Jim Gardner joins Allan Fowler at the 2015 Universal Unilink Business Development Confernce

The 2015 Conference was a memorable one for so many reasons . . . from great programs to fire dancers to Bret Berglund’s second ever hole-in-one on the beautiful Wild Dunes Harbor course. Congratulations, Bret.

Outstanding workshops and presentations ranged from Creating a Winning Business Culture to Inspiring Leadership to HR and OSHA Updates. Members addressed challenges and strategy in small groups and informal networking. Our Members incredible knowledge base is, by far, the most valuable benefit of membership. We’re already working on suggestions that came from focus groups.

Torrential downpours on Thursday and Friday also made the event one we’ll always remember! In spite of literally wading to the conference center, you had huge smiles while reassuring others that the “just out of the pool” look was great. I heard lots of laughter as the hotel staff scrambled to move events indoors.

The Supplier Expo received high marks from the elegant brunch to the opportunity to meet so many vendors and prospects in a short time period. I’m excited over reports of Members meeting with Suppliers they never considered prior to seeing them at the Conference! Thank you to our outstanding Preferred Suppliers who made the event possible.

Missed the Conference . . . check out presentations in the Members’ Only Video Library on the website and make plans to join us next year.

As 2015 winds down and you prepare for 2016, we’re facing amazing opportunities as well as unusual challenges. Ten years ago, who would have thought that the largest promotional products company in the world would be a laundry or that promotional products distributors would be selling FR? By working together we can help the Independent address change, reduce costs and achieve profitable growth. Participation is the key!

Allan Fowler