University of Innovative Distribution 2022 to be held In-Person March 21-24

Distribute Innovation: Influence, Implement, and Integrate

HOLLYWOOD, FL – GAWDA members are invited to attend this concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the industrial wholesale distribution industry.

Association Education Alliance (AEA), in cooperation with Purdue University’s Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation, is hosting its annual University of Innovative Distribution (UID) March 21-24, 2022, at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme for the conference is “Distribute Innovation: Influence, Implement, and Integrate.” Known worldwide for excellence in education, it’s the only conference focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry.

Six course tracks covering sales, distribution strategy, operations, marketing, management, leadership and professional development will be offered. At the conclusion of the program, AEA will issue a Certificate of Completion for 30 hours (3 CEU’s) of Continuing Education that can be applied toward the CEU requirements for the Certificate of Innovative Distribution offered by Purdue University.

“We are continually looking for ways to enhance this already robust educational experience,” said Joanna Truitt, Executive Director of AEA. “We have switched things up on day four and are offering participants two 90-minute sessions allowing them to attend two of the four dynamic topical presentations that morning. UID will end on a high note with Jeff Havens giving an inspirational and fun keynote that promises to pull the four-day experience together and sending attendees home pumped and energized.”

Early bird discounts for GAWDA members are available through January 2nd.  

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For additional information on attending UID and other GAWDA member benefits, please contact Andrea Levy, Director of Member Services, at



For over 75 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