Latest News

  • GAWDA Annual Convention Update July 7, 2020 - HOLLYWOOD, FL – The GAWDA Annual Convention, which was scheduled to start on September 25th in Phoenix, Arizona, will be moved to a virtual event. Abydee Butler Moore, GAWDA President, announced “It is with disappointment that we inform you GAWDA will not have an in-person Annual Convention this fall.  We are in negotiations with the... Read more »
  • Driving Sales Success in the “New Normal” June 18, 2020 - GAWDA Distributor Member Sales Training HOLLYWOOD, FL —  We have partnered with GAWDA Member Venator Sales Group to offer an opportunity for our Distributor Members to learn from sales success best practices, as we all navigate through today’s “new normal”. This 3-part series will equip participants to sell more effectively, strategically and efficiently. The investment for... Read more »
  • GAWDA Member Annual Convention Town Hall – June 12th June 4, 2020 - Hollywood, FL — GAWDA will be holding a Members’ Town Hall Meeting on Friday, June 12th at 11:00 AM Eastern. This special Member’s meeting is being held to facilitate a discussion regarding the Annual Convention and capture your feedback in determining next steps. Currently the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix, where we are scheduled to... Read more »
  • Looking Past the Fear and Noise — GAWDA’s Annual Industry Analysis Webinar is June 16th June 2, 2020 - Hollywood, FL — GAWDA is excited to announce that registration is now open for “Looking Past the Fear and Noise” — GAWDA’s Annual Industry Analysis Webinar.   This free members-only webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 16th at 1:00PM Eastern and will be hosted by ITR Economics Analyst Alex Chausovsky. During this hour Alex will cover: GDP... Read more »
  • GAWDA’s 75th Anniversary Video Red Carpet Premiere May 18, 2020 - Celebrating 75 years of GAWDA! HOLLYWOOD, FL — The premiere screening of “GAWDA 75th Anniversary Video”, co-produced by GAWDA and 321 Blink, was held on Friday, May 15, 2020.  GAWDA President Abydee Butler Moore and Executive Director John Ospina kicked off the celebration live from the red carpet. They were joined for a virtual champagne... Read more »
  • A special invitation to the premiere of GAWDA’s 75th Anniversary Video May 7, 2020 - Lights, Camera, Action in celebration of 75 years of the GAWDA! HOLLYWOOD, FL — The movie premiere party of GAWDA’s 75th Anniversary Video, which is co-produced by GAWDA and 321 Blink, will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 1:00pm Eastern.  The GAWDA Executive Committee, including President Abydee Butler Moore and Executive Director John Ospina,... Read more »
  • Thriving Forward – Virtual Training for Your Salespeople April 13, 2020 - A GAWDA Exclusive from Sandler HOLLYWOOD, FL — GAWDA has partnered with Sandler Training by Peak Performance Management and is offering an opportunity to share selling best practices as we all navigate through these recent, yet temporary difficulties. This 3-part series is designed to arm your salespeople with the very latest tools to help them... Read more »
  • Live GAWDA Consultant COVID-19 Roundtables April 10, 2020 - Join GAWDA for our next LIVE Members-Only  GAWDA Consultant COVID-19 Roundtable Wednesday, April 15th at 1PM Eastern. HOLLYWOOD, FL — GAWDA is pleased to announce the next session of our LIVE GAWDA Consultant COVID-19 Roundtables will be taking place on Wednesday, April 15th. Join fellow members and your GAWDA Consultants live weekly on Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00... Read more »
  • 2020 Cross-Industry Compensation & Benefits Study for GAWDA Distributor Members – DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 10th April 1, 2020 - The deadline for participation has been extended until April 10, 2020. HOLLYWOOD, Florida  — The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) invites our Distributor Members to participate in the 2020 Cross-Industry Compensation and Benefits Survey. The 2020 Cross-Industry Compensation and Benefits Study provides you with a better understanding of how your company’s compensation levels and... Read more »
  • GAWDA Spring Management Conference is cancelled due to the growing COVID-19 threat March 16, 2020 - HOLLYWOOD, FL – The GAWDA Spring Management Conference, which was scheduled to start on April 5th in Austin Texas, has been cancelled over COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic concerns. GAWDA has been monitoring the CDC, World Health Organization and John Hopkins websites for the past few weeks. During this time, we have been in communication with the facilities... Read more »
  • GAWDA Brings on a New Safety Consultant February 12, 2020 - HOLLYWOOD, FL – GAWDA is pleased to announce the addition of Marilyn R. Dempsey to our roster of GAWDA Safety Consultants. GAWDA Consultants are key in GAWDA’s mission to promote the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment and supplies. They act as the first line of defense... Read more »
  • Industry Keynote Announced for GAWDA’s 2020 SMC January 28, 2020 - HOLLYWOOD, FL — We are excited to announce that Jens Luehring, President and CEO of Messer Americas, will be joining us at the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) annual spring conference of distributor and supplier members, being held April 5-7, 2020. GAWDA’s Spring Management Conference (SMC) will be held at the JW Marriott in... Read more »
  • GAWDA Foundation Scholarship Program is Open for the 2020-2021 Academic Year January 13, 2020 - HOLLYWOOD, Florida ‒ The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) Foundation Scholarship Program is open for the 2020-2021 academic year. “GAWDA annually awards the scholarships as a way to help educate, attract, and keep quality individuals in the welding and gases distribution industry,” said John Ospina, GAWDA Executive Director. The awards will be announced at... Read more »
  • Registration Now Open for GAWDA’s 2020 SMC January 10, 2020 - 2020 Vision HOLLYWOOD, FL — Registration is now open for the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) annual spring conference of distributor and supplier members, being held April 5-7, 2020.  GAWDA’s Spring Management Conference (SMC) will be held at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX.  With a theme of 2020 Vision, the SMC is designed to... Read more »
  • Spring 2020 GAWDA Professional Compliance Seminars December 24, 2019 - Attend 2020 GAWDA Professional Compliance Seminars HOLLYWOOD, FL — GAWDA’s Consultants are pleased to announce that they will be conducting TWO seminars in Spring 2020 with the same material presented each week. We sold out the seminar last year and had to turn people away. By having two seminars back to back, you will be... Read more »