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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 mike@mdm.com, 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!

ASSOCIATION/CONFERENCE DATES – 2024

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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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