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and hands-on learning, it seems, was the second theme of this
year's conference, in addition to excellence.
The reveal of ProSource Academy alongside news of a new
lighting showroom in Dallas designed to provide finishing classes
for installers in October highlight ProSource's dedication to
serving the integration industry through education. The lighting
school comes in step with increased interest in the product,
but more importantly, the introduction of both come at a time
where the availability of qualified labor in the industry is remarkably
scarce in relation to demand.
" The goal is to be able to turn the pizza guy into the installer, "
Workman says. As integrators struggle to find qualified
talent, ProSource University and ProSource Academy aim to
deliver assessments for viable prospects and then provide the
finishing touch for dealers.
Members of ProSource and vendors were awarded for their
excellence throughout the year. In a charity event, vendors
competed in challenges with ProSource donating $25,000 to
the Make-a-Wish Foundation on behalf of the winner.
Nationwide Goes PrimeTime
The Music City hit all the right notes for the 57th in-person
gathering of Nationwide Marketing Group PrimeTime event,
which took place in Nashville. The early returns from the
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Tom Hickman, president and chief member advocate at
Nationwide Marketing Group, says the members and
vendor partners " simply blew the roof off the Gaylord
Opryland Resort. "
business and educational conference show just how critical an
opportunity those few days are for independent retailers.
" After more than 18 months apart, we expected a lively
and excited crowd. But our members and vendor partners
simply blew the roof off the Gaylord Opryland Resort, " says
Nationwide President and Chief Member Advocate Tom
Hickman. " The educational sessions were some of the most
engaging we've seen at PrimeTime, member meetings were
lively, and the show floor was absolutely buzzing with activity
for two full days. "
Roughly 900 member companies made the trip to Nashville
for PrimeTime. Another 175 vendor partners were on hand
showcasing their products and services. In total, PrimeTime
welcomed more than 3,500 attendees.
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PrimeTime and helped make this an exceptionally important
opportunity for our members, " says Patrick Maloney, executive
vice president of membership for Nationwide. " Their
commitment to the success of the independent channel was
clear and commendable. Vendors across all categories stepped
up to the plate with some exceptional offers for our members.
But, more importantly, they secured plenty of available inventory
for our channel at a time when supply chains continue to
feel the squeeze. "
The conversation around the shopper journey started as a
panel during the opening keynote, featuring key executives from
GE Appliances, Google, Synchrony, Tempur-Sealy International,
Traeger Grills and Nationwide.
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