Location: Red Oak Ballroom
(Monday) Opening Keynote Session:
The markets we all compete in continue to evolve rapidly, making innovation increasingly important to sustained success. Join Steve Snower to learn why innovation isn’t just about generating occasional new ideas—it’s about consistently finding ways to differentiate your business. Innovation can take on many forms and help our businesses compete and win. This session will explain how you can make innovation a key business process, and outlines different approaches you can take. It will also give you advice on planning for innovation and creating the right business environment to develop your ideas.
Steve Snower | Chief Executive Officer, Parts Town
Steve joined Parts Town in 2004, which at the time, had five employees and $3 million annual revenue. Under Steve’s leadership, Parts Town has achieved compound annual organic growth of 35% over the 14-year period ending 2018. With ten acquisitions since 2015, Parts Town, the global leader in foodservice equipment parts distribution, is now over $550 million annual revenue with over 1,500 team members. Steve and his team have transformed the food equipment parts distribution industry with several breakthrough innovations including the industry’s leading E-commerce capability and App.
Prior to Parts Town, Steve spent ten years with Newark Electronics, a global leader in electronic component distribution, and held several leadership roles.
Steve has an MBA from Kellogg/Northwestern and a Bachelor’s in Finance from Miami University in Ohio. Personally, Steve most enjoys spending time with his family, which includes wife Jocelyn and 4 children ranging in age from 13 to 20. Steve and Jocelyn are also foster parents to two children and lead a not-for-profit organization with a mission to enable children with special needs to participate in sports. An enthusiastic athlete himself, Steve has completed three Ironman distance triathlons and several marathons.