ESA Fall Tech Conference & FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit ESA Fall Tech Conference & FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit

ESA Fall Technical Conference will be in conjunction with the FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit.

  • Dates: October 6-9
  • Location: Austin, TX

Become a FPDA New Member for the remainder of 2019 and attend FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit for free. Plus enjoy many other FPDA Member benefits for the remainder of 2019.

  • Pro-rated FPDA New Member Distributor Cost (includes one free admission to Summit): $380.00
  • Pro-rated FPDA New Member Manufacturer Cost (includes one free admission to Summit): $850.00
  • Summit Additional Attendees Cost: $875.00
  • Summit Spouses Cost: $350.00

Application/Registration Process

1. Complete FPDA membership application:


Please call or email Molly Alton Mullins, FPDA General Manager, if you have any additional questions at 410-940-6360 or

2. Once you complete your application for membership to the FPDA, the Membership Committee quickly reviews. THEN if/when approved, sends a promo code which is used to process your Summit registration for free.

About FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit

The FPDA Annual Conference, co-sponsored with the International Sealing Distribution Association, attracts the leading motion solution providers of fluid power, automation and electro-mechanical technologies and distribution services.  More than 250 individuals typically attend, and members rate the networking outstanding. Our educational program features leading industry experts offering the latest in distribution education, a Supplier Showcase, and plenty of time for structured and unstructured networking. As one member testified recently, “Attending the FPDA gave me insight into our industry that I would not be able to attain otherwise. The educational programs were stimulating and enlightening.” This year’s Conference will be held October 6-9 in Austin, TX. We have a robust educational program and plenty of time devoted to networking. Some highlights include:

  • Networking with distributors and manufacturers who sell through distribution
  • Educational opportunities
  • Dynamic Keynote speakers who provide innovative perspectives about the future of our businesses
  • Leading-edge industry updates & analysis
  • FPDA Meeting of Members
  • Great meeting location sites!

Hotel & Travel Information

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

Address: 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 404-1900
Room Rate: $229.00 a night (plus taxes & fees)
Reserve Room: Click here to make reservation

Hotel Information:

  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out: 12:00 Noon
  • In-Room Technology:
    • Complimentary high-speed Internet (wired and wireless)
    • In-room iPad with hotel and Austin information, radio and alarm
    • Fully digital Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephones
    • Flat-panel HDTVs with AT&T U-verse® and multiple HBO® channels
  • Parking
    • Self-parking ($18 per night with in/out privileges)
    • Valet parking ($28 per night with in/out privileges)
    • Oversized vehicles may not be permitted or may incur additional charges
    • Late check-out (half day charge)


Sunday, October 6, 2019

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration Desk Open
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM FPDA Board of Directors Meeting
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM FPDA/ISD Annual Golf Tournament (TopGolf)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Joint Welcome Reception
8:00 PM YES/ELI Austin City Scavenger Hunt
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration Desk Open

Monday, October 7, 2019

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM FPDA University Kiosk
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM FPDA/ISD Joint Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM First Time Attendee Orientation
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM FPDA/ISD Opening Keynote: “Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success” with Mary Kelly
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ISD Emerging Leaders & FPDA Young Executives Workshop: “Top Secret Leadership” with Mary Kelly
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM FPDA/ISD Joint Luncheon
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM FPDA Annual Meeting of Members
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM FPDA Supplier Showcase Setup
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM FPDA/ISD Supplier Showcase and Networking Reception
6:30 PM Open Evening (see dinner options here)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Live Music featuring Brian Forte

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Registration; FPDA University Kiosk
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM FPDA/ISD Joint Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Educational Workshop: “Facing the Forces of Change®: Scenario Planning for Distributors” with Mark Dancer
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM IndustrySpeak Session: “Are You Sure You Know What Your Customers Really Care About?”with Joe Ellers
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM IndustrySpeak Session: “Transforming Manual Operations into Digital” with Andrew Johnson
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Educational Workshop: “Strategies for Increasing Gross Margins” with Joe Ellers
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM IndustrySpeak Session: Facing the Forces of Change®: Can Distributors Innovate to Dominate? with Mark Dancer
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM IndustrySpeak Session: Kaman: 4 things you need to know about the future of industrial marketing


Consumers expectation are higher than ever before – and that means everyone is upping their game. Marketing today is about delivering insightful, useful and re-tellable content.  There are fundamental key insights to help building a marketing playbook.

12:00 PM Lunch on your own
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ESA Board Meeting
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM ESA General Fall Meeting (Membership Status, Website Updates & General News)
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM FPDA/ISD Closing Party – Studio 54 Great BINGO Revival Party

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Disco Fun Run 4K in support of Central Texas Food Bank
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM FPDA/ISD Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Closing Keynote “Wellness Isn’t for Cowards” with Mike Staver
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM FPDA/ISD Joint Board Meeting

FPDA Membership Benefits

FPDA Membership Benefits

FPDA University

FPDA University is here to help with a variety of training and development resources for FPDA members:

  • comprehensive knowledge assessments covering fluid power, electro-mechanical, automation, and sales competencies – based on industry consensus key competencies
  • easy to manage training resources mapped by competency area and supplemental training resources
  • A concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the industrial wholesale distribution industry.

FPDA Young Executives – YES

YES candidates must be executives with corporate-level responsibilities, working for an FPDA member organization, and younger than the age of 45. The YES program provides sharing of information with industry peers, networking for professional development and how to deal similar management challenges and solutions.

Mentorship Program

  • FPDA’s mentoring program enables member industry professionals of all experience levels to forge mutually beneficial relationships and maximize professional effectiveness.
  • The primary purpose of the FPDA Mentor Program Task Force is to review and recommend program processes that enhance the diversity and retention of association members and support the FPDA mission of delivering networking, education, best practices and business intelligence designed to enhance business performance.

FPDA Webinars

FPDA Members can take advantage of training and educational webinars throughout the year. Webinars focus on business and technical topics, leveraging expertise from our members companies. Each webinar lasts 45 – 60 minutes and includes opportunities for Q&A. Sessions are scheduled at mid-day to allow participants to learn during lunch-time. Additional seminars will be planned and announced under the guidance of our board of directors.

University of Innovative Distribution

Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by FPDA and the leading industrial distribution professional associations, in cooperation with Purdue University’s Department of Innovative Technology & Distribution. One Scholarship to the University of Innovative Distribution will be awarded annually for all sessions of the University of Innovative Distribution each year. The awarded scholarship will be for full tuition to the University of Innovative Distribution.

Earn the Purdue Certificate in Industrial Distribution by attending UID and FPDA educational programs. Details at

Sales Professional Training

Through our affiliation with the Association Education Alliance, we also co-sponsor programs, such as the Sales Boot Camp, scheduled for each spring and fall.  Don Buttrey and his 4 pillars sales training program offers the young salesman an opportunity to learn what it takes to be a successful sales professional

FPDA Benchmarking Tools

  • Annual Profit Report – Annual financial analysis of Distributor performance, studying sales growth, return on investment, gross margin and additional comparative financial performance.
  • Bi-Annual Compensation Survey – FPDA member Executive and Employee Compensation Review with comparative data from more than thirty other different distribution industries.
  • Monthly Snapshot Survey -An online, interactive monthly index of fluid power distributor sales, orders and inventory levels, providing customizable graphs.
  • Monthly Key Economic Indicator Report – A monthly look at sales, inventory, employment trends and much more.

FPDA Member Discount Programs

  • Membership in FPDA gives you access to preferred rates on shipping, technology, car rentals and credit card processing to lower your business expenses.