Charles Wilson headlines Scottish conference

Booker chief executive Charles Wilson is among the keynote speakers at this year’s Annual Conference of the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) in June.

Alex Fisher, managing director of catering specialist 3663; Molson-Coors CEO Mark Hunter; Debbie Robinson, Spar UK’s recently appointed managing director; and the US-based industry guru Tom Kuzio are among the other speakers at the conference, which this year will be held at Crieff Hydro in Perthshire from 14th  to 17th  June.

The major themes of the conference will be training and mentoring of staff, and internal and external marketing. Kuzio, the former senior vice-president (sales) at PepsiCo International and now managing partner of business consultancy The Kuzio Group, will deliver a keynote address in which he will share his experience of heading up a key division of a global Features > Business, and suggest how that knowledge can be used to “help build a world-class wholesale industry in Scotland”.

SWA president George Benson, who will host two business sessions at the conference and highlight the challenges facing members and the wider wholesale industry over the coming year, said:”I believe that we have built an outstanding business programme for our 2012 conference.It is becoming increasingly clear to everyone within our industry that training is the key to growth and prosperity, and this will be the underlying theme of our 2012 conference. Our key message is that we have the right people, the right attitude and right skills to create a truly world-class industry. But we need to nurture those people and do everything we can to develop those skills.”

Also speaking at the conference will be Asim Sarwar, managing director of United Wholesale (Scotland), the winner of Best Cash amp; Carry Depot and Best Retailer Development Programme in the 2012 Scottish Wholesale Achievers awards initiative; Martin Williams, managing director of Landmark Wholesale; Jason Wouhra, director and company secretary of West Midlands-based East End Foods; and Denys Shortt, chairman and chief executive of DCS Europe, one of Europe’s largest health and beauty businesses and the official UK sales and distribution company for leading blue-chips including Procter amp; Gamble, Gillette, Unilever and SC Johnson.

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