The intricate details of climbing Mount Everest and the rapid growth of a company that specialises in cylinder tracking were outlined during the 2010 Southeastern regional meeting for the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA).

The event, hosted by CryoVation, drew more than 50 manufacturers and distributors from around the country.

The attendees also were treated to a barbecue at CryoVation’s headquarters the evening before the conference, and an afternoon of golf under sunny skies capped off the annual event.

Lloyd Robinson, President of Awisco and President Elect of GAWDA, opened the meeting with updates on the organisation’s activities and benefits.

He noted that GAWDA will unveil a new website at its Spring Management Conference in Chicago, that it no longer charges members to use GAWDA University Online, and that Airgas, Inc. had renewed its membership.

Christopher Guest, a Distributor Sales Manager at Air Liquide, who scaled Mount Everest last spring, took attendees on a visual tour up the world’s highest mountain and stressed the critical, life-saving role oxygen plays in the climb.

Guest started the climb with two partners and four Sherpa; only he and two of the Sherpa made it to the summit, where winds of 100 mph blow 90% of the year.

Jim Glessner, President of Trackabout, Inc., discussed a ‘step’ approach to business growth and how it helped his company double in size last year.

Afterwards, attendees participated in a golf skills challenge, played 18 holes and capped the day with a reception.

This is the second year CryoVation has sponsored the regional meeting.