NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit Brings Together Members from Two Industrial Distribution Trade Associations


Madison, Wisc., and Chicago, Ill.—October 17, 2017— Over 1,300 participants from the belting and power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industries came together September 27-30 in Hollywood, Florida, where tools and information for Powering Thoughts/Conveying Ideas were delivered through relevant presentations, the latest in business and market information and a venue to help build the networks that are so critical to business success. Read press release.


Support the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit Blood Drive

To assist the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, NIBA and PTDA are hosting a blood drive during the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit in Hollywood, Florida.

NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit Blood Drive

Thursday, September 28
10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Great Hall 4 & 5 Foyer
The Diplomat Beach Resort

Blood in Florida and Puerto Rico is in short supply due to power outages from both the Irma and Maria hurricanes. NIBA, PTDA and The Diplomat Beach Resort are pleased to invioneblood.orgte OneBlood, a well-respected organization that supplies blood to 99 percent of hospitals in Florida and Puerto Rico, to set up shop during the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit, Thursday, September 28. Appointments are recommended to provide adequate staffing needs, but walk-ins are welcome.

Download the NIBA-PTDA Blood Drive Flyer and please consider making an appointment to donate blood to help the residents of Florida and Puerto Rico recover. Thank you!

Discounts, Dining Options and Diversions, Oh My!

The Diplomat Beach Resort is pleased and excited to welcome NIBA and PTDA members to Hollywood, Florida. See the flyer below for the hours of the hotel’s many restaurants to better plan your stay. Also, to show off the area, The Diplomat has gathered up some dynamic discounts from area restaurants and activities just for NIBA and PTDA members. By showing your NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit badge at the places listed on each of the flyers below, you not only get out and about, you also get to save some $$.

Restaurants and Things to Do In the Area:

Hotel Restaurants Hours

Hollywood Beach Area Restaurants and Discounts

Gulfstream Park and Hallendale Beach Area Restaurants and Discounts

All of these flyers are also posted on the hotel page of

Exhibitor Kit Posted for Exhibitors

If you are participating in the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo as an exhibitor, you might want to CoverScreenGrab_ExhibitorKitaccess the Exhibitor Kit published by Freeman (Freeman is the company which is responsible for the exhibit hall set up). Note that the Exhibitor Kit was also sent via email to each registered exhibitor recently.

The Exhibitor Kit offers information about shipping to/from the conference. It is a MUST READ for ALL exhibitors.

You can find the Exhibitor Kit on the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo page of in the Exhibitor Section Here.


ICP Golf Outing Is a Go!

The Fort Lauderdale Country Club has reported they will be ready to host the ICP Golf Outing on Thursday, September 28, 7:30a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Buses will depart from the Lower Lobby of the Convention Center at the The Diplomat Beach Resort at 7:30 a.m. for a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.

Breakfast will be provided as a grab-and-go before you board the bus. Lunch will be provided on the course.

Many kudos to the team at Fort Lauderdale Country Club for their tireless effort to prepare the course in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

We Are Pleased to Announce that The Diplomat Beach Resort Remains Open and Operational



September 13, 2017

On behalf of The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL., we’d like to thank you for your support in the wake of Hurricane Irma. We have received an outpouring of concern for our ambassadors and property, and we are truly grateful. Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with those impacted.

We are pleased to announce that The Diplomat Beach Resort remains open and operational. Our team and the city have worked diligently to clear the property and surrounding roadways of scattered debris to restore limited service operations as of Friday, September 15, 2017. The property will be fully operational, to include our 10 food and beverage outlets, as of Saturday, September 16, 2017.

We are strong in Florida and are humbled by the selfless efforts of our team members, guests, first responders, local and state authorities and the entire community who have come together to help one another through this devastating storm.

Early reports indicate that many business in the Hollywood area will be up and running by tomorrow.  We are happy to share that Gulfstream and Aventura Mall are accessible and select stores are already open for business. Both Miami International and Fort Lauderdale International airports are open and every day will add more flights to help visitors get to our great city. Cruise passengers are arriving and departing out of both Ports and local buses are operating as of Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

The sun is shining in Florida and we can assure you we are open and ready to provide you and your group with the hospitality you expect from not only Hilton hotels, but from the great people of the city of Hollywood, Florida. The hotel encourages guests to contact 1-800-HILTONS for the most updated information on cancellation policies for those hotels in the affected areas.

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Over the weekend, Hurricane Irma caused much damage across the Caribbean and up Florida’s west coast. Our thoughts are with those who were affected by this catastrophic storm.

Fortunately, The Diplomat Beach Resort was spared Irma’s wrath and is ready to host the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit.

We talked to the management at The Diplomat as well as others in the area and are confident your experience will be spectacular. While the hotel did sustain some minor damage, primarily in landscaping, restoration crews are already at work. The hotel maintained power throughout the storm so all services are up and running. The hotel plans to be fully functional by this Saturday, September 16, a full 10 days before our arrival. The resort is hosting another large group this weekend.

The Everglades Tour will go on as planned.

Unfortunately, the course at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club did sustain some damage and there is some question as to whether it can be restored in time for the ICP Golf Outing. We will know more by the end of the week and will communicate what we learn immediately. Sponsorships, greens, foursome and club rental fees will be reimbursed if cancellation is necessary.

We are delighted to be able to welcome you to Hollywood, Florida, and The Diplomat Beach Resort for the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit!

Hurricane Irma and the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit

Our thoughts are with all those impacted by Hurricane Irma in South Florida, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean islands and the surrounding region.

The NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit Planning Committee and staff are closely monitoring the weather situation and are in daily contact with The Diplomat Beach Resort about any potential effect the weather may have on our event at the end of this month.

There are no changes to report at this time, but we’ll be sure to keep you informed as news develops.

The hotel staff will keep us up to date on any new developments which will promptly be relayed to you by email, social media and website updates.

If you have any questions or concerns, kindly contact us.

The NIBA/PTDA staff

Hotel Cancellation Policy: Please refer to your reservation confirmation to verify your cancellation policy. In most cases, if a mandatory evacuation is declared, guests will receive a full refund.

Joint MD-IDEX/Expo Exhibitors Can Now Schedule Appointments with Registered Distributors

The online appointment scheduler is now available for exhibitors to schedule formal networking appointments with registered distributors during Joint MD-IDEX/Expo which takes place on Saturday, September 30, during the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit. The online appointment scheduler will be open for exhibitors to schedule appointments until September 12.