2017 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 13

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

2:15 PM – 3:30 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 – Antoine’s
For members of the Board of Directors and Past Presidents.


8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Golf Tournament
Lakewood Golf Club
Register for golf during the online registration process.

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

9:45 AM – 2:00 PM
Cooking Creole

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2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
SAWD Meetings With a Mission

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4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
SAWD Board of Directors’ Meeting

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
New Vendor Reception
All invited.

7:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Dinner and Industry Awards

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: “The Paradox of Potential” – Thom Singer CSP

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9:20 AM – 10:30 AM
Session 2: “Safeguarding Your People and Your Stuff” – Panel Discussion

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10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
General Session:
“Cooperative Significance: Being an Influential Leader at Work (and Beyond)” – Thom Singer, CSP

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

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
FSMA Lunch & Learn – Steve Stomel, ProCat Distribution Technologies

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12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
State Association Executives & Political Affairs Luncheon

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Individual appointments between buyers and sellers.

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 16

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Registration Desk Open

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Industry Breakfast (Continental)

8:15 AM – 8:50 AM
Second Line Parade to “House of Deals”

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
“House of Deals”(includes brunch)
Hightop table show being held at New Orleans’ House of Blues.

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
General Membership Meeting

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Keynote Address: “Taking Your Business to the Next Level” – Bryan Dodge

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2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Distributors Forum
Representatives of All Distribution Companies are Encouraged to Attend. This meeting is open to Distributors only.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Vendors Forum
Representatives of All Vendor Companies are Encouraged to Attend.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Executive Committee Meeting

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
SLD Social – Party at Pat O’Brien’s
Open to All.

Join us for a private party at a location that is world renowned as the hospitality spot of New Orleans—Pat O’Brien’s! Established in the early 1900’s, Pat O’Brien’s is known the world over as the most popular and fun-filled establishment anywhere. We will enjoy our party in a private room, located on the second floor complete with full bar, dinner, copper grand piano and a private Bourbon Street balcony where some beads will be thrown! A piano player will entertain us on the baby grand piano as we enjoy plentiful drinks as well as an authentic New Orleans style dinner.

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. SAWD members have been sent tickets to pre-sell and tickets will be sold on-site as well.