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PTDA’s fall 2006 Industry Summit to focus on forging success

Chicago, IL -- The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) 2006 Industry Summit will be held Oct. 26-28 ...

Chicago, IL — The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) 2006 Industry Summit will be held Oct. 26-28 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, Mass.

Themed “Forging Success, Making History,” the 2006 event is designed to help members make their mark on the industry. Sessions will help attendees grow business and the bottom line by honing leadership and talent management skills, implementing value selling tactics and tools, and strengthening business relationships.

As the premier networking and educational event for the power transmission/motion control distribution industry, PTDA’s Industry Summit provides networking opportunities, educational programming and social events.

Highlights of the 2006 program include:


— Keynote presentation by Keith Freiburg on how manufacturers and distributors can make meaningful and lasting change within their organizations.

— Futurist and economist Lowell Catlett’s keynote presentation on evolving technologies and their impact on daily life and economic trends.

— A workshop by Kevin Asbjornson of PianoOne, LLC, on how business owners and managers can unlock their organizations’ creative potential, creating meaningful connections and becoming inspired leaders.

— A tactical session with Chris Frieburger on why talent management is critical to any organization’s success and how to implement a successful program, including a succession plan.

— A workshop on communicating with customers, consultative selling techniques and overcoming price objections by Joe Ellers of Palmetto Associates.

— Demonstration on how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of potential technology innovations; getting sales force buy-in; and the impact of technology on employee efficiency, recruitment and retention.

— Panel of PTDA members discussing their involvement with the PTDA Foundation’s Industrial Careers Pathway(SM) initiative, plus opportunities for attendees to benefit and get involved.

— Dialogue with directors of PTDA’s board and Manufacturer Council as part of new distributor and manufacturer Town Hall meetings.

— One-on-one discussions with current and potential business partners as part of the Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX).

— Elegant networking event with views of the Boston skyline at the Prudential Center’s Skywalk.

— Golf outing at Granite Links and tours of area attractions.

The PTDA Industry Summit is open to all employees of member companies and qualified prospects. For more information, contact PTDA at 312-516-2100 or, or visit

Founded in 1960, the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is the leading association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel. A U.S.-based trade association, PTDA represents 221 power transmission/motion control distributor firms with almost 3,500 locations throughout North America and 13 other countries, as well as 196 manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry.