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convention Program Highlights

Member Convention Registration and Hospitality

Enjoy leisurely convention registration at any time convenient to you. Be sure to pick up your badge prior to attending any events. Beverages will be served in a relaxing setting. Use this opportunity to enjoy a quiet chat with NAHAD acquaintances, and network to make new friends. This is also an excellent opportunity to visit NAHAD’s Hose Safety Institute Kiosk and learn all about the latest and greatest member benefits and the advantages of the Hose Safety Institute.

NAHAD conference registration staff will be available throughout the convention to answer questions and to assist you. Please refer to the Program Schedule for specific times.

NAHAD Hose Safety Institute Kiosk

Located near the NAHAD Convention Desk

Looking for powerful ways to connect with your customers and prospects? Is hose safety on the mind of your end-users? Want to improve your employees’ technical abilities while enhancing their engagement and loyalty? Find out how to meet all of these challenges quickly and easily, at minimum cost. Take time to visit the Hose Safety Institute Kiosk, where you can:

  • Check out the Institute Handbook for the Design & Specification of Safe Hose Assemblies and the five Assembly Fabrication Guides
  • Test drive the online employee training and certificate programs and the Mobile App
  • Meet with the Institute Members to connect with new business opportunities, and,
  • Get the latest updates on hose safety applications.

NAHAD Speed NetworkingSpeed Networking: Meet Your Industry Peers*

Saturday, April 28 | 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

With over 800 delegates in attendance, it is often difficult to meet those members who might be a valuable connection for your business. Expand your horizons by signing up for this networking-by-design opportunity. This program was inaugurated in 2010 and has been highly valued by those who have participated. Attendees told us that it would be helpful to hold this session at the beginning of the convention. Bring at least 40 business cards for this opportunity to expand your network of contacts. Pre-registration is required in order to have adequate space for this event.

First Time Attendee Events - Welcome to NAHAD

(Special Session with Emerging Leaders)*

Saturday, April 28 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm & Sunday, April 29 | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

As a first time attendee, we’d like to extend a special welcome to you. We ask you to arrive early in Marco Island and gather together to meet with the NAHAD Emerging Leaders for a Special Session with Digital Media expert and author, Jonathan Taplin. In addition, we encourage you to participate in the Speed Networking Session, held earlier in the day, to meet NAHAD leaders and fellow first-timers. Note that this will be your first meeting on the registration form and sign up for speed networking. Take the fast-track to maximize your networking opportunities for the entire convention.

NAHAD Emerging Leaders Special SessionNAHAD Emerging Leaders

Saturday, April 28 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

In conjunction with First Time attendees, NAHAD has designed a special networking and educational event to kick off the new Emerging Leaders Program, Connect with other future leaders and help to set the foundation for a dynamic and career-enhancing program. Bring plenty of business cards!

NAHAD Emerging Leaders

Connect with up and coming industry professionals in a series of events designed to share concerns and experiences in relaxed, as well as more structured, settings.

Opening Reception Beach Party

Saturday, April 28 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Welcome to Marco Island! The white sandy beach provides the stage and the calm turquoise waters of the Florida Gulf Coast provide the backdrop for our welcome party. Re-connect with industry friends and make some new, valuable connections. Enjoy cocktails and a strolling supper with live entertainment and fun. This is your opportunity to start your networking off to a great start with plenty of good food, libations and camaraderie.

Company Meetings*

Space Available from Saturday – Tuesday (see Program Schedule for Times)

In response to member requests, NAHAD has reserved meeting space at the JW Marriott for companies to hold private meetings with their employees and trading partners. To review available spots and to sign up, please click here. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first reserved basis.

Special Spouse/Companion Brunch*NAHAD Spouse

Sunday, April 29 | 9:00 am – 10:30 am

NAHAD appreciates our members’ spouses and companions who travel each year to the NAHAD convention. Enjoy a delicious brunch with the opportunity to mix and mingle with others who have traveled to Florida from all over the United States and from Europe, Canada, South America and Pacific Rim countries.

Women in NAHAD (WIN) Program

Sunday, April 29 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The purpose of WIN program is to support the professional development of women within the hose and fittings industry, and to enhance member companies’ opportunities to attract, develop and retain more high-performing female employees. Join with your fellow Women in NAHAD to learn what NAHAD is planning and to discuss ways that the association can help achieve individual and member company goals. A special presentation from Judy Hoberman will round out the program.

Member Luncheon, Keynote and George Carver Award

Sunday, April 29 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Herb Meyer served during the Reagan Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council. The author of How to Analyze Information and The Cure for Poverty, Mr. Meyer’s essays on intelligence and politics have been published in The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Policy Review and The American Thinker.

Today more than ever before, CEOs and top-level executives need to understand what is going on in the world. Key trends in politics, economics and even culture have an impact on every business; to manage effectively, executives must know what these trends are, how they will affect our economy, and what opportunities these trends may generate for their own companies. Moreover, today’s CEOs are leaders in their communities – often serving on public and community boards -- and people look to them for guidance and insight on national and international issues. In this presentation, Herb Meyer will talk about the national security, economic and cultural issues that dominate the news

Prior to Herb Meyer’s presentation, enjoy a networking lunch with industry colleges and friends as NAHAD’s Board of Directors presents this year’s George W. Carver Outstanding Commitment to Industry Excellence Award, presented annually to a deserving current or former NAHAD member.

Pool and Beach Networking

Sunday, April 29 | 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A NAHAD Special Event! NAHAD has reserved a section of the magnificent beach, beach chairs and toys for exclusive use by NAHAD members. This should give everyone a relaxing networking opportunity with space in programming to recharge and renew.

Emerging Leaders and First Timers Happy Hour*

Sunday, April 29 | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Enjoy a second opportunity to network and enjoy a beverage with fellow attendees!

Manufacturer and Associate Sponsored Hospitality SuitesNAHAD Hospitality Suites

Sunday, April 29 | Beginning at 6:30 pm

Manufacturers and Associates are invited to entertain NAHAD’s distributor members on this evening. If you are interested in contacting the JW Marriott Marco Island for information regarding hosting a Hospitality Suite, you may call Lindsay Ball-Lewis,

Senior Event Manager, Phone 1-239-642-2615 or Fax 1-239-642-2717 or by email lindsay.ball-lewis@marriott.com.

As a special convenience, Manufacturers and Associates may order a complete set of NAHAD distributor mailing labels (no cost) or specialized reports (fee charged) from the NAHAD office. Please call the NAHAD office directly for details.

NAHAD Showcase of Hose Solutions

NAHAD Showcase

Monday, April 30 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm & Tuesday, May 1 | 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

A highlight of each year’s Convention, the Showcase of supplier products and services is where relationships are formed and strengthened and where business gets done. Exhibiting companies include NAHAD Manufacturer, Associate and Affiliate members, displaying the very latest hose, fittings, equipment and services for all attending registered Distributors. All attendees will receive complimentary tote bags.

To maximize your business and networking opportunities, a grab and go breakfast for all exhibitors will be available at 6:30 am, giving exhibitors a bit more time for last minute set-up. Manufacturer, Associate and Affiliate members are invited to register as soon as possible for a Showcase exhibit booth. Booth assignments will be on a first received, best selection basis. For further details, contact the NAHAD office directly.

Please note the following:

  • NAHAD Manufacturer, Associates and Affiliate member exhibitors may set up their exhibit booth on Monday, April 30 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, to get everything in place and ready for the Grand Opening on Monday evening. This schedule should provide a chance to enjoy a tour or some time on the beach in the afternoon, or if preferred, to set up immediately after lunch.
  • Double booth spaces (8’ x 20’) are available on a limited basis.
  • Exhibitors’ booth teardown will begin no earlier than 1:00 pm on May 1.
  • Click here for full details, rules and regulations. 

*Pre-registration is required for these events

The NAHAD Annual Convention is open to members of NAHAD only. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please visit our Join page.