September 28, 2017
Next month’s VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference will feature a Young Leaders Forum and Lunch for the fifth consecutive year.
Scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17, the event brings together young industry leaders for networking and collaboration and will include a presentation by Frank Morgan, adjunct professor at Northwood University on “Leadership for 2020 and Beyond.”
“The data is convincing that the leadership practices that were successful in the past 20 years will not be sufficient for the next decade,” says Morgan, who in addition to his teaching duties is the president of Morgan Associates, LLC. “The aftermarket will see massive changes in customers, technology, markets, competition and suppliers at an increasing rate.”
Morgan says this new reality has been tagged as “a VUCA world” (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous). VIPAR Heavy Duty says his presentation will explore this new future and help young leaders understand how to succeed in this new environment.
In addition to the luncheon, a Young Leaders reception will be hosted with industry group GenNext. Speed mentoring, a feature introduced at last year’s reception is back by popular demand. VIPAR Heavy Duty says the speed mentoring session gives young leaders the opportunity to ask questions of industry veterans to gain insight and advice on how to be successful in the independent heavy-duty aftermarket.
The VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference will be held Oct. 15-20, 2017, at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes.
VIPAR Heavy Duty says the action-packed week will feature updates on the organization, technology solutions, new products and program opportunities. The structure of the week includes the annual stockholder meeting, a general session, trade show, more than 1,500 one-to-one stockholder/supplier partner meetings, as well as networking events.