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PTDA to host in-person conference in October


The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is hosting the PTDA 2021 Industry Summit in person this year.

The event takes place in Atlanta, Ga. from Oct. 20-23. With 550 delegates in the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry expected to attend, representing over 200 PTDA distributor and manufacturer companies, the industry summit – under the theme “Connect” – will offer cross-channel networking, shared learning and collaborative experiences.

The signature event of the PTDA Industry Summit is the Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX), a forum bringing together distributor and manufacturer executives for high-level discussions on market strategies and issues.

Distributor and manufacturer members alike laud MD-IDEX as one of the best face-to-face cross-channel business programs with a measurable ROI for participants. New for 2021, private, reserved meeting space will allow channel partners to engage in small group discussion.

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Well-respected industry thought leaders will offer keynote presentations, beginning with Simon Anderson. An applied foresight speaker and consultant, Anderson will present his proprietary “3A Thinking” approach to recognizing and understanding significant emerging trends and technologies.

Jason Capshaw, director of demand generation at strategy firm Dorn Group, will share his experience building customer-focused websites and e-commerce platforms for distributors. Distribution leaders will share the challenges and successes of their digital journeys as part of this panel discussion.

As the struggle to hire top employees remains a challenge for employers in the PT/MC industry, recruiter John Salvadore will lead a panel discussion presented by PT WORK Force, an initiative of the PTDA Foundation.

Salvadore will highlight strategies to attract and retain employees who help strengthen sales channels, as well as those who play a vital role working behind the scenes, including warehouse associates, customer service and inventory control personnel.

Dr. Alan Beaulieu, founder and president of ITR Economics, will address how to navigate the post-COVID-19 economy and suggest what companies should do to prepare and head off challenges and embrace and opportunities that await the PT/MC marketplace.

Additional networking opportunities abound at the PTDA 2021 Industry Summit, from gatherings of the PTDA Women in the Industry (WITI) and Next Gen groups, to receptions and networking lunches, to a sports-themed closing event hosted at the College Football Hall of Fame.

For more information, visit ptda.org/IndustrySummit. Those registering before Aug. 27, 2021 receive a $100 discount.