2020 Annual Meeting – Wholesalers

The Southern’s VIRTUAL Annual Meeting August 18- 19, 2020 (Vendor Event August 20)

Due to our concern for the safety of our members and vendor partners related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to hold our 2020 Annual Meeting virtually.   We have worked hard behind the scenes to create an agenda and content that will deliver a meaningful experience for everyone participating and allow those who had cancelled their participation to rejoin us in this virtual format.  This was not an easy decision and your executive team has been meeting regularly in an effort to bring us all together in Panama City, but the trends related to COVID-19, particularly in Florida, left us no choice.


TUESDAY August 18, 2020
12:30 PM EST Committee Meetings: Convention, Education, Government Affairs, Special Projects
1:30 PM EST Finance & Budget Committee Meeting
2:30 PM EST Executive Committee Meeting
4:00 – 5:00 PM EST SLD Board Meeting

WEDNESDAY, August 19 2020
9:00 AM EST SAWD Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 – 10:30 AM EST SAWD General Membership Meeting
12:00 – 12:30 PM EST Ten-2-Profit Introduction & Sponsor Recognition
12:30 – 5:30 PM EST Ten-2-Profit

Why attend the Southern Annual Meeting?

  • Learn from industry experts the latest profit-making techniques in small, highly interactive education sessions.
  • Take advantage of awesome opportunities for networking with other distributors, brokers, manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Learn about the latest products and services from and conduct business with the nation’s top convenience store manufacturers, brokers and suppliers.

For participating wholesalers:

  • Registration Fees – The fee to participate in the 2020 Virtual Meeting is $450 per distributor member company. You can have as many folks participate for that one low fee.
  • Hotel Reservations – The Sheraton Panama City Golf and Spa Resort should have cancelled all reservations when they were notified that we were no longer having an in-person meeting.  We highly recommend you contacting the hotel to confirm. You can also call them at 1-866-912-1042.
  • Ten-2-Profit One-On-One Appointments – All 2020 Confirmed Distributors will be receiving a list of appointments on or before August 11, 2020.
  • Onsite Event Program – Be on the lookout for an email asking you to provide (or edit existing) 250 word Vendor Directory Listing along with a copy of your logo.
  • Show Deals – This year’s Show Deals will be sent to Distributors starting August 18th.

NOTE: The Southern’s Annual Meeting is a members-only event.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors (The Southern), please click here for more information.  If you have any questions on becoming a member or need to confirm your membership status, please call us at 770-932-3263 or email us at info@the-southern.org.