Industrial Distribution held its first-ever Big 50 Conference Awards & Luncheon on September 25, 2018 at the Hilton O’Hare in Chicago in cooperation with the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors’ 2018 Large Company CEO/COO Roundtable.
The ID Big 50 List celebrates the 50 top grossing distributors of industrial products worldwide. Since the early 1980's, Industrial Distribution has tracked the biggest players in the distribution game from year to year and ranked them accordingly.
For 2018, the list transformed into a full event to honor these organizations and offer a chance to network and learn with and from one another. And the first year was a great success.
Mike DeCata, President and CEO of Lawson Products delivered a keynote address before the Big 50 Roundtable event. The roundtable featured DGI Supply CFO Timothy Moran, Kimball Midwest VP of Operations Dave McCurdy, and Lawson Products EVP and CFO Ron Knutson, and discussed topics such as market observations and concerns, the impact of tariffs, the Amazon Effect, employment, vending and VMI, and sales management.
Advantage Business Marketing and Industrial Distribution are excited to have finally brought the Big 50 to a live event format, and look forward to growing the event in the coming years.