Education

University of Innovative Distribution

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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.

Save the Date

The 2020 University of Innovative Distribution program will take place March 2020! Details will be released later this year. Download this brochure for more information on the 2020 program.

"Strong value in being able to step back and leverage the wisdom of others through practical and proven insight."

Steve Hollinshead, 
Director-Sales & Marketing, 
Aetna Plywood

Class of 2019

Mr. Andrew J Ardo
Allegheny Plywood Company

Mr. Jordan A Blankenship
Hood Distribution

Sarah Borkenhagen
Acuity Insurance

Mr. Matthew J Burdo
Web-Don, Inc.

Mr. John Chlebek
Aetna Plywood, Inc.

Mr. Keith Clark
Industrial Finishes & Systems

Mr. Peter Correia
Atlantic Plywood Corporation
Mr. Michael Duncan 
Industrial Finishes & Systems, Inc.

Mr. Jim R Ellis
Bennett Supply Co.

Mrs. Aimee Falls
Kessebohmer USA

Mr. Jarred Graves
Hood Distribution/Hood Industries

Andrea Hallett
Atlantic Plywood Corporation

Mr. Jeff Henderson
Industrial Finishes & Systems, Inc.

Ann King
DMSI
Mr. Scott Lipp 
Aetna Plywood, Inc.
Ms. Azinga Ming 
Atlantic Plywood Corporation
Mr. Shawn Montague
Lumbermen's, Inc.

Ms. Daira Morales
Atlantic Plywood Corporation

Mr. Steve Petersen
Lumbermen's, Inc.

Mr. Aaron Stamm
Acuity Insurance

Nadine R Wilkinson Sr.
Wood Inc.

Mr. Ray Zulfer
Aetna Plywood, Inc.


Who Should Attend UID?

Classroom

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
    • Emerging company leaders
    • CEOs and other executive team members
  • Manufacturers
    • Personnel working with national distribution channels
  • Anyone looking to improve personnel performance and/or the company's bottom line!

"I personally would recommend it to any company that wants their management team to experience ideas from companies that vary from their own."

--Kevin Huth,employee at Amerhart, NBMDA member 

 

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