Chicago, IL – Nearly 600 power transmission and motion control industry representatives from over 250 member companies of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) attended the PTDA 2014 Industry Summit. Along with an additional 230 spouses, companions and guests, the top executives convened Oct. 22-25, 2014 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL. The theme of the conference was ‘Imagine’.
“The relationships we begin, nurture and evaluate here at the Industry Summit allow us to imagine an even stronger distribution channel,” said PTDA president Ken Miko of BDI, Cleveland, OH. “In my own experience, this year’s Industry Summit just continued to reinforce the association’s mission to bring together distributors and manufacturers, working for the benefit of our mutual customers.”
PTDA Manufacturer Council chair Brian Kolman of Brewer Machine & Gear, St. Louis, MO, concurred: “The networking we can do at the Industry Summit — both in formal settings like MD-IDEX and in informal settings like our Industry Summit Bash — just further the value of the association and help me keep strong relationships with all of my channel partners.”
International delegates attended from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Trinidad and the United Kingdom.
Keynote speaker Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics predicted a growing economy, peaking in 2016, but noted a recession is probable for 2019.
In a workshop developed by the PTDA Next Gen Task Force specifically for emerging leaders, Mitch Bouchard of General Bearing Service Inc., Ottawa, and dozens of others shared their stories of gaining the respect of their peers as a leader.
A charity walk organized by PTDA spouses and companions raised $1,850 for the Lupus Foundation of America. In addition, through Operation Military Kids and with funding from Industry Summit registrants, 140 backpacks were filled with school supplies, crafts, stuffed animals and toys and presented to children of parents called into active duty by the National Guard and Army Reserve.
As well, PTDA member companies pledged over $57,000 in contributions to the PTDA Foundation, supporting the work of the Industrial Careers Pathway.
Nearly 120 manufacturers exhibited at the Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX) program, which featured close to 700 meetings through pre-scheduled appointments and open times.
PTDA’s 2015 Industry Summit will be held on October 21-24, 2015, at the Hilton Chicago in PTDA’s hometown of Chicago.
The PTDA is a global association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel that represents distribution firms that generate more than $16 billion in sales and span over 3,400 locations. PTDA members also include manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry.
For more information, call 312-516-2100 or visit ptda.org. View PTDA photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/55690309@N06/sets/ and watch for MRO Magazine’s exclusive photos in our December 2014 issue.