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  • Solution Selling for Welding: AWS and GAWDA Partner to Offer Online Course March 24, 2022 - Hollywood, FL —  The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) and the American Welding Society (AWS) have partnered to offer AWS’ Solution Selling for Welding online to GAWDA members. With the entire industry facing a labor shortage, this course can help GAWDA distributors enhance their sales staff. In late 2021, AWS launched a new online... Read more »
  • Promotion and New Hire at GAWDA Headquarters March 3, 2022 - Hollywood, FL – The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) has announced the promotion of Natasha Alexis to Vice President of Operations and Administration.  In this role Natasha will support GAWDA Executive Director John Ospina in the day-to-day management of the association. She will oversee GAWDA operations, committees, technology, and meetings. Natasha joined GAWDA in... Read more »
  • 2022 Cross-Industry Compensation & Benefits Study for GAWDA Distributor Members January 31, 2022 - HOLLYWOOD, Florida  — The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) invites our Distributor Members to participate in the 2022 Cross-Industry Compensation and Benefits Survey. The 2022 Cross-Industry Compensation and Benefits Study provides you with a better understanding of how your company’s compensation levels and benefits practices compare to other distributors/wholesalers. Don’t miss out on this... Read more »
  • Winning the War for Talent January 11, 2022 - Proven Strategies to Attract, Hire and Retain Your Most Valuable Asset HOLLYWOOD, FL – Join GAWDA and the Association Education Alliance (aea) for a special series for GAWDA members launching this February. The war for talent is escalating. Some organizations are ill-prepared to handle the challenges of an increasingly complex labor market, shackled by the “we’ve always done it this... Read more »
  • GAWDA’s Scholarship Program is Open for the 2022-2023 Academic Year January 6, 2022 - HOLLYWOOD, Florida ‒ The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) Scholarship Program is open for the 2022-2023 academic year. “GAWDA annually awards scholarships 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 the Association’s annual Spring Management... Read more »
  • Registration is Now Open for GAWDA’s 2022 SMC December 21, 2021 - Working Together to Tame the Chaos HOLLYWOOD, Florida ‒ Join us in Indianapolis, IN as we meet face-to-face for the GAWDA 2022 Spring Management Conference (SMC).  The meeting will be held Sunday, April 3 – Tuesday, April 5 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. With the theme of “Working Together to Tame the Chaos”, the Spring Management... Read more »
  • GAWDA’s Annual Industry Analysis Webinar is December 9th December 3, 2021 - Hollywood, FL — Registration is now open for this year’s GAWDA’s Annual Industry Analysis Webinar.   This free members-only webinar will take place on Thursday, December, 2021 at 10AM Eastern and will be hosted by ITR Economics  Senior Economist and Economic Manager Eric Post. As one of ITR Economics’ senior economists, Eric manages the Reports Team and... Read more »
  • Special Presentation: The New Normal for Freight Transportation November 30, 2021 - A GAWDA/AEA Webinar Wednesday, December 15th @ 3PM Eastern HOLLYWOOD, FL – Join GAWDA and the Association Education Alliance (aea) on Wednesday, December 15th at 3PM Eastern for a special presentation focusing on how the trillion-dollar US Freight Transportation Marketplace impacts the Global Supply Chain, the US Economy and US consumer Delivered by Truckstop.com, the presentation will also outline... Read more »
  • University of Innovative Distribution 2022 to be held In-Person March 21-24 November 2, 2021 - 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... Read more »
  • Your GAWDA 2022 Membership November 1, 2021 - HOLLYWOOD, FL —2022 GAWDA Membership renewal notices were mailed to GAWDA Member companies this week. As you renew your GAWDA Membership, please know that your dues are key to the association’s success. Your dues help us bring you all the information and resources that you have come to expect and rely on. With your support... Read more »
  • Children’s Literacy Center receives $126,960 from GAWDA Gives Back October 15, 2021 - COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (October 7, 2021) — GAWDA President Abydee Butler Moore, her husband, Ryan, and their two daughters, Ivy and Coda, were joined by GAWDA Executive Director John Ospina to present a check for $126,960 to the Children’s Literacy Center (CLC) at GAWDA’s 2021 Annual Convention in Colorado Springs, CO. CLC works with families... Read more »
  • GAWDA Gives Back Donations and Books August 18, 2021 - HOLLYWOOD, FL  — The GAWDA Gives Back program says something revealing and special about the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA). Now in its 21st  year, GAWDA Gives Back was conceived by Past President Dave Mahoney and his wife Donna as way of honoring and thanking GAWDA’s Annual Convention host community by tapping into the... Read more »
  • Registration is Open for the 2021 Young & Emerging Professionals Summit June 8, 2021 - HOLLYWOOD, Florida  —  Registration is now open for the 2021 Young & Emerging Professionals Summit.  Hosted by the Compressed Gas Association and GAWDA, this 4-week webinar series is a unique opportunity for our industry’s young and emerging professionals to learn from subject matter experts. This year’s Summit will feature one topic per week: acetylene and liquefied petroleum gas,... Read more »
  • GAWDA’s 2021 Scholarship Winners June 2, 2021 - Since 2013, GAWDA has awarded $226,000 in scholarships HOLLYWOOD, Florida ‒ The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) has once again awarded $30,000 in college scholarships to 15 students from across the U.S. who are planning to study programs applicable to careers in the industry. The award presentations were made at the Association’s in-person Spring... Read more »
  • GAWDA’s 2021 NW Regional Meeting April 26, 2021 - HOLLYWOOD, Florida  —  GAWDA’s 2021 Northwest Regional Meeting will be taking place July 21-23 at the Sunriver Resort in Oregon. We are excited to hold this meeting given the fact that we are starting to come out of COVID-19 protocols; we are hosting in Oregon which has some strict restrictions in regards to COVID-19. The... Read more »