The theme for this year’s VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference will be “Success through Collaboration.”

The event, set for Oct. 20-25 at the Marco Island (Fla.) Marriott, brings together VIPAR Heavy Duty distributors, supplier partners, and industry associates to exchange ideas and share information.

The event will be highlighted by a keynote address by former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann. Theismann spent many years working for ESPN and now works for the NFL Network.

A record number of distributors, suppliers, service partners and industry associates have pre-registered to attend this year’s conference, VIPAR says.

“We strongly believe that one of the key factors to the success of VIPAR Heavy Duty is the strong collaboration that takes place between our stockholders, supplier partners, and our corporate organization,” says VIPAR Heavy Duty president Steve Crowley. “With a record turnout expected, this year’s conference will give us the opportunity to celebrate and further strengthen these relationships.”

The 2013 VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference will include a general session, tradeshow, one-on-one stockholder/supplier partner meetings, the annual stockholder meeting, as well as networking events. Additionally, the conference will feature several value-added sessions including: the effects of the Affordable Care Act and how small businesses can navigate the intricacies, succession planning, trends in fleet purchasing, effective store merchandising, and power branding.

A new feature of this year’s conference is a Young Leaders Forum luncheon, giving emerging leaders the opportunity to network with each other. The young leaders will also hear from industry speaker John Passante, who will provide a keynote presentation on “What’s Your Leadership Style?”

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