WASHINGTON — The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) is hosting its 2014 Executive Summit — Reimagining Distribution. The conference will take place Jan. 28-30 in Washington.

According to NAW, the focus of the summit is to help wholesaler-distributors across the industry reimagine distribution and reimagine business by looking to capitalize on opportunities in e-commerce, mobility, and social networking. It also is looking to help attendees develop a more compelling value proposition and execute it effectively; as well as move the marketing function to a position of greater importance in defining a company’s strategic direction, building brand, and ensuring consistent customer engagement across all channels.

“You need to reimagine both your role in the value chain and the structure and functions that comprise your organization,” said the organization. “Over the next three to five years, these existing and future trends will transform the industry, changing the way all distributors interact with customers and suppliers, altering the role of individual functions within the distribution business, and driving the imperative for true business-model innovation.”

The NAW Executive Summit features opportunities to renew acquaintances and talk business with peers from a variety of wholesale distribution industry lines of trade. It will also provide an opportunity for network in a small-group setting with industry peers from other lines of trade and learn what’s working and what isn’t in distribution today with multiple roundtable discussions.

Speakers include ITR Economist Alan Beaulieu; Guy Blissett, author of the new Facing the Forces of Change® report; Sarah Miller Caldicott, a great grandniece of Thomas Edison and innovation process expert; Seth Mattison, an expert in workforce trends; Stuart Varney, host of Varney & Company on the FOX Business Network; and Jade West of NAW, who will handicap the political and legislative prospects for the year and provide an update on the workplace regulations in the pipeline.

For more information, visit www.naw.org.