Experts in digital innovation, business strategy, motivation and economics will address Gases and Welding Distributor Association (GAWDA) members at the 2018 Annual Convention in Seattle, WA (9th to 12th September).

Former Amazon Executive John Rossman, Maritz Motivation Solutions President Drew Carter, ITR Economics Consultant Alex Chausovsky, motivational speaker Dr. Rick Rigsby and Linde’s Bob VanKirk will be the key speakers during the GAWDA event at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in the heart of the city. 

Rossman is most known for launching and scaling the Amazon Marketplace business, which now accounts for over 50% of all Amazon units sold and shipped. Since leaving Amazon, he has advised clients on digital strategy, operations and culture. He is now managing partner at Rossman Partners and an expert in digital innovation.

Carter has more than 20 years of experience in senior advisory and executive roles, driving revenue growth using technology, strategy and analytics. He committed to providing clients world-class solutions that deliver massive value, using behavioral sciences, decision sciences and deep operational execution expertise.

Chausovsky is an experienced market researcher and analyst with more than a decade of expertise in subjects that include macroeconomics, industrial manufacturing, energy efficiency, automation and advanced technology trends. He has consulted and advised companies throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, China and Japan for the last 15 years.

Dr. Rigsby is well known for a speech in 2017 about the lessons he learned from his father, titled The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout, which went viral. The former award-winning journalist followed a television career with graduate school and two decades as a college professor, most of those years at Texas A&M University.

VanKirk has been with Linde and its predecessor companies for nearly 30 years. He has held positions in a variety of areas including finance, mergers and acquisitions, product management and general management.

The GAWDA Annual Convention will be attended by business owners and top decision makers with the opportunity for strategic networking.

Highlights include:

  • The President’s welcome on Sunday night (5pm)
  • Speakers John Rossman, Drew Carter and Alex Chausovsky on Monday morning (8am-12pm) 
  • Young Professionals event on Monday afternoon
  • Speakers Dr. Rick Rigsby and Bob VanKirk can be heard on Wednesday morning (8am-12pm)
  • Women of Gases and Welding Event in the afternoon (12.30pm to 4pm)
  • The Annual Convention closes on Wednesday night with a Denim and Diamond Gala, a dinner and dancing event at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). Members will have the chance to explore the museum’s collections, enjoy live entertainment and catch up with friends.

There are tours and offsite activities also on offer from Sunday to Tuesday as well as the usual networking opportunities.

Follow the meeting

A full review of the GAWDA 2018 Annual Convention will be available on the gasworld website and in the November US edition of gasworld magazine.