Manufacturing AUTOMATION

PTDA to host new talent development event to shape future leaders

January 4, 2024
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is hosting a new talent development event, the PTDA 2024 Industry Immersion Conference in Hollywood, Fla. on February 29, 2024.

According to the association, this program is designed to help those who are new to the power transmission and motion control (PT/MC) industry to grow the interpersonal skills, networking capabilities and industry essentials for building successful relationships with coworkers, executives and customers.

“Every PT/MC employer wants to develop their employees into trusted and valued contributors to their team, company and customers’ success,” says John Newman, vice-president of sales – Americas, BDI and Industry Immersion Task Force chair. “This event is an exceptional investment in helping new talent hone the skills they need to outperform in 2024 and beyond.”

The Industry Immersion Conference is designed to advance the professional perspectives and experience of emerging leaders within the PT/MC industry.


Experienced members have developed the curriculum of the program that includes:

  • A panel discussion designed to help newcomers discover best practices when working with channel partners. Panellists include veteran PTDA members Jeff Cloud (IBT Industrial Solutions) as moderator and Barabara Ross (Pfannenberg USA), Steve Kalgreen (Akron Bearing Company) and AnnaMarie Donaldson (Regal Rexnord).
  • A member panel aimed to help attendees understand how to maintain relationships with customers. Jason Sorce (Bando USA) will moderate and John Newman (BDI), Mike Pulley (Bartlett Bearing) Mitch Bouchard (General Bearing Service) and Darin Davenport (Affiliated Distributors) will serve as panellists.

Additional programming will include learning about various PTDA resources and programs to assist attendees in their roles and informal networking with PTDA leadership.

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