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C O V E R S T O R Y

Distributors and Suppliers Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries
GAWDA Members marking a milestone anniversary this year have a lot to celebrate. Together, they represent 2,430 years of industry experience! They share how they evolved and how they are tapping into new products, ideas and technologies to reinvest into their companies. Learn More »

The Key to a Long Life 130 – 80 Years

Five Year Focus 75 – 70 Years

Growing, Not Getting Older 65 Years

Gut Instinct Ideas 60 – 50 Years

Still Having Fun 45 – 40 Years

Three Attributes for Survival 35 – 25 Years

The Big Mistake 20 – 10 Years

Learning Opportunities 5 Years


MEMBER PROFILE

Liberty Industrial Gases & Welding Supplies
We Are As Tough As It Gets

GAWDA TURNS 70

The Games of Summer
Over the years, GAWDA members got physical with tennis, judo, sailing, swimming, running, and of course, golfing. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was great fun.

BEST PRACTICES

Talent Management
Many employees are ready to retire, and when they go, they will take a lot of industry knowledge and skills with them. What are you doing to fix this?
By Linda Standley

INSIDE GAWDA

New Mission For Young Professionals
GAWDA’s next generation of leaders spent the last year soul-searching and came up with a new mission, focus and drive to be the best.
By Erich Haun and Justin Trafton

2015 ANNUAL CONVENTION



2015 Annual Convention Preview

Take a look at the speakers, events and activities scheduled for this year’s Annual Convention. Make your plans to be in Scottsdale, Arizona, on October 11-14.

GAWDA GIVES BACK

GAWDA Gives Back 2015 Campaign
Two wonderful and worthy non-profit organizations in Scottsdale will be the recipients of this year’s GAWDA Gives Back donation.

DEPARTMENTS

PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

The Backstory
A view of the Annual Convention from GAWDA’s President and First Lady
By Thomas A. Biedermann

DIRECTOR’S DESK

GAWDA Provides Free Vital Access To CGA Electronic Safety Standards
By John Ospina

EDITOR’S NOTES

‘Start your day off in a shipyard, end it in a winery.’
By Carole Jesiolowski

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Readers Talk Back
Online Sales and Industry History.

CONSULTANT CORNER

Summer Brings Wave Of Hot Topics
By Michael Dodd

The Top 12 Questions You Can Expect During An FDA Inspection
By Thomas L. Badstubner

DOT Tries To Fix Incorporation Of Medical Card Into CDL
By Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq.

Welding & Gases Today is published quarterly: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Non-member subscription rate is $195.00 per year. GAWDA members (key contacts and branch locations) receive the magazine as part of their dues. GAWDA members can order additional yearly subscriptions (4 issues) for $40.

Executive Editor – John Ospina Senior Editor – Carole Jesiolowski
Contributing Editors – Natasha Alexis
Design – Susan Weller • Production Editor – Maureen Paige