Podcast: Collaboration and change with Mike Gentile

As part of OPI’s 30th anniversary, OPI Talk catches up with Mike Gentile, CEO of the world’s largest dealer cooperative in the business supplies industry.


The Big Interview in the special 30th anniversary issue of OPI – which will be published shortly – is none other than Mike Gentile, CEO of Independent Suppliers Group (ISG), the US’s – and the world’s – largest cooperative for independent resellers in the business supplies community.

In this episode of OPI Talk, you can listen to extracts from that Big Interview, which was conducted by OPI CEO Steve Hilleard.

  • How has ISG benefitted from the dealer group merger that took place just over two years ago?
  • How did the group and its members handle the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What’s new with ISG’s EPIC Business Essentials national accounts programme?
  • What does Gentile think about the breadth of product that wholesalers offer into the independent dealer channel?
  • What could recent developments at the US big-box players mean?

Listen to this podcast to find out the answers to these questions, and more!

And make sure you read the September issue of OPI magazine for the complete interview.

To listen, just click on the play button below.