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Since 1994, the University of Innovative Distribution (UID) has provided education focused on the needs of wholesale distribution professionals and companies. With its concentrated three-day format, UID has helped increase the effectiveness of hundreds of NAFCD member employees.

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Registration is now open for the 2020 University of Innovative Distribution, taking place March 8-11, 2020 in Indianapolis, IN! Download this brochure for details on the 2020 program or visit the website.

Early bird rates expire January 12, 2020!

"First time at UID! Very impressed with the level of speakers and the ability to network with other distributing companies in different fields. Realized very quickly that some of the same issues we experience in flooring distribution are prevalent in other industries. While going through the training, I felt I could not get enough. I left with many “nuggets” and I am now implementing them to my direct reports. The training was so refreshing and I saw many different ways of viewing my job and leading my team. Thank you to Haines for investing in their employees and UID for offering a wonderful training program for managers at all levels."

 - Kevin Wilhoit
Armstrong Sales Division, Regional Sales Manager South
J.J. Haines and Company, Inc.

Class of 2019

Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 UID program!

Jeff Allsbrooks, L. Fishman & Son, Inc. Tom Baquial, Sika Corporation
Wayne Carter, Spartan Surfaces Joseph J. Cavanaugh, Tarkett
Vincent Circosta, Abraham Linc Mike Croes, Sika Corporation
Adam Davis, L. Fishman & Son Pam Dundas, Blakely Products
Jeremy Everts, T&A Supply Kyle Gable, Salesmaster Associates
Jim Geerling, Blakely Products  Kevin Graves, The R.A. Siegel Company
Carolina l. Hall, Lensing Building Specialties Eric Henage, Lanham Hardwood Flooring Co.
Michael Hinchey, T&A Supply Chris M. Killar, L. Fishman & Son, Inc.
Sean Leahy, Sika Corporation Bryan Lee, Yorkshore Sales & Marketing
Mathew Leggett, Yorkshore Sales & Marketing David R. Lowe, Tarkett
Michael Machado, Yorkshore Sales & Marketing Jeffrey McBride, Salesmaster Associates
Bob Mooneyhan, Tarkett Ronnie A. Moore, Tarkett
Jorge M. Morgado, Tarkett David Pearce, Lanham Hardwood Flooring Co.
Jerry Randell, T&A Supply Dunn Rasbury, A&M Supply
Jacob P. Saffert, Blakely Products Thomas Stratford, Salesmaster Associates
Sean Strecker, T&A Supply   Andrew J. Warne, Abraham Linc 
James R. Westby, Blakely Products Scott Woodson, Fishman Flooring Solutions

Who Should Attend UID?

UID is designed for all personnel working in the wholesale distribution channel, including:

  • Distributors
    • All manager-level personnel: sales, marketing, branch, operations, purchasing, inventory and human resources
    • CEOs
  • Manufacturers
    • Personnel working with national distribution channels
  • Anyone looking to improve personal performance and/or the company's bottom line!

“There are no educational activities I can recommend any more highly than the University of Innovative Distribution. The classes offer you the opportunity to take an in-depth look at an area of your organization, while gaining insight from some of the most respected minds in wholesale distribution. The unmitigated immersion of UID takes you out of the day to day problems of your distribution business and forces you to wrestle with the larger questions relating to sales, operations, marketing and finance. For the last two years, I’ve left UID with a list of projects to tackle in the coming year, a roster of insights to apply in my current endeavors and a clearer mind to refocus on my day-to-day activities."

 - AJ Warne | NAFCD Board of Directors
Director of Resilient Sales
Abraham Linc

Students can apply UID coursework toward earning the Professional Certificate in Industrial Distribution awarded by Purdue University.

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