NAFCD, NBMDA convention speaker line-up announced

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Volume 26/number 28 June 10/17, 2013

Chicago—A powerful lineup of speakers will headline the upcoming 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA annual convention, scheduled to take place here from Nov. 12 to 14. Providing tips and best practices that will enhance each attendee’s business and personal brand, these nationally recognized figures will share their expertise on economic trends, driving sales, relationship building, developments in the building product supply chain, corporate culture and leadership improvement.

Brian Beaulieu, one of the country’s most informed economists, has served as CEO of Institute for Trend Research (ITR) Economics since 1987. Beaulieu will give a presentation on economic trends and forecast.

Bill Benjamin of the Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP) will discuss performance and leadership improvement. Attendees will learn promotion techniques and goal achievement.

Walter Bond, a former professional basketball player, also known as “Mr. Accountability” because he forces each of his listeners to learn to be responsible for his or her personal situation, will reveal how to harness the power of accountability and become a rock star of your industry.

Mark Herbek, a partner who helped launch the Cleveland Research Co., one of the world’s largest independent research firms, will speak about the trends in the building product supply chain while sharing insights on how to balance business of brick and mortar versus e-commerce, forecasts for repair, remodel and new construction, and more.

Sam Richter, an internationally recognized expert of sales and marketing who was named by InsideView as one of the world’s Top 25 Most Influential Sales Leaders, will share a presentation on developing personal relationships to drive sales.

Scott Thomas has a 17-year career in distribution in sales, marketing and management. He will touch on customer relationship management, providing the features that can be meaningful to a building material distributor. He will highlight ways to enhance sales force management, marketplace visibility, customer service, marketing, activity reporting and internal processes.

“The valuable education program combined with the one-on-one distributor-manufacturer meetings makes the 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA annual convention the most anticipated distribution-focused event of the year,” said Michelle Miller, executive director of NAFCD. “Each year this event fosters learning, providing attendees with the tools they need to walk away successful and improve their businesses.”

Kevin Gammonley, executive vice president of NBMDA, said, “Insights from these business experts will provide attendees with pertinent information to enhance their business strategies. We’re proud to present such a renowned group of speakers this year.”

For more about the event, visit

Manufacturers and service providers interested in securing a tabletop exhibit and/or sponsorship at the 2013 NAFCD + NBMDA convention should call 312.673.5974 or contact Scott Narug at

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