Dan Mack: Leaders should seek advisers

SAN ANTONIO — “Why do smart leaders fail? They go off track with lack of strategic decisiveness, failure to create systems driving execution, struggle with financial management or talent retention. The top leaders create a virtual board of advisers to help them stay in reality.” That was one of the key messages conveyed by Elevation Forum founder Dan Mack to more than 30 senior leaders during the Health & Wellness @Retail 2013 in San Antonio.

Harvey Goodman of Dickinson Brands, Bruce Kramer of Wahl Clipper, John Bodimer of Abbott Medical Optics, Jim Beghtol of Lil’ Drug Store Products, Robert Swan of Menasha Packaging and Dan Mack of Elevation Forum

On May 30, this group of senior executives — as well as keynote speaker and H-E-B’s group VP drug store, beauty, general merchandise, floral and services Bill Anderson — gathered as part of the latest Elevation Forum the day prior to the kickoff of the FMI/GMDC Health, Beauty & Wellness @Retail event in San Antonio. Bill Anderson shared with the team how to align their business philosophy with H-E-B.

Eric Savitch of Drug Store News, Eddie Andruss of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Janna Bell of Sunstar Americas, Sandy Katz of The Gebauer Co.; and Matt Kominsky of Nature’s Products

TABS Group partner David Butcher also brought forward a very engaging trade optimization model for dramatically improving trade investments. According to Butcher, “everyone can get more out of their promotions, if they stay out of the weeds and concentrate on where the post-evaluation data takes you.”

Steve Bickham of Mentholatum, Dave McConnell of GMDC, Bob Ford of Sheralven Enterprises, David Butcher of TABS Group and Wayne Bennett of Drug Store News

Bill Anderson of H-E-B (standing), John Winegardner of Microlife USA, Jeff Burress of Beiersdorf, James McGuiness of Drive Medical and Nilda Oyola of Majestic Drug Co.

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