Member Services: Core Value of ISD Membership
MEETINGS & NETWORKING
Provides members with the opportunity to meet annually with current or potential suppliers or distributors in a relaxed, professional, and social environment. It is also a perfect forum for networking opportunities that include the Associates' Table-Top Exhibits Reception where manufacturers are able to display their wares as they meet personally with ISD's distributor members. Members will also participate in educational sessions with the industry's most applauded speakers. Additional activities available for both delegates and spouses to enjoy include annual golf and tennis tournaments, tours, luncheons, and ISD's Annual Dinner and Awards Program. It's a highly anticipated event that provides the right mix of business and pleasure for leaders in the industry.
"I can't believe I hadn't joined the CEO Forum sooner", "I view my group as my own expert Board of Directors", and "Effective, enjoyable, and productive!" are some of the comments we received when we asked participating members about the CEO Forum program. This program is a presidents' club comprised of groups of six to ten non-competing ISD Distributor CEO's who set their own schedules throughout the year to meet and talk confidentially and openly about issues affecting their business operations. The CEO Forum is a unique and extremely valuable opportunity for all ISD distributor members.
ISD/s Emerging Leaders Initiative is an exciting new program designed to help up-and-coming fluid sealing industry professionals learn from experts in their field, broaden their current knowledge base, establish a professional community of peers, and collectively develop ideas and methods to create industry transformation and innovation.
Informative and current, the association's quarterly newsletter is devoted to topics affecting business, training, and technology within the industry, with feature articles from industry experts. The ISD INSIDER also reports on the latest legislation and regulatory activities in its WASHINGTON UPDATE section. In addition, with the INSIDER's Member-To-Member section, members have the opportunity to advertise company news regarding personnel updates, business expansion opportunities, & new product announcements.
ISD Website - www.isd.org
Our members benefit from ever-evolving and expanding on-line services available through the ISD association website. Members are able to search for products from other members, register for the latest ISD seminar or Summit, sign-up for UID, build a sales and marketing plan with help from ISD's Seal▼Net program, search for educational opportunities, or communicate with other industry leaders to share ideas, ask questions or explore new business concepts. It's round the clock service we know you depend on. You can even apply for membership on-line.
Many independent fluid sealing distributors have lost business due to customer's vendor reduction strategies. ISD can help members in their battle to gain customer recognition of their importance as fluid sealing professionals. ISD's on-line marketing tool, Seal▼Net, provides FREE communications tools that help member companies easily communicate their technical value to their customers by combining a professionally designed PowerPoint Presentation, Letter Campaigns, Sell Sheets, Postcard Mailings, and Case Histories into one easy-to-use promotional program. So now with a little help from a friend, free marketing support is only a click away.
An ideal medium in which to reach your target audience within the industry. Published annually, the directory provides a complete alphabetical listing of Distributor, Associate (Manufacturer), and Affiliate members as well as an in-depth listing of the products manufactured and distributed by each member company. Advertising space is available to all members, providing yet another opportunity to effectively reach the market you desire. You can also take advantage of ordering the membership list on disk or via email. This service can help you to easily contact the ISD membership, and is only available to members.
As a founding association sponsor of the University of Industrial Distribution (UID), ISD is proud to offer what has become the most cost-effective and efficient program for providing top-notch education and training for your personnel. Over 5,000 industry professionals world-wide have benefitted by attending UID since 1994. Developed in conjunction with Purdue University, the UID program offers four days of classes taught by leading industry experts and covers a wide variety of industrial distribution topics, such as sales and market planning for the industrial distributor and the logistics of industrial distribution. Registration fees are very affordable, and low cost housing opportunities help to maximize your training budget. Both distributors and manufacturers can benefit from this excellent educational program.
The Certified Fluid Sealing Professional program is designed to recognize and promote those individuals who are engaged in the fluid sealing industry in any of the application, sales, service, installations, or manufacturing processes.
ISD knows how hard it is to find the right information and resources for your specific business needs. That's why ISD's InfoCenter is devoted to providing members with up-to-date, relevant educational materials, training resources, management information, & other services covering topics of interest to ISD members.
Products are updated by the association's Benefits and Resources Committee, keeping members ahead of the game. In partnership with the Fluid Sealing Association, ISD offers FSA publications, product standards and white papers to ISD members at FSA member rates. InfoCenter resources are chosen to help you provide training for your employees that will have a positive effect on your company's bottom line and give your company that "competitive edge" in a constantly changing marketplace.
As noted above, this program is a presidents' club comprised of groups of six to ten non-competing ISD Distributor CEO's who set their own schedules throughout the year to meet and talk confidentially and openly about issues affecting their business operations. The CEO Forum is a unique and extremely valuable opportunity for all ISD distributor members.
Conducted annually, this report uses industry-wide research to create a state-of-the-art practical guide designed to help you evaluate your company's financial and operating performance. Improve your productivity, cash flow & expense savings, and create a financial plan to secure your future. Free to participating Distributors.
We pool our buying power to offer business services to the ISD membership that can provide solutions to everyday problems and cut costs. ISD presently offers programs in the major cost centers of insurance, freight management and communications. And ISD is always on the lookout for new programs that will enhance the daily operations of its members.