CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — VIPAR Heavy Duty, a network of independent aftermarket truck parts distributors, will host the 2017 VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference, Oct. 15-20, at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, Fla.
Under the theme, "Foundation for the Future," the conference brings together distributors, supplier partners and industry associates in a forum for information exchange, open dialogue, and an opportunity to share insights on navigating the challenges and opportunities in a rapidly evolving independent heavy duty aftermarket, according to VIPAR.
"The theme of this year's conference builds on the strength of our third generation (G3) management team and key initiatives," said Chris Baer, VIPAR president and CEO. "More importantly, G3 is all about execution and speed-to-market which has helped establish a solid foundation for our future as an organization and will help grow the mutual businesses of our stockholders and supplier partners."
The conference, which is expected to draw more than 750 attendees, will feature updates on the organization, technology solutions, new products and program opportunities. The structure of the week includes the annual stockholder meeting, a general session, trade show, more than 1,400 one-to-one stockholder/supplier partner meetings, as well as networking events.
Other events include a GenNext reception featuring speed mentoring, a Young Leaders Forum and Lunch, and distributor educational sessions.