Fairer Skies for SEDA Members
Coping with change and seizing opportunities are the focus for the 2010 Safety Leadership Forum.
- By Jerry Laws
- Jun 01, 2010
Members of the Safety Equipment Distributors Association
(SEDA, www.safetycentral.org) are bound
for downtown Baltimore this month and the association’s
2010 Safety Leadership Forum in better spirits
than a year ago. The event kicks off with a June 15
reception at 6 p.m., less than three hours after the
expo of ASSE’s annual meeting has closed, which
allows distributor members who exhibited there to
attend the SEDA meeting economically, said Kaymie
Thompson Owen, SEDA’s associate director.
“Members are looking ahead with brighter anticipation
than they previously had had,” she said. “The
market is improving — slow — but they are seeing
This meeting is chiefly a networking event, but it
features a strong speaker lineup. Thompson Owen,
who plans the association’s meetings and has worked
for SEDA for five years, said SEDA’s looking for “a
normal year” this time around aft er several years of
changes. A meeting held with an industrial glove
distributors group for several years, this event was
co-located with a Safety Marketing Group conference
one year and then was SEDA’s alone the past
two years in Nashville and British Columbia.
Co-locating with the ASSE meeting seems like a
good fit, she said. “It was manufacturers on the planning
committee who already exhibit at ASSE who
felt it would be a good fit,” said Thompson Owen.
“And they said, ‘We’re already going to ASSE.’ We’ll
see how we do in Baltimore.”
SEDA was founded in 1968. Its distributor and
manufacturer members provide the full complement
of safety products.
Leadership Forum Highlights
Coping with change and seizing opportunities are
the focus for the forum (http://safetycentral.org/forum10/)
and its speakers:
- Keynote Session: “Assessing Your Future Market
Potential: Six Steps to Future Opportunity,”
9-10:30 a.m. June 16, William R. McCleave,
president of W.R. McCleave & Associates. He is
described by SEDA as an expert in supply chain
relationship concepts between manufacturers,
distributors, and their customers.
- “Navigating the Choppy Legislative Waters,”
10:45 a.m.-noon June 16, John S. Satagaj, president
and general counsel of the Small Business
Legislative Council. His talk will cover labor
laws, health care reform, tax reform, entitlement
programs, and the state of the economy.
- “Enhancing Partnership Advantage in the Marketplace:
Making Talk Matter!” 1:30-3 p.m. June
16, William R. McCleave. He will share results
from a study of SEDA’s members on current issues
and will introduce a new assessment tool for
attendees to use to make their Executive Conference
sessions more useful.
- SEDA Political Report: “Navigating the National
Political Scene,” 8:30-9:30 a.m. June 17, Bob
Franken, former CNN commentator in Washington,
D.C., and a frequent MSNBC guest.
Also on the agenda at this event are seminars,
the one-on-on Executive Conferences of manufacturers
and distributors, and networking receptions.
The event takes place at the InterContinental Harbor
Court hotel located at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
QSSP Still Going Strong
Qualified Safety Sales Professional (QSSP, www.safetycentral.org/qssp/) training delivered twice per year
in Louisville and co-sponsored by SEDA and the
International Safety Equipment Association is still
The year’s first course ended April 23 and was
sold out; the fall course set for Nov. 8-12 had a handful
of spots open. Some registrants encounter last-minute
conflicts — two scheduled to attend the first
course this year were unable to make it because of
travel disruptions caused by the erupting volcano in
Iceland — so course organizers maintain a waiting
list, Thompson Owen said.
QSSP 2, which would be a follow-up course for
past graduates, is still in the planning stages aft er
several years of discussion about the concept, she
said. “To do the whole affiliation through a university
and have all the CEUs and all that is a big project,”
albeit one that probably would be popular, she
This article originally appeared in the June 2010 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.