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MDM’s Spring 2023 Industry Events Preview

As Mike Hockett looks forward to another busy spring travel season, get a rundown of the in-person events on MDM's radar over the next few months.

While my calendar says that spring doesn’t begin until March 21, I tend to abide by meteorological spring — March 1 — as to the unofficial start of the season, even though I still see snow mounds outside my window as I write this. 

Those of us who reside in U.S. northern states have developed a major craving for warmer weather at this point every year, and it has me looking forward to attending at least a couple of in-person industry events in the next few months.

Like I did before the busy fall 2022 events schedule, I’m providing a basic rundown of the in-person industry events that are on MDM’s radar, regardless of whether or not we plan to attend them. I’ve stated several times in MDM blogs that attending these events is one of the things I enjoy most about our editorial coverage, as there’s no better way to learn about the industry and keep an ear to the ground on its trends and challenges than actually getting out there and seeing it in person.

With that preamble out of the way, here are the upcoming spring (March-May) in-person industry events in the industrial, commercial and building material sectors that MDM provides regular coverage of. This includes dates, the name of the host association, location and hyperlinks to event webpages, if available:

This is by no means a complete list, as I’m sure there’s at least a few I’m overlooking — or that just weren’t on my radar. So, if I’m missing something here that you think should be included, let me know at

Of these, I plan to attend ISA23 in Phoenix and NAHAD’s Convention in the Bahamas (and soak up some great sun in the process.) As always, you can expect to see plenty of key takeaways from content sessions I attend at those events, and I’ll be looking to continue MDM’s ‘Industry Voices’ podcasts, comprised of a collection of brief interviews with distributor attendees. Check out a couple recent examples of those below:

Other recent MDM Podcasts featured leaders of the associations hosting these events:

And while it’s a little further out, I certainly want to put in a plug for MDM’s own 2023 SHIFT | The Future of Distribution conference that we’re hosting Sept. 18-20 in downtown Denver. We’re currently assembling an all-star roster of expert speakers for a content program that will inform attendees on numerous topics within tracks of digital transformation, hybrid sales and analytics, along with talent and culture best practices.

We’re still 6+ months out from SHIFT, but we already have a great collection of distributors and manufacturers set to be represented in attendance, including:

  • ACIControls
  • Adams
  • Alaska Rubber Group
  • Automation24
  • Canadian Bearings
  • Curbell Plastics
  • IBT Industrial Solutions
  • Motion & Control Enterprises
  • Northstock
  • Pipeline Packaging
  • Rocket Industrial
  • Saint-Gobain
  • U.S. Electrical Services
  • Valin

Bring your leadership team and sharpen your competitive edge. We’d love to see you there! Prices increase after March 31.

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