Kenny challenged members to come together and work side-by-side as an industry. He mentioned strongly promoting the “made in America” label, and the importance of continuing to influence opposition of unreasonable regulations in Washington. He also encouraged everyone to take a page from the Sam Walton book. “Mr. Walton had very few original ideas. Most of his ideas came from his competitors. He improved on these ideas by implementing them more efficiently. Our industry can be a place not only where ideas are shared, but knowledge gained. Our marketplace will reward those who do the best job of implementing the best ideas,” added Kenny.
“At the end of 2011, I will step down as ASA President. My parting challenge to all of you is quite simple: ASA represents national chains, buying groups and regional associations representing smaller independent operations. I ask that all of us invest our time, talent and money to work together on our marketplace. The payback is tremendous!” he said.
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