Denver, CO (July 24, 2017)– Manufacturers will meet with Distribution America and PRO Group-affiliated distributors at the annual Executive Planning Conference (EPC) November 14-16, 2017 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Florida.

Developing new business relationships and strengthening existing partnerships is the focus of the event. The 3 day conference provides manufacturers the opportunity to meet face to face with key distributor executives. A golf tournament and other networking events are planned.

“The Executive Planning Conference is a cost effective and time saving way of meeting with the majority of our customers’ decision makers. The benefits of this conference are priceless,” said Jake Golab, Retail Sales Manager at B&K.

The EPC has paved the way for group manufacturers to gain traction within the network of DA and PRO Distributors. The focal point of the event is private, scheduled meetings between distributors and manufacturers. These meetings present a uniquely valuable opportunity to review prior year performance and plan strategies for 2018. The combination of business meetings and social networking make the EPC a great place to launch new initiatives.

According to Jeffrey Herrin, National Account Manager at Southwire Company, the EPC is one of the most valuable tools in ensuring that each year is better than the last. “We implemented programs with key members that will drive sales of retail assortments and add more profit to the bottom line.”

Only a few exhibiting slots remain available for hardware, farm, and lawn & garden manufacturers interested in meeting with distributors at this year’s EPC. Manufacturers interested in attending should contact Michele Simes at 720-875-2219 or email at to be directed to the appropriate merchandising contact.

Photos available upon request.


The Charlotte, North Carolina-based Distribution America ( is a multi-billion dollar buying and marketing organization, covering 50 states and international markets assisting retailers and distributors with merchandising and marketing programs including Priced Right Everyday®, Sentry, Trustworthy Hardware and Golden Rule.

PRO Group, Inc. ( is a multidivisional international merchandising and marketing organization with corporate headquarters in Denver. Its operating units include PRO Hardware, Reliable Distributors, GardenMaster, FARM MART and GOLDEN-LINK. With over 79 distributors operating over 140 distribution centers serving all 50 states, the Group’s combined sales volume exceeds $5 billion through its member distributors.