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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.


 Conference Location

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 Initiative
                                                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”
                                                “Steelcase Logistics”

                                                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.