Anda event focuses on networking, health reform

Linda Tarplin, Butch Harmon and Jerry West among guests

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — More than 250 executives who participated in Anda’s 4th Annual Supply Chain Symposium here Thursday and Friday were treated to a keynote address from Linda Tarplin, a leading healthcare consultant and former senior White House and Department of Health and Human Services staff member.

And more than 158 golfers played 18 holes of golf on the TPC Scottsdale Stadium course with top-ranked golfing instructor Butch Harmon, who boasts Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and Natalie Gulbis as just a few of his students. Rounding out the guest list was NBA hall-of-famer “The Logo” Jerry West. 

The event kicked off the night before with a series of one-on-ones that brought together Anda’s key customers and business partners. “The Anda Supply Chain Symposium is really designed to highlight Anda’s capabilities and bring together customers and manufacturers,” said Bill Versosky, VP sales and marketing at Anda. “We shipped to an incredible amount of locations last year, and we just want to thank all of our manufacturers and customers for coming out.”

“The symposium is a great format to exchange business ideas [and] facilitate commerce, both on and off the golf course,” added Marc Falkin, Anda VP purchasing. “We took our event to Scottsdale this year and reached a capacity of attendance I’m not sure anyone thought would take place when we first started planning.”

During the keynote address, Tarplin reviewed the impact of healthcare reform from the past year — in particular, how to control rising healthcare costs. Among the issues addressed by Tarplin:

  • Healthcare issues — in particular, how to control rising healthcare costs and contain the growth of the entitlement programs. Bipartisan discussions regarding the Medicare and Medicaid programs and policies to constrain the costs of entitlement programs, once considered politically untouchable, may soon be on the table for consideration;
  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was passed last Congress and lauded by the administration as one of the landmark achievements of President Obama will continue to be a focal point for Republicans, who will continue their efforts to repeal the healthcare legislation. Republicans and Democrats will continue to debate the merits of this law, Tarplin said, while closely watching the various court cases moving forward on the constitutionality of the individual mandate; and
  • While some issues may get addressed in a bipartisan fashion this year, most of the larger healthcare debate at the national level will continue to be about setting the political stage for the 2012 elections.

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