S.T.E.P. Training and Purchasing Information

26th Annual S.T.E.P. Purchasing – July 17-21, 2017

STEPLlogofinal2017 copyS.T.E.P. Purchasing provides a centralized location for manufacturers to introduce new products and programs into the distributor marketplace. Both NMDA and non-NMDA members may attend S.T.E.P., held annually. If you are not an NMDA member and would like attend, email us and we will mail you the relevant information.

S.T.E.P Training – To Be Held in 2018

S.T.E.P. Training is NOT a purchasing event. S.T.E.P Training offers a unique event to learn about the features/benefits of specific products and the best ways to sell them–directly from the manufacturers.  S.T.E.P. Training is held every other year.

Supplier of the Year

Awarded annually by the Distributor members of NMDA, the award recognizes those companies who meet and exceed the standards and goals set by the Supplier of the Year committee. All finalists receive valuable ratings and evaluations from distributor customers.

Suppliers of the Year – 2016

Sea-Dog Line and Bel-Ray are the winners of the 2016 Supplier of the Year Awards. Sea-Dog Line, Everett, Washington, won in the Platinum Category. Sea-Dog Line is a leading supplier of over 5,500 marine dock, deck and rigging hardware items, 12-volt electrical/lighting and ventilation accessories. Runners-Up in this category were Blue Sea Systems (1st) and Uflex (2nd).

Bel-Ray, Farmingdale, New Jersey, won in the Gold Category. Bel-Ray manufactures its lubricants in the US and its products have survived weathered chilling arctic cold, defied harsh desert dust and heat, raced to championships wins, and even traveled to the moon. Runners-Up in this category were Gold Eagle (1st) and Camco Manufacturing (2nd).

NMDA also handed out three Special Focus Awards in the Platinum category and three in the Gold category.  For the Platinum category, Blue Sea Systems received the awards for Best All Around Packaging and Supply Chain Standards Efficiency. Sea-Dog Line received the award for Marketing Philosophy.  For the Gold category, Bel-Ray won the awards for Best All Around Packaging and Marketing Philosophy.  Gold Eagle won for Supply Chain Standards Efficiency.

We thank our distributor members for voting for these important awards.

Supplier of the Year Winners – 1972 to present