Southern Leadership Division (SLD)

SLD Mission

The Southern Leadership Division (SLD) of the Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors was formed specifically for current and emerging leaders. Through a variety of programs and events, the SLD’s mission is to provide a platform for:

  • Exploring the “new normal,” and how it changes the role of leadership.
  • Gaining hands-on experience with current technologies and processes.
  • Examining issues related to the industry and specific business processes.
  • Sharing experiences that influence biases and push through stereotyping and assumption.
  • Fostering and growing strong business relationships.

Watch our new video about joining the SLD.

The key to getting the most out of the SLD is to attend the following events:

  • SLD Business Resource Meeting (November 2022 – location TBD).
  • Annual Convention (June 14-17, 2022)
  • Quarterly Virtual Meetings (May, August and November)

These are all great opportunities to meet and network with other distributors and manufacturers. If you are interested in joining, please fill out the form to the right and we will put you on the list for receiving upcoming events and announcements so you can stay updated on all things happening.


The Southern Leadership Division (SLD) of SAWD was formed in 1979 to allow organizations to leverage the knowledge and resources of their fellow southern distributor, wholesale  and manufacturer leaders.  Members are offered a unique opportunity to participate in educational programs and networking events throughout the year that drive business opportunities.

Membership is free to all who meet the below requirements. Click here for a list of current SLD Officers and Directors.

Requirements of membership:

  1. Must be in the tobacco, candy or allied lines industry or must have family member in the industry
  2. Must be located in southern region
  3. Must be a member of the Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors (SAWD)

Join today:

Please contact Betsy Rahm at 770-932-3263 or if you have any questions.

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