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more than 300 power transmission/motion control distribution and manufacturing companies, representing over $20 billion in product sales.

Events | Industry Summit | Education

Industry Summit

October 20-23, 2021
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, Georgia


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Opening Keynote
Friday, October 22 | 9:00-10:00 AM
Using "3A Thinking" to Be More Future-Resilient
Simon Anderson, Futurist

Simon Anderson spent years developing his “3A Thinking” approach to recognizing and understanding significant emerging trends and technologies. Anderson will empower and equip you to spot important trends and assess how they may impact your company’s bottom-line. Use his guidance to create five action items to implement in your planning for 2022 and beyond.


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Panel Session
Friday, October 22 | 10:30-11 :30 AM
E-commerce on a Budget
Jason Capshaw, Dorn Group

Businesses that adopt digital distribution channels into their customer sales strategy set the stage for future growth and success, but you don't have to break the bank to achieve e-commerce success. With the right strategy and management approach, you can win online. Jason Capshaw will share his deep industry experience launching successful e-commerce platforms for distributors, highlighting the need to say ahead of the accelerating pace of digital toolset innovation. You'll also hear from distribution leaders about their digital journeys-–what works, and what doesn't.


Carin Sampson | VP, Human Resources & Marketing
IBT Industrial Solutions  
In her marketing role, Karen is leading a team to build a digital customer experience. In HR, she and her team drive results for the business by attracting, retaining, and developing a workforce full of experts. Prior to joining IBT in 2018, Carin held multiple progressive human resources roles at a private university and in two Fortune 500 retailers with responsibility for leading human resources, talent and organizational development, and career services.
Pete Georgantis | Senior Director, Marketing
White Cap
White Cap is one of the fastest growing national B2B Specialty Distributors. Through 25 years in the industry, “Power Tool Pete” has developed extensive experience in category management, product marketing, and strategic planning.  He’s broken every best practice rule in change management and digital transformation in an effort to focus on customer centricity, and learned there’s more than one path to success in this wild B2B environment.

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Panel Session
Friday, October 22 | 12:30-1:30 PM
Why Is It So Hard to Hire Right-Fit People?

John Salvadore, Managing Partner, GRN Coastal Recruitment

Layne Graham, B & D Industrial
Billy Hamilton, Motion
Sylvia Silveira, NTN Bearing Corp. of Canada Ltd.

Presented by PT WORK Force® (an initiative of the PTDA Foundation)
The struggle to find good hires remains a top challenge for employers in the PT/MC industry. How can you strengthen your talent pool? Technical recruiter John Salvadore will facilitate a panel discussion with industry HR execs on strategies for recruiting and retaining the best hires for vital sales and non-sales roles, including customer service, warehouse associates, inventory control and more. 


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Closing Keynote
Saturday, October 23 | 2:30-4:00 PM
Navigating a Post-Pandemic Economy
Dr. Alan Beaulieu, President, ITR Economics

Leading industrial economist and Industry Summit favorite, Dr. Alan Beaulieu, will address how to navigate the post-COVID economy. With insights on the industrial distribution market and what your customers are anticipating, you’ll leave prepared to forecast your company’s three-, five- and seven-year needs so you’re ready for the challenges and opportunities that await the PT/MC marketplace.

One of the country’s most sought-after economists, Beaulieu has earned the respect and appreciation of key business leaders among industry trade organizations. He has been providing workshops and economic analysis seminars to countries and literally thousands of business owners and executives for the last 30 years. As the chief economist for numerous US and international trade associations, it has been remarked that Alan’s “insight into our business, a track record of accurate forecasting, and unparalleled knowledge of global markets has earned him the respect and appreciation of key business leaders in our industry.”

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