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Elevate Your Business was the theme of the Power-Motion Tech-
PTRA Annual Conference Focused On Elevating Business
nology Representatives Association [PTRA], 42nd annual confer-
ence held April 23-26, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and
Spa, in Albuquerque NM. Over 300 members and their guests
were in attendance. Keynote speakers were retired USAF Colo-
nel Mike Mullane, a NASA veteran of 3 space shuttle launches,
presenting “A Countdown to Teamwork,” an insightful presen-
tation on the inner workings of NASA and several of the space
shuttle missions. Wrapping up the conference was economist Alan
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It was a farewell to social media as two-hundred and seventy-five
IDC Owner-Distributors, Preferred Suppliers, and special guests
opted for some quality face-to-face networking and idea sharing
at the 2014 IDC Product Forum.
This product-focused business meeting was
a platform for shareholders to learn how to
sell the products available through IDC-USA.
Attendees gathered at a secluded hotel where
they spent two-and-a-half strategically planned
days together. All meetings and events —
from the golf tournament and joint meals to supplier sponsored
hospitality suites — were designed with elbow rubbing in mind.
According to Mike McLain of Allied Bearing & Supply.“ The IDC
IDC Product Forum: The Perfect Networking Storm
Product Forum allows you to meet and discuss with people of
similar business practices (some larger, some smaller). You get dif-
ferent views and ideas from all around the country from compa-
nies that face the same challenges. It can be your sounding board,
your help, and your network.”
The event commenced on Tuesday, May 13, with the 4th annual
Beaulieu, of the Institute for Trend Research, presenting “Fiscal
Reality” — a look out into the U.S. and global economies.
Looking ahead to 2015, the conference will be held April 22-25
at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa in the Austin, TX area.
PTRA is an association of Professional Outsourced Field Sales
Agencies and the Manufacturers supporting them in the Power
Transmission and Motion Control Industry. For more information,
please visit www.ptra.org.
IDC Charitable Trust Golf Outing where distributors and suppliers
scrambled for a good cause. The charity provides financial assis-
tance to charitable and educational needs, including scholarships
to children of IDC Owner-Distributors.
The business portion began the following
IDC Preferred Supplier Awards:
day, where suppliers provided in-depth product
and program information through breakout
sessions. Jack L. Bailey, president and CEO of
IDC-USA, was the master of ceremonies at the
Awards Dinner where IDC-USA honored schol-
arship recipients as well as those companies who earned bragging
rights with 2013 awards.
IDC Supplier of the Year (sixteen years in a row!) – Bando USA
IDC Direct Supplier of the Year – Isostatic Industries
IDC Owner-Distributor Awards:
Rookie of the Year – Sherman Bearings
Ground Gainer – Central Chain & Transmission
Top Dog Award – Bearing Distributors
Leader of the Pack Award – Weimer Bearing & Transmission
Jackson-Brown National Scholarships:
Three scholarships were awarded to high-achieving high school
seniors; Jill Shah sponsored by Bearings & Industrial Supply, Libby
Stabler sponsored by Transmission & Fluid Equipment, and Kelsey
Johnson sponsored by Edwards Industrial Sales.
For information about next years event or to become a member, visit www.idc-usa.com.
“Our focus was providing attendees with as many
networking opportunities as we could fit into the
span of two and a half days, while providing IDC
Owner-Distributors and Suppliers with tools to be
more successful in their business.”
- Jack Bailey, president and CEO of IDC-USA