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AED Summit Rolls Out Some Industry Sunshine

CED Magazine, October 2010

Article Date: 10-01-2010
Copyright(C) 2010 Associated Equipment Distributors. All Rights Reserved.

Make your list of top management to bring, and start making plans now for the dealer event no one should miss – all in Orlando Jan. 26-28, 2011.

AED is setting the stage for a memorable Summit convention Jan. 26-28, 2011, at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center. A spectacular venue with impeccable accommodations and service, the Orlando World Center will put the entire Summit – replete with CONDEX exhibit hall, Hospitality Suites, all networking events, Business Sessions and seminars, as well as lodging rooms and 10 different restaurants and lounges –all under one roof.
And, because the world class Hawk’s Landing golf course is right on the Marriott property, the 2011 AED Foundation/Sentry Insurance Golf Outing on Wednesday, Jan. 26 is an easy stroll out the door. It’s more than tradition – it’s a fun way to philanthropically support The Foundation’s workforce development program.
Blockbuster keynote programming is still in progress, but a few early highlights include:
  • Friday morning, Jan. 26
The Future of Distribution– a rare gathering on one stage of four of the industry’s most successful and respected dealer principals. (Names to be released soon!) Hear the views of these veteran equipment industry leaders regarding the direction in which distribution is heading, and strategic thinking to stay in the game. 
  • Thursday afternoon, Jan. 27
Economist Alan Beaulieu returns– his forward-looking presentation at Summit 2010 was a jam-packed, standing-room-only event. Beaulieu, a principal of the Institute for Trend Research (ITR), is widely regarded for the business applications he provides in his economic forecasts. Pronouncements from the Institute for Trend Research and/or Beaulieu have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times,USA Today, Knight Ridder News Services, Business Week, Associated Press, The Washington Times, CBS Radio, CNN Radio, Sirius talkradio, KABC, NPR affiliate WLRNand numerous other outlets. He serves as senior economic advisor to the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors and is chief economist for Heating Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI).
  • Thursday evening, Jan. 27
The AED/Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. Welcome Party– unwind with friends after the first full day of CONDEX and Suite meetings. 
  • Jan. 26-28
AEDUniversityManagers Conference – a full line-up of best practices topics for the dealer’s management team, including managers in sales, rental, and parts and service. 
  • Friday evening, Jan. 28
The AED TGIF Party is back.Entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and three full hours of wide open networking. The evening begins with the Ritchie Bros. Reception and Live Auction, giving attendees the fun and exciting opportunity to bid against each other on extraordinary trips, jewelry, wine, art, and more. Later that evening, MTU sweetens the deal with delectable desserts.
Networking, business meetings, new products and partners are the ABCs of the AED Summit, and we’re pulling out the stops to make Summit 2011 not only the first major industry event of the year, but one of the most important for everyone involved in the equipment distribution channel.
Visit for details and early registration.

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