HDA hosts two annual events that bring partner manufacturers and member distributors together for valuable face-to-face interactions. With formats designed to maximize ROI and one-on-one conversations, HDA’s events are the ideal venue for attendees to discuss new products, review strategic objectives, forge new business relationships, and discuss future opportunities for growth. The talented team at HDA handles every detail to ensure successful events for each and every attendee.


The 2023 Group Merchandising Conference will be May 8 – 11, 2023, at the Embassy Suites Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference features 30-minute private scheduled appointments between distributor buyers and manufacturers.

Manufacturers set up their living room suites with merchandising displays, sample product, literature and information to assist distributor buyers in purchasing retail displays, supplier promotions, new products, and targeted assortments. The GMC is a great venue for both new group suppliers and long-time group vendors.

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Executive Planning Conference

Join us November 14-16, 2023 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Verda Beach, Florida for the 2024 Executive Planning Conference. One of the premier events in the industry, the conference unites over 350 of the nation’s top suppliers and distributors that serve the independent home improvement industry.

Hosted by HDA, the Executive Planning Conference provides the most cost-effective opportunity for vendors to meet face-to-face with key executives from over 30 independent hardware distributor companies. Each 20-minute, pre-scheduled meeting provides manufacturers with the perfect setting to present new products and review strategic objectives for the coming year. Additional networking opportunities such as the golf scramble, meals and evening receptions facilitate even more one-on-one conversations in a relaxed atmosphere.