Inside GAWDA Archive

  • Dec. 15, 2017 Member News

    In Memoriam Airgas Co-Founder Thomas Mason Airgas co-founder Thomas Mason, of Malvern, Pa., passed away on November 26 at the age of 84. He was born in Somerville, N.J. and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in industrial engineering. While at RPI he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Navy ROTC and he played [...]

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  • Director’s Desk

    Welcome Back to the Big Apple By John Ospina It’s been six years since we last hosted our Annual Convention in New York City. There are tons of things to do and places to see in the “City That Never Sleeps.” As a destination, this is one of the best locations in the country to visit. New [...]

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  • President’s View

    A Busy Year; An Enduring Message By Mark Raimy It’s hard to believe that a year has passed and my term as 2016-2017 president is at an end. This year, my goals were to use technology to improve communication in order to bring the value of GAWDA to our members and to strengthen the value when members [...]

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  • ‘GAWDA Gives Back’

    Tops $2 Million The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) and its member businesses will again this fall present sizeable monetary gifts to two organizations whose good works help hundreds of others meet daily needs and long-term life goals. Significantly this year, after 17 years of conducting its fund-raising initiative, GAWDA Gives Back contributions have [...]

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  • Technology, Changes Helping to Make GAWDA Even Better

    New Communications, Technologies Creating Added Value for Members By Mark Raimy When the year began, we talked about making changes and utilizing technology to make GAWDA membership even better. A fair amount of what we discussed was on display leading up to and during the Spring Management Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. We tried out new channels of [...]

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  • Evaluating and Innovating To Improve Member Experience

    By John Ospina Over the past few years technology has played a large part in how GAWDA, as an association, communicates with its members and how our members communicate and network with each other. Not long ago, social media was new to many of our members. Now, it’s fairly common to see members tweeting, [...]

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  • An Exciting SMC and Other Special Treats Are Now Just Around The Corner

    By Mark Raimy GAWDA’s meeting season is in full swing. This is the most exciting time of the year, as we offer many ways for you to engage, receive valuable content and get some quality networking time with industry members. The regional meetings are underway and the schedule this year is as great as it has ever [...]

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  • Membership Renewal Ensures Continuing GAWDA Benefits

    by John Ospina The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) is constantly evaluating and improving member services to provide the best and most useful advice, assistance and information available. Members’ valuable input last year has resulted in GAWDA’s expanded range of member benefits. Since membership is the only way to access these, please make sure [...]

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  • 2017: New Look, New Ideas and an Energized Team

    An Energetic Start to 2017 By Mark Raimy The New Year often brings change and for our industry, this year is no exception. As we prepare to absorb the potential transformational changes in store for our industry, we at GAWDA have been working to deliver some exciting changes to enhance the GAWDA experience for our members this [...]

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  • Goals Set, Met: More Useful Assistance Provided for Members

    by John Ospina Welcome back to the Grand Wailea. The last time we held our annual convention here was in 2010. A lot has changed since then, but the drive to improve the offerings of the Association remains strong. GAWDA continues to have a vibrant and active leadership and volunteer base. Their involvement and dedication continues to [...]

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