Industry Keynote Announced for GAWDA’s 2020 SMC

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 Austin, TX.  With a theme of 2020 Vision, the SMC is designed to target the needs of management and operations decision makers and serves as an ideal platform for tactical networking, process-oriented business education, and actionable take-home solutions.

Our featured speaker at the conference is best-selling business author, recognized speaker and thought-leader Patrick Lencioni; our industry keynote will be provided by Jens Luehring, Messer Americas.

We will also host 12 engaging educational sessions with 12 different presenters. These sessions will address relevant and timely topics in sales and marketing, safety and operations, technology, and human resources.  Members will have the opportunity to attend up to three of the sessions.

The spring conference also features a trade show for the industry. The GAWDA Contact Booth Program, which houses more than 100 GAWDA member exhibitors, showcases the latest product developments and a range of services that can help distributor members run their businesses more profitably and efficiently. If you are interested in exhibiting please reach out ASAP as the Contact Booth Program is over 50% sold out.

GAWDA also will announce the winners of its annual scholarship program. The association has awarded scholarships since the GAWDA Foundation program was established in 2013. The program is designed to encourage young people to consider and follow careers in the welding and gases distribution industry.

Conference information and registration can be found at  Register now to take advantage of our early bird rates.



Celebrating our 75th year, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) is 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 16 years to 22 different charitable organizations in 13 communities across the U.S. Since 2013, GAWDA and its members also have provided scholarships totaling $166,000 to 83 young people interested in studies leading to careers in the industry. For more information, visit the association’s website at