January 13, 2020
Media Contact
Haley Carson
NBMDA to Co-Sponsor
University of Innovative Distribution
CHICAGO – The North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) is pleased to announce that registration for its annual University of Innovative Distribution (UID) event is now open. The event is scheduled for March 8-11, 2020 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis. NBMDA’s UID is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution channel, developed in cooperation with the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University. This is NBMDA’s 18th year co-sponsoring the UID event with related distributor-based associations.
The event features some of the brightest minds in distribution management and strategy providing attendees with a deep-dive into a variety of topics. Courses are grouped in one of six education tracks: Distribution Strategy, Leadership and Professional Development, Management, Marketing, Operations and Sales. In addition, instructors have assigned a Level of Complexity: Foundational, Intermediate or Advanced to their course. For the 2020 event, 56 unique, half-day course are featured over the course of four days allowing attendees to tailor their schedule to their personal interests and experience.
Distribution professionals working in management and executive positions attend the UID event. Additionally, manufacturers who have responsibility for managing a distribution network have found the UID to be of high value. The event traditionally attracts over 600 professionals looking to grow their knowledge and careers.
“The annual University of Innovative Distribution is NBMDA’s cornerstone educational offering”, said Kevin Gammonley, NBMDA’s Executive Vice President. “UID features an impressive lineup of presenters and topics every year and evaluations are always extremely high. This is the most cost-effective opportunity for a distributorship to offer their people world-class education and training”, added Gammonley. “Those individuals that have been identified as emerging leaders within the distributorship regularly get invited by executive management to attend UID,” explains Gammonley. 

Additional details and registration information can be found at .


NBMDA is a trade association representing the leading wholesale distributors of wood panels, surfacing materials, cabinet hardware, finishes and related interior products. Membership is comprised of distributors and suppliers that serve the independent building material, and kitchen and bath dealer as well as those that serve production companies involved in cabinetry, architectural woodwork, stock woodwork, store fixtures, solid surface fabricating, plastics fabricating, general and specialty woodworking industries. For more information, visit .