SHDA’s 49th Annual Industry Advancement Summit Review
More than 300 security hardware professionals attended SHDA’s 49th Annual Industry Advancement Summit, held at the Pointe Hilton in Phoenix. Over four days, top manufacturers and distributors networked, attended an educational session, and previewed the latest industry product innovations in One-on-One appointments. So, what did attendees think of this year’s show? Overall, it exceeded expectations and offered the quality business interactions that SHDA is known to provide.
Ben Silver Seminar Was Well Received
SHDA’s Ben Silver Seminar speaker Commander Mary Kelly was the highest ranked presenter from the past five years. One attendee noted: “ Mary Kelly was a superb speaker.” When asked about future educational topics, SHDA members offered several great ideas which staff will investigate for 2020. Topics included recruiting new talent and employee retention.
Wild West Networking Event
Summit attendees gathered for a Wild-West themed happy hour and BBQ dinner with outdoor games, live music and a beer burro. This new addition to the SHDA schedule created a fun opportunity for industry members to relax after One-on-One Appointments and to continue networking with other SHDA members. SHDA staff plan to build on the success of the Wild West night next year in Frisco for SHDA’s 50th Anniversary Summit!
What Did Attendees Say
An attendee wrote, “This was an excellent opportunity to create bonds and genuinely get to know the people we do business with. Although our company already has great business relationships with so many, I truly feel with this event each year we are learning about the future of our industry and opening new doors again and again.” Another attendee stated, “Great two way conversations on developing trends in our market. Able to meet a large part of our customer base face to face at one time and place.” And “If you are serious about business, you have to be there.”
SHDA is Ready for 2020
Next year’s Summit will include our 50th Anniversary festivities that will honor those that came before us in the industry, and celebrate the dynamic future of the security hardware trade. SHDA will offer more networking events and the Ben Silver educational session is now included with your registration fee! Please join us May 4 – 8, 2020 in Frisco, TX.
Thank you to everyone who attended SHDA 2019 -- I welcome your feedback on the Annual Summit and any of SHDA’s programs and services any time throughout the year. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this industry and the association.
~Amy Luckado, SHDA’s Executive Director