Program

November 23, 2016

Our program this year features a focus on innovation in sales. Changing times may require our industry to think and act differently than we have in the past. We hope that you leave our meeting with practical ideas you can take back and implement to impact growth in your business. 


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Sunday - Nov 5th, 2017
12:00am - 12:00am No Scheduled Events
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Monday - Nov 6th, 2017
3:30pm - 5:00pm Executive Committee Meeting Board Room B (Sixth Level)
Executive Committee and invited guests
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Tuesday - Nov 7th, 2017
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk Imperial Foyer (Third Level)
The place to meet staff, pick-up name badges, get directions, and get answers to any questions you might have.
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8:00am - 12:00pm Board of Directors Cottonwood (Third Level) Map
Elected Board, Former Presidents and invited Guests only.
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8:00am - 1:30pm EMDA Golf Outing
Join your fellow distributors, reps and manufacturers for an 8:00a Shotgun Start. No special tournament format is planned - just a golf outing where everyone plays their own ball.
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8:00am - 12:00pm EMDA Board Meeting Board Room B
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8:15am - 12:30pm Ocean Star Drilling Rig & Education Center Meet at Registration Desk (Third Level)
This one-of-a-kind facility gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the offshore oil and gas industry. The tour will include boarding the retired jackup drilling rig.
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9:00am - 7:00pm Communications Center Magnolia (Third Level)
The place to find attendees' contact information and meet colleagues.
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1:00pm - 2:15pm Tillage & Ground Engaging Equipment Council Window Box (Second Level)
Al Hemerson, a farmer, truck driver, and inventor, will speak about an inventor's thought process in developing new agricultural and ground-engaging tools, as well as the process of moving the product from concept to marketplace.
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1:30pm - 2:30pm How to Market to North America Cottonwood
A panel of EMDA members will be on hand to help manufacturers learn the keys to creating successful partnerships with distributors and reps.
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1:30pm - 2:30pm Marketing Section Meeting Arboretum 3 (Second Level)
For entire Marketing Section. This is the Election of Officers and a planning session.
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2:30pm - 4:00pm EMDA Contact Session Market Place (Basement)
This is designed to provide manufacturers an opportunity for a quick introductory interview with individual distributors and reps who are members of EMDA. While the Contact Session is an EMDA event, your registration with our association allows you entry
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2:30pm - 4:00pm MarketPlace Market Place (Basement)
Members of our Association's Marketing Section welcome manufacturers to stop by and learn about new marketing options.
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5:30pm - 7:00pm Welcome Reception Arboretum 1-5 (Second Level)
The Welcome Reception is a perfect opportunity to meet with fellow attendees, catch up on old times and meet new colleagues. Reception sponsored by FEMA Services Corp.
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6:30pm - 12:00am EMDA Past President's Reception and Dinner Invite Only
Board members and Past Presidents only
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Wednesday - Nov 8th, 2017
7:00am - 7:00pm Communications Center Magnolia (Third Level)
The place to find attendees' contact information and meet colleagues.
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7:00am - 4:00pm Registration Desk Imperial Foyer (Third Level)
The place to meet staff, pick-up name badges, get directions, and get answers to any questions you might have.
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8:00am - 9:30am Joint Industry Breakfast and Opening Session Imperial Ballroom (West & Center) (Third Level)
This session is designed to bring the members together to "kick-off" their conventions. Special guest speaker will be Astronaut Mike Mullane.
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9:30am - 10:30am EMDA Corporate Annual Meeting Window Box
EMDA's Board of Director elections and presentation of annual report. Special guest speaker is Dr. Daniel Klinefelter presenting "The Future of Commercial Farms."
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9:45am - 11:00am General Session & Business Meeting Imperial Ballroom (East) (Third Level)
Damian Mason, a entrepreneur, farm owner, and writer will deliver insights and information - in a very entertaining manner - on subjects he knows best: Agriculture and Business. Sponsored by Myers Spring
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10:15am - 3:30pm Spouse/Guest Tour Meet at Registration Desk (Third Level)
Guests will have a choice between attending a tour of Houston's Museum of Natural Science and a food tour of Rice Village.
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11:00am - 11:15am Refreshment Break Imperial Foyer (Third Level)
Sponsored by Worthington Industries
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11:15am - 12:15pm General Session Imperial Ballroom (East) (Third Level)
Bob Wilson, founder and consultant for ADVISA, will speak about hiring and managing millennials. He will discuss what makes them unique, what's different about attracting and retaining them, and how to create a culture that's welcoming across generations.
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1:00pm - 4:00pm EMDA's Industry Showcase Market Place (Basement)
This event offers attendees the opportunity to learn about products and services from manufacturers and suppliers. While the showcase is an EMDA event, your registration with our Association allows you entry.
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2:30pm - 3:30pm Dealer Relations Committee Window Box (Second Level)
Trent Johnson, a partner and distribution attorney at Foley & Lardner law firm, will speak about important basline provisions that should always be included in your dealership contracts and standard terms & conditions of sale.
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4:00pm - 5:00pm Education Committee Arboretum 2 (Second Level)
This committees main goal is educating our members through organizing plant tours, and developing a purchasing track program for our Spring Conference.
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4:00pm - 5:00pm Towed Implement Council Dogwood (Third Level)
This Council meeting will focus on recent efforts to update the braking standard for towed implements in addition to addressing tractor speed and the increased size and weight of implements.
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5:00pm - 5:15pm Election of Officers President's Suite
Board of Directors Only
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5:00pm - 6:00pm Young Executives Reception Pool Deck (Weather backup - Window Box) (Sixth Level)
Bringing together members who are (or feel) 45 or younger. This is a networking opportunity designed for emerging industry leaders who want to get to know one another and the Association.
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6:00pm - 7:00pm EMDA Partners Party Invite Only
EMDA Partners Party brings reps and distributors together with manufacturers they do business with.
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8:00pm - 11:00pm Piano Bar Event Meet at Registration Desk (Third Level)
Join us for an evening at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar. Hosted by the Supplier Associate Section
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Thursday - Nov 9th, 2017
7:00am - 9:00am Joint Industry Breakfast Buffet Imperial Ballroom (West) (Third Level)
Come and go as it fits your schedule for this open-seating breakfast buffet. Find your ticket in your name badge holder. There will not be a speaker for this session.
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7:00am - 1:00pm Communications Center Magnolia (Third Level)
The place to find attendees' contact information and meet colleagues.
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7:00am - 1:00pm Registration Desk Imperial Foyer (Third Level)
The place to meet staff, pick-up name badges, get directions, and get answers to any questions you might have.
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8:00am - 10:30am EMDA Member Roundtables
One of the most valued member benefits, member-to-member discussions about topics of interest to distributors and reps.
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8:30am - 9:45am Farmer Panel Imperial Ballroom (East) (Third Level)
Members will hear from a panel of farmers discussing issues that relate to manufacturers. Panel participants will include farm owners/operators and farm managers from both small and large farms that produce a variety of products. Sponsored by K Coe Isom
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10:00am - 11:00am Post Hole Digger Council Arboretum 1 (Second Level)
The Council discusses issues specifically affecting this type of farm equipment. Members will discuss equipment safety standards, industry trends, and other important information.
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10:00am - 11:00am Standards Awareness Council Dogwood (Third Level)
The Council provides a focal point for leaders of all existing Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association Product Councils to discuss topics of common interest and share a common voice in promoting issues that affect the agricultural equipment industry.
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11:00am - 12:00pm Rotary Cutter Council Arboretum 3 (Second Level)
The Rotary Cutter Product Council discusses issues specifically affecting this segment of the ag equipment industry. At its twice-yearly meetings, the Council discusses equipment safety standards and other important topics.
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11:00am - 12:00pm Membership Committee Cottonwood (Third Level)
A committee dedicated to serving our Membership as a whole. This committee works on member recruitment and member retention. If you would like to be a part of this committee please contact Membership Director Andrea Schnelten - Andrea@FarmEquip.org
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11:30am - 12:30pm EMDA Past President's Luncheon Invite Only
Board members and Past Presidents only
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12:00pm - 5:00pm NASA Tour Meet at Registration Desk (Third Level)
Attendees can go on a tour of the Space Center Houston. This behind-the-scenes tour includes a visit to all the attractions the Space Center has to offer including a private tram tour of NASA's working government facilities.
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Friday - Nov 10th, 2017
12:00am - 12:00am No Scheduled Events
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