A record turnout highlighted the 2011 Vipar Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference, held Oct. 16-21 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Ariz. More than 90 percent of Vipar Heavy Duty stockholders, supplier partners and industry associates from the United States, Canada and Mexico were in attendance for the event that included a tradeshow and one-on-one meetings with more than 125 supplier partners.
Legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard presented a keynote address on “The Power to Win!” Under the theme “Synergy, Strength, Support,” the conference included a new feature for the 2011 meeting: three specialty breakout sessions for stockholders on mobile technology, inventory and supply chain management, and customer service.
“We had positive feedback from our stockholders on the new breakout sessions, which really kept the day-high energy,” says Steve Crowley, president and chief executive officer of Vipar Heavy Duty. “Overall, the record turnout of this year’s meeting provided a great opportunity to expand and enhance relationships between our stockholders and supplier partners and to establish direction and plan for future growth.”
In addition to the keynote speech, tradeshow, one-on-one meetings and breakout sessions, the conference included a general session and the annual stockholders meeting. Vipar Heavy Duty’s 2012 Annual Business Conference will be held October 21-26 at the Marco Island Marriott Resort.