Member companies from the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association will meet concurrently with members of the Equipment Marketing and Distribution Association as the groups have done for more than 70 years.
Each Association has its own program and schedule, but come together for a few joint events. Every session, function, reception, or coffee break provides an opportunity to connect with others in the industry. In past years, more than 400 executives have gathered to do business, learn, and have some fun while they’re doing it.
Kicking off the convention is the Joint Opening Breakfast on Wednesday morning, October 26. The speaker for the morning, Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney, a combat veteran having flown missions in both Vietnam and Desert Storm, will share his real-life story. During a combat mission the two engines on his left wing were totally ripped off in mid-air, in the darkness of night, while at maximum weight.
Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney is a nationally respected and recognized expert on leadership, the value of being a great teammate, and performance under pressure. He inspires audiences with his unique insights into leadership, teamwork, and putting yourself into position to have superior performance under pressure. More speaker info will be coming soon.
Our host hotel, the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, offers multiple dining options, bars, swimming pools, and nearby golf. It is conveniently located within walking distance of Disney Springs® and the more than 150 specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment located there. If you plan to bring your family, the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel. During your stay, you’ll receive exclusive Resort Area benefits, including early theme park entry and complimentary transportation to visit four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks.
Orlando isn’t just about the theme parks. It also offers incredible nighttime entertainment districts, a thriving culinary scene, arts, culture, outdoor recreation, shopping, and more. Catch a live performance or comedy show. Test your balance on a sunset paddleboarding excursion. Hunt for one-of-a kind treasures at local antique or boutique shops. Catch a basketball, hockey, soccer, or tennis game. Play a round of golf on some of the most challenging, beautiful courses you’ve ever seen or put a new spin on the game at Topgolf or Drive Shack. You’re sure to find plenty of adventure and opportunities to explore in Orlando.
When you register, indicate your arrival and departure dates and our office will make your reservations at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. While Orlando is a popular destination and there are many flights available each day, don’t wait to make your travel plans. Book your flight and rental car early also.
We look forward to welcoming our manufacturing, marketing, and supplier members to the Marketing & Distribution Convention this fall. Join us in Orlando to discuss current industry challenges, learn how other members are addressing these issues, and take home information and resources to help your business thrive.