Optimism, despite the credit crunch: A GAWDA review


Over 900 delegates and spouses attended the annual gathering of distributors, gas companies and equipment suppliers at the exotic Atlantis Hotel, Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

The ambience was still optimistic despite the US credit crunch, with realistic expectations that demand for gases and equipment was expected to slow down for the remainder of 2008.

First time delegates, followed by members, met out-going President Gary Stoneback at the pre-conference welcome reception. This was hosted by the GAWDA committee and gives suppliers and distributors the opportunity of networking and meeting new people and companies operating in the North American gases industry.

The next day, Stoneback officially opened the conference once the Bahamas National Junior Choir had sung both the US and Bahamian national anthems. He gave a ‘State of the Association’ speech on the changes made – especially in the auditing process and the drive for more transparency.

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