Educational Events

Discover upcoming events focused on distributor education:

University of Innovative Distribution (UID)

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

Who Should Attend?

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
  • Manufacturers
    • Personnel working with national distribution channels
  • Anyone looking to improve personal performance and/or their company's bottom line

Stay tuned – more information about the 2022 program will be available this fall.

University of Innovative Distribution (UID) In-A-Day

University of Innovative Distribution In-A-Day (UID In-A-Day) is an annual one-day workshop held in conjunction with the NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention. This workshop the perfect opportunity for sales, general, operations and branch managers to improve their market knowledge and productivity, and get a sneak peek at the University of Innovative Distribution which takes place each spring at Purdue University.

Stay tuned for more information about UID In-A-Day.

Emerging Distribution Leaders

Details coming soon.

Sam Richter is an award-winning speaker and bestselling author and is considered one of the world’s top experts on sales intelligence and digital reputation management. He has been named one of the world’s Top 25 Most Influential Sales Leaders and through his Know More keynote presentations and online programs, Sam has trained leading organizations and entertained tens of thousands of persons around the globe. Sam’s proven techniques for leveraging online information to grow sales have directly resulted in millions of dollars of new business for his clients and program attendees. Sam has been featured in thousands of newspapers, magazines, online publications, and television and radio programs. He has won numerous awards including a Gold Award at the International Film Festival and a  Codie Award, the Oscars of the software industry. He is a partner in – and serves on the boards of directors of – numerous technology firms. Sam is a past finalist for Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year and a member of the Minnesota Speaker’s Hall of Fame.