2014 Advantage Business Conference draws enthusiastic crowd to Nashville



June 19th, 2014

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC: NYSE) and leading wholesale distributor of business and office supplies, announced today…

2014 Advantage Business Conference draws enthusiastic crowd to Nashville

The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee played host to this year’s S.P. Richards Advantage Business Conference (ABC) held June 11-14. This year marked the company’s 16th ABC and an enthusiastic crowd of independent business product dealers, manufacturers, business partners and SPR sales and management personnel descended on the Music City for the sold-out event. A theme that celebrated collaboration, innovation and seizing opportunities with a sense of urgency weaved its way through the keynotes, educational seminars and the show’s giant product expo.

Best-selling author, marketing guru and entrepreneur Seth Godin captivated the crowd with his unique visionary slant on business during Thursday morning’s opening session, and author, founder and CEO of ChangeLabs, Peter Sheahan provided a thought-provoking keynote on Friday addressing how companies can best prepare for the future. Other conference highlights included a private event at the Grand Old Opry featuring a number of great entertainers, Thursday’s Office Product Expo which included a record number of exhibitors, and the presentation of this year’s North American Office Products Awards, (NAOPA) hosted by OPI’s Steve Hilleard.

Jim O’Brien, S.P. Richards SVP of Marketing said, “Seth Godin’s message of standing out versus fitting in was very well received. Peter Sheahan was outstanding and challenged delegates to begin taking small risks to capitalize on the many opportunities that exist and to become part of “The Next Trajectory.” He went on to stress the importance of having a burning desire and not a burning platform. Matt Gresge, President and CEO of Next Major LLC, generated considerable interest with his timely introduction of a new business model devoted to improving the profitability and competitiveness of independent dealers. It was another great event and the feedback we’ve received from attendees and exhibitors has been extremely positive.”

Next year’s event will be held June 21-25 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC: NYSE), distributes a wide spectrum of business products to office products resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada. These products include consumable office supplies, office furniture, computer supplies, consumer electronics, safety and security items, cleaning products, breakroom and food service supplies from all of the major industry manufacturers. S.P. Richards Company markets several proprietary lines under the brand names of Lorell®, Integra™, Sparco™, Genuine Joe®, Nature Saver®, Compucessory®, Elite Image® and Business Source®. The company operates 41 Distribution Centers across the United States and Canada.

Genuine Parts Company is a distributor of automotive replacement parts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australasia.

The Company also distributes industrial replacement parts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico through its Motion Industries subsidiary. S. P. Richards Company, the Office Products Group, distributes business products nationwide in the U.S. and Canada. The Electrical/Electronic Group, EIS, Inc., distributes electrical and electronic components throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Genuine Parts Company had 2013 revenues of $14.1 billion.




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