As has been the case for many yearsand will remain the case for years to come, the PHCP-PVF industry survives and thrives on networking and relationships.

To maintain and extend those ever-important relationships, there is one event you simply cannot afford to miss. That event is NETWORK2016, brought to you by the American Supply Association. Next month in New York at the world-famous Waldorf Astoria, the entire industry will come together to network, hear an engaging lineup of speakers, enjoy camaraderie with friends and be part of an outstanding experience that cannot be duplicated.

Those who have been to a NETWORK event within the last four or five years know what I’m talking about. Those who have not need to find out for themselves and register for this year’s event now!

NETWORK2016brings together owners and decision-makers from wholesaler-distributors, manufacturers, independent manufacturers reps, vendors and professional leaders throughout the PHCP-PVF industry to network and find business-related solutions through a variety of opportunities. Our staff and leadership have once again developed a first-class industry gathering with a compact schedule that allows for minimal time out of the office.

ASA’s Education Foundation has outdone itself once more and put together an energy-charged and laser-focused schedule of educational
seminars and speakers. Throughout the last several months in ASA News, we have featured preview articles written by our event speakers, such as Dirk Beveridge (Supply House Times columnist) and Mike Staver, to give readers more specifics on the topics and information they will be presenting. I’m looking forward to exciting and information-packed sessions. Specific topics to be discussed include: “Reimagining Distributor and Manufacturer Relationships,” “Leadership isn’t For Cowards,” “Strategic Planning for Distributors,” “Strategic Employee Engagement to Drive Business Results,” “How Will You Attract the Best Millennials to Your Sales Team?” and more.

I am consistently impressed by how we continue to bring a superior lineup of headline speakers to NETWORK each year. This year’s group includes former George W. Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino, political writer Stephen Hayes, Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto and former NSA and CIA director General Michael Hayden. Rounding out the seminars and presentations will be the unveiling of Brian Beaulieu’s 2017 Industry Forecast, which is consistently a standing-room-only event that cannot be missed. Don’t be “the one” who misses it!

Perhaps the highlight of the event is the ever popular wholesaler and vendor conference appointment sessions, which bring together more than $14 billion in purchasing power in one room. Over the course of the last few years, the appointments have become the focal point of NETWORK. These appointments allow conference attendees to connect with current industry partners and meet with new industry connections via face-to-face meetings arranged ahead of time and held in one dedicated location. Best of all, perhaps, is the fact this all takes place within an environment where nothing else is competing for participant’s attention.

Plan on taking part by joining us in New York Sept. 28-30. Contact Maria Marchesi at ASA at for registration details, or, better yet, visit to register online today!

NETWORK2016 is where the industry meets. This is our industry and our future. NETWORK2016 puts the industry in focus. See you in New York!