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NCBA CLUSA’s goal at this year’s National Purchasing Cooperatives Conference is to elevate the connections you have with your members and the entire purchasing cooperative sector. We’ve cultivated a line-up of speakers whose expertise spans B2B, eCommerce, Rebates, Social Media, Board Governance and more to help you do just that, so expectations are high.

If you’d like to learn more about the value of attending this event, or need to show ROI to your Board for approval to attend, we invite you to and view first-hand below what attendees and sponsors had to say about our 2015 program, held in New Orleans, LA at the Ritz Carlton. Video courtesy of MindActive.

Why Attend NPCC 2016

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NCBA CLUSA’s National Purchasing Cooperatives Conference (NPCC) is the only conference for U.S. Purchasing Cooperatives to come together and discuss issues critical to their specific sector. Providing an open, collaborative environment that supports the sharing of best practices alongside high-level strategic and tactical implementation discussions, the NPCC has been the go-to resource for Purchasing Cooperative executives in the U.S. for nearly two decades.

 

The power of this conference is driven by our participants and their willingness to embrace the cooperative business model. As such, our theme this year is “Elevating Connections,” and with the help of our planning committee, NCBA CLUSA has developed a participatory program that will allow attendees hands-on opportunities to work through both big ideas and operational solutions. The planned keynote, member-led workshops and Master Classes are all inspired by the cooperative business model and the top challenges identified by our attendees.

 

Our intent for this NPCC is to provide attendees a roadmap of how to look inward at their co-op for answers while also encouraging them to collaborate across every co-op sector to achieve their operational goals and remain competitive. If you are a purchasing cooperative looking to grow, seeking insight on technology or are simply curious about the advantages of being a co-op, plan to join us in Miami, FL September 19 – 21 and add your voice to the conversation.

 

If you have questions about the 2016 National Purchasing Cooperatives Conference, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Manager of Business Development and North American .coop Sales for NCBA CLUSA, or call (202) 471-0900. 

Travel and Accommodations

TRAVEL and ACCOMMODATIONS

The Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay is the location for the 2016 NPC conference.
Please use this dedicated link to make your room reservations.

Please note: NCBA CLUSA's hotel room block is available until August 26, 2016. After that, we cannot guarantee room availability or the negotiated room rate. 

 

AIRLINE INFORMATION

Miami, FL is served by two airports:

• Miami International Airport (MIA)

• Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

For more information on flying into Miami or Fort Lauderdale visit www.miami-airport.com and www.broward.com.

 

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

For ground transportation options from the area’s airports, visit the Ground Transportation page for the airport into which you plan to fly:

• Miami International: www.miami-airport.com/home.asp select the Ground Transportation link from the top menu

• Fort Lauderdale: www.broward.org/Airport/Transportation/Pages/Default.aspx

Miami Metro Service

Click here for information on Miami's metro and bus services.

 

If you have questions about the 2016 National Purchasing Cooperatives Conference, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Manager of Business Development and North American .coop Sales for NCBA CLUSA, or call (202) 471-0900. 

Registration

Register today for the National Purchasing Cooperatives Conference and be part of the only national association and conference dedicated to serving the needs of U.S. and Canadian purchasing cooperatives.

Save money by registering before August 21 to take advantage of the early-bird rate or explore our team registration option

For questions about the conference or registration, please contact Bryan Munson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (202) 471-0900. 

NCBA CLUSA Member Rates:

Early-bird (by August 21) – $750.00

General (after August 21) – $850.00
 

NCBA CLUSA Non-Member Rates

Early-bird (by August 21) – $950.00

General (after August 21) – $1,050.00

Special Team Pricing for NCBA CLUSA Members

As a benefit of your membership with NCBA CLUSA, cooperative organizations registering two or more individuals are eligible for a reduced rate of $695 per person. 

Not an NCBA CLUSA member yet or unsure of your status? Contact Bryan Munson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (202) 471-0900 to find out. We're pleased to offer a 2017 NCBA CLUSA Membership Special for $500—which includes the rest of 2016! 

CLICK HERE FOR GENERAL REGISTRATION 

CLICK HERE FOR TEAM REGISTRATION

Schedule of Events

Click here to download a pdf of the session descriptions

Sunday September 18

6 am - 7:30 pm        Registration opens

For those arriving early, NCBA CLUSA staff will be available on-site for conference check-in Sunday evening, during which attendees can receive their conference programs and registration material, including any handouts and related resources from our sponsors. 

6 am - 7:30 pm        Social Hour - Marriott Biscayne Bay Catch Grill and Bar

Join us for a casual 5 o'clock somewhere meet-up at Catch Grill & Bar, the hotel's premier restaurant. Enjoy good company and sweeping views of the marina and Biscayne Bay. 

7:30 pm - Close       Free Time

With downtown Miami a short taxi ride away, plan ahead and arrange for dinner out to enjoy the sights and sounds of everything that the Magic City has to offer! 

Monday September 19

8 am - Noon            Registration, Exhibits, Off-Site Networking

For those arriving late Sunday or early Monday, we've set aside this block of time for chick-in and casual networking. The exhibit hall will be open and our service providers will be standing by to answer any questions you have about how they can help your business. We'll also have a list of nearby places outside the hotel available if you'd prefer to take pop-up meetings or check off any last-minute To-Do's before the conference begins. 

Noon - 1 pm            Conference Welcome and Networking Lunch

NCBA CLUSA CEO Judy Ziewacz will take the podium and officially open the 2016 National Purchasing  Cooperatives Conference with a few acknowledgements and welcome remarks about our goal of Elevating Connections through the strength of the cooperative business model. 

Ziewacz will then introduce Angelo Kostopolous of AKRON Inc., who will provide a brief, high-level review of our Executive Compensation & Salary Survey for Purchasing Cooperatives before the buffet line opens. Survey sponsored by AKRON Inc. 

1 - 1:30 pm               Break

After lunch, NPCC Planning Committee Chair Jeanne Matson, CEO of Starnet Flooring, will take to the podium and offer a few observations about the conference and what attendees can expect to hear and learn during the event. 

1:30 - 5 pm               Workshops

Ideation Wall sponsored by Buying Group Services

1:30 - 2:30 pm          Workshop: Emerging Membership Recruitment Strategies 

Rich Morris | CEO, The Veterinary Cooperative
With the explosive growth of The Veterinary Cooperative and his backround in consulting for purchasing cooperatives, Morris is a natural choice to lead this session and discussion on emerging membership recruitment techniques for purchasing cooperatives. 

2:45 - 3:45 pm          Workshop: Increasing Purchasing Volumes

Rob Moe | Vice President, Sphere 1
Listed as a top challenge by respondents of our 2016 Content Survey, this session will explore the impact of product education on purchasing volumes as it relates to the co-op/member/supplier relationship and the mechanics of utilizing the buying power of your cooperative. 

4 - 5 pm                    Workshop: Returning Value to Members Through Rebates 

Moderator: Greg Brodsky | Partner, Mount Major Strategies 
Panelist: Jeanne Matson
| CEO, Starnet Flooring
Panelist: Bruce Carrozzi | Divisional Vice President of Retail Growth, True Value Company 
Panelist: Sandy Mishkin | Co-Founder & Former President, CCA Global Partners 
This panel will address how your co-op can develop and sustain rebate and other value-added programs for your members to drive revenue and stay in front of potential challenges through the lens of a retail, warehousing and non-warehousing purchasing cooperative. 

5 - 6:30 pm               Welcome Reception

Join us for our official Welcome Reception, an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new ones and decompress after an intensive start to our program. Enjoy light appetizers and drinks. 

6:30 - Close              Free Time

What's the point of being in Miami if you're not going to enjoy a little after-hours excitement? Enjoy dinner out or a sunset cruise. 

Tuesday September 20

7 am - 5 pm             Registration and Exhibits Open

NCBA CLUSA staff and conference exhibitors will be on-hand for the attendees through the day. If you have questions about the hotel or the conference, stop by the registration desk. For questions about our solution partners, just take a quick stroll down the Exhibit Hall. 

7 - 8 am                    Breakfast

The Marriott Biscayne Bay is proud to serve you a buffet breakfast of all your favorites mixed with a bit of local flair. 

8 - 9 am                    Keynote

Keynote sponsored by .coop

"Shift Happens: E-Commerce in B2B"
Justin King | Founder, eCommerce & B2B

With nearly 20 years of helping distributors and manufacturers thrive in the changing eCommerce and B2B space, King will dive into current business and economic trends in a presentation called "Shift Happens," providing purchasing cooperatives insight and new strategies to compete with big box and online retailers. Justin will also highlight innovations happening now in the competitive marketplace, providing "leading-edge solutions" that are accessible to purchasing cooperatives through technology adoption and collaboration. 

9 - 9:15 am               Break

9:15 - 10:30 am        Master Classes Round 1, Sponsored by LBMX

Using Data for Strategic Planning and Risk Management
Mark Berman | President, apogee iQ and Horsetail Technologies 
In this session, attendees will discover how to harness the power of the data already at their fingertips and transform it into a powerful decision-making tool that drives your business forward strategically while helping manage risk. 

Social Media Engagement Strategies for Purchasing Cooperative Members 
Megan McKoy-Noe | Content Marketing & Development, Ruralite Services 
This session will focus on strategies that your co-op can implement that will help your members engage their customers on a local level, from developing unified inbound marketing materials to a managed social media plan and more. 

Bringing Your Members into the 21st Century
Melody Jordan-Carr | Vice President of Member Relations, ASAE
As businesses are forced to adapt on the fly to rapidly-changing industry trends, are your members prepared? In this session, you'll learn about emerging technology and workflow management tools to help your members go from looking in on the conversation to being part of it in real-time. 

What is the Co-op Advantage?
Megan Michelakos | Manager of PR, Social Media & Content, Carpet One
John Taylor | Owner, Taylor Carpet One
This panel will discuss the decision-making process and execution of Carpet One's rebrand and how they are using the cooperative business model to drive value for their members, customers and their own bottom-line. 

Hiring, Managing, Learning From—and Selling To—Millennials 
Evan Hackel | CEO, InGage Consulting
In this session, Hackel will unwind the perceived mystery of the working millennial and provide insight and guidance on how you can harness the power of (and learn from) this demographic in both the workforce and consumer side to the benefit of your cooperative. 

Developing Governance Models for Purchasing Cooperative Boards
John Gregoire | Founder, ProCon Group
Drafting a comprehensive management document that clearly defines roles and responsibilities for the cooperative board, CEO and staff. In this session, Gregoire will highlight best practices and common mistakes to avoid during this process. 

10:30 - 10:45 am      Break

10:45 - Noon            Master Classes Round 2, Sponsored by LBMX

Using Data for Strategic Planning and Risk Management
Mark Berman | President, apogee IQ and Horsetail Technologies 
In this session, attendees will discover how to harness the power of the data already at their fingertips and transform it into a powerful decision-making tool that drives your business forward strategically while helping manage risk. 

Social Media Engagement Strategies for Purchasing Cooperative Members 
Megan McKoy-Noe | Content Marketing & Development, Ruralite Services
This session will focus on strategies that your co-op can implement that will help your members engage their customers on a local level, from developing unified inbound marketing materials to a managed social media plan and more. 

Bringing Your Members into the 21st Century
Melody Jordan-Carr | Vice President of Member Relations, ASAE
As businesses are forced to adapt on the fly to rapidly-changing industry trends, are your members prepared? In this session, you'll learn about emerging technology and workflow management tools to help your members go from looking in on the conversation to being part of it in real-time. 

What is the Co-op Advantage?
Megan Michelakos | Manager of PR, Social Media & Content, Carpet One
John Taylor | Owner, Taylor Carpet One
This panel will discuss the decision-making process and execution of Carpet One's rebrand and how they are using the cooperative business model to drive value for their members, customers and their own bottom-line. 

Hiring, Managing, Learning From—and Selling To—Millennials
 
Evan Hackel | CEO, InGage Consulting
In this session, Hackel will unwind the perceived mystery of the working millennial and provide insight and guidance on how you can harness the power of (and learn from) this demographic in both the workforce and consumer side to the benefit of your cooperative. 

Developing Governance Models for Purchasing Cooperative Boards
John Gregoire | Founder, ProCon Group
Drafting a comprehensive management document that clearly defines roles and responsibilities for the cooperative board, CEO and staff. In this session, Gregoire will highlight best practices and common mistakes to avoid during this process.

Noon - 1 pm            Working Lunch

The Marriott Biscayne Bay is proud to serve you a buffet lunch of all your favorites mixed with a bit of local flair. 

1 - 1:15 pm               Break

1:15 - 2:45 pm          ROI Roundtables

NCBA CLUSA Exhibitors & Solutions Partners 
Meet our select group of service providers in this no-pressure roundtable format. Each sponsoring organization will have two minutes at the podium to introduce themselves. At the conclusion of these introductions, each service provider will host three 20-minute Q&A "speed-dating" sessions at their table in the plenary meeting room, providing attendees the opportunity to ask questions and learn about their work. 

2:45 - 3 pm               Break

3 - 5 pm                    Best Practices

Moderated by Evan Hackel | CEO, InGage Consulting
Rated the #1 reason to attend NPCC, this group-sharing session has inspired countless innovations in the purchasing cooperative sector. Come prepared to provide a two-minute, high-level breakdown of a Best Practice you've implemented in your cooperative. And expect to take notes from your peers, too!

5 - 6:30 pm               Cross-Sector Reception, Sponsored by National Cooperative Bank

Courtesy of National Cooperative Bank, this themed reception will help you wind down our second day of programming while keeping you energized for the following morning. Enjoy light appetizers and an open bar before you head off for dinner on your own. 

6:30 - Close              Free Time

A perfect opportunity to connect with new acquaintances or service providers for an evening out, you might also take some time for yourself to enjoy the ambiance of the marina and bay with some downtime at the hotel pool or one of its fine restaurants. 

Wednesday September 21

8 am - Noon            Registration and Exhibits Open

NCBA CLUSA staff and conference exhibitors will be on-hand for the attendees throughout the morning. For questions or to leave feedback, stop by the registration desk. This is also your last change to visit our solution partners in the Exhibit Hall. 

8 - 9 am                    Breakfast

The Marriott Biscayne Bay is proud to serve you a buffet breakfast of all your favorites mixed with a bit of local flair. 

9 - 9:50 am               Purchasing Co-op Network Discussion

Judy Ziewacz | President and CEO, NCBA CLUSA
Lance Rantala | CEO, BLUE HAWK  

As part of NCBA CLUSA's ongoing commitment to purchasing cooperatives, Judy Ziewacz and Lance Rantala will lead a discussion that explores ways NCBA CLUSA can create more value for your co-op. A wide-ranging discussion that will spans economics, advocacy and keeping family businesses in the community, this session will also serve as a brainstorming opportunity on how to attract more purchasing co-ops to this conference, dedicate resources to purchasing co-ops and map out our three-to-five-year goals for the sector. 

9:50 - 10 am             Break

10 - 11:55 am           Reverse Best Practices

Moderated by Evan Hackel | CEO, InGage Consulting
Rated the #2 reason to attend NPCC, this judgment-free group sharing—"We Tried This, It Failed and Here's Why"—table discussion has helped our members avoid pitfalls experienced by their peers and navigate a changing economy effortlessly. Come prepared to share details about a question or problem your co-op is trying to solve, as your fellow attendees will work to help provide an answer. 

11:55 - Noon            Closing Remarks, End of Conference

NPCC Planning Committee Chair Jeanne Matson, CEO of Starnet Flooring, will recap some highlights of the conference and propose a few action items as attendees get set to start their Q4 planning and budgeting meetings for 2017. 

At the conclusion of Matson's remarks, NCBA CLUSA CEO Judy Ziewacz will take the podium and officially close the 2016 National Purchasing Cooperatives Conference. 

 

If you have questions about the 2016 National Purchasing Cooperatives Conference, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Manager of Business Development and North American .coop Sales for NCBA CLUSA, or call (202) 471-0900. 

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