Fall Convention – Business Program

((Information about the Industry Showcase is located on a separate page))

Mark your calendars: November 7-10, 2017  at the Hyatt Regency Houston hotel in Houston, Texas
The Hyatt Regency Houston hotel remained dry and fully functioning during last month’s hurricane.  We look forward to adding our support to the Houston economy with our Convention in November.
Potential Fraud Alert! If you receive any phone calls from companies about hotel reservations for the EMDA convention, it’s a fraud. While we haven’t learned of any specific calls yet this year, Just remember – if you are planning to attend the EMDA Convention, EMDA’s Industry Showcase or the FEMA Convention – only make reservations through the association offices.  Another annoyance – spam emails that offer attendee lists. If you are looking for attendee information for EMDA meetings, contact the Association directly.

Hyatt Regency Houston

Beginning with the Contact Session on Tuesday afternoon and ending with the Member Roundtables on Thursday morning, EMDA reps and distributors will fill their convention times with member-to-member contact; manufacturer and supplier interviews and informative and entertaining convention programs. Meeting and networking opportunities are the main reason attendees and exhibitors participate in the Fall Convention and EMDA strives to provide the most effective structured means to enable such interaction.

2017 Attendees:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – Arrival day for most attendees. Be sure to stop by the Registration Desk (which opens at 7:00a) to pick up your badge.

EMDA’s 2017 Golf Outing will be held at the Golf Club of Houston. Join your fellow distributors, reps and manufacturers for an 8:00a Shotgun Start on the Members Course. No special tournament format is planned – just a golf outing where everyone plays their own ball. The ever-changing subtleties, the constant unpredictabilities, and the whims of The Spirit of the Game make each round on the Jacobsen/Hardy Member Course a fresh challenge and a new opportunity to enjoy the sport in its purest expression. Separate registration required.

New this year, the Convention will start with a special roundtable session, How to Market to North America, geared toward manufacturers looking to sell product into North America through reps and/or distributors. A panel of EMDA members will be on hand to help manufacturers learn the keys to creating successful partnerships with distributors and reps. EMDA distributors and reps are welcome to participate in this roundtable. The session begins at 1:30p and concludes at 2:30p – just in time for the Contact Session.

Then EMDA’s Contact Session completes the afternoon’s agenda from 2:30p to 4:00p. The Contact Session is designed to provide manufacturers an opportunity for a quick introductory interview with individual member reps and distributors. This session will help bring together manufacturers who are looking for distribution partners and the EMDA members looking for those new products. The Contact Session can be used to determine mutual interest in setting up an appointment during the convention week.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – The EMDA and FEMA Joint Opening Session is designed to bring the members together to “kick-off” their conventions with a dynamic presentation that will set the tone for an intensive week of appointments and meetings. Breakfast begins at 8:00a and the session ends at 9:30a.

Col. Mike Mullane

The Joint Opening Session features Col. Mike Mullane presenting “Countdown to Safety.” From combat reconnaissance missions over the skies of Vietnam, to Space Shuttle missions, to climbing some of the highest peaks across the globe, Astronaut Mike Mullane knows what teamwork, leadership, and safety are all about. He has educated, inspired, and motivated tens of thousands of people from every walk of business and government with his incredibly unique talks. “One person with courage forms a majority,” Mullane delivers a powerful message on the individual’s role in keeping themselves and their teams safe in hazardous environments.

Immediately following Tuesday’s Joint Opening Session is EMDA’s Corporate Annual Meeting which includes the Association’s annual report to the membership and Board of Directors elections. The Corporate meeting is from 9:30a to 10:30a.

Dr. Danny Klinefelter

We are also pleased to welcome Dr. Danny Klinefelter, an Honors Professor, Regents Fellow, and Extension Economist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M University. Dr. Klinefelter will share his insights on the “The Future of Commercial Farms.”

EMDA’s annual Industry Showcase is a highlight of the Fall Convention, bringing suppliers, distributors, reps and vendors together in more than 100 booths which feature products and services of interest to all. Doors open at 1:00p and the Showcase runs until 4:00p. EMDA’s Industry Showcase is the gathering place for the industry at convention time and is primarily a “table-top” show to inform potential customers about products and services.

Wednesday concludes with a fun tradition, the EMDA Partners Party bringing reps and distributors together with the manufacturers that they do business with. The party is a “Thank You” to the manufacturers who understand the value that the EMDA network of distributors and reps provides in bringing their products to the marketplace. The reception begins at 6:00p and ends at 7:00p.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 – In an ongoing review of the convention structures, both Associations continue to provide attendees as much meeting opportunity as possible, and are, once again, co-sponsoring a breakfast area that will be available from 7:00a until 9:00a. When you don’t need to schedule a full-blown private appointment, but still need to make contact with certain suppliers – why not meet for breakfast at the Joint Breakfast Buffet.

After two full days of meetings and networking, Thursday morning is devoted to member-to-member interaction with a Member Roundtable Session. Join your fellow distributors and reps for breakfast and choose a table with a topic that interests you. (Topics to be determined) The Roundtables begin at 8:30a and the session will conclude by 10:30a.

Thursday afternoon is free for appointments, or join your fellow members for a unique experience with a special tour of Space Center Houston. Separate registration required.

Space Center Houston is packed to the brim with amazing exhibits, theaters, virtual reality games, and interactive displays. This behind-the-scenes tour includes a visit to all of the attractions Space Center Houston has to offer including a private tram tour of NASA’s working government facilities.

Friday, November 10, 2017 – Main departure day to head home from Houston. Or take advantage of group rate at hotel and extend your stay for the weekend. With more than 10,000 restaurants, world-class theater groups, diverse culture and artistic expression; Explore Houston, Texas. The fourth-largest city in America is home to NASA, Fortune 500 companies, the largest medical center in the world and an unparalleled music scene. The Culinary and Cultural Capital of the South is an exciting place to work, stay and play.


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