Speakers

Dirk Beveridge

Founder, UnleashWD

The Noble Calling of Leadership – Practical Lessons from the We Supply America Tour

Wednesday, November 3 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2021, UnleashWD founder Dirk Beveridge traveled through 34 states meeting with 34 different distributors interacting with hundreds of distribution professionals, as he championed the noble calling of distribution on the We Supply America Tour.

The leadership lessons that emerged from the tour are significantly important as the world of distribution navigates pandemic infused change and uncertainty. There is a tectonic shift underway redefining how leaders advance their mission and serve their associates. 

In this engaging presentation, you’ll discover the hidden wisdom of how to apply the seven ethos of nobly supplying America to your business and to your leadership practice. You’ll emerge from the session with a crystal clear roadmap defining your leadership imperative for 2022 and beyond.

Meet Dirk Beveridge

Of Dirk Beveridge, William Taylor, Co-Founder of Fast Company magazine said: “Every field has its rabble rousers, change agents, thought leaders-people with the wisdom to understand the past, and the creativity to conjure up a new vision for the future.  In the field of wholesale distribution, Dirk Beveridge is that thought leader.”

Dirk Beveridge is a leading advocate of change and innovation.  As one of the country’s most outstanding speakers, he delivers a new voice, a new energy, and a new outlook.

Dirk’s presentations are unparalleled.  He delivers original, proven, and often disruptive thinking.  His energy and passion for excellence are infectious and inspires audiences to step from the zone of comfort to unleash the urgency of change. Beveridge is routinely asked to speak on innovation, business strategy, sales, and leadership.

As an entrepreneur Beveridge noticed that innovation was bypassing wholesalers and distributors, and founded UnleashWD in 2012 which is setting a bold agenda for the 300,000 businesses in the country.  The UnleashWD Innovation Summit is an essential annual event.  This one-of-a-kind summit delivers an outstanding immersive experience through amazing speakers, inspired networking and relevant application.

Dirk’s latest book INNOVATE! How Successful Distributors Lead Change In Disruptive Times will be published this September by the NAW’s Institute for Distribution Excellence.  Writing about INNOVATE! former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO Admiral James Stavridis (Ret) observed: "At the heart of any healthy industry is innovation -- the ability to change as circumstances dictate with agility and intelligence.  In INNOVATE! Dirk Beveridge provides a roadmap for creating innovation.  This is an instant classic, and has wide applicability not only in the complex world of distribution, but in the widest sense."

For over 25 years as a consultant to a wide range of companies, Beveridge has helped leading firms align, focus, and strengthen their sales and leadership strategies to remain relevant, outperform the market, and provide deeper value to customers.

Dirk can be reached at Dirk@unleashwd.com or 847-381-7797.

Robert Tucker

President, Innovation Resource Consulting Group

Managing for the Future: Capitalizing on the Driving Forces of Change

Wednesday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

In this keynote address, innovation futurist Robert B. Tucker will provide a powerful framework for NBMDA/NAFCD members who want to thrive both personally and professionally in the next decade of sudden disruption and amazing opportunity. All too often, we are consumed with putting out fires and managing what Tucker calls the “Delivery Engine,” such that we don't take the time to look and think ahead of the curve and engage the “Discovery Engine” effectively. This practical, fast-paced session, based on Tucker's 35 years of research and work with manufacturing and distribution sector industries, will unleash the forward thinker in all of us, and arm you with practical, proven strategies for getting new things done in your company.

Meet Robert Tucker

Robert B. Tucker is a renowned global futurist and innovation guru with a client list that includes over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies. Founder and president of Innovation Resource Consulting Group, Tucker is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of strategic foresight and innovation.

During the course of his 35-year career, Robert has worked with groups ranging from NAW and NAM to the economic development ministries of Singapore, Dubai, and Morocco, and with multinational companies such as IBM, American Express, and Nestle, as well as numerous trade and technology groups in a wide variety of industries.

A former adjunct professor at UCLA, Robert’s latest book, Innovation Is Everybody's Business: Making Yourself Indispensable in Today's Hypercompetitive World, reveals the Seven Innovation Skills that are rapidly becoming essential to navigating one’s career and business in today's hypercompetitive world.   His customized, high energy presentations provide leaders with cutting edge insights, practical advice, and reveal the "innovation mindset, toolset, and skillset" necessary to seize opportunities and profit from today's rapid changes. His international bestseller, Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change, has been translated into over 17 languages. 

Considered one of the founding thought leaders in the growing Innovation Movement, Tucker is publisher of Innovation-Trends, and is a frequent contributor to such publications as Forbes, Strategy & Leadership, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Innovation Excellence and other publications. He has appeared on CBS News, Channel News Asia, Bloomberg, Network 18 India, the PBS series Taking the Lead, and was a was a featured guest on the CNBC series The Business of Innovation. 

A multi-year winner of the Top Five Speaker hall of fame, Tucker is a recipient of the prestigious Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation for outstanding contributions to the field of innovation. 

Scott Klososky

Founding Partner, Future Point of View

The Future of Cybersecurity: Protecting Ourselves in an Increasingly Connected World

Wednesday, November 3 | 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

The field of cybersecurity will only grow in its impact on people, organizations and our world. What will the future bring? In this presecntation, Scott looks forward to tackling some of the challenges we will soon face in cyberspace.

Will we continue to witness a rise of surveillance on each of us, constant threats of digital attacks from state-sponsored actors, people from across the globe with the ability to seize control of our vehicles, our wearable devices, and our smart homes, are you implementing Integrated Security?

These are some of the important topics that will be addressed in this presentation. Scott is recognized for his unique future vision and his ability to extrapolate technology trends that will influence our world. In this program, he points this capability toward the world of cybersecurity to explain why it will become one of the most critical elements of our future.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the ways new technologies will impact the field of cybersecurity
  • What is Integrated security? Why is it important?
  • What are the current attack vectors, who are the bad guys, and how do you do risk management?
  • Evaluate how the Internet of Things remains an enormous threat to our infrastructure
  • Identify the increasing danger from organized cybercrime
  • Understand what each of our growing digital footprints will mean for our privacy
  • Learn steps you can take to protect your devices, and yourself, in an increasingly connected world

Meet Scott Klososky

Scott is the founder of numerous successful technology startup companies, and this has helped him gain a unique perspective into technology’s impact on industry and humanity. He is not just an observer of digital trends, he has routinely invested in his future visions with a great track record of success.

This unique perspective and future vision has allowed Scott to travel the globe as a speaker, consultant, and author. He works with senior executives in organizations ranging from the Fortune 500 to universities, nonprofits, and countless professional associations and coalitions. As a technology entrepreneur, he also continually works in the trenches of building his own companies.

Scott is the founding partner of TriCorps Technologies, a digital strategy and cybersecurity firm based in Oklahoma City. TriCorps Technologies focuses not only on helping clients to raise revenue and lower costs but also on protecting their organizations’ resources in both the physicalworld and in the digital world. At TriCorps, Scott has developed a pioneering integrated security model which targets security from three directions: physical security, surveillance, and cybersecurity, providing a systematic approach to organizational security.

TriCorps Technologies represents a merger between Future Point of View, a digital strategy firm Scott founded in 2007, and TriCorps Cybersecurity, a venture he co-founded in 2015.

Mike Regan

Founder, TranzAct

It’s Your Supply Chain – You Get What You Are Willing to Live With

Wednesday, November 3 | 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Your supply chain is the vital lifeblood of your organization. Supply chains all over the world are under assault as rates are rising and capacity continues to tighten. As CEO, you cannot delegate your commitment to seeing your company build a great supply chain; it is your responsibility to ensure its viability and success. Efficient supply chains help organizations to excel and grow which is why in today’s environment, understanding your supply chain is vital, particularly in today’s environment.

This session will focus on identifying inefficiencies in your supply chain and how, with your leadership, they can be corrected. You will also learn about ways you can best support your supply chain and focus on the areas you can control.

Meet Mike Regan

Mike Regan is well known and active within the logistics industry. He serves on the Boards of numerous industry groups such as the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC), as the Chairman of the Advocacy Committee. He’s also active in several industry organizations, such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), where he is a 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the YPO/WPO Manufacturing Excellence Network.

Mike Regan has been a featured contributor and has published several blogs in industry periodicals such as Logistics Management, and has been quoted in periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal and the Journal of Commerce. Prior to founding TranzAct, he worked for the Bank of America, PriceWaterhouse, and the Union Pacific Corporation.

Chris Wallace

President and Co-Founder, InnerView Group

The Experience Edge – How Industry Partners Can Work Together To Deliver a Customer Experience That Wins Over the Modern Buyer

Wednesday, November 3 | 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Products won’t be enough to win over the post-pandemic consumer. Consumers will choose brands and providers who make their buying experience easier, safer and more enjoyable. In this session, marketing and customer experience strategist, Chris Wallace of InnerView, will share guidance on how companies in the building material and flooring industries can partner to deliver another layer of value to customers.

Meet Chris Wallace

Christopher Wallace is the president and co-founder of InnerView, a marketing consulting firm that helps companies align their brand and product stories with their customer-facing employees. Their proprietary Brand Transfer StudyTM has become a standard for how companies measure employee brand affinity and alignment. Chris has more than 20 years of sales, marketing, and corporate leadership experience for brands such as Comcast and the PGA Tour. He is a regular speaker at corporate and trade events, has taught as an adjunct MBA professor and is a contributor to publications including Forbes and Harvard Business Review.

Brian Beaulieu

CEO and Chief Economist, ITR Economics

Planning and Navigating with Assurance

Thursday, November 4 | 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

As 2021 winds down,  it is time to prepare for the challenges and ongoing uncertainties projected for 2022. There are opportunities and risks ahead and we will explore them in terms of government initiatives, consumer trends, market opportunities, labor issues and production costs. We will also discuss business responses, tactics and strategies given the projected changes in the economy. 

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Attendees will:

  • Assess business demand for 2022 and into 2023.
  • Look at ITR’s key leading indicators that clearly foretell the upcoming cyclical turns in the economy and markets.
  • Present relevant market outlooks and discuss issues that have an impact on your profitability via resource allocation, budgets, expectations, and strategic planning.
  • Present the unintended consequences of the massive government programs, including infrastructure and other initiatives.
  • Assess interest rate and other financial market trends, including the latest information on stock market performance.

Meet Brian Beaulieu

Brian Beaulieu has served as CEO and Chief Economist of ITR Economics™ since 1987, where he researches the use of business cycle analysis and economic forecasting as tools for improving profitability. Brian has shared his highly valued research results via presentations, workshops, and seminars in numerous countries to hundreds of thousands of business owners and executives for the last 39 years.

He is coauthor of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the US and global trends over the next 20 years, as well as Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide to increasing profits through inevitable business cycle changes. Brian also coauthored But I Want It!, ITR Economics’ first children’s book.

Brian serves on the board of directors for the Ariens Company, a leading global manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, as well as the board for Bellwether Wealth, an investment management and strategic wealth planning firm based in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Brian has shared his expertise through various media outlets, including: USA Today, Knight Ridder, The Atlanta JournalConstitution, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The Washington Post, Kudlow and Friends, First on Fox, Canadian television, and numerous other outlets.

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