NYC’s former ‘top cop’ to keynote DSN Industry Issues Summit

NEW YORK — Former New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly will be the featured keynote lunch speaker at the 16th annual Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit on Dec. 2 at the New York Athletic Club.

The longest-serving police commissioner in New York City history and the first to serve two separate tenures as the city’s top cop, Kelly will share with Issues Summit attendees his experiences from leading one of the largest police departments in the world. Kelly is widely credited for creating the country’s first municipal police department counterterrorism bureau and establishing a global intelligence program with New York City detectives in 11 foreign cities.

At the same time, Kelly also led the NYPD in decreasing violent crime by 40% from 2001 levels. In addition, Kelly introduced new big data capabilities to the department, creating the Real Time Crime Center, which mined millions of records to identify investigative leads for New York detectives.

Kelly is the “headliner” for what is gearing up to be another blockbuster Industry Issues Summit conference for Drug Store News. The event, now in its 16th year, features exclusive retailer roundtable discussions around three critical areas of the business — emerging new healthcare technologies; diabetes and chronic care; and driving  front-end growth.

An impressive lineup of retail companies has signed on for the Dec. 2 conference, including Walgreens, CVS Caremark, Rite Aid, Costco, Target, Sam’s Club, Ahold, Family Dollar, Thrifty White, Cardinal Health, Winn-Dixie, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Shopko and more.

“The annual Issues Summit is a mainstay event every year during New York Industry Week,” said DSN publisher Wayne Bennett. “People who attend Issues Summit gain valuable insights from the leading retail executives in our industry about how to align strategic imperatives with high-growth results. The meeting also provides an intimate setting for great industry networking and leadership connectivity. “

The full-day event includes three separate roundtable discussions:  the Health, Wellness and Technology Summit; the Diabetes and Chronic Care Roundtable; and the Industry
Issues Summit.

The conference also provides attendees with networking opportunities, a chance to develop stronger relationships with key industry stakeholders, valuable insights and strategies to grow the business, and an important look at trends.

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