October 2016 

Calendar of Events

November 29 - December 1, 2016

AEA Winter 2016 Meeting

Belmond Charleston Place

Charleston, South Carolina

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2016 UID Shatters Previous Records for Attendance!

The 2016 University of Innovative Distribution was held March 6-9 at the beautiful JW Marriott Indianapolis. For the third year in a row, UID saw record-breaking attendance, with 604 attendees participating.

If you want to be the first to know when registration for the 2017 program opens up you can click here to be placed on our email notification list. 


AEA - The Association Education Alliance, LLC

Formed in 1991 by five wholesale-distributor trade associations; PTDA, AHTD, EASA, FPDA and NAHAD. Currently, AEA represents 43 trade associations, as noted in the box to the right. AEA executives meet biannually to develop programs that deliver value to its members.

Value Proposition:

The Vision of The Association Education Alliance is to identify, evaluate and develop educational products and programs for use by member associations as well as to facilitate networking and idea sharing among AEA members.


  • To develop affordable educational products and programs for use by its member associations.
  • To share information, content and ideas among AEA members.
  • Facilitate ongoing communication among AEA members.


AEA develops, with the support of Purdue University, and delivers the University of Innovative Distribution (UID), a powerful four-day educational experience offered each March for member Distributors and Manufacturers.

Since 1994, UID has provided exceptional education, at the most reasonable cost, to over 7,000 industry professionals throughout the world. >> More details available here. <<

AEA members also develop, or co-produce, a variety of educational programs and services for the mutual benefit of their member companies throughout the year. These may include seminars, webinars, conferences and publications.

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AEA Member Events

February 17-19, 2017

28th Annual RPA Conference and Showcase

Las Vegas, NV

March 5-8, 2017

University of Innovative Distribution

Indianapolis, IN

June 25-27, 2017

2017 EASA Convention & Exhibition

Tampa, FL

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