"Distributors can't miss this once-a-year conference.”

- 2019 Summit Distributor Attendee

Dear Members, 

Celebrating 50 years is a big deal and it will happen; however, after thoughtful consideration, SHDA has decided to cancel our 2020 Industry Advancement Summit scheduled for August 10-14, 2020. Please take a moment to listen to SHDA President Dave Swartz addressing the cancelation.

All attendee registrations, including Manufacturer Suite reservations, and hotel reservations will be cancelled and refunded. Your refund could take up to 30 days to process and you will get a confirmation email once it has been processed. If you paid with a credit card you will be refunded on the same credit card and if you paid with a check you will receive a check in the mail. If you have any questions, please email SHDA Registrar, Stacie Binnix, at sbinnix@shda.org.

Now, more than ever, I am hoping you will save the date for May 3-7, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ. It will be a hard year not seeing all our SHDA friends and associates, but I know our 2021 Industry Advancement Summit will be better than ever!

Please let me know if you have any questions and do not hesitate to reach out if the association can be of assistance to your business in any way.

Thank you for your continued support.

Amy Luckado
SHDA Executive Director


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"One of the best and most efficient conventions ever."

– 2019 Summit Distributor Attendee

For 50 years, the annual SHDA Summit has served the security hardware industry by featuring invaluable One-on-One business appointments where leading Distributors can meet with the more than 60 SHDA member Manufacturer partners in one convenient location. This year, we will honor 50 years of industry prosperity, explore ways to increase employee engagement and maximize performance, and build and strengthen manufacturer-distributor partnerships for 2020 and beyond. We’ll welcome SHDA Past Presidents and other industry “Legends” to this year’s special summit, as we celebrate the past and secure the future of Security Hardware Distributors.

The 50th Anniversary Summit will once again feature three full days of One-on-One appointments at the Embassy Suites beginning Tuesday, May 5 at 10:30 AM and ending on Thursday, May 7 at 5:25 PM. The One-on-One sign up session (fondly referred to as “The Running of the Bulls”) will be held Monday, May 4 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 PM

All appointments will be twenty-five (25) minutes in length, allowing distributors to make up to 48 appointments! SHDA encourages distributor companies to bring more than one principal to enhance their capacity and increase their exposure to all manufacturer participants. Any company that purchases a Manufacturer Suite and stops taking appointments before 5:00pm on Thursday, May 7 could forfeit its privilege to participate in future Industry Advancement Summits.

“This was an excellent opportunity to create bonds and genuinely know the people we do business with. Although our company already has great business relationships with so many, I truly feel with this event each year we are learning about the future of our industry and opening new doors again and again.”

– 2019 Summit Manufacturer Attendee

Maximize Your ROI!

Distributors should:

  • Prepare market data for each vendor
  • Check with field personnel for details on products and services
  • Gather necessary input to maximize your vendor relationship          

Manufacturers may wish to bring:

  • New product / program information
  • Advertising plans
  • Individual distributor sales figures
  • Vendor sales trends

REMEMBER:

The purpose of the One-on-One Sessions is to provide Distributors and Manufacturers a cost-effective opportunity to meet with many of their market partners in one location.  Per SHDA policy, manufacturers are not permitted to provide alcoholic beverages or food in their suites during the appointments.