President’s Perspective Archive

President's Perspective

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Reflections on My Fast, Enjoyable Year as GAWDA President

    by William Visintainer The last 12 months have gone by very quickly and very enjoyably, just as other past presidents advised me that they would. As I look back at the year’s accomplishments and what lies ahead for our association and its members, I remain very positive regarding our long-term prospects. Though this has been a period [...]

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  • GAWDA is Listening to and Acting on Member Feedback

    Surveys, One-to-One Interface Yielding Important Ideas and Changes The GAWDA online survey, taken right after the Spring Management Conference, measured the views of distributor and supplier members regarding that event. The explicit, candid feedback we received has been very informative and in many ways, quite gratifying. The Association is pleased with the high rate of participation and [...]

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  • At the Halfway Mark, Lots Done, Lots Still to Do!

    It is hard to believe that it has been six months since we met at the Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Over these months, the Board, Committees and GAWDA staff have been hard at work putting together and implementing Objectives, Goals and Meetings for 2016. In December, the Executive Committee met at Association Headquarters to [...]

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  • Reflections On A Year

    There are many ways to serve our association. The rewards are many. Join us to help make our industry better. During the past year I’ve had the honor and privilege to serve as President of this Great Association. It has been an eye-opening experience, and I’ve enjoyed sharing it with the GAWDA membership. This year, I [...]

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  • The Backstory

    A view of the Annual Convention from GAWDA’s President and First Lady Believe it or not, one of the biggest criticisms we receive every year about the Annual Convention is that we didn’t tell people what to wear! There even has been discussion in the board room over this conundrum. So this year, I am setting the [...]

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  • First Times

    It comes as no surprise that membership in GAWDA is dwindling a bit, mainly due to the large amount of consolidation among member companies. Our Membership Committee is working hard to find and attract new members, and since March 2014 through March 2015, 31 businesses have joined our association. The predominant reason these companies have joined [...]

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  • 70 Years Strong, Proud, and Now Independent

    GAWDA was founded in 1945 when a group of independent distributors banded together for a variety of reasons: to strategize about ways to stay independent, to knock back challenges with their suppliers, and to learn from each other how better to serve customers. That history is storied and sweet, and you can read it in [...]

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