Mother Nature sure knows how to welcome the Indoff National Sales Meeting to town. From the earthquake in 2008 to the torrential 3-day rainstorm in 2009, she always plans the perfect way to greet the Indoff Sales Partners to St.Louis.
All weather issues aside, the meeting proved to be a complete success. Thursday kicked off the meeting with a General Session for the Office Interiors, Material Handling and Promotional Products Partners while the Business Products Partners were bused off to the United Stationers Show.
Friday started off with select vendors hosting Indoff University sessions. Over 35 classes provided a chance for Partners and vendors to discuss everything from promotional apparel to pallet handling conveyor systems. The Indoff Vendor Show officially began after lunch, and included over 100 vendor booth. It was a great opportunity for our Sales Partners to reconnect and talk with vendors face-to-face.
Saturday morning was yet another opportunity for Indoff Sales Partners and Corporate staff to share ideas and information through roundtable discussions. A few topics discussed included social media, Confluence order entry, e-marketing, using company store websites, cross selling and specialty product selling. As always, all classes were very informative, with only complaint - there were too many “good classes” to choose from!
Wrapping up the weekend event was the dinner and much anticipated awards banquet. Many corporate and Partner anniversaries were celebrated this year. We even had a 40th birthday celebration for our CFO Julie Frank. Julie received a special birthday message from Jim Malkus, Indoff President and CEO, as well as a group sing-a-long to “Happy Birthday” started by Indoff Partner Marsha Olinghouse.
The most important announcement of the night, though, came from John Temple, Indoff Vice Chairman, who announced his retirement from Indoff after 38 years. Partners and Corporate staff were able to wish him their best at the Saturday night dinner reception.
As all good things do, the Sales Meeting had to come to an end. Friendships were renewed, classes were taught, sales techniques refreshed, and the Indoff camaraderie strengthened. We believe every Sales Partner in attendance left the meeting with a pride in their company and the momentum to “Map a Plan for Success!”