More than 700 distribution professionals came together from the floor covering, specialty building material, cabinetry and woodworking industries for the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) + North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) Annual Convention, held Nov. 18 to 20 in Dallas.

Distributor attendees took advantage of many opportunities to build relationships and make strong business connections with hundreds of new and existing supplier partners. Attending distribution firms represented approximately 900 distribution center locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, according to show officials. One-on-one business meetings allowed attendees to form their operating and logistics plans, develop marketing plans, discuss current products and future offerings, and cover the critical factors that establish and strengthen their partnerships.

In addition, the event's educational sessions featured a roster of industry leaders. Nationally recognized speakers shared their expertise on economic trends, innovative thinking, generational differences, trends in the building product supply chain and work-life balance. According to Kevin Gammonley, executive vice president of NBMDA and NAFCD executive director, attendees walked away with practical tips and best practices that they can implement to enhance their business and personal brand.

"We are very pleased with the number of industry leaders and executives who attended this year’s event and helped make it a success,” he said. “As always, this highly anticipated event allows attendees to establish and strengthen new partnerships all in one place. We received positive feedback on the tabletop session, networking opportunities and education offerings.”

The 2015 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention will take place Nov. 3 to 5, at the Hilton Orlando Hotel, in Orlando, Fla.

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