To gain a competitive advantage in today's data-driven world, you need to know how to be a true partner with both customers and suppliers. Join the Distributor/Supplier Community for a discussion of challenges, partnerships, and opportunities facing channel partners.
1-1:15 pm - Welcome
Moderator: Mark Hubbard, Paragon Furniture, LLC
Mark Hubbard, EDmarket Board member and President of Paragon Furniture, will set the stage for the afternoon program with his observations on the future of distribution and how EDmarket can be a key resource for your future business success.
1:15-2:15 pm - Open More Doors, Close More Sales
Meridith Elliott Powell
You followed all the rules. You’ve read all the books. You’ve implemented the strategies. And still you’re struggling to hit the goals. Face it - the rules have changed and selling today is different. Customers demand more. Sales cycles are longer. Competition is stronger. And getting above the white noise is damn near impossible. Sales success today means attracting, investing and powerfully adding value. Attend this session and uncover the 3 MUST have strategies to open more doors, close more sales and be the envy of your competitors!
Sponsored by: Paragon Furniture, LLC
2:15-2:30 pm - Networking Break
2:30-3:30 pm - Interior Integrators 2025: The Future of the Dealer
David Solomon, Managing Principal, Solomon Coyle
Client expectations are putting pressure on the project delivery system, requiring everyone involved, working more effectively together. Innovative Dealers have the opportunity to position themselves as a trusted consultant and strategic partner to their clients, and a valued member of the project team. Learn how new procurement models work, how the Dealer fits into the project team dynamic, and how Dealers can move from being viewed as a vendor to taking an active role in the process. We will also discuss client expectations, project team roles, and expectations, and ways CRE, project managers, A&D and other project team members can leverage Dealer expertise.
3:30-3:45 pm - Networking Break
3:45-5:00 pm - A Road Map to Collaborative Business/School District Success
Panel of School District Administrators
The final segment of the Symposium will focus on helping shape the sales response to the dramatic changes taking place in school facility procurement. A panel of purchasing officials will share the customer perspective on channel disruption and how it is affecting procurement habits, product delivery and customer engagement. Learn how to respond to the challenges of procurement in today’s changing education environment with new sales approaches and discover what specific steps dealers can take to improve their chances for success.
The Educational Distribution Symposium is open to distributors, suppliers, independent manufacturers’ representatives, and service providers.
EDmarket Members - Free
Nonmembers - $75 per person