The FPDA Motion & Control Network represents motion solution providers of fluid power, automation, and electro-mechanical technologies and distribution services designed to enhance customer performance and profitability.

University of Innovative Distribution

March 11-14, 2018‚Ä®
JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel
Indianapolis, IN

Fpda Uid 2017 Brochure Cover The University of Innovative Distribution is presented by the  leading industry trade associations and delivered by content experts  and nationally recognized university faculty members, the UID program  is recognized as "the source for distribution management."

The 2017 University of Innovative Distribution was held March 5-8 at the beautiful JW Marriott Indianapolis. For the fourth year in a row, UID saw record-breaking attendance, with 616 attendees participating.


 Participants select their own courses for each day of the four-  day program, including such topics as: Distribution Marketing;  Branch Management; Sales & Sales Management; Value-Added  Selling; Business Leadership; Distribution and Profitability.


Tom D. Ralls Memorial Scholarship

One Scholarship to the University of Innovative Distribution will be awarded annually for all sessions of the University of Innovative Distribution each year. The awarded scholarship will be for full tuition to the University of Innovative Distribution; travel expenses are to be paid by the scholarship recipient.


  • Applicant must be an employee in good standing of an FPDA Regular (Distributor) Member organization.
  • Applicant must be a qualified member of the FPDA Young Executives (YES).
  • Applicant must provide a letter of recommendation from a company principal.
  • Applicant must provide an essay detailing his/her desire to attend the University of Innovative Distribution program.


Check back later for details on how to apply. 

UID participants will earn credits toward their Certificate in Innovative Distribution, provided by Purdue University upon the completion of 90 hours (9 CEUs) of qualified educational instruction.  For more detailed information about receiving your Certificate in Innovative Distribution, click on the links below:

Application for Certification in Innovative Distribution
Purdue Certificate in Innovative Distribution Information 

For more information or questions regarding the March 2017 UID Program, please call the UID Office (410) 940-6348.

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