October 29-30
Chicago. Venue SIX10.
"18 Brilliant Speakers Share their Stories of Innovation"

We Created This Summit For Distributors… Like You

The Wholesale Distribution industry must adapt to survive and thrive. We believe that, and we want to help you on this journey.

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James Stavridis
James Stavridis

Dean
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Admiral (Ret.) Stavridis will share leadership lessons from his career...Read more >

Jay Steinfeld
Jay Steinfeld

CEO
Blinds.com

How do you reinvent your business? Try changing the economy of an entire industry. Jay Steinfeld founder and CEO of... Read more >

Saul Kaplan
Saul Kaplan

Chief Catalyst
Business Innovation Factory (BIF)

The status quo eventually leads to disaster. That's why Saul Kaplan brings innovation to industries most committed to their... Read more >

Deb Mills-Scofield
Deb Mills-Scofield

Owner
Mills-Scofield LLC

Deb Mills-Scofield guides businesses into profitable and innovate futures. She will ask wholesale distributors to challenge their... Read more >

Curtis Hill
Curtis Hill

Vice President of Technical Support Services' Customer Assurance
Cisco Systems

Curtis Hill and Cisco stay ahead of the market by investing in where the real innovation happens.... Read more >

Dr. Ron Ashkenas
Dr. Ron Ashkenas

Senior Partner
Schaffer Consulting

Dr. Ron Ashkenas literally wrote the book on rethinking organizations. At UnleashWD Ashkenas will show Wholesale... Read more >

Lou Pierce
Lou Pierce

President
Big Idea Company, LLC

Lou Pierce tells great stories. At UnleashWD Pierce will help you define your organization's story moving forward... Read more >

Angela Maiers
Angela Maiers

Owner and Lead Consultant
Maiers Educational Services

Angela Maiers believes that literacy changes lives. At UnleashWD 2013 she will work with wholesale distributors... Read more >

innovation summit 2013 speaker at Unleash, Dorie Clark
Dorie Clark

CEO
Clark Strategic Communications

Want to change your business?
It starts with you according to Dorie Clark, marketing strategy consultant and frequent...Read more >

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Dr. John Johnson

Founder
White Space Interactive

Dr. John Johnson has over 17 years of experience in innovation, business consulting, IT management, and emerging...Read more >

innovation summit 2013 speaker at Unleash, Alexandra Levit
Alexandra Levit

CEO
Innovation at Work

Alexandra Levit’s goal is to help people succeed in meaningful jobs, and to build relationships between organizations...Read more >

innovation summit 2013 speaker at Unleash, Brant Cooper
Brant Cooper

Author
The Lean Entrepreneur

As a Lean Startup thought leader, he travels the world speaking to entrepreneurs at conferences, hackathons...Read more >

innovation summit 2013 speakerMatt Hlavin UnleashWD,
Matt Hlavin

President
Thogus Products

Since joining Thogus Products Companies in 1997, Matthew Hlavin, has been the driving force in Thogus’ growth...Read more >

innovation summit 2013 speakerBrad Lomenick UnleashWD,
Brad Lomenick

President
Catalyst

As the lead visionary and president of Catalyst, one of America's largest movements of young leaders, Lomenick learned...Read more >

innovation summit 2013 speakerKenneth HeyUnleashWD,
Kenneth Hey

Managing Partner
Inferential Focus

Since 1980 Kenneth Hey has provided corporations, financial institutions and government agencies ...Read more >

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Rogier van der Heide

Chief Design Officer
Phillips Lighting

Rogier van der Heide focuses on innovation-led design as an enabler of bridging technology and the creation of meaningful...Read more >

innovation summit 2013 speaker,
Homaro Cantu

Executive Chef and Owner
Moto Restuarant

Homaro Cantu is bringing innovation to the restaurant industry...Read more >

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Agenda

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UnleashWD provides two unprecedented days designed and
curated to unleash the innovative genius in you and your team.

Tuesday Morning

INNOVATION

LET'S GET BETTER FASTER

We know it - don't we? We all need to get better faster. That's where innovation comes in. Innovation is not some wizardry reserved for the Apples of the world. You and your business are capable of unleashing a culture of innovation and the first sessions of UnleashWD will inspire, inform, and catalyze you into action.

7.30
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8.30

Our Bright Future In Distribution

Speaker: Dirk Beveridge

What a great time to be in a position of leadership. In this age of the customer, changing markets, and in the midst of a technological revolution - our business of the future is the business we can imagine. We'll start the day with optimism, excitement, and energy.

8.45

A Vision To Find Your Sources of Innovation

Speaker: Jay Steinfeld - Founder Blinds.com

Jay is the perfect innovator to kickoff UnleashWD. He has built Blinds.com from a 1,001 square foot retail storefront (including the bathroom) into the world's largest online window covering store through constant innovation. Jay will share:

  • The blinds.com culture and how it fosters innovation and big thinking
  • How humanistic leadership develops a team of passionate and fully engaged leaders
  • His forward leaning vision of constant experimentation
9.35

Lift & Shift - Opening The Blinds with Jay Steinfeld

Led by Dirk Beveridge

How do you apply Jay's success, lessons and innovations to your business? We'll open the floor and use the collective wisdom in the room to lift the great ideas and shift them into distribution and your business.

10.00

Break For Random Collisions

It's pretty cool knowing as we break, that you've already gained enough strategic insight and inspiration to have meaningful discussions with other UnleashWD attendees. Our breaks are all about random collisions with other innovators like yourself to converse, explore, and heighten the lessons.

10.30

Creating New Possibilities Through Innovation

Speakers: Deborah Mills-Scofield, Rogier Van der Hiede, Ken Hey

You come to UnleashWD believing there is always a better way. In this session we'll think about our businesses in new ways through stories from Deborah who spearheaded AT&T's strategies into the Internet and E-commerce markets, , Rogier whose vision , courage and innovation is leading a fundamental shift in an industry remained un changed for the past century, and Ken who helps organizations find the big shifts around which innovation can create new value, and Curt who helps lead Cisco's innovation effort.

We'll learn to bring innovation into our distributorship by:

  • Challenging the status-quo (and making just a bit of trouble).
  • Identify those inflection points that indicate your customer needs are changing.
  • Opening our businesses to the power of the crowd.
  • Feel the pulse of the Big Shift and how it is changing the way business is done.
11.30

Lift & Shift - Challenging The Status-Quo

Led by: Linda Taddonio, Chief eCommerce Officer Insite Software

We'll all lean forward in our seats and collaborate with Deb, Roger, and Ken to apply their innovative processes to our businesses. This is the time to transform ideas into action.

12.00
Lunch

Tuesday Afternoon

REINVENTING LEADERSHIP

LET'S ALLOW OUR PEOPLE TO MOVE US FORWARD

We can feel that the very essence of leadership is changing. Leadership is being redefined, and this afternoon we'll explore these changes and emerge with stronger leadership and NEXT practices.

1.15

Let's Allow Our People To Move Us Forward

Speakers: Curt Hill, Alexandra Levit, Brad Lomenick

At the intersection of today and the future is the team which leadership surrounds itself with to drive innovation. Curt Hill will bridge the need for innovation, how to execute, and the people who will help you in all phases. By 2020 we'll have five generations stacked upon one another in the workforce. At the top of that pyramid are the millennials who have been called to lead our business into the future. Alexandra and Brad will move us forward showing how we can reinvent our leadership through:

  • Preparing the company to be led by millennials
  • Developing the next wave of leaders
  • Collaboration rather than command and control
2.15

Lift & Shift - Discovering New Leaders

Led By: Roman Bukary, Sr. Director, WD & Manufacturing Verticals , NetSuite

Not sure how to execute an innovation journey? Don't know your hashtags or understand how millennials fit into your company? Ask our storytellers how to create an agile workforce that includes Generation Y during this collaborative session.

2.45
Break For Random Collisions

Go out and meet someone new during break and share what's going through your mind. Let's keep the conversation going!

3.15

There is Genius All Around You

Speakers: Dorie Clark, Matt Hlavin, and Chef Homaro Cantu

Real opportunity exists for those who create the culture needed to encourage and foster innovation in their work environment. Those who create a cause that people want to rally around, create a better future. The best ideas have no title and come from empowered individuals who have 30 days or 30 years of experience. We'll learn how innovators tap the genius that resides in their business. We'll bring to light:

  • How seemingly average individuals do extraordinary things.
  • The power in creating a cause your people, customers and markets believe in.
  • How reinventing ourselves leads to reinventing the company.
4.15

Lift & Shift -Catalyzing the Genius All Around You

Led By: Asa Lanum, CEO and Julie Hahnke, Innovation Strategist at Innovaro

We can feel the pulse of energized, committed, and focused employees. Let's Lift and Shift from the stories we just heard so we have actionable ideas to take back.

4.45-6:30

Cocktails in the Sandbox

Join us for your favorite drink and more energizing conversation.

Wednesday Morning

Business Model Design

THINKING OUT OF THE BOX

We feel the pressure of rapid change. We know our traditional model of distribution is not quite the business model it once was. We are going to devote this morning to thinking out of the box. Let's immerse ourselves in the possibilities.

7.30
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30
Introduction to the Day
Dirk Beveridge
8.45

Making the Impossible, Possible Through Leadership and Innovation

Speaker: James Stavridis: Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander

U.S. News & World Report recently said “It is not hard to appreciate why The New York Times labeled recently retired Admiral James Stavridis a ‘Renaissance admiral.’ Labels like ‘innovator’ and ‘thought leader’ may be overused, but Stavridis lives up to the hype. Jim will inspire transformational thinking by sharing leadership lessons from over a 37 year NAVY career rising to the rank of 4 star admiral. Throughout his career he led each organization to create its future by making what seems impossible, possible.

9.35

Lift & Shift -Making the Impossible, Possible

Led By: Dirk Beveridge

How do you apply Jim’s leadership, lessons and innovations to your business? We'll open the floor and use the collective wisdom in the room to lift the great ideas and shift them into distribution and your business.

10:00
Break
10.30

Let's Release Stale Business Models

Speakers: Saul Kaplan, Ron Ashkenas, and Brant Cooper

Business models expire faster than ever before. Traditional business plans crumble and fall in the face of change makers. Entrepreneurship, intrapraneurship, and business model innovation will become focal points in your distribution business after this session.

Saul, Brant, and Ron are going to open up their best selling books - and themselves to give you insights that few distributors have, including:

  • How you can develop a business model innovation factory within your current business.
  • How you can change your business to move at the speed of the Internet.
  • Accelerating our growth through rapid experimentation.
11.30

Lift & Shift

Led By: Barrett Thompson, General Manager of Pricing Excellence, Zilliant

We'll have an open forum allowing you to delve into applying business model innovation to your distributorship.

12.00
Lunch

Wednesday Afternoon

Creating a Culture of Innovation

LET'S OPEN OUR MINDS TO NEW IDEAS

Real opportunity exists for those who step up and create the conditions needed to encourage and foster innovation in their work environments. Shifting an organization's mindset to allow new ideas to truly emerge and thrive will be the focus this afternoon.

1.15

Creating New & Sustainable Value

Speakers: Dr. John Johnson, Lou Pierce, Angela Maiers

Is it possible to take an entrenched business and build a better, stronger, more sustainable future? To lead real change? ABSOLUTELY! We'll peer into the inner workings of both large and small businesses that have successfully reinvented themselves, while not abandoning what meets the current needs of the market.

We’ll also end with a call to action – If Not You, Who?

John, Lou, and Angela will show the possibilities when you::

  • Bring experimentation to your business to create new solutions for your customers.
  • Opening our businesses to the power of the crowd.
  • Take that calculated risk to do what inspires you and others.
02.15

Lift & Shift

Led By: IBM>

Our third open forum of the morning, this one allowing you to delve into creating new and sustainable value for your distributorship.

02.45
Break For Random Collisions

It's amazing isn't it. With all that is swirling in your mind, there is clarity as well. Take this opportunity to go out front and bounce that new clarity off the friends you've made the last two days.

03.15-5:00

Final Lift & Shift Workshop - Build Your Plan of Action

To conclude you'll develop a plan of action, detailing the imperatives of change and innovation that you are ready to lead. After these two days the status-quo has no chance.

Day 1 Day 2

Just Added- Oct. 31 Morning Session


"Unleashing Your Future with a B2B eCommerce Strategy"

Presented by Insite Software


Join us for a one-of-kind breakfast meeting designed to help you (the C-Suite) manage the disruption and execute a new non-chaotic eCommerce path so you can profitably lead your organization to a sustainable and brighter future—faster.


07.30 Breakfast


08.00 Introductions and UnleashWD Overview

 Speaker: Dirk Beveridge, Founder, UnleashWD

08.10 Facing the Forces of Change

Speaker: Guy Blissett, IBM

08.40 Developing your Technology Strategy

Speaker: Linda Taddonio, Chief eCommerce Strategy Officer, Insite Software

09.10 Technology Transformation Case Study


09.40 Technology Lift and Shift Q&A

Speaker: Scott Costas, Publisher tED Magazine

Venue

To let innovation run free, we’ve chosen Chicago’s beautiful Lake Michigan and Millennium Park as our backdrop, and one of the city’s most modern venues as our host site.

We’re breaking out of the ballroom mentality and showcasing our storytellers in Venue SIX10′s intimate theater, so register early to ensure your space.

Host Location
Venue SIX10, Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Detailed travel information can be found here.

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    VP, Sales Operations
    Cardinal Health
  • Melissa Schmitt
    Director, Sales Training & Leadership Effectivenes
    Cardinal Health
  • Robin slater
    VP of Sales
    Valin Corporation
  • Derek Rauchenberger
    Principal
    Bright Spark Consulting
  • Lou Rasmussen
    President
    Heat Controller
  • Anthony Filipovic
    VP Administration
    The Chas. E. Phipps Company
  • Julia Klein
    Chairwoman & CEO
    CHBriggs
  • Will Parsley
    Dir. of Business Development
    Carswell Distributing Company
  • Mike Strauss
    Chief Supply Chain Officer
    CH Briggs
  • Corey Foster
    Automation Sales Manager, N. California
    Valin
  • Jake Gress
    Vice President Marketing
    L&W Supply Corporation
  • Michael Delwiche
    Director of Sales
    Heat Controller
  • David Nettemeyer
    Director of Digital Strategies
    Valin Corporation
  • Eric Wixom
    Publisher
    Industrial Distribution
  • Eric Rauschenberg
    Dir. of Marketing
    Carswell Distributing
  • Leon Cogswell
    Sales Manager
    Heat Controller
  • Tim Gupton
    Vice President
    Carswell Distributing
  • Bill Parsley
    President
    Carswell Distributing
  • Douglas Johnnson
    Director of Sales
    Heat Controller
  • Robert Parsley
    Purchasing Manager
    Carswell Distributing
  • Jon Irvine
    Business Development Manager,Process Heating
    Valin Corporation
  • Scott Siegelman
    East Coast Sales Director
    Port Supply
  • Barry Kelley
    Senior Vice President
    Port Supply
  • Bill Mansfield
    Vice President, Marketing
    Graybar
  • John Mansfield
    VP Business Development
    Graybar
  • Michael Adelizzi
    Executive Vice President
    American Supply Association
  • Thomas Naber
    President/CEO
    National Association of Electrical Distributors
  • Debbie Karas
    Nurse Practitioner
    Natural Healthy Care
  • Mary Porter
    Owner
    Safety Supply Illinois
  • Tracy Severson
    Marketing Manager
    Safety Supply Illinois
  • Saul Kaplan
    Chief Catalyst
    Business Innovation Factory
  • Norman Hall
    Project Manager, E-Commerce
    Valin
  • Angela Harris
    Editor
    Distribution Center and The NEWS
  • Gregory Wright
    Vice President of Strategic Business Development
    Valin Corporation
  • Brent Martin
    Manager of Operations and Customer Service
    Heat Controller
  • Celia Colwell
    Marketing and Events Coordinator
    Insite Software
  • Steve Edwards
    Vice President, Marketing
    WinWholesale
  • Shane McCarrey
    Regional HR Director
    ABS Global Inc.
  • Benjamin Mayfield
    Canadian Business Manager
    ABS Global Inc.
  • Brandon Sowder
    Divisional Business Manager
    Genus ABS
  • Ian Hildon
    Divisional Business Manager
    ABS Global Inc.
  • Matt Anderson
    Divisional Business Manager
    ABS Global Inc.
  • Kathy Katusha
    Vice President Human Resources
    Valin Corporation
  • David Hefler
    CFO
    Valin Corporation
  • Erika Teneyck
    Research & Development Manager
    NAED
  • Barrett Thompson
    General Manager of Pricing Excellence Solutions
    Zilliant
  • Lindsay Duran
    Senior Marketing Manager
    Zilliant
  • Tim Pollard
    Operations Manager
    American Stainless
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    COC - Creator of Crazy
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    Sales Manager
    Carswell Distributing
  • Alicia Huff
    IOC - Instructor of Crazy
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    IOC - Instructor of Crazy
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    DOC - Director of Crazy
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    POC - Promoter of Crazy
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    Director of Marketing
    Port Supply
  • Eric Buckner
    West Coast Sales Director
    Port Supply
  • Brian Slack
    Vice President
    Pro-Link
  • Chris Brown
    CEO
    Wiedenbach-Brown Co.,Inc
  • ron ashkenas
    Senior Partner
    schaffer consulting
  • Curtis Hill
    Vice President of Technical Support Services' Cust
    Cisco Systems
  • Angla Maiers
    Owner and Lead Consultant
    Maiers Educational Services
  • Alexandra Levit
    CEO
    Inspiration at Work
  • Brant Cooper
    Author
    The Lean Entrepreneur
  • Deb Mills-Scofield
    Owner
    Mills-Scofield LLC
  • Dorie Clark
    CEO
    Clark Strategic Communications
  • James Stavridis
    Dean
    Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Jay Steinfeld
    Owner and CEO
    Blinds.com
  • Brad Lomenick
    President
    Catalyst
  • John Johnson
    Founder
    White Space Interactive
  • Lou Pierce
    President
    Big Idea Company
  • Matt Hlavin
    President
    Thogus Products
  • Rogier Van der Heide
    Chief Design Officer
    Phillips Lighting
  • Jim McCann
    President
    McCann Industries, Inc.
  • Steven Roggeman
    Chief Financial Officer
    McCann Industries, Inc.
  • Tom Goetz
    Executive Vice President
    ACD international
  • Paul Raiche
    President at Ceratec
    Ceratec
  • Dennis Kruepke
    Chief Executive Officer
    McCann Industries, Inc.
  • Glenn Hayward
    Vice President of Operations
    McCann Industries, Inc.
  • Diane MacLean
    VP Operations
    WayPoint Analytics, Inc.
  • Susan Merlo
    President
    Next Level iMedia
  • bob waltzer
    Toledo Brandh Manager
    The Chas E phipps company
  • Ryan Stall
    VP - Information Technology
    Border States Electric
  • Keith Holland
    VP - Supply Chain Solutions
    Border States Electric
  • Scott Costa
    Publisher
    tED Magazine
  • Michelle McNamara
    Sr. Vice President
    NAED
  • Julie Hahnke
    Innovation Strategist
    Innovaro
  • Asa Lanum
    Chairman and CEO
    Innovaro
  • Chris Modrich
    VP
    Lesman
  • Erick Levy
    Sr. Training Manager
    West Marine
  • Richard Porter
    CEO
    Safety Supply Illinois
  • Roman Bukary
    VP and GM of Manufacturing and WD Industries
    Netsuite
  • Martin Swarbrick
    President and CEO
    Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.
  • Melinda Pierce
    Vice President
    Big Idea Company
  • Randall Howard
    Big Data and Analytics Industry Marketing Manager
    IBM
  • Linda Taddonio
    Chief eCommerce Strategy Officer
    Insite Software
  • Brian Stronjy
    Co-Founder
    Insite Software
  • Mike Limas
    Vice President
    DMSi Software
  • Dirk Beveridge
    Staff Consultant
    Baker Tilly
  • Bob Debicki
    Big Data Tiger Team
    IBM
  • Doug JOnes
    President
    Hines Buiding Supply
  • Kassymkan Kapparov
    Director
    American-Kazakhstan Technology Cooperation Center
  • Jeremy Blanford
    Insite Software
  • Dana Foster
    Marketing Manager
    Thogus Products
  • Mark Moran
    Co- Founder
    Choose2Matter
  • Mark J. Carter
    Founder
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  • Amy Black
    Executive Director
    ASAEF
  • Spencer Ruhlin
    EVP, Business Development
    Integrated Shipping Solutions (ISS)
  • Andrew Carlson
    Global Director, Strategic PRicing
    Brandy Corporation

 

Absolutely! I would do it again, and I would bring more people too.”

- Ryan Polk, VP Business Unit Strategy, and Performance, LDI Ltd

 

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Ben Brown
Branch Operations Manager, The Chas. E. Phipps Company

“...this was money well spent... we could tell right away that it was going to be worthwhile.”

Tim Gupton
Carswell Distribution Industries

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Former General Manager, ABS North America

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