From April 1--3, the Refinish Distributors Alliance (RDA) hosted its Spring 2019 RDA IMPACT Performance Conference at the OMNI Frisco in Frisco, TX.
More than 100 RDA members, manufacturer partners and guests were in attendance, making this the second consecutive meeting where every participating RDA member and manufacturer partner was represented.
Robert McKenzie Jr., executive director of RDA, noted, “We would like to thank all of our manufacturer partners who sponsored this event and helped make it such a success.”
In addition to a couple of optional early bird meetings, Monday included an opportunity for interested members to meet individually with John Halstead, RDA director of business development, to discuss benchmarking and other related topics. On Monday morning, Axalta also offered a standing room only informational workshop for RDA member distributors.
The main event kicked off on Monday afternoon with Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney welcoming RDA to his city. He was followed by keynote speaker Chip Eichelberger’s presentation on “Reevaluating and Recharging: Being Your Best Consistently.” The first day of the conference concluded with a poolside welcome reception at The Edge on the OMNI’s roof.
Tuesday was a busy day, beginning with RDA’s third annual member/manufacturer all-day speed dating style event, “The Huddles.”
According to McKenzie, “Manufacturers made offers, and members came prepared to respond, resulting in a fun and productive time for everyone. Our manufacturer partners offered special promotions and prizes throughout the event.”
During a break from The Huddles, Eichelberger presented “Breaking Barriers” before lunch, which consisted of exciting personal motivational activities, including breaking a pine board by hand. Eichelberger also signed copies of his book, “The Smart Guide to Accomplishing Your Goals.”
After lunch, The Huddles continued until late afternoon when the group was treated to a private VIP tour of the Cowboys’ training facility, The Star, which is adjacent to the OMNI. After the tour, conference participants enjoyed dinner at the hotel, along with an evening of entertainment from hypnotist Erick Kand.