In Chicago, a True Value Reunion

Education, and REO Speedwagon, are on the agenda in the co-op’s own backyard

A scene from True Value's spring Reunion in Anaheim.

Chicago-based True Value Company will welcome members to its hometown for the Sept. 24-27 Reunion. Included on the agenda – along with the Bargain Burners discount merchandise reception and the Patio Palooza furniture display – is a long list of educational seminars.

Perhaps the cleverest seminar title belongs to: “Inventory Schminventory: Teaching Your Team 
to Care as Much as You Do,” a seminar slated for 8:30 a.m. on Monday. True Value University Training Theater Sessions will take place on the show floor throughout the Reunion.

During the Sunday Retail Best Practices Closing Keynote speech from U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly. According to the program, his “The Sky is Not the Limit” presentation will share lessons from his record-breaking year in space – “from the leadership and teamwork required
in such demanding conditions to the long-term deprivation from loved ones and planet Earth itself.”

The Sunday Retail Best Practices agenda is packed with many more earth-bound presentations on merchandising, technology and digital markeing. True Value Corp. “Conversations” with True Value executives Tim Mills, Heath Ashenfelter and Abhinav Shukla are on the agenda.

REO Speedwagon will perform during a Monday evening welcome reception at the Wintrust Arena, adjacent to McCormick Place.

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