The member-owned AD buying and marketing group welcomed more than 180 attendees from 114 AD member owner distributors and service providers, representing nine industries and two countries, to the second annual AD Finance & HR Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The program included strategic and relevant HR and finance topics, and featured networking roundtables, keynote speeches, concurrent educational sessions, a service provider tour, and more.

“Networking has continuously been rated one of the top benefits of the AD membership and this summit provides an excellent opportunity to extend that networking power to the finance and HR decision-makers at AD independent distributors so they can take industry knowledge, best practices, and action items back to their businesses,” AD Senior Vice President of Human Resources Neil Cohen said.

AD CFO Drew Moyer added, “One-third of this year’s attendees were attending an AD meeting for the first time, so this particular summit was an exciting opportunity for us to welcome AD’s newest members that joined as a result of our three mergers this year.”

Based on feedback, AD noted it plans to hold another summit in 2020.