HDAW accepting distributor requests for supplier meetings

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Updated Nov 29, 2021
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Conference organizers for Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) are now accepting requests for one-on-one business meetings between premier distributors and suppliers at HDAW ’22.

This specialty program is designed to match distributors with priority suppliers for private, personalized business conversations through computer automated scheduling. HDAW ’22 will take place in-person Jan. 24-27, 2022, at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas. The deadline to sign up for the one-on-one business meetings is Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

“The one-on-one business meetings are an integral and invaluable part of HDAW each year and provide a unique and personalized business opportunity to connect distributors and suppliers,” says Bill Nolan, president, PBS Truck Parts, and the distributor chair for the 2022 event. “The computer automated system uses each distributor’s selections and preferences to create an unbiased, quality schedule with relevant suppliers to discuss products and pricing that meets their needs.”

The one-on-one business meetings will take place during HDAW ‘22 at the Gaylord Texan Resort the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 26 and all-day Thursday, Jan. 27, and will not conflict with any Product Expo hours. Each distributor will have the opportunity to schedule a total of 20 meetings (eight on Wednesday and 12 on Thursday) and each time slot will be 35 minutes. Participation in these extensive private meeting opportunities is limited to distributor companies and exhibiting suppliers who are members of a sponsoring or affiliated organization and are officially registered for HDAW '22. There is no cost for distributors to participate in the one-on-one business meetings.

To match distributors and suppliers for the meetings, HDAW’s online one-on-one scheduling software, MeetMax, provides a user-friendly interface where distributors select and rank at least 30 preferred suppliers according to their interest level. Schedules will be based on mutual selections, resulting in quality, preferred appointments for distributors and suppliers alike. HDAW’s one-on-one business meeting schedules will be provided in advance of the event, giving delegates the opportunity to prepare and manually request meetings to fill remaining time slots.

“These one-on-one meetings are overwhelmingly productive and are where deals are made,” says David McCleave, director of marketing and aftermarket, Hendrickson, and the supplier chair for HDAW ’22. “We know that our supplier attendees deeply appreciate the chance to meet face-to-face with key decision makers for honest, private and successful conversations. We are pleased to have the opportunity facilitate these meetings that bring distributors and suppliers together each year at HDAW.”

HDAW ’22 will host heavy-duty aftermarket professionals for four days of education, workshops, one-on-one business meetings, a Service Opportunities Learning Day, one-on-one business meetings, product training, valuable networking opportunities with top industry executives of all major heavy-duty suppliers, and a product expo that offers an exclusive view of the latest products in the heavy-duty aftermarket. The theme for HDAW ’22 is “Strong Like You,” which signifies the industry’s resilience throughout the pandemic.

HDAW ’22 conference organizers say they are committed to holding a live, in-person event and will follow CDC, state and local guidelines to deliver a safe experience for all attendees, exhibitors and event staff. For more information, visit the HDAW website.

Registration for HDAW ‘22 is now open. Visit www.hdaw.org for more information.

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