PHOENIX — More than 350 executives who participated in Anda’s Seventh Annual Supply Chain Symposium Thursday and Friday here, including a record 25 retailer representatives, were treated to keynote addresses from sport legends Julius “Dr. J” Erving and four-time Super Bowl champion Joe Montana.
For the event’s golf tournament Friday afternoon, professional golfer Kenny Perry was on hand to provide a clinic and golfing anecdotes to attendees. Perry currently plays on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour, and won his first senior major championship on June 30, 2013.
Al Paonessa of Anda, Tony Mihelich of Anda, Joe Montana, and Bill Versosky of Anda
During lunch, attendees were given an update on pedigree legislation from HDMA’s SVP industry relations, membership and education Perry Fri.
“The Annual Supply Chain Symposium has grown into a great event,” said Al Paonessa, Anda president. Getting people together a couple of times each year — this is one event, and Anda does another in the fall — is an opportunity for Anda to help facilitate deals between its retail customers and manufacturers. “It’s not all driven by the lowest cost of goods; it’s driven by relationship-building, and there are things we can do to help facilitate what happens,” Paonessa said.
“We create an atmosphere to help [retailers and manufacturers] build relationships and do the things they need to do to bring value,” said Tony Mihelich, Anda VP purchasing. “In the end the retailer wins, the manufacturer wins and Anda wins.”
“The key to this event, what really does make it unique, is the casual atmosphere,” said Bill Versosky, VP sales and marketing for Anda. “We look at both the manufacturers and the retailers as our customers, so this [event is where] we bring all of our customers together and enable conversations between them to help grow their businesses.”
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