NBMDA and NAFCD move to virtual November 10-12 event
August 7, 2020 | 9:49 am CDT

CHICAGO – The North American Association of Flooring Covering Distributors (NAFCD) and the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) announced that their 2020 annual convention will be a fully virtual event, the NAFCD x NBMDA Virtual Xperience.

The 2020 NAFCD + NBMDA annual convention was intended to take place in November in Colorado Springs and is transitioning to virtual due to health and safety concerns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The NAFCD x NBMDA Virtual Xperience, taking place November 10-12, will offer live education sessions coupled with multiple networking opportunities, including a virtual exhibit hall. The traditional tabletop exhibit session will be replicated to encourage online connections between distributor executives and their supplier partners.

The focus will remain to deepen trading partnerships along with an opportunity for distributors to efficiently connect with firms looking to build a distribution network in the U.S. and Canada.

The educational program features guest speakers who will help distributors and their suppliers navigate the current marketplace and prepare them to seize new growth opportunities.

"While we optimistically hoped to be able to meet in person in Colorado Springs, it's become evident that hosting an event of this size would be unsafe for our community," noted NAFCD and NBMDA Executive Director, Kevin Gammonley. "We are designing a virtual experience that includes the same robust education and invaluable networking as the in-person event.

Registration will open mid-August. See http://www.distributorconvention.org

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