘stuck’ when working through the challenges of transitioning their company. As owners procrastinate, opportunities are often lost. Ryan and Tim will address how entrepreneurs can navigate the issues they face by identifying the best practices of a succession planning process, how to get started, who should be involved, and the necessary steps for a successful transition. There will be an overview of the various methods to exit, such as transferring the business to the next generation, selling to key employees, or monetizing via a third party. STAFDA is again inviting college students with industrial distribution or construction majors to attend the Convention and participate in its programs as well as the ‘Speed Interviewing’ session with members Sunday afternoon. The Opening Party Sunday night in downtown Phoenix will be at CityScape, walking distance from STAFDA’s host hotels. This popular enclave of restaurants, a comedy club, bowling alley, is in a horseshoe fashion surrounding an open courtyard. STAFDA rented out the entire venue for the evening and the restaurants/bars will each be offering different cuisine; the center courtyard will also be used for additional dining and seating. The street in front of CityScape will be closed to house the stage for a popular local band, the Walkens. It’ll be a three-hour party with something for everyone! Business expert, Jon Gordon, one of the most sought-after speakers in the country, will bring his expertise to STAFDA attendees during his keynote presentation, Monday morning, October 29, at STAFDA’s General Session. Gordon is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Energy Bus, and has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends, and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include Southwest Airlines, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, the PGA Tour, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Dell, Northwestern Mutual, and several professional sports teams: the Atlanta Falcons, the Los Angeles Dodgers, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, and Pittsburgh Pirates. He’ll focus on leadership, teamwork, positive change, culture, sales and service by blending his three most popular books into his STAFDA keynote. From Training Camp, he’ll draw on the qualities of what makes someone great in their field. From Benefits of Being Positive, Gordon will share proven principles, strategies, and real world applications to show how positivity can boost creativity and productivity. Lastly, overcoming fear, failure, busyness, and stress in order to stand out and excel in life are the ideals he’ll pull from The Greatest Success Strategies of All. The Trade Show follows STAFDA’s General Session and feature 700+ exhibitors showing the latest and greatest in construction and industrial products. It’s a buying show so distributors come prepared to take advantage of show-only specials, terms, and discounts. Manufacturers like to end the year on a high note and are motivated to offer incentives as well as debut their following year’s new products. Rep agents use the show to see their principals, visit with their distributors, and source new vendors. It’s a relationship show and there is a powerful synergy to advance our industry’s supply chain. On Tuesday morning, October 30, STAFDA’s economic consultant, Alan Beaulieu, will cover the nuts and bolts of today’s business conditions in an entertaining, down to earth, and easy to understand manner. He’ll review short-term and long-term economic forecasts for the U.S., Canada, and globally before explaining how they’ll directly impact STAFDA members. Alan will identify business cycle phases and what this means to member companies. Following another full day of the Trade Show, Tuesday will end with a 90 minute closing party at the Sheraton Phoenix, one of STAFDA’s host hotels. The STAFDA Convention & Trade Show is for members only. Please visit for membership information, learn more about the Phoenix meeting, or to contact the STAFDA office. SPECIALTY TOOLS & FASTENERS DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION


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