CHICAGO On August 5, 2020, the North American Association of Flooring Covering Distributors (NAFCD) and the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) announced that their 2020 Annual Convention is transitioning to a fully-virtual event the NAFCD x NBMDA Virtual Xperience.
The 2020 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention was intended to take place this November in Colorado Springs and is transitioning to virtual due to health and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NAFCD x NBMDA Virtual Xperience, taking place November 10-12, will offer a full line-up of live education sessions coupled with multiple networking opportunities, including a virtual exhibit hall. The traditional tabletop exhibit session will be replicated to facilitate online connections between distributor executives and their supplier partners. The focus will remain to deepen trading partnerships along with an opportunity for distributors to efficiently connect with firms looking to build a distribution network in the U.S. and Canada.
The educational program features an impressive line-up of guest speakers who will help distributors and their suppliers navigate the current marketplace and prepare them to seize new growth opportunities.
"While we optimistically hoped to be able to meet in-person in Colorado Springs, it's become evident that hosting an event of this size would be unsafe for our community," noted NAFCD and NBMDA Executive Director, Kevin Gammonely. "We are designing a virtual experience that includes the same robust education and invaluable networking as the in-person event. This is an exciting opportunity for our attendees to experiment with a new platform for learning and connecting." We are especially excited about the opportunity to reach even more individuals within our member firms as well as attract first-time firms who want to learn more about our members and the trends impacting the distribution channel, added Gammonley.
Registration will open mid-August. Visit www.distributorconvention.org for more information.
The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) is a North American, not-for-profit trade association serving distributors and suppliers of floor covering materials and related products. Its purpose is to enable wholesale floor covering distributors to be the most efficient, professional and profitable vehicle for bringing their suppliers' product to market resulting in the highest degree of customer satisfaction. NAFCD is dedicated to providing its members with opportunities to learn from each other, stay ahead of trends, and become better educated on ways to grow their business. For more information, visit www.nafcd.org.
NBMDA is a trade association representing the leading wholesale distributors of wood panels, surfacing materials, cabinet hardware, finishes and related interior products. Membership is comprised of distributors and suppliers that serve the independent building material, and kitchen and bath dealer as well as those that serve production companies involved in cabinetry, architectural woodwork, stock woodwork, store fixtures, solid surface fabricating, plastics fabricating, general and specialty woodworking industries. For more information, visit www.nbmda.org.