The Animal Health Distributor


OCTOBER 2014     

AVDA 2015 Annual Conference Draft Schedule and Speakers Announced

AVDA is pleased to announce the draft schedule and speakers for the 2015 Annual Conference to be held at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston SC, April 26-28, 2015. Click here for the 2015 Annual Conference Draft Schedule. Several changes have been made to the 2015 schedule due to the city location of this year’s event. The Annual Scramble Golf Tournament has been moved to Monday afternoon to allow for travel to the Wild Dunes Links Course, approximately 30 minutes from the hotel. This Tom Fazio designed course has been consistently ranked in the top twenty-five courses in the United States since its inception in 1977. The Annual Meeting and Lunch have been moved to Tuesday afternoon and the AVDA No-Tie lounge will be held at the beautiful and historic Boone Hall Plantation on Tuesday evening.

Confirmed speakers include Steve McClatchey, Lynne Lancaster, Alan Beaulieu and Steve Gilliland. Details about the speaker topics and presentations will be sent out later this year and will be posted on the AVDA website. The promotional brochure for the event will be mailed to members in January 2015.

Annual Conference Sponsorship Solicitations Have Been Sent!

Sponsor solicitations will be mailed to members this week. Sponsor opportunities include Platinum ($20,000 - chance to sponsor one of the general session speakers), Grand ($15,000- chance to sponsor Tuesday lunch) and One Star through Five Star ($1,500 – 10,000). Additionally, we are once again offering additional sponsor opportunities for members including hotel key card, promotional item giveaways and break sponsors. Sponsors that confirm their Platinum and Grand Sponsorship by December 1, 2014 will have their sponsorship featured in the promotional brochure.

Click here to view the sponsorship opportunities.

Be sure to save the date for the AVDA 2015 Annual Conference, April 26-28, 2015
Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

University of Innovative Distribution Registration Now Open

AVDA is one again co-sponsoring the University of Innovative Distribution (UID) March 8-11, 2015.

The newly named University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. 2015 marks the 22nd year that UID has been serving the supply chain. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the leading distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation of Purdue University.

Click here for the promotional brochure 

Click here to register 

AVDA ITR Advisor Newsletter

AVDA has partnered with ITR Economics to provide the monthly ITR Advisor, a 4-page snapshot of the current economy, using leading indicators to tell subscribers where the economy is headed and what actions to take now. Written in a conversational tone, not heavy economic-speak, the ITR Advisor is a simple, quick, timely, and affordable way to stay informed about the state of the economy, with useful guidance and clear action points. This is another member benefit that we have been providing to our members since April 2014. The newsletter is distributed on or about the 21st of each month.

If you are not yet receiving the newsletter, please let Casey Joseph know if you want to be added to the newsletter distribution list. You can reach her at

AVDA Co-Sponsors 3rd Annual "The Gathering" Reception at NAVC

Join AVDA for the 3rd Annual “The Gathering” reception at NAVC. Special thanks to our co-sponsors Animalytix and KC Corridor!

Sunday January 18, 2015 from 5:00-6:30pm at Gaylord Palms

Keep an eye on your mailbox for your invitation in December!

Legal Advisory - September 2014

Click here to read the latest legal advisory from AVDA's Legal Counsel, Neil Kuenn of Keeley, Kuenn & Reid.

AVDA Welcomes New Members

Medmarc Insurance is based in Chantilly, VA. Their principal contact is George Ayd who is the Assistant Vice President. Medmarc was created by 35 manufacturers and distributors of medical technology in 1979. Since then they have gone on to defend and manage risk for several hundred manufacturers and distributors of animal medical technology.

Stone Manufacturing and Supply is based in Kansas City, MO. Their principal contact is Woody Sherwood who is the President. The products they manufacture are animal identification, handling equipment, veterinary instruments and rabies tags.

Medmarc Insurance

14280 Park Meadow Drive, Suite 300
Chantilly, VA 20151
Primary Contact: George Ayd
Phone: 703-652-1309

Stone Manufacturing and Supply
1212 Kansas Ave
Kansas City, MO 64127
Primary Contact: Woody Sherwood
Phone: 816-231-4020

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Upcoming Events

January 18, 2015
The Gathering Networking Reception at NAVC
Gaylord Palms Hotel
Kissimmee, FL

March 8-11, 2015
University of Innovative Distribution (UID) 2015
JW Marriott
Indianapolis, Indiana


April 26 - 28, 2015

AVDA 2015 Annual Conference

Charleston Place 
Charleston, SC

May 1-3, 2016

AVDA 2016 Annual Conference

The Meritage Resort & Spa 
Napa, CA

April 30 - May 2, 2017

AVDA 2017 Annual Conference

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

AVDA Staff

Executive Director
Jackie King
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Director of Meetings & Member Services
Heather Lester
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Association Coordinator
Casey Joseph
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