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PDI Sponsors NACS Leadership Program at MIT

Educational event features lessons in business fundamentals and changing cultures
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ATLANTA — PDI is sponsoring the NACS Innovation Leadership Program for business leaders as an endowment partner.

The new educational program will take place Nov. 3-8, 2019, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT's) Sloan School of Management. It’s the first NACS program of its kind at MIT, made possible by the association’s partnership with PDI, Shell and Gilbarco Veeder-Root. The program is designed for top-level executives who want to drive innovation in their organizations and the industry.

“We’re proud to support this new program that embodies our commitment to building lasting relationships and helping nurture the industry’s next generation of innovators and visionary thinkers,” said Jimmy Frangis, CEO of PDI.

The NACS leadership program combines research-based management frameworks with practical, hands-on experiences and offers networking opportunities for attendees. The curriculum will cover operating models, supply chain, customer experience, people engagement and culture change. The courseware integrates lessons and tools from various areas, including business strategy, design thinking and digitalization, all of which touch on facets of PDI’s operations. Program registration is now open to leaders at retailers, distributors and NACS member companies.

This program focuses on business model and strategic innovation and provides attendees the means to apply those methods to their own companies. The initiative draws from the entrepreneurial track record of MIT’s alumni, who have collectively created 30,000 companies over the years with more than 4.6 million employees and nearly $2 trillion in annual revenues.

“PDI’s ‘better together’ philosophy inspires us to develop strong partnerships and elevate the industry’s entrepreneurial efforts to the next level," Frangis said. "This new program showcases our philosophy and allows us to invest in our customers and their leaders. PDI’s people-first approach combined with MIT’s top-notch academic resources and the industry expertise of NACS make this truly a one-of-a-kind program.” 

With its international headquarters in Atlanta and its U.S. headquarters in Temple, Texas, PDI works with convenience-store retailers and petroleum wholesale marketers worldwide with enterprise management software.

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