Middleton, WI – (December 5, 2014) – Recently, on November 19, 2014, ACD Distribution celebrated the seven-year anniversary of its purchase by current President and CEO Bob Maher. Founded in 1993, ACD Distribution began as a Magic: The Gathering distribution company, and soon expanded into other games and gaming supplies.Since the purchase, ACD Distribution has grown and built up many accomplishments. Over the last seven years, the company has opened a third warehouse, established an online sales system, and more than doubled its number of employees. In addition, the company's yearly trade show, ACD Games Day, has become a leading show in the industry. As a result of its growth, in 2013, ACD Distribution moved its headquarters from Madison, Wisconsin to a larger facility in neighboring Middleton."We're proud of our achievements," said Maher. "The best part is that after seven years we still see more exciting things to come. We are going to continue to develop our partnerships, build the company, and grow the industry. I got involved in this industry because of the incredible people – it's hard to find another group so full of smart and interesting individuals. We have big plans for the future."Maher said that he plans to continue building on the steady growth ACD Distribution has had, and strengthen its partnerships with its clients and vendors. Upcoming digital initiatives and a continued dedication to its customers will be a part of the focus for 2015.ACD Distribution is based in Middleton, Wisconsin, with warehouses in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Fresno, California.
Essen, Germany – (October 28, 2014) – Recently, ACD Distribution returned from Essen SPIEL, the world's largest hobby gaming convention. President Bob Maher and General Manager Danny Procell regularly attend the annual trade show, which boasts around 150,000 attendees. "We view this as an opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of the industry," said Maher. "This is a highly regarded event in Europe and for many publishers this is the first time the public sees their new games.""We make a big point of playing as many games as we can," said Procell. "Some of the games that really made a big impression for me this year were ZhanGuo from What's Your Game, Alchemists from CGE, and Orléans from DLP. In addition, it seemed like there were a lot of game publishers with interesting microgames, so we'll have to see what that means for the industry going forward."Zhanguo, Alchemists, and Orléans all spent some time at the top of the review lists from the weekend. Alchemists finished as the top game of Essen SPIEL according to BGG Buzz, and both Orléans and ZhanGuo finished in the top three games of Essen SPIEL according to German magazine Fairplay, just ahead of Alchemists.For more information on Essen SPIEL, visit www.merz-verlag-en.com.