Meetings & Events

AEA develops, with the support of Purdue University, and delivers the University of Innovative Distribution (UID), a powerful four-day educational experience offered each March for member Distributors and Manufacturers.

Since 1994, UID has provided exceptional education, at the most reasonable cost, to over 7,000 industry professionals throughout the world.

AEA members also develop or co-produce, a variety of educational programs and services for the mutual benefit of their member companies throughout the year. These may include seminars, webinars, conferences, and publications. Take a look at upcoming educational opportunities using the calendar below.

September 2021

Wed
8
2021
September 8, 2021
1:00-2:00PM

UID Year-Round: Fend Off Amazon with AI Strategies of Your Own

Presenter: Benj Cohen, Founder, Proton.ai

Zoom

Amazon Business is projected to make $52 billion in sales by 2023. How are they doing it? With AI-powered product recommendations, search, and advertising. What can suppliers and distributors learn from Amazon’s success?

March 2022

Mon
21
2022
March 21-24, 2022

2022 University of Innovative Distribution Conference

Save the Date

The University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. Since its inception in 1994, UID has become known worldwide for excellence in education.

June 2021

Wed
9
2021
June 9, 2021
1:00-2:00PM

Leading with Focus: Collaboration and Productivity without a Billion Videoconferences

Presenter: Beth Ziesenis

Overnight the traditional workplace culture shifted when the pandemic forced our country's workforces into work-from-home models. Neverending videoconferences haven't helped you and your colleagues be more efficient... they're just wasting your time.

April 2021

Wed
14
2021
April 14, 2021
1:00-2:00PM

Positive Coping Skills

Presenter: Dave Neely

Dave Neely will share his perspective of the emotional roller coaster that is life today. He will provide practical insights into how to become more positive and resilient in stressful situations.

March 2021

Wed
24
2021
March 24, 2021
3:00-4:00PM

Truck Freight and the US Economy

Presenters: Brent Hutto and Noel Perry

Delivered by Truckstop.com, this presentation will focus on how the trillion-dollar US Freight Transportation Marketplace impacts the Global Supply Chain, the US Economy, and US consumers.

Wed
17
2021
March 17, 2021
3:00-3:30PM

ITR Economics Monthly Briefing

Presenters: Ian Heller and Alex Chausovsky

Join us for six interview-style economic updates with ITR. Ian Heller will host ITR economist and forecasting expert Alex Chausovsky for this dynamic program. Alex will answer questions covering industry trends, business to business activity, trade, inflation, interest rates, and more. This program series is made possible through your association's membership and active participation in the Association Education Alliance (AEA)

Mon
15
2021
March 15-17, 2021

University of Innovative Distribution 2021

Virtual Conference

The University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. Since its inception in 1994, UID has become known worldwide for excellence in education. UID is sponsored by the Association Education Alliance (AEA) a consortium of 40+ distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation of Purdue University. Working together, these groups take great pride in providing a superior learning experience.

February 2021

Wed
17
2021
February 17, 2021
3:00-3:30PM

ITR Economics Monthly Briefing

Presenters: Ian Heller and Alex Chausovsky

Join us for six interview-style economic updates with ITR. Ian Heller will host ITR economist and forecasting expert Alex Chausovsky for this dynamic program. Alex will answer questions covering industry trends, business to business activity, trade, inflation, interest rates, and more. This program series is made possible through your association's membership and active participation in the Association Education Alliance (AEA)

January 2021

Wed
20
2021
January 20, 2021
3:00-3:30PM

ITR Economics Monthly Briefing

Presenters: Ian Heller and Alex Chausovsky

Join us for six interview-style economic updates with ITR. Ian Heller will host ITR economist and forecasting expert Alex Chausovsky for this dynamic program. Alex will answer questions covering industry trends, business to business activity, trade, inflation, interest rates, and more. This program series is made possible through your association's membership and active participation in the Association Education Alliance (AEA)

December 2020

Wed
16
2020
December 16, 2020
3:00-3:30PM

ITR Economics Monthly Briefing

Presenters: Ian Heller and Alex Chausovsky

Join us for six interview-style economic updates with ITR. Ian Heller will host ITR economist and forecasting expert Alex Chausovsky for this dynamic program. Alex will answer questions covering industry trends, business to business activity, trade, inflation, interest rates, and more. This program series is made possible through your association's membership and active participation in the Association Education Alliance (AEA)

November 2020

Wed
18
2020
November 18, 2020
3:00-3:30PM

ITR Economics Monthly Briefing - November

Presenters: Ian Heller and Alex Chausovsky

Join us for the second of six interview-style economic updates with ITR. Ian Heller will host ITR economist and forecasting expert Alex Chausovsky for this dynamic program. Alex will answer questions covering industry trends, business to business activity, trade, inflation, interest rates, and more. This program series is made possible through your association's membership and active participation in the Association Education Alliance (AEA)

Tue
10
2020
November 10, 2020
1:00-2:00PM

Preparing Your Distribution Business for a Successful Transition to the Next Generation

Presenter: Dirk Beveridge, President, Beveridge Consulting Group

You’ve given just about every waking hour over the last three to four decades to your business, and now your thoughts have turned to successfully transitioning leadership of the day-to-day to the next generation.  This webinar is for those distribution leaders who are still playing the long-game as they prepare themselves and the business for a successful transition of the business to the next generation.

October 2020

Wed
14
2020
October 14, 2020
3:30-3:35PM

ITR Economics Monthly Briefing - October

Presenters: Ian Heller and Alex Chausovsky

Join us for the first of six interview-style economic updates with ITR. Ian Heller will host ITR economist and forecasting expert Alex Chausovsky for this dynamic program. Alex will answer questions covering industry trends, business to business activity, trade, inflation, interest rates, and more. This program series is made possible through your association's membership and active participation in the Association Education Alliance (AEA)

September 2020

Tue
15
2020
September 15, 2020
1:00-2:00PM

Gaining More Control of the Sales Process

Presenter: Jim Pancero, CSP, CPAE

Help your team gain more control (and consistency) to their selling structures and processes. You will learn the critical importance of the selling control gained when your team follows the steps of a sales call. We will also discuss how the detailed eight steps of the distribution “Identify to Close” selling process can help your team think and plan more moves ahead than your competitors.