MRO Magazine

PTDA brings its cross-channel networking to Chicago conference


June 10, 2015
By Bill Roebuck

Chicago, IL -The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has opened advanced registration for its 2015 Industry Summit, to be held at the Hilton Chicago, October 21-24, 2015, in Chicago, IL.

More than 550 delegates, representing 240 PTDA distributor and manufacturer member companies in the power transmission/motion control industry, are expected to attend to participate in cross-channel networking, shared learning and collaborative experiences at the Summit, which has the theme, ‘Spark A Movement: Inspire. Motivate. Lead.’

The Summit will offer three keynote presentations in one with a session called IML Talks, playing off the theme, ‘Inspire. Motivate. Lead.’ Speakers include: Phil Hansen, an artist with a debilitating physical limitation; Ryan Estis, a former chief strategy officer for a global advertising agency; and Scott Klososky, a technologist who returns to the Industry Summit after receiving in 2013 the highest ratings of any other speaker. Another returning speaker is Alan Beaulieu, who delivers his uncannily accurate economic forecast for the closing keynote.

The signature event of the Summit is the Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX). The event is a forum to bring together distributor and manufacturer executives for high-level discussions on market strategies and issues to mutually benefit each other and end users. “Distributor and manufacturer members alike laud MD-IDEX as one of the most organized face-to-face cross channel business meeting programs,” says PTDA executive director Ann Arnott.


The will be additional cross-channel networking opportunities at the Summit, from receptions and networking lunches, to a Roaring 20s theme party at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

PTDA) is a global association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel. Headquartered in Chicago, it represents power transmission/motion control distribution firms that generate more than US$16 billion in sales and span over 3,400 locations. PTDA members also include manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry.

Those registering for the Summit before August 14, 2015, receive a $100 discount. For more information, visit