Advantage Business Conference celebrates independent dealer channel.

July 8th, 2013

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Genuine Parts Company (GPC: NYSE) and leading wholesale distributor of business and office supplies, announced today…

Advantage Business Conference celebrates independent dealer channel.

The 15th Annual S.P. Richards Advantage Business Conference (ABC) drew an enthusiastic crowd of independent dealers to the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center this past week. Attendees enjoyed a host of educational seminars and North America’s largest Office Products Vendor Exposition which showcased exhibitors displaying a broad range of business products, services, equipment and technology. In addition, musical entertainment and networking events made for an exciting and productive week. Conference highlights included a riveting talk by Captain Sully Sullenberger, the “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot who successfully landed his airplane on the Hudson River saving the lives of all passengers and crew on board. Popular comedian and television personality Jeff Foxworthy entertained conference participants with his humorous views on life, marriage and growing up in the south.

This year’s conference kicked off with a program focused exclusively on the company’s Your Business Source® program and featured Mark Barden of eatbigfish who gave a thought provoking address on how to successfully compete against much larger competitors.

Office Products International (OPI) again managed the North American Office Products Awards which also featured two new awards – Professional of the Year and Industry Achievement. Harrison Hummel IV accepted the Industry Achievement Award on behalf of his father Chip Hummel of Hummel Office Plus and Wendy Pike of Twist Office Products was the recipient of the Professional of the Year Award.

“What a way to celebrate our 15th Anniversary,” said Jim O’Brien, Senior Vice President Marketing. “We’ve received excellent feedback on the acceleration of the Your Business Source dealer model and traffic at the Expo was excellent all day. OPI’s inaugural dealer recognition awards were excellent with the selections of Wendy Pike and industry mentor and friend, Chip Hummel III. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Mark Barden delivered outstanding talks and Jeff Foxworthy had the crowd in stitches as expected. The level of dealer networking was the best we have ever witnessed. ”

The company also announced dates for next year’s event, to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Jun 11-15th, 2014.

S.P. Richards Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC: NYSE), distributes a wide spectrum of business products to office products resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada. These products include consumable office supplies, office furniture, computer supplies, consumer electronics, cleaning and breakroom supplies from all of the major industry manufacturers. S.P. Richards Company markets several private label lines under the brand names of Lorell®, Integra™, Sparco™, Genuine Joe®, Nature Saver®, Compucessory®, Elite Image® and Business Source®. The company operates over 40 Distribution Centers across the United States and Canada.

Genuine Parts Company is a distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australasia. The Company also distributes industrial replacement parts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico through its Motion Industries subsidiary. S. P. Richards Company, the Office Products Group, distributes business products nationwide in the U.S. and in Canada. The Electrical/Electronic Group, EIS, Inc., distributes electrical and electronic components throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Genuine Parts Company had 2012 revenues of $13.0 billion.

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