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

27th Annual S.T.E.P. Purchasing – July 23 – 27, 2018

S.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 2020

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 – 2017

Sea-Dog Line and Bennett Marine are the winners of the 2017 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 Uflex USA (1st) and Star brite (2nd).

Bennett Marine, Deerfield Beach, Florida, won in the Gold Category. Bennett Marine is the largest manufacturer of durable hydraulic and electric trim tab systems for a variety of boat styles and sizes. Bennett Trim Tabs can be found on boats all over the world.  Runners-Up in this category were Polyform (1st) and Bel-Ray (2nd).

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

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

Supplier of the Year Winners – (1972 to 2017)