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PTDA and FPDA to co-locate conferences in 2009 (November 06, 2006)

Chicago, IL -- The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) and Fluid Power Distributors Association (FPD...


November 6, 2006
By MRO Magazine

Chicago, IL — The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) and Fluid Power Distributors Association (FPDA) have announced plans to co-locate their 2009 conferences.

The PTDA 2009 Industry Summit and FPDA 2009 Fall Meeting will be held over the same series of dates and will feature shared keynote presentations, breakout sessions and some social events.

Preserving each association’s brand equity and member experience is a top priority for PTDA and FPDA’s elected leadership and staff, leading to the decision to co-locate rather than merge the meetings.

Each event will retain its own name, registration process and presence on site, as well as separate welcome receptions and other networking events.


In endorsing the co-location concept, the Boards of Directors of both organizations recognized the clear benefits for their respective memberships:

–Enhanced networking with representatives from a closely aligned market segment.

–Improved educational programming. –Upgraded conference facilities and social events.

–Opportunity to maintain attendance while keeping fees reasonable, particularly in light of continued industry consolidation.

According to Mary Sue Lyon, PTDA’s executive vice president, “Co- locating the summit will allow PTDA to share the investment in hiring speakers and offer top-notch educational content to our members, while maintaining the integrity of core networking at our signature event. Both associations represent the distribution channel for two segments of the motion technologies industry, providing a clear basis for collaboration.”

Kathy DeMarco, executive director of FPDA notes, “The FPDA has embraced collaboration with like-minded associations such as PTDA as a means to bring more value to our membership, and is looking forward to this co-located event with much anticipation.”

Initial conversations between the two organizations were driven by PTDA member interest in co-locating meetings with related distributor associations, expressed at the association’s Town Hall meeting in 2004.

The concept was further validated by strong member support in PTDA’s 2005 Needs Assessment/Member Satisfaction Survey.

The PTDA 2009 Industry Summit and FPDA 2009 Fall Meeting will be held in San Diego, Calif., at the Hilton San Diego (opening in 2008), from Oct. 22 – 24. The schedule and program development for the 2009 events will be overseen by a joint planning committee.

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 216 power transmission/motion control distributor firms with almost 3,500 locations throughout North America and 12 other countries, as well as 198 manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry. For more information, visit

The Fluid Power Distributors Association (FPDA) is a trade association founded in 1974 and representing approximately 300 distributors and manufacturers. The association serves motion solution providers who offer fluid power, companion technologies, and distribution services to enhance customer performance and profitability. FPDA conducts an Annual Meeting each spring in addition to its Fall Meeting. For more information, visit