A record breaking attendance of around 900 delegates have gathered here at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square for the 72nd annual convention of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA).

The General Business Session opened with a glimmering performance as dancers took to the stage to perform a polished routine to Frank Sinatra’s iconic song ‘New York’. John Ospina, Executive Director of the association then stepped up to introduce the agenda for the next few days.

Current GAWDA President Mark Raimy, accompanied by his wife and two children, then welcomed attendees to the four-day event and took some time to honour some of the “important people in the room”’ ­– the 2016/2017 board of directors.

He said, “Welcome to New York, I’m really glad you could all make it. This is a record turnout for the event – the final number will be confirmed later today.”

gasworld will be reporting live at the event over the next few days – Please stay tuned for further updates.

GAWDA President, Mark Raimy

Mark Raimy, GAWDA President