Registration Now Open for IDEA eBiz Forum 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) announced that registration is open for the 17th IDEA eBiz Forum, an eBusiness event dedicated to B2B leaders in the electrical supply chain.

The IDEA eBiz Forum is an educational event that brings together key electrical supply chain leaders through a mix of general sessions, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. This year’s event, titled “One Connection. Brighter Possibilities.,” will be held May 25-27 in Orlando, Florida.

Visit the Forum website to register and find additional information for prospective exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers.

Porter Gale, an entrepreneur and marketing expert, will be the opening keynote speaker. A former Vice President of Marketing at Virgin America, Gale has over 20 years of experience working in branding, social media, and advertising. Author of Your Network Is Your Net Worth, she is also a blogger for AdAge and The Huffington Post.

Gary Schwartz, founder of mobile marketing solution provider Impact Mobile, will be the closing keynote speaker. In 2013, Schwartz was recognized as the “Mobile Commerce Evangelist of the Year” and in 2014, was awarded the “Retail Innovator of the Year.”

Additional agenda and speaker information will be available soon.

“Whether you’re a newcomer or have attended eBiz Forum before, 2016 will be a completely new experience for everyone. A can’t-miss industry event, this year’s eBiz Forum will bring together the many moving parts of the electrical supply chain and provide invaluable learning and networking opportunities to all attendees,” said Paul Molitor, President & CEO, IDEA.

Who Attends the eBiz Forum

eBiz Forum attendees are diverse and provide a balanced perspective on key topics. Nearly a third of eBiz Forum attendees are senior executives. Key job functions also represented include EDI, sales/marketing, information technology, pricing and product managers, data sync, and operations.

Early-bird discounts end on Friday, March 11. To reserve your spot, please fill out the online registration form at

Interested in speaking at Forum? Please contact Brenda Maxwell at for more information. Speaker applications are due by February 10.

New Exhibit Hall for Enhanced Interaction and Networking
The 2016 Forum will also offer exhibitors and attendees a new exhibit hall — the Innovation Hub — specifically designed to generate high traffic and serve as a convenient setting for interaction among 2016 Forum participants. The Innovation Hub will include the following features:

  • Mini Theater: Sponsors can take the stage to share their message with our attendees and shine a spotlight on their company as a resource for customer success in the electrical industry.
  • Demo Station: Exhibitors will be able to demo their products and services for attendees.
  • Customer Success Stations: Attendees will have a chance to schedule one-on-one meetings with IDEA experts to begin planning for their digital strategy over the next year and beyond.

Thank you to the contributing organizations to date:
Gold Level: Epicor Software Corporation
Supporter Level: Rockwell Automation, Kirby Risk Electrical Supply


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