CHICAGO – The North American Building Material Distribution Association has announced the return of University of Innovative Distribution (UID) In-A-Day. Held on November 12 in conjunction with the 2019 NBMDA annual convention in New Orleans, this one-day workshop is dedicated to teaching wholesale distribution branch managers how to improve effectiveness at driving employee engagement by exploring their communication style and leadership personality for an end goal of aligning costs to maximize profit.

Key objectives include: Learn how to manage the outside sales performance while driving margin improvement; Explore account package analysis; Assess if the “right costs” are deployed in your branch; and Help employees improve customer service, behavior and performance

Jim Ambrose has been directly engaged in wholesale distribution sales and management positions for more than 40 years, making him equipped and best-suited to lead the 2019 workshop.

"This workshop series focuses on the business and personal leadership skills that are integral to making your business successful,” Ambrose said. “This is a fast paced and exciting workshop that provides the manager with immediate tools to apply to the business to grow profitable sales and improve cost productivity."

UID In-A-Day also offers a sneak peek into University of Innovative Distribution (UID), which will take place in March 2020 in Indianapolis. Separate registration is required to attend UID In-A-Day. Attendees can save up to $200 when they register for UID In-A-Day and the 2019 NBMDA Annual Convention by September 13. Learn more at

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