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MDM’s 2024 First Half Industry Events Preview

See the slate of industry events during the first half of 2024 that are on MDM's radar.
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I’ve mentioned multiple times over the past several years that industry events are one of my favorite parts of being MDM’s Executive Editor. I know of no better way to stay on top of the distribution sector’s trends and challenges and continue building a robust Rolodex of contacts through their plentiful networking opportunities.

It’s those networking sessions — whether in an expo, a reception, a lunch hour or just an open hour in an event’s agenda — that provide excellent value for attendees. Attendees continue to cite networking as a top reason they allocate budget for traveling to in-person events.

I was glad to see in-person distribution industry events resume coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic with such fervor. In the middle of the pandemic, I was concerned that these events would be drastically and permanently curtailed. From what I can tell, that has not happened. If anything, I think the continuously digital-first and remote-work-heavy new normal has increased the appetite for seeing colleagues from across the country gather in one location.

In 2022 and 2023, I created similar industry event preview blogs, but those specifically previewed events scheduled for the spring and fall, respectively. As I scoured the interwebs for event dates and locations, it was apparent that the winter and summer months — once seen as the quiet period in the events schedule — also have plenty of great events to include.

From MDM, we’re doing our part by providing a handful of educational events aimed at helping distributors navigate their journeys in sales, digital transformation, data analytics and talent. We’ve already opened up registration for our in-person SHIFT Conference, set for Sept. 11-13 in downtown Denver. SHIFT is accompanied throughout the year by four virtual MDM summits: Our AI for Distributors Summit is on Feb. 7; our Distribution People & Culture Summit is on April 10; our Distribution Sales Summit is on July 10; and our Distribution Profitability Summit is on Dec. 4. Those events are bolded below.

Here, find a rundown of 30+ industry events in the first half of 2024 that are on MDM’s radar across industrial, commercial and building supply product sectors. Of course, this isn’t a complete list. There are undoubtedly more events that I just haven’t been made aware of that are worthy of adding to this list. If you know of any, let me know at, as I’d like for this blog to serve as an industry resource. I’ll look to post a second-half preview sometime in May.

I hope to see you out there!


CTA Jan. 9-12 CES 2024 Las Vegas, NV
BSA Jan. 14-16 BSA Winter Meeting Tampa, FL
NAED Jan. 15-17 NAED Western Region Conference Austin, TX
IMARK Jan. 21-23 IMARK Annual Plumbing Meeting San Antonio, TX
Informa Jan. 22-25 World of Concrete Las Vegas, NV
NAW Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Executive Summit Washington, D.C.
MDM Feb. 7 Distribution AI Summit Virtual
Grainger Feb. 11-13 Grainger Show Orlando, FL
AD Feb. 12-14 AD eCommerce & Marketing Summit San Antonio, TX
NAED Feb. 19-21 NAED South Central Region Conference Dallas, TX
PTDA Feb. 29 Industry Immersion Conference Hollywood, FL
AEA March 11-14 University of Innovative Distribution Indianapolis, IN
MHI March 11-14 MODEX 2024 Atlanta, GA
STAFDA March 12-24 Excellence in Distribution Nashville, TN
PMMI March 18-20 PACK Expo East Philadelphia, PA
AD March 19-21 AD Electrical Mexico Spring Network Meeting Cancun, Mexico
AD March 19-22 AD PHCP Spring Network Meeting Washington, D.C.
AD March 26-28 AD Electrical & Industrial Spring Network Meeting Houston, TX
ASA April 10-12 ELEVATE: Women in Industry Nashville, TN
ISA April 15-17 ISA24 Convention Charlotte, NC
AHTD April 17-19 AHTD Spring Meeting San Antonio, TX
NAHAD April 28-May 1 NAHAD Convention San Diego, CA
AD April 29-May 2 AD Gypsum Supply Spring Meeting Tucson, AZ
BSA May 4-7 BSA Annual Convention Asheville, NC
AD May 5-8 AD Decorative Brands Annual Meeting Dallas, TX
WBR May 6-8 B2B Online Chicago Chicago, IL
NAW May 14-15 NAW Executive Roundtables Dallas, TX
NAED May 21-23 NAED National Meeting Austin, TX
ASA May 22-24 ASA Emerging Leaders Conference Boston, MA
NAED June 3-5 NAED Women in Industry Forum Arlington, TX
AD June 3-6 AD Canada Industrial & Safety and Building Supplies Annual Meeting Vancouver, Canada
PTDA June 4-6 PTDA Canadian Conference Niagara Falls, Canada

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