ISG provides Industry Week recap

US dealer organisation Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) has published a recap of its Industry Week ’23 event that took place in New Orleans (LA) earlier this month.


US dealer organisation Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) has published a recap of its Industry Week ’23 event that took place in New Orleans (LA) earlier this month.

Below, in italics, is an extract from ISG’s press release:

ISG held a highly successful annual meeting for its members, suppliers and industry partners in New Orleans with 1,000 attendees and over 100 booths at the Industry Week ’23 tradeshow. Industry Week ’23 featured insightful panel discussions, educational seminars, and underscored the crucial significance of diversification.

Industry Week ’23 began with the Pinnacle member meeting, which provided Pinnacle members with important updates on Pinnacle programmes. Pinnacle members also participated in peer exchanges, which provided a platform to share new ideas and concepts.

The Industry Week ’23 general session was focused on the importance of diversification. ISG President and CEO, Mike Gentile, made this point clear during his Industry Week welcome address, and his message was echoed by OPI CEO, Steve Hilleard and his line-up of progressive ISG members during his series of one-on-one interviews.

Other highlights of the general session included a speech from ISG board of directors Chairman Yancey Jones Jr and special recognitions of Jordan Kudler and Mike Gentile for their dedicated service to the independent dealer community. Incoming ISG President and CEO James Rodgers was formally introduced as he laid out his 90-day plan, and wrapping up the session were the annual NAOPA awards, hosted by Janet Bell of OPI.

Industry Week ’23 attendees took advantage of the various educational seminars being offered throughout the first day, before attending the OPWIL (Office Products Women in Leadership) networking reception and NEXT young leaders mixer, finishing with the evening welcome reception sponsored by ACCO Brands.

The final day of Industry Week ’23 started with the ISG member sales awards, along with the second annual ‘Outstanding Commitment to Your Community Awards’, which recognise ISG members doing amazing charitable work for their local communities. These awards were followed by Harry Dochelli and the Essendant general session and a few more opportunities for informative seminars.

The final highlights of this year’s meeting were the tradeshow and celebration at the ‘Rock On At The Fillmore’ party sponsored by HON. The annual tradeshow provided exhibitors with the opportunity to showcase their cutting-edge products and have meaningful dialogue on how to partner to mutually grow business. The party provided an ideal setting for attendees to commemorate their successful time in New Orleans. One lucky participant received $2,500 as the winner of the ‘Cajun Cash’ contest.

Details of Industry Week ’24 were revealed. It will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando (FL) from 21-26 September 2024.

Rosemont (IL), USA