Building A Bridge for Future Leaders

GAWDA’s 2022 Annual Convention, October 5-8
San Diego, CA

Hollywood, FL —  Join GAWDA in San Diego for our 2022 Annual Convention. The meeting will be held Wednesday, October 5-Saturday, October 8 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego.

With the theme of “Building A Bridge for Future Leaders”,  GAWDA’s Annual Convention (AC) is formatted to attract business owners and the company’s top decision makers. The AC addresses the market’s opportunities and threats at the ‘big picture’ level and provides an occasion for strategic networking with the industry’s leaders.

Keynote speakers for this impactful event include:

  • Dirk Beveridge — Founder, UnleashWD and Executive Producer, We Supply America
  • Michaela Bucchianeri, PhD, LP — Clinical Psychologist
  • Jillian Evanko — President and CEO, Chart Industries, Inc.
  • Major General Malcolm Frost — Malcolm Frost and Associates, LLC

This year’s AC will also feature our new “Networking 360” event, offering 1 hour of intentional networking before the Contact Booth Program. This event is based on the hugely successful and popular concept of “speed networking” held at many industry conferences.

Visit the AC website at to view the agenda and learn more about our educational sessions, contact booth program, and networking events.

Register early and save! Early bird rates are now available.

Please contact Bruce Ellenbogen at 954-367-7728, ext. 230 or if you need assistance with your registration or are interested in AC sponsorships.


For over 77 years, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) has been dedicated to promoting the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment supplies. Through its GAWDA Gives Back campaign, association members have donated almost $2 million over the last 17 years to 23 different charitable organizations in 14 communities across the U.S. Since 2013, GAWDA and its members also have provided scholarships totaling $226,000 to 113 young people interested in studies leading to careers in the industry. For more information, visit the association’s website at