STAFDA announces opening party headliner & State-of-the-Industry speaker

STAFDA’s 43rd Annual Convention and Trade Show will take place 10-12 November in downtown Nashville, with a headline act announced for the show’s opening party.

The event, which will take place on the 10th November in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, will welcome headliners Kenny Alphin and John Rich, better known as the country duo “Big & Rich”, who will play a private, 90-minute concert for STAFDA attendees at the opening party.

The duo has accumulated multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA, and CMT Music Award nominations, subsequent best-selling collections which delivered three consecutive Top 10 hits and their most recent collection, Did It For The Party, debuted at number one on the sales charts.

Prior to STAFDA’s Big & Rich Concert, there will be a dinner buffet in the Municipal Auditorium along with other musical entertainment. In addition, STAFDA has done a buyout of the adjacent Musicians Hall of Fame. As attendees walk around the Hall of Fame, two of Nashville’s songwriters will be stationed in front of their exhibits.

STAFDA has also announced Glenn Knowlton, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Norton Saint-Gobain Abrasives North America, will present the Associate State of the Industry address during the Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association’s General Session, on Monday 11th.

In his role with one of the world’s largest manufacturers of innovative material solutions and building distribution, Knowlton is responsible for sales, organisational growth, people development and customer service of a sales and marketing organisation numbering over 300. He manages all channels which focus on the Industrial, Construction, DIY Retail and Automotive Aftermarket sectors.

With more than 37 years experience with Norton Saint-Gobain in high-profile leadership positions, Knowlton also served as President and CEO of Norandex Building Distribution from 2013-2015, accelerating growth and profits which resulted in the successful sale of the business to a former competitor.

Knowlton has been the recipient of the “Reshaping Your World Award” for Growth of the Industrial Channel in 2018, the Saint-Gobain “Innovation Award” for excellence in the Automotive Aftermarket, and a two-time winner of “The Winner’s Circle” award for superior Sales Performance.

STAFDA’s 43rd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Nashville is for members only. For more information on the show or membership, please contact Catherine Usher,, 262/784-4774 or 800/352-2981.