Southern Leadership Division (SLD)

SLD Mission

It is the mission of the Southern Leadership Division to:

  • Provide educational programs through seminars, hands-on workshops and speakers
  • Provide training for emerging leaders
  • Improve lines of communication among distributors, suppliers and manufacturers
  • Foster clear understanding of industry problems
  • Become active in legislative activities
  • Share views and ideas
  • Promote common goals
  • Provide a communications network among members

Upcoming Events

Announcing a Three Part Education Session

The Greg Martin Legacy Virtual Education Series
Part 3: Thursday, August 19th 2:00 PM ET (1:00 PM CT)
“Branding: Differentiate or Die”

Click here for more information


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)

SLD Membership Application

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

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