2018 Schedule of Events

NOTE: This is a tentative schedule of events. All details subject to change. The on-site program supersedes all pre-printed materials.

– For Members Only –

TUESDAY, June 12

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Registration Desk Open

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Chair/Vice Chair Meeting

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Committee Meetings

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Finance & Budget Committee Meeting

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Executive Committee Meeting

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Chairman’s Reception and Dinner – Thoroughbred’s
For members of the Board of Directors and Past Presidents.


6:45 AM – 1:00 PM (Breakfast at the course begins at 7:00 AM, Shot Gun start at 8:00 AM)
Golf Tournament
Myrtlewood Golf Club
Register for golf during the online registration process.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration Desk Open

11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Lunch and Oyster Art Class CANCELLED

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SAWD Board of Directors’ Meeting

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Family Fun Club

Are you looking for a fun activity to do as a family during the meeting? If so, then we have just the thing for you. Get ready to interact with others, compete, and have a lot of fun during our Family Club!

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
SLD Board Meeting

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
New Vendor Reception
For all buyers and first-time Vendors.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
All invited.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Southern Shindig

Come join us as we celebrate everything “Southern.” Dubbed the Southern Shindig this celebration will showcase the South’s best attributes – great food, great friends and great fun for the whole family!

After Dinner – Until
Hospitality Suite – Open to all


7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration Desk Open

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Kick-Off Breakfast (Continental)

8:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Education Sessions

8:00 AM – 9:10 AM
Session 1: “Leading Change in the Rapidly Evolving Wholesale Distribution Industry” – Spencer B. Taylor, MBA , Principal, Lumen Leadership

More Information

9:20 AM – 10:30 AM
Session 2: “Amazon: Predator, Partner and Role Model Catalyst? – Bruce Merrifield, Jr., President, Merrifield Consulting Group

More Information

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
General Session:
“”Ignite Your Goals”” – Gerry O’Brion, CSP, What Big Brands Know

More Information
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
First Lady’s Social
Open to All Spouses and Guests.

1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Individual appointments between buyers and sellers.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Family Fun Club

We are extending the time and adding even more fun to Thursday’s Family Club.  Get ready to interact with others, compete and have a lot of fun!

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
“Get Acquainted Reception”

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Awards Banquet
This evening is an opportunity to recognize some of the Southern’s award recipients… people who have each demonstrated extensive commitment to service and achievement in the industry.

After Dinner – Until
Hospitality Suite
Open to All.

FRIDAY, June 15

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Industry Breakfast (Continental)

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Registration Desk Open

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
“House of Deals”
Hightop table “show”

11:15 AM – Noon
Distributors Forum
Representatives of All Distribution Companies are Encouraged to Attend. This meeting is open to Distributors only.

11:15 AM – Noon
Vendors Forum
Representatives of All Vendor Companies are Encouraged to Attend.

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Executive Committee Meeting

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
One More Thing…
Open to All.

“One more thing” is a new way to end our busy week with something fun and entertaining.  This year we are taking it to Broadway… at the Beach, that is. Shuttles will be running from the Sheraton to Broadway at the Beach starting at 6:00 PM. The Dueling Piano Bar at Crocodile Rocks starts at 8:00 PM and runs until 10:00 PM. Join us for an evening of music food, shopping and just plain fun at one of Myrtle beach’s most popular venues.

Pre-purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win one of two $1,000 cash prizes. Proceeds will go to support the Education Fund. For your convenience, we have included a space for you to order your tickets right on the convention registration form.