PIDA Management Conference
Welcome to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point & the 2012 Annual Management Conference!
On behalf of the PIDA Board of Directors, we want to thank you for attending PIDA's 2012 Management Conference & 44th Annual Meeting and welcome you to the luxurious Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort. We think that you will find these next few days together to be engaging, thought-provoking and fun.
Upon arrival at the hotel, visit the PIDA registration desk to pick up your badge, an attendee list and additional conference information, and to confirm your participation in any optional activities. Registration will take place at the Group Registration Desk, and will be staffed the following hours:
Monday, Jan. 23* 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, Jan. 24 7:30am - 12:00pm
*Badges will also be available for pickup at the Welcome Reception on Monday evening for those with arrivals after 5pm.
Monday, January 23
New Member & First Time Attendee Reception
5:30pm - 6:00pm
All new members and first time attendees are invited to this meet-and-greet with PIDA Staff and Board of Directors.
Welcome to the beautiful Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort! Reunite with your PIDA peers on Monday evening and sample local culinary favorites. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be relocated to the Calusa Ballroom. Casual Business or Resort Attire: Slacks and open collar shirts for men; casual dresses or pants for women.
Tuesday, January 24
Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentation:
Dr. Lowell Catlett, Get Real! Understanding Today's Economy and Tomorrow's New Future
8:30am - 9:45am
Calusa Ballroom FGH
Economic downturns are common-the U.S. has experienced 14 recessions during the last 80 years. Despite the pain they produce, downturns provide a means for society to re-balance what they deem important. Every recession leads to a spurt in new business starts, reformulation of business practices and new technological adaptations. In his address, Dr. Lowell Catlett will explain why we are on the verge of phenomenal growth in healthcare, energy and lifestyle markets. For those willing to embrace the opportunities, the next decade will be successful beyond any in history. Learn how to position your company to take advantage of the coming wave of prosperity.
Mike Staver, Leadership Isn't for Cowards How to Lead Courageously in a Turbulent Age
We live in an age when it is more and more challenging to manage all of the information, demands and challenges that are coming at us. It takes real courage to stand firm in what you believe and then to get your followers to understand what really matters and how to execute effectively. Your ability to influence your followers is key to every step of creating significant results. Courage is the key element in that process.
Thought Leader Panel The Future of the Independent Channel
11:15am - 12:00pm
Pet product distributors' fortunes are tied to independent pet dealers who are battling with big boxes, mass marketers and Internet retailers for market share. What can suppliers and distributors do to ensure the continued health of this segment of the pet product channel? Our panel of industry veterans - Retailer Dave Ratner, Dave's Soda & Pet City; Supplier Brent Weinmann, Vitakraft Sun Seed and Distributor Randy Reber, Animal Supply Company, will address this and other key topics in a fast-paced and candid discussion. Come prepared to pose the questions that most concern you during this highly interactive session.
Lunch Presentation on Pet Industry Product Database
12:15pm - 1:30pm
The Pet Industry Database (PIDB) is perhaps the most exciting development in the pet industry in many years. A joint venture between PIDA and Pinogy Co., the PIDB is a service that matches product data with existing inventory systems used by distributors and retailers. Product data will now flow seamlessly through the channel from manufacturer to distributor to retailer, eliminating costly and time consuming keystroke errors. Manufacturers will have a single distribution point for all product information, pictures, marketing materials and offers. Rob Cook, Pinogy President, will explain how the PIDB will work and how your company can take advantage of this remarkable new tool.
Spouse Shelling Tour
11:00am - 2:00pm
Pre-registration required, $79 per person
Participants meet on the Belvedere Terrace at 10:45 for tour departure
Southwest Florida is one of state's most pristine environments, featuring abundant wildlife and natural settings as they have existed for eons. You will leave the Hyatt Marina by boat, exploring the back bays and estuaries, learning about the area's flora and fauna from your experienced guide. Next, you'll stop at Lover's Key State Park where you can comb the beach for a breathtaking variety of sea shells. Your fee includes a boxed lunch, state park fee and refreshments.
Chairman's Reception & Awards Dinner
6:00 - 7:00pm (Reception)
7:00 - 9:00pm (Dinner)
Calusa Terrace and Ballroom
Enjoy an elegant evening with cocktails and a delicious dinner, followed by presentation of PIDA's Supplier & Distributor Recognition Awards, as well as the PIDA Lifetime Achievement Award. Business Attire recommended: Sport coat for men; dress, skirt or pantsuit for women.
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Following the banquet, unwind with your colleagues in the PIDA Hospitality Lounge.
Wednesday, January 25
Distributor Annual Meeting & Election
7:30am - 8:30am
This session is for Distributor and Pet Wholesaler Members only. Breakfast will be served to distributors in the meeting room. All other attendees are invited to breakfast in the Estero Foyer.
Executive Conferences Day 1
8:30am - 11:30am
PIDA Annual Golf Tournament
Raptor Bay Golf Course
12:30pm - 5:00pm
$199 per player (pre-registration required), includes greens fees and cart, boxed lunch and hosted beverage cart.
A van will be available to shuttle golfers from the main hotel entrance starting at 11:30am, and will run continuously every 15 minutes through 12:30pm. If you've rented clubs, they will be on your cart. If you still need rental clubs, contact PIDA at email@example.com by January 18 to reserve your set. After that date, availability cannot be guaranteed. Club rentals are $60.
Backwater Fishing Tournament*
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Participants meet on the Belvedere Terrace at 12:45am for tour departure
Pre-registration is required
* NOTE : This tour is currently FULL, however, if you wish to be placed on the wait-list for this event, contact PIDA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Not a golfer? Enjoy an afternoon in the Florida sunshine fishing the backwaters of the Gulf of Mexico. You'll get an up close and personal view of tropical mangrove islands, a wide variety of bird species and other exotic plants and animals as you make your way to your captain's favorite fishing holes. Reel in the catch of the day, such as snapper, sheepshead, redfish, snook, tripletail, jack, tarpon and many more. Compete with other fishermen for biggest catch, smallest catch and most fish caught. Your fee includes fishing license, bait, tackle and refreshments.
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Join your PIDA colleagues for light snacks and cocktails before heading out to dinner on your own. The PIDA Hospitality Lounge is open to all attendees.
Thursday, January 25
Executive Conferences Day 2
7:30am - 3:00pm
The Executive Conference Program is concentrated, no nonsense, one-on-one time to discuss key business issues with trading partners, and an integral part of every PIDA Management Conference. These unique, face-to-face sessions between manufacturers and distributors provide a valuable opportunity for trading partners to discuss key elements of their business relationship. Each distributor member will be assigned to an enclosed booth, providing more privacy for appointments.
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Royal Palm Courtyard
Enjoy one last evening with your peers, and celebrate a successful event, on the Royal Palm Courtyard. Relax and enjoy the tropical music, and interactive games. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be relocated to the Estero Ballroom.