AD Industrial hosted the 2016 AD North American Meeting at the Gaylord National, in National Harbor, MD from September 27-30. This was a record breaking year for the division with more than 750 attendees. This is also the very first time that AD Industrial combined its North American Meeting with AD Bearings & Power Transmission.
The theme of this year’s meeting — Ascend — supports AD’s mission of to help members, suppliers and associates grow and prosper. Jack Templin, President of AD Industrial Divisions shared, “The record breaking attendance that we experienced at our 2016 AD North American meeting is a result of our members continuing to see the value of our meetings, through AD Networks and meeting with top executives in their booth sessions. Additionally our new AD Industrial members and supplier partners this year helped to increase attendance.”
AD continues to leverage economies of scale to help their members and suppliers stay ahead of the curve. Programs such as AD eCommerce Solutions, AD HR Services, and AD Indirect Spend are our most recent examples of how the group aims to support the future of independents.
A highlight of every year is the annual Spirit of Independence Awards.
This year’s honorees are:
- Best Annual Planning Process – Hubbard Supply Company
- Best Conversion to an AD Supplier:
- MRO – Turner Supply Company & 3M US Industrial
- Tool & Material Handling – Stellar Industrial Supply & Milwaukee Tool
- Safety & Janitorial – GME/Columbia Safety & Capital Safety
- Metalworking – PFERD & Johnston Industrial Supply
- Supplier of the Year Performance – Tier 1 – National Safety Apparel
- Supplier of the Year Performance – Tier 2 – Capital Safety
- Member of the Year – Performance – Johnston Industrial Supply, Co.
- Supplier of the Year – Leadership – Weiler Corporation
- Member of the Year – Leadership – Jeff Bigelow, President, Hubbard Supply Co.
- AD MVP – Jamison Dohn, RG Brewton
- Giving Back Award – Horizon Solutions
Dan Amatruda, Senior VP of Weber Supply Company, was also honored for his dedication and services as an outgoing member of the Product Committee.
To view the acceptance speeches from our honorees visit our YouTube page here.