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Distribution Talk

Dive into the stories, struggles, and solutions from business owners and thought leaders in the wholesale distribution market.

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Beyond Best Practices: Crafting a Company Culture Based on Collective Improvement With Brian Blaushild of Famous Supply
You've defined the company's core values, but have you gotten specific about the behaviors that support those lofty goals? Brian Blaushild, the president of Famous Supply, has, and his commitment to these fundamentals is reflected in the company's superb culture.  Jason caught up with the fourth-generation leader to learn more about the Famous 40 Fundamentals and how those principles have impacted everyday operations at the multi-branch HVAC supplier. The pair also discuss promoting from within and the meticulous succession plan that prepared Brian for the top job at Famous. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH BRIAN LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, an integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry. 
39:30 6/5/24
Building AI Technology for Distribution with the Human Mind in Mind with Jason Sullivan of Distro
There's a reason for all the chatter around artificial intelligence on Distribution Talk: early adopters gain a competitive edge that's hard to beat. Jason Bader welcomes Jason Sullivan, founder and CEO of Distro AI, to expand on the AI conversation.  They discuss Distro AI’s process for leveraging vast amounts of raw data (think: key industry insights and thousands of product SKUs) to create rep-friendly, real-time recommendations that boost sales and customer satisfaction. The pair also preview AskA2L, Distro's intuitive AI chat feature purpose-built for HARDI. CONNECT WITH JASON BADER LinkedIn CONNECT WITH JASON SULLIVAN LinkedIn Email *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: Moblico, helping businesses do more business on mobile devices.
36:00 5/29/24
An Unconventional Career Path from Engineering to Business Ownership With Jason Mattinson Of Riverside Steel, Inc
Search for a list of soft skills, and you’ll come across essentials like reliability, resilience, and creativity. But there’s one character trait that list-makers should put at or near the top: curiosity. Jason Mattinson, president of Riverside Steel, Inc., credits his inquisitive streak for repeatedly placing him in the right place at the right time.  Jason met the Ohio-based engineer-turned-steel-fabricator at an industry event and knew that his story––and attitude––would resonate across verticals. The Jasons discuss the benefits of early-career training within a large multinational corporation, taking calculated career risks, and fostering a relentlessly curious mind.  CONNECT WITH JASON BADER LinkedIn CONNECT WITH JASON MATTISON LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, an integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry. 
39:00 5/22/24
How to Harness the Power of AI for Wholesale Distribution: Revisiting Nelson Valderrama of Intuilize
Hollywood loves to cast artificial intelligence as the villain. In reality, AI is more likely to win best supporting character accolades from those in the c-suite, says Nelson Valderrama, founder of Intuilize, the AI-driven firm specializing in helping distributors use analytics to optimize pricing, purchasing, and inventory management.  Jason chats with Nelson about AI’s ability to sift through reams of data to unlock profitability, strengthen B2B relationships, and enhance employee productivity, not overtake humans. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH NELSON LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry.
44:53 5/15/24
AI as Your Competitive Edge in Distribution With Jonathan Bein and Ian Heller, Distribution Strategy Group
Distribution Talk fans already know that Jason’s a big proponent of artificial intelligence. If you’re still on the fence regarding the benefits of AI for distribution, it’s time to transition away from shock and awe and into fearless adoption. A great place to start is Applied AI For Distributors, the only annual conference with sessions for both AI aficionados and the AI curious of the distribution industry.  Jason chats with Ian Heller and Jonathan Bein, PhD., co-founders of Distribution Strategy Group and creators of the event. They discuss the astounding evolution of AI from both a customer- and employee-facing perspective, simple tactics for building widespread staff confidence in the tech, and the exciting topics on tap at this year’s conference. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH IAN LinkedIn CONNECT WITH JONATHAN LinkedIn For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: Connected Peers, providing virtual communities for wholesale distributors. 
34:06 5/8/24
Attract Next-Gen Talent With a Well-Crafted Tiered Progression Plan for Your Distribution Company
“Distribution has a PR problem.” Fans of Distribution Talk will recognize that quote as one of Jason Bader’s favorite industry laments. It’s more than a pithy soundbite, however. The phrase is shorthand for the talent acquisition and development issues facing most small-to-mid-sized wholesale distributors.  One answer? A tiered progression plan.  On this rare solo episode, Jason discusses strategies for attracting next-generation new hires and offers tips on creating a tiered progression plan that will energize your entire staff. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, an integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry. 
21:54 4/24/24
How Your Conventional Distribution Software Stacks Up to AI (Hint: It’s Not Good) With Michael Delgado of Canals AI
Do you know which activity is sabotaging your company’s potential? All of them. Busywork across every department––from order processing to inventory management––is a real drag on employee morale, customer relationships, and the bottom line. Conventional software won’t save you, but AI could. In this episode of Distribution Talk, Jason chats with Michael Delgado, founder of Canals AI, about bringing the power of AI to small and medium-sized wholesale distributors. They also discuss the investigative process that led to Canals AI’s distributions-focused design, use cases, and the one significant difference between your current software package and artificial intelligence.  CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH MICHAEL LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, an integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry.
44:59 4/10/24
From Daily Grind to Hero's Journey: An Equation to Empower Personal Growth with Dirk Beveridge, Force For Good
Leave it to Dirk Beveridge, keynote speaker, best-selling author, executive film producer, and founder of UnleashWD, to reference ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus, comparative mythology expert Joseph Campbell, and Tatooine farmboy Luke Skywalker in the same conversation. When you’re in the company of this self-professed advocate of distribution and champion of positive leadership, all of the philosophical and cultural references make perfect sense.  Jason caught up with Dirk to discuss his latest endeavor, Force For Good, a live virtual event created to empower every individual in distribution today, whether they work on the warehouse floor, in the customer service center, or up in the C-suite. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH DIRK LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: Profit2, helping distributors charge the right price.
35:28 3/20/24
Calibrating a Change Management Strategy to the Pace of Your Organization With Jeff Braun, CEO of Primera Co-Op
Successful change management is about knowing your audience and anticipating what they can accept and when. Whether you run a family-run distribution company or a member-owned cooperative in the professional turf, ornamental and specialty landscape vertical, that formula remains the same.  Jeff Braun, CEO of Primera Co-Op, thoroughly understands the critical moves his organization must take to excel. More importantly, he knows when to ease up before rolling out his plans. Jason chats with Jeff about his transition from major manufacturer to co-op, the pleasures and perils of taking on a new vertical, and the art of slowing down to accelerate innovation. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH JEFF LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, an integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry.
37:31 3/13/24
How to Level Up Your Organizational Strategy via EOS With Charlton Keultjes, Professional EOS Coach
Can EOS® transform your company? Yes, and Charlton Keultjes not only has the case studies to prove it, but he also has the training to help you easily integrate the Entrepreneurial Operating System. Charlton is a professional EOS implementer with over a decade of experience coaching owners and leadership teams.  Jason invites Charlton to share his experiences using EOS at his former privately-held company. The pair also explore how this proven business operating system helps entrepreneurial organizations clarify, simplify, and achieve their vision. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH CHARLTON LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, an integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry.  
37:27 3/6/24
Trading a Career in Finance for the Family Distribution Business With Next-Gen Leader Seth Gordon of Glacier Supply Group
Senior members of the C-suite take note: distribution’s next-gen leaders are out there. You must know where to find them and how to support their growth. Seth Gordon, CEO of Glacier Supply Group, didn’t grow up in the HVAC distribution business. Still, he recognized an opportunity to innovate within the industry and work with a tangible product.  Jason chats with Seth about his journey from finance to duct fittings, the importance of connecting with mentors, and the Glacier team’s wildly successful implementation of EOS, the Entrepreneurs Operating System. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH SETH LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: Moblico, helping businesses do more business on mobile devices.
35:31 2/28/24
Behind the Scenes of Association Management and Distribution Recruiting Activities With Kevin Gammonley of Smithbucklin
If you’re in distribution, you probably belong to an association, one that’s focused on advancing the concerns of your specific vertical. Chances are also good that you have no idea who manages the day-to-day activities of that organization or that it offers excellent career opportunities for young professionals.  Kevin Gammonley has been getting those messages out for 30+ years as a senior director at Smithbucklin. Jason caught up with Kevin to get a behind-the-scenes tour of association management basics and learn why it’s an excellent career choice for innovative young professionals. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH KEVIN LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.  This episode was edited by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: Connected Peers providing virtual communities for wholesale distributors.
40:54 2/21/24
Trust But Verify: Safeguard Your Business Against Pink Collar Crime With Kelly Paxton, Workplace Fraud Expert
Movies portray embezzlement as a big-money, high-flying romp. Fact is decidedly different than fiction––and surprisingly common!  Jason dives into the realities of pink-collar crime with Kelly Paxton, a workplace dishonesty expert, fraud educator, and host of the Fraudish podcast. The pair offer case studies (including Jason’s personal experience) that expose the motives behind the misconduct, company culture's role in fostering opportunities for theft, and how small withdrawals add up to big financial headaches. Kelly also provides straightforward steps to keep your company safe from embezzlement schemes.  CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH KELLY LinkedIn GET THE BOOK Embezzlement: How To Detect And Investigate Pink Collar Crime *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, an integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry.
38:07 2/14/24
Is a Reactive Sales Strategy Costing You Money? Get Proactive with Guitze Messina of HARDI LATAM, Author of Moneycall
Guitze Messina is a man of many qualities. As the eminently personable executive director of HARDI LATAM, Guitze has transformed what was once HARDI Mexico into a powerhouse organization representing heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration distributors across nine Latin American countries and counting. Not one to hoard his success, Guitze recently published Moneycall, his savvy, entertaining guide to attracting more recurring sales with less prospecting.  Jason welcomes Guitze back to discuss the benefits of a proactive selling strategy, the science, and software behind distribution’s next evolution, and why he opted to format his book as a fable. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH GUITZE LinkedIn GET THE BOOK Moneycall *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios. Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry.
50:17 2/7/24
Unearthing Gold Buried in Your Distribution Data with Vinny Maurici of Object Edge
If data is the new gold (as touted on TV), distributors would be wise to entrust their assets to someone well-versed in the malleable but often dense nature of distribution-centric information.  Vinny Maurici, vice president of data engineering at Object Edge, is that person. Jason chats with Vinny about his early days in distribution, the importance of attaching C-suite buy-in to revolutionary initiatives, and the alchemy behind turning raw data into profitable long-term objectives. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH VINNY  LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: Profit2, helping distributors charge the right price.
43:51 1/31/24
People Over Paperwork: Revolutionize Your Human Resources for Distribution with Tracie Sponenberg, Chief People Officer
Leading with compassion is one thing (and a good thing at that). But what if whole departments ran on a standard of sensitivity to and emotional concern for the people in their care, be they customers or employees? Before leaving The Granite Group to start her own consultancy, Tracie Sponenberg held the title of Chief People Officer. She’s credited for shifting the company’s human resources perspective towards compassion over compliance.  Jason invited Tracie to discuss the impetus for this mindset change, strategies for CEOs interested in making similar upgrades to their company’s HR culture, and what she’s doing now to support the meaningful evolution of workforce administration. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH TRACIE  LinkedIn Website *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: Moblico, helping businesses do more business on mobile devices.
32:55 1/24/24
Train the Next Generation and Other Valuable Lessons in Succession Planning With Rob Rovira of Energy Pipe & Supply
Robert Rovira, president of Energy Pipe & Supply, has plans for his C-suite successors, but that hasn’t always been the case. Rob admits to having missed opportunities to strengthen his organizational structure. Now, he and his management team are preparing the next generation to lead the charge at the New Orleans-based company his family has owned since 1988.  Jason chats with Rob about his succession planning blindspots, course-correcting with Millennials in mind, and the benefits of belonging to a buying group. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH ROB  LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth, and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry. 
36:54 1/17/24
The Scientific Approach to Providing a Stellar Customer Experience With Martha Brooke of Interaction Metrics
Martha Brooke is a repeat guest on Distribution Talk for good reason. In her two previous visits, the founder and lead customer experience consultant of Interaction Metrics made a compelling argument for conducting customer satisfaction evaluations via third-party, objective methodology rather than an in-house survey.  This time, Jason chats with Martha about her most recent consulting case study, her favorite go-to techniques for analyzing customer interactions, and simple strategies for improving the entire customer experience.  CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH MARTHA  LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry.
46:14 1/10/24
A Quick-Start Guide to RFID Technology and Vendor-Managed Inventory With Andrew Johnson of ShelfAware
What happens when a self-described mad scientist tinkers around with vendor-managed inventory software? He creates an automated supply chain solution tailored to the needs and budgets of small-to-medium-sized industrial distributors.  Andrew Johnson, CEO of ShelfAware VMI, returns to chat with Jason about the practical, transformative power of the company’s RFID-based tracking system. The pair also discuss ShelfAware’s latest foray into blockchain automation of physical financial documentation, creating a more transparent and cost-efficient transaction “paper trail.” CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH ANDREW  LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry.
47:32 10/4/23
Reclaim Your Strategic Edge Through AI With Ian Heller of Distribution Strategy Group
If this episode’s title has you shaking your head or, worse, burying it in the proverbial sand, hold on. Give AI a chance, and it will supercharge your business. That’s the message that Ian Heller, founder and chief strategy officer of Distribution Strategy Group, hopes to spread through his consulting work and Applied AI For Distributors, the massive, first-of-its-kind conference for wholesale change agents. Jason chats with Ian about data-driven marketing, tips to help small companies develop their AI strategy, and what the industry as a whole can expect from the fascinating world of emerging AI tech. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH IAN   LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: SupplyMover
42:46 9/6/23
Leadership Strategies for More Successful Distribution Teams: Revisiting Jamie Arguello
Could your team pass the litmus test? If you left your distribution business in their hands for four weeks, five, six, would the shop survive in your absence? Jamie Arguello has the real-life data to prove that her business wouldn’t simply survive; it would thrive. We’re revisiting a conversation Jason had with the CEO of Grady's Foodservice Equipment & Supplies in Pueblo, CO, as we emerged from the 2020 pandemic, and Jamie emerged from a personal health challenge. They chat about coming home to the family business, creating space for second chances, and the rewards of letting go so others can step up. It’s a timely reminder about how to navigate difficult times both as a leader and a human. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH JAMIE LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: HMI Performance Incentives, providing innovative, data-driven B2B incentive solutions.      
43:48 8/30/23
Simple Steps for Securing Employee Buy-In With Alison Bencsik of BAI Electronic Systems Distributors
Professional vulnerability is a hallmark of outstanding leadership. That said, there’s a reason so few leaders possess the characteristic: it’s uncomfortable at best; terrifying at worst. Alison Bencsik, CEO of BAI Electronic Systems Distributors, a professional and commercial audio, video, and lighting supplier in Ocala, FL, doesn’t know any other way to succeed. She’s transformed vulnerability into a superpower, fueling improvements within the company and strengthening relationships across the AV/IT industry. Jason caught up with Alison to discuss her unconventional journey to CEO, her strategy to get more women involved in distribution, and turning unguarded moments into organizational wins. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH ALISON  LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios. Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry. 
55:45 8/16/23
Better Data Analytics for Distributors of Any Size, Any Vertical With Bob Jordan and Donnie Williamson of Modern Distribution Management
Your high-potential targets and most valuable accounts are hiding in plain sight. Bob Jordan and Donnie Williamson, vice president of analytics and analytics manager, respectively, at Modern Distribution Management (MDM), have the tools and expertise to help you locate them.  Jason chats with the pair about MDM’s methodology and how it transforms reams of product, sales, and customer intel into valuable data, ultimately reducing costs and improving market share. The best part? MDM plays well with any distribution vertical, no matter the size. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH BOB  LinkedIn CONNECT WITH DONNIE LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: Connected Peers, connecting key employees in distribution's leading organizations.  
43:14 8/9/23
Fostering Connections and Career Longevity With Richard Crifasi, Capital Electric
Richard Crifasi may have the finish line in sight, but he’s not ready to leave the track just yet. Even after decades in industrial and electrical supply distribution, he still gets a charge out of solving everyday customer problems and plotting long-range company goals.  Jason chats with his old friend about his circuitous career path and current role as a safety consultant, his perspective on working for privately held vs. public companies, and why no other industry can match distribution in its access to the good life.  CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH RICHARD LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios. Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry.  
41:24 8/2/23
How to Avoid Pitfalls in Your Succession Plan With Roman Basi, The Center for Financial, Legal & Tax Planning
Do you have a written step by step plan for what to do when you decide to transfer or sell your business? Do you know the best way to structure the transaction legally? How to minimize tax liabilities? To do the best by your family and employees? That’s where The Center for Financial, Legal & Tax Planning comes in. Roman Basi is an attorney, CPA, real estate broker, and title insurance agent at the family firm. The Center handles mergers and acquisitions of privately held companies, as well as succession, strategic, and tax planning for companies across the U.S. “One of the best things that you could do as a business owner,” Roman says, “is educate yourself on the process.” And it’s never too early to start! From valuation, to tax analysis, to real estate, the potential pitfalls to a solid succession plan are plenty. Join Jason and Roman as they explore how to avoid them. “Preparation, knowledge and understanding – it’s going to save you so many headaches when you do come down to that final point, when you're ready to transfer your business.” CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH ROMAN LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: Profit2, helping distributors charge the right price.  
40:38 6/28/23
Gather With Peers & Focus on the Fundamentals for Sustainable Success With Brendan Breen, Industrial Supply Association
How do we provide more value to the members? It’s the question at the forefront of every Association executive’s mind. For Brendan Breen, President at Industrial Supply Association (ISA), the answer is to be the best networking association in the industry. And that strategy has paid off! At this past year’s convention, ISA got creative with how they delivered on the networking promise, adding a golf tournament, a 5k fun run, and facilitated networking lunches with assigned seats to their roster of top-notch keynotes and solid educational opportunities.  As for the immediate future of distribution, Brendan is optimistic. He recommends focusing on the fundamentals of distribution and channel performance to weather whatever slowdown may be on the horizon. The buzz of changes in the workforce demographics, opportunities in omnichannel customer experience, and AI automation are best undergirded by a rock-solid understanding of channel conflict, strategic pricing, optimizing rebate programs, and financial models for distributors.  Ultimately, Brendan and Jason agree that the industry's sustainability comes back to the people at its core, and how we connect with each other. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH BRENDAN LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: HMI Performance Incentives, providing innovative, data-driven B2B incentive solutions.
41:13 6/21/23
How to Strengthen Company Culture Through Servant Leadership With Tim O’Keeffe of Huyett
Tim O’Keeffe is a work in progress, and proud of it. Under his leadership at Huyett (formerly GL Huyett), the fastener company has expanded from a distributor-only business to a manufacturer and master distributor. In the process, Tim’s management style has shifted from dictator to democratic, and the company’s culture has never been better.  Jason chats with the affable CEO about his leadership evolution, the work-from-home conundrum, and why his servant-style mindset starts in the parking lot. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH CHRIS LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios. Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: INxSQL Distribution Software, integrated distribution ERP software designed for the wholesale and distribution industry. 
39:51 6/14/23
Managing the Costs of Convenience With Chris Smythers of Merchants Grocery Company
When it comes to the lingo and logistics of wholesale distribution, bottled water and pre-packaged power snacks aren’t that far removed from fasteners or PVC fittings. So says Chris Smythers, president and CEO of Merchants Grocery Company, a leader in the convenience distributors industry.  Jason chats with Chris about the challenges of convenience supply management, the value of striking out on your own (even when those endeavors fail), and the lifelong benefits of association membership. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH CHRIS LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios. Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: SupplyMover, the only CRM, e-commerce, and sales enablement suite built for distributors.
45:22 6/7/23
Increase Your E-Com Visibility Without the SEO Struggle With Mike Franz of iNSUPPLi
Mike Franz wants small and mid-sized distributors to win more business in the e-com space. As founder and CEO of iNSUPPLi, the fastest-growing mobile app for sourcing industrial and MRO supplies, he believes that “the little guys” can beat goliaths like Grainger and Amazon all day long in the local marketplace––with the right tool.  Jason chats with Mike about his app’s ability to forge B2B connections without compromising buyer or seller value, the shifting purchasing habits of younger procurement managers, and the merits of providing list prices upfront. CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH MIKE LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: Moblico, helping businesses do more business on mobile devices. 
45:26 5/31/23
How to Turn Data Into Actionable Strategies for Distribution: Revisiting David Gordon
David Gordon turns insights into actionable strategies for his distribution and manufacturing clients. With data at the ready and a wealth of experience to draw from, the founder of Channel Marketing Group shares his views on how COVID-19 is reshaping everything from C-suite occupancy to acquisition game plans to loyalty programs.  Jason chats with David about early-career successes, the impact of the dot-com bust, and trends tracked by Channel Marketing’s recent rep of the future study. Gordon: “The mother of necessity is invention.” CONNECT WITH JASON LinkedIn CONNECT WITH GORDON LinkedIn *** For full show notes and services visit: https://www.distributionteam.com Distribution Talk is produced by The Distribution Team, a consulting services firm dedicated to helping wholesale distribution clients remove barriers to profitability, generate wealth and achieve personal goals.    This episode was edited & mixed by The Creative Impostor Studios.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode: Connected Peers, connecting key employees in distribution's leading organizations.
50:50 5/24/23

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