UnleashWD Early Bird Saving Period Ends Aug. 15

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The early bird savings to attend the UnleashWD Innovation Summit ends on Aug. 15. UnleashWD is the only innovation summit for the wholesale distribution industy.

“UnleashWD offers the best line-up of speakers of any industry conference,” Dirk Beveridge, UnleashWD Founder said.

The early bird grace period to attend UnleashWD ends after Aug. 15, but there is still time for distribution businesses to join 18 of the world’s most innovative speakers at the UnleashWD Innovation Summit Oct. 29-30 in Chicago.

The early bird pricing provides attendees with a $300 per person discount.

“We offered early bird pricing as a way to help out distributors with tight budgets,” Dirk Beveridge, UnleashWD Founder said. “We want the wholesale distribution industry to embrace innovation and make it a part of their organization’s culture.”

Founded in 2012, UnleashWD is the only innovation conference for the wholesale distribution industry. UnleashWD provides a TED-inspired format of 18-minute presentations by storytellers from outside of the wholesale distribution industry.

“UnleashWD offers the best line-up of speakers of any industry conference,” Beveridge said. “These game changers will provide inspiration for distribution businesses to add innovation to their business as they adapt to the digital age. We have a lot of exciting announcements between now and the summit in October.”

The storyteller lineup includes:

Rogier van der Heide, Chief Design Officer, Phillips Lighting

Rogier van der Heide focuses on innovation-led design as an enabler of bridging technology and the creation of meaningful, life-enhancing solutions.

He will travel from Europe to Chicago to discuss the vision and innovation that is leading a fundamental shift in an industry that has remained largely unchanged for the past century at UnleashWD 2013.

He has 20 years of experience in three-dimensional design that fuses light, image projection, architecture and product design to create memorable, authentic experiences around the world. Van der Heide has received more than 20 individual design awards, and his design team at Philips won iF Awards and Reddot Awards, the leading global industry prizes for innovative design.

Dorie Clark, CEO, Clark Communications

Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, she is the author of “Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future.” Clark consults for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, Yale University, the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the National Park Service.

Clark will discuss building innovation into your company’s culture at UnleashWD 2013, and it starts with you.

Matt Hlavin, President, Thogus Products

Since joining Thogus Products Companies in 1997, Matthew Hlavin, has been the driving force in Thogus’ growth over the last fourteen years. Hlavin was named President of the Avon Lake, Ohio manufacturer in early 2009 after mastering roles such as sales representative and vice president of sales and marketing.

At this year’s UnleashWD, Hlavin will demonstrate 3D printing and discuss how it will change distributing.

In addition to the storyteller lineup, UnleashWD has also partnered with the National Association of Electrical Distributors and the American Supply Association. Members of these associations receive preferred admission to UnleashWD.

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