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About the MWDC

What is the Midwest Wholesale Distributors Conference?

An annual collaboration between the Indiana Wholesale Distributors Association, Kentucky Wholesale Distributors Association, and Ohio Wholesale Marketers Association to bring wholesale distributors from all three states together with their suppliers for two days of learning, networking, and golf.

The Schedule (tentative)

Wednesday, August 10

NEWS AND BREWS in the Afternoon

1:00pm   Industry Updates

2:00pm   "CEO's Candid Guide to Right People, Right Job, Right Fit to Scale the Business" 
                      by AJ Schaeffer, Culture Index

3:00pm   Additional Industry Updates

4:00pm   "Cybersecurity Threats, A Deeper Dive"   by Bill Dotson, RockerRisk

6:00pm   Dinner on Your Own

Thursday, August 11

8:00am   Breakfast at the Pavilion

9:00am   Golf - Shotgun Start

5:00pm   State Meetings  (concurrent)

6:00pm   Reception & Bourbon Tasting

7:00pm   Cigar Dinner, Awards, and  Bourbon Pull

Friday, August 12

7:00 - 9:00am   Grab and Go Breakfast



Bill Dotson, RockerRisk

Cyber insurance expert, Bill Dotson, is a virtual CIO and IT advisor at RockerRisk, a consulting firm helping organizations mitigate their technology risk and prepare to purchase cyber insurance from existing insurance providers. Bill has been in the technology industry since his early twenties, and has founded and sold multiple tech companies before starting Rocker with his business partner.


IT security, hacking, data breaches, phishing… We hear about these on a daily basis and often want to throw our hands up or go back to pen and paper. Bill will walk us through realistic ways to approach security for your office and home through stories from companies he’s helped across the US. He’s often remembered as “that guy who scared us” by organizations who hire him to speak.

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Andrew J "AJ" Schaeffer

AJ Schaeffer is an entrepreneur and investor focused on profitable businesses and exceptional leaders with the potential to positively transform their industries and communities.

He is the Managing Member of Culture Index Cincinnati, a management program that optimizes behavioral analytics to deliver strategic growth, high-performing teams, and scale in companies across the United States and around the world. He serves as an intimate, strategic advisor to CEOs, owners, board members, and senior executives in private business; including several multi-billion dollar enterprises.

AJ is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Foxhole Equity, a private investment firm with controlling interests in lower middle-market companies and real estate portfolios. Among Foxhole Equity holdings, he is the Operating Partner and Co-Founder of Professional Pallets -- a leading manufacturer and recycler of wood pallets, crating, and related logistics support with operations in the greater metropolitan areas of Cincinnati and Louisville. 

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Golf Outing

Griffin Gate Golf Course

Griffin Gate Golf Club is beautifully set as part of the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. The club offers scenic and challenging play on a Rees Jones-designed 18-hole course surrounded by rolling meadows- a true Bluegrass golf experience.

  • 9:00 am shotgun start on Thursday, August 11.

  • Green fees, golf cart, snacks, drinks, and lunch are included in your Golf Registration Fee.

  • Awards will be presented at the Cigar Dinner that evening.

  • Find an overview of the course and video flyovers of each hole on the Griffin Gate Golf website.

Golf is NOT included in the Full Registration Fee -
be sure to register for it separately!


Registration is open! 

The room block at the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott is SOLD OUT.


Hotel Reservations 

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Click here to download a pdf hard copy registration form to receive an invoice or pay with a check.

Questions? or or 502.223.5322


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Garry Adams Award

The Midwest Wholesale Distributor Conference and the industry as a whole lost a true friend and advocate in 2010 with the passing of Garry Adams, President of the Dittman Adams Company. Garry was part of the team that took the Midwest Wholesale Distributors Conference (formerly the Tri-State Convention) from a vision to reality. He never stopped believing in the opportunities that the future holds for the wholesale distribution industry and the c-store distribution channel.

The annual Garry Adams Memorial Award has been created with the encouragement and support of many of Garry’s friends and colleagues from all levels of the industry to recognize an individual who shares some of Garry’s strongest and most admirable traits …

•   Industry Involvement   
•   Political Involvement   
•   Community/Charitable Involvement

The Garry Adams Memorial Award will be presented at the 2022 Midwest Wholesale Distributors Conference (MWDC) in Lexington. Nominations will be accepted until July 31st and will be reviewed by a panel of MWDC representatives.
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Any employee of a distributor member of the Midwest Wholesale Distributor Conference states or any employee of a manufacturer or broker in the industry who exhibits the traits of Industry Involvement, Political Involvement, and Community/Charitable Involvement.


Nominate someone online or complete & return this Nomination Form. Feel free to include any materials supporting the nomination, i.e. prior recognitions given to the nominee, statements of support from individuals familiar with the nominee’s industry, political or community/charitable involvement, etc.