VIPAR’s Crowley discusses upcoming conference
Late next month, distributors from throughout North America will travel to southwestern Florida for VIPAR’s annual business meeting and conference, set for Oct.21-25 at the Marco Island Marriott in Marco Island, Fla.
In preparation for the event, Truck Parts & Service caught up with VIPAR President and CEO Steve Crowley to get the lowdown on the upcoming conference.
Here’s what he had to say:
TP&S: How did you choose “Success through Collaboration” as your conference theme?
Crowley: For any organization to succeed you must have a collaborative effort between all stakeholders. Our theme for this year’s Annual Business Conference – “Success through Collaboration” – allows us the ability to focus on the collaborative efforts between our corporate team and our stockholders, supplier and business service partners. This helps all our stakeholders achieve success in many ways including increased profitability, increased market share and growth. At the same time, the Annual Business Conference provides an ideal setting to not only celebrate our past successes but to also collaborate on how to create long term growth and future success.
How do you plan to address that theme during the week?
Our conference program lends itself to focus on this collaborative atmosphere.
The general sessions at the conference allow us to share with our stockholders our goals for the growth of the organization and to continue to add value to their operations. We host a supplier meeting on Tuesday to give us the opportunity to share that message with our suppliers. We have outside speakers scheduled throughout the program to address different operational areas of interest to our distributors. An afternoon trade show will be action packed with over 120 suppliers giving our suppliers the chance to meet with our stockholders and show them the latest products and services they are bringing to market.
We also have pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings between stockholders and suppliers which give them a chance to meet face to face and collaborate on how they can grow the business profitably together.
And, throughout the program, there are ample networking opportunities to allow our attendees to collaborate in a more informal manner.
Will you have any featured presentations during the week? If so, who will be presenting and what topics will they discuss?
During our general sessions, VIPAR’s leadership team will present the organization’s strategies to our stockholders. In addition to our presentations on our corporate plans, we have assembled a very strong program with outside speakers to provide valuable content our stockholders can take back to their businesses. These include: