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Controls Group North America (CGNA) Turns Things Upside Down in Chicago!
BREA, CA—September 22, 2017
Controls Group North America (CGNA) met in Chicago on September 7-8, for their 2017, Fall Synergy Conference. “Engagement ²” was the theme of a very focused and elite event to connect and “engage” the Member Distributors and Preferred Vendors of the top controls group in the industry.
Scott Cochrane, CEO and President of
Cochrane Supply, was the keynote speaker who shared the 50-year journey
of his company, “From Parts to Smarts.” As a leading distributor
of building automation solutions, Scott outlined his strategy for
success for the next 50 years in the fast-paced world of intelligent
commercial buildings. Every distributor and vendor in the room
was intrigued and challenged by this outstanding presentation.
A panel discussion followed with Dan Preston from Johnson Controls, Marc Bergeron from ProLon and Mike Marston from EasyIO. They joined three distributors to further explore Scott’s perspective in a lively discussion moderated by Eric Stromquist of Stromquist & Co. in Atlanta. Mike Marston commented afterward that “The CGNA conference in Chicago was an amazing experience. The new ideas and willingness to embrace change, made for a unique event. EasyIO is very glad to be a part of this forward-looking group.”
The entire conference set the table for
the final event: the “CGNA Inverted Trade Show.” For the first
time ever in CGNA’s 34 years, the Preferred Vendors “walked the show,”
as the CGNA Member Distributors manned their booths, ready to connect
and do business. The response was quite amazing. By turning
the trade show “Upside Down,” there was new and fresh dialog initiated
by the vendors that was welcomed by all parties.
Jay Ranalli, President of Broudy
Precision, said it well. “The “Inverted Trade Show” was very good
for us. We spoke with several Preferred Vendors we were not doing
business with, and we’re certainly going to take a closer look at
working with them.”
Needless to say, the CGNA 2017 Fall Synergy Conference was a time of excellent “Engagement.”
About Controls Group North America
Controls Group North America (CGNA) is the leading network of Distributors and Manufacturers in the HVAC/R Controls industry, providing innovative controls solutions and resources for their businesses.
Through progressive technology, strategic marketing, training and education, networking opportunities, and unified buying power, CGNA impacts distributors and manufacturers’ bottom line by increasing their market share. CGNA works to challenge distributors and manufacturers with business strategies and opportunities beyond the boundaries of their current business model.
Distributors and manufacturers work
together in one community-based network to accomplish what they cannot
do alone, while changing the way business is done in the industry.
“Industry’s Elite, Working Together”
For more information about CGNA, visit cgnacontrols.com
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