Dear Office Furniture Distribution Association (OFDA) Member
August 2014 Update
Office Furniture Distribution Association (OFDA)
OFDA Yearly Conference Update
2014 annual conference dates are November 4th and 5th
Make sure to reserve these dates in your calendars and join us to support your OFDA.
The conference registration form is attached
Please complete and submit the registration form early so we can add your name to our Attendees List that will be published regularly between now our conference date.
This year’s conference is shaping up to be one of the best ever !!
Please review tentative conference schedule and confirm your spot.
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI
Special booking and room rate of $115 per night plus tax has been negotiated for all attendees and will be available from Sunday November 2 to Thursday November 6.
This block rate expires on October 5 so please make sure to reserve early and take advantage of this discounted rate.
Please contact hotel directly, information is noted on registration form that is attached
2014 OFDA Conference Schedule
Tuesday November 4th
1:00PM to 3:00 PM OFDA Yearly Board Meeting
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM 2nd Annual Shipper Roundtable Discussion
Topic : “Green Logistics - Shippers Initiatives
Facilitated by :Karen Burelson – Knoll & Domenic Russo - Teknion
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM 2nd Annual Carrier Roundtable Discussion
Topic : “Green Logistics - Carriers Initiatives
Facilitated by : Sue Colitz – Western Logistics & Marty Goor - CFT
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Welcome Reception
All Conference Attendees Welcome
Wednesday November 5th
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Welcome & Introductions
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM “Keynote Speaker”
Brian Smith – Director Regional Manufacturing, Steelcase
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM “Haworth Logistics Update”
Frances Hogsten – VP Global Sourcing, Haworth
Matthew Peterson – NA Transportation Manager, Haworth
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Morning Networking Break
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM BIFMA Update
“State of the Office Furniture Industry”
Tom Reardon – Executive Director
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM OFDA Scholarship Awards
In Memory of Phil Catelano & Rocky Otis
Past Steelcase Logistics Professionals
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM “Carrier Keynote Speaker”
2:30 PM to 3:00 PM Afternoon Networking Break
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM TBA
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM TBA
OFDA Yearly Scholarship
Our annual OFDA scholarship award is one of the ways that your yearly membership fees help provide financial assistance to the next generation of Logistics Professionals. This scholarship is open to any student pursuing an education within the office furniture / supply chain / transportation field, and we will welcome all applicants to submit white papers ,
This year, we will add an additional scholarship in memory of Rocky Otis, past Steelcase Logistics Professional, who passed away in December 2013
Please refer to the OFDA website for all Scholarship guidelines and application forms.
Deadline for submissions is Oct 10,2014
New OFDA Email Address
Please note that we have a new email address.
New OFDA EMAIL address:
Please submit all relevant industry news and/or ideas to our new email address
OFDA Website - theofda.org
Website has been updated and is current
All conference information and forms have been made available for download including the OFDA Scholarship guidelines and application forms.