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A new administration and holds on several regulatory actions have prompted cautious optimism halfway through 2017. Deflationary pressures drove down the real value of production in 13 of the 19 wholesale distribution industry sectors in 2016. Hardest hit were oil & gas and agriculture – two commodity-based industries where prices look to stabilize in 2017.
In this webcast, Brian Lewandowski, associate director of the business research division of the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business, takes a closer look at the economic trends of the last year and shares his thoughts on the wholesale distribution industry's outlook for 2017 and 2018.
Lewandowski and Thomas P. Gale, publisher of Modern Distribution Management and president of MDM Analytics, also present highlights from MDM’s 2017 Economic Benchmarks for Wholesale Distribution and show how distributors can use these reports to benchmark their performance within a changing industry.
You will learn:
Brian Lewandowski, Associate Director, Business Research Division, University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business
Brian Lewandowski is Associate Director at the Business Research Division of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a Leeds MBA and has worked at CU-Boulder since 2006, working on economic forecasts, econometric models and market research and real estate studies.
Brian has a background in banking, international development, mining and tourism, working for Fortune 500 companies, as well as with the U.S. Peace Corps. During his time at Leeds, he has studied various subjects, including: employment, industry composition, small business financing, exports, workforce, affordable housing, commercial real estate, film, government incentives, tourism, forecasting methodologies, nanotechnology and others.
Thomas P. Gale, Publisher, Modern Distribution Management & President, MDM Analytics
Tom Gale is publisher of Modern Distribution Management and www.mdm.com, the premier resource since 1967 for competitive intelligence, industry research and insight for wholesale distribution professionals. He also leads the company’s market research division, MDM Analytics. He has researched wholesale distribution issues since the mid-1980s.
Ranga Bodla, Head of Industry Marketing, NetSuite
Ranga has more than 20 years of combined product management and marketing experience in the software technology industry. As the head of industry marketing for NetSuite, Ranga Bodla is chartered with driving the overall strategy and go-to-market for success across all of NetSuite's industries including Wholesale Distribution, Manufacturing, Software, Services, Non-Profit, Advertising, Media and Publishing. Prior to joining NetSuite, Ranga led a global team focused on the successful go-to-market of SAP’s Governance Risk and Compliance Solutions. Ranga received a BS in Engineering from Trinity University in San Antonio.