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DCKAP SUMMIT 2022 – 5th Annual Gathering for Distributors

OCT 28, 2022 - LOS ANGELES, CA

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Join us at the Sheraton Grand in Los Angeles, CA

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DCKAP SUMMIT:
WHAT'S THE BUZZ ABOUT?

After a two-year pause: The DCKAP Summit is back and bigger than ever before.

A lot has changed in that time, and the distribution sector faces new threats and challenges in the post-pandemic era.

The DCKAP Summit exists to give a platform for leading voices and experts in the industry. It is a means of shedding light on pressing issues in distribution and a way of offering organizations a gateway to bridging their current scenario to where they want to be.

DCKAP SUMMIT '22

A CONFERENCE ON GROWTH TALENT COMPETITION

With two years of online events (and one hybrid) behind us, we’re excited to actually meet all the attendees at this in-person-only event! There’s only so much networking one can do while in half-formals/half-pajamas, after all.

Why Should You Attend?

As a Distributor
The DCKAP Summit is geared for distributors – overcoming challenges, finding opportunities, and learning how to best navigate them. Discover game-changing insights from industry experts and set your business apart from the competition. Get connected to the right solutions that will help take your business to the next level.

Agency/Technology Partner
As an event that spotlights relevant issues in distribution, leverage the opportunity to illustrate how best your organization can help navigate those hurdles. Expand your network while establishing how you fit in the distributor ecosystem.

DCKAP Customer
Aside from it being a great opportunity to meet up, our event goes beyond delivering information you already know. We’re focusing on fresh strategies and innovative ideas that can help you flourish. This is one more way we hope to contribute to your business’s success and profitability.

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growth, talent, and cometition
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FEATURED SPEAKER

Duncan Wardle

Former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney

As Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney, Duncan helped teams at Disney Parks, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, Imagineering and Animation to innovate, creating magical new storylines and amazing experiences for consumers around the globe.

He now brings his Disney experience to audiences around the world, delivering a series of keynotes, masterclasses and ideation forums, that help people capture unlikely connections, leading to both disruptive thinking and revolutionary ideas.

He is a multiple TEDx speaker and frequent contributor to Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes, and he teaches Innovation and Creativity Masterclasses at Yale and Harvard Universities. Duncan holds the American Citizen Award presented at the White House, an Honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh University, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.

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ALL SPEAKERS

President at Rigid Hitch Inc.

J.R. Tapper

With over three decades of experience in the distribution industry, J.R. Tapper is the President of Rigid Hitch, a family-owned manufacturer and warehouse distributor of trailer hitches, towing accessories, trailer parts, and truck accessories.

With over three decades of experience in the distribution industry, J.R. Tapper is the President of Rigid Hitch, a family-owned manufacturer and warehouse distributor of trailer hitches, towing accessories, trailer parts, and truck accessories.

Prior to Rigid Hitch he was with JH Larson Electrical Company, and ADAMS Nut and Bolt Co.

Former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney

Duncan Wardle

As Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney, Duncan helped teams at Disney Parks, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, Imagineering and Animation to innovate, creating magical new storylines and amazing experiences for consumers around the globe.

Duncan now brings his Disney experience to audiences around the world, delivering a series of keynotes, masterclasses and ideation forums, that help people capture unlikely connections, leading to both disruptive thinking and revolutionary ideas.

He is a multiple TEDx speaker and frequent contributor to Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes, and he teaches Innovation and Creativity Masterclasses at Yale and Harvard Universities. Duncan holds the American Citizen Award presented at the White House, an Honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh University, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.

President at Marysville Marine Distributors

Matt Harvey

With over 40+ years of experience in all facets of the Marine Industry, Matt is an experienced team builder and have been involved in managing operations throughout the United States.

40 plus years of experience in all facets of the Marine Industry. Retail sales, Repair, Distribution, Manufacturing, and operations.

I’m an experience team builder and have been involved in managing operations throughout the United States.

My passion is to mentor people who care and help them grow and exceed their expectations, personally and professionally.

I have been married to my wonderful wife, Shelly, for over 33 years. Proud father of two adult children.

Vice President, Channel Sales at BigCommerce

Sachin Wadhawan

Leading and growing the (Tech Partner) Channel Sales team for Americas and APAC, Sachin has experienced the growth of SaaS Enterprise platforms for the last 20+ years, from early-stage startups to post-IPO public companies.

Sachin Wadhawan has gained a unique perspective from a wide range of industry experiences in Nonprofit technology, Healthcare, Ad Tech, Content Marketing, Video platform, and eCommerce. He has contributed to both technical and solution selling capacities and has become a well-respected Technology Solutions leader in the industry.

Sachin graduated with a degree in Computer Science from LSU and earned both Masters in Software Engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin.

A servant leader, people person, lifelong learner, trusted advisor, get-things-done attitude, 120% accountable, and always glass half-full mindset.

Global Director, Account Services & eCommerce Operations at 3M

Kathi Mishek

As a kid, I would organize my neighborhood friends into teams for games, my toys into color segments (or functions). Technical operations is my happy place, and I love working for a global and complex company, in an industrial market in need of change.

As a kid, I would organize my neighborhood friends into teams for games, my toys into color segments (or functions). Technical operations is my happy place, and I love working for a global and complex company, in an industrial market in need of change.

I’ve had 7 jobs in 12 years working at 3M, all new to the company, and all focused on process improvement through technology. Today, I’m developing and engaging with customers on new API solutions to reduce lead time, increase sales velocity and improve productivity for our accounts.

3M has a variety of technical solutions to improve data exchanges – reach me at knmishek@mmm.com to connect on your needs.

Director of Ecommerce and Digital Development at SRS Distribution

Lijesh Shetty

Lijesh is a Technology Leader with good business acumen and a track record of delivering business value, building high-performing teams, and laying out visionary architectures and solutions.

Currently driving ecommerce implementation for two multi-million dollar revenue generating brands at SRS on Adobe Commerce (Magento) platform and driving a public facing platform product (www.bestproroofers.com).

He is also responsible for Enterprise API Capability Layer (API) on cloud platform (Azure & AWS), powering most products in the SRS enterprise, with an extensive experience in leading consumer facing web & mobile implementations, ecommerce dropship vendor integration and domestic/import logistics supplier integration at Neiman Marcus.

Lijesh also formed Palindrome Software Labs in 2006, an Online MultiChannel Retail Commerce company.

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Services Practice Leader at DCKAP

Mohan Natarajan

With over a decade of experience in eCommerce implementations and offering business solutions for distributors, Mohan heads the eCommerce practices and delivery at DCKAP.

Mohan heads the eCommerce practices at DCKAP. Within 7 years, Mohan has acquired all four Magento Certificates and offers impeccable knowledge in the Magento platform, and has evolved as a Solution Architect, developing a handful of Magento Extensions for numerous B2B customers. Loves to surf and play Table Tennis, when not on his desk.
Associate Professor of Instruction at Texas A&M University

Bharani Nagarathnam

Dr. Bharani Nagarathnam is an Associate Professor of Instruction and Associate Director of Master of Industrial Distribution program at the Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Industrial Distribution.

Dr. Bharani Nagarathnam is an Associate Professor of Instruction and Associate Director of Master of Industrial Distribution program at the Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Industrial Distribution.

He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, applied research, academic program management. Dr. Bharani has worked on industry projects, consortia and professional development programs for more than 100 industrial manufacturers and distributors. He has published in academic journals and industry publications. He is the co-author of two books.

He is the co-founder of the Talent Development Council that works with Distributions on Talent acquisition, management and development practices. Dr. Bharani holds a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Production Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

Marketing and Channel Communications at Klevu

Rainey Bailey

Up and coming eCommerce alliance maker, Rainey Bailey is a charismatic sales and marketing leader that is enjoying immediate success as she builds her reputation in the industry.

Up and coming eCommerce alliance maker, Rainey Bailey is a charismatic sales and marketing leader that is enjoying immediate success as she builds her reputation in the industry. With a background in sales, she has quickly found her passion for building and maintaining partner relationships based on the shared interest of providing online retailers a competitive advantage.

Using the knowledge she has gained during her tenure at Klevu, Rainey is now passionate about teaching others about product discovery best practices to help ecommerce sites increase revenue. With her fun and outgoing personality, Rainey inspires merchants to discover the art of the possible with simple to implement ideas.

Partner Manager at DCKAP

Catherine Sulskis

Catherine works with the marketing team as the Partner Manager, bridging connections, finding ways to co-brand and co-market our solutions.

Catherine works with the marketing team as the Partner Manager, bridging connections, finding ways to co-brand and co-market our solutions, and building lasting relationships with our partners. She works to ensure that our partnerships add value to the community and to expand the partner ecosystem. With an educational background in creative writing and sociology, and having worked in the tech industry for over a decade, she has a special affinity for the power of storytelling and the future of technology.
Solutions Engineer at DCKAP

Aaron Pallares

Aaron is a Solutions Engineer at DCKAP. He is always looking into the digital fabric of practices and models to better understand the psychology.

Aaron is a Solutions Engineer at DCKAP. He is always looking into the digital fabric of practices and models to better understand the psychology of the digital arts, its security, and forward trends. He is a forever student of the digital arts and when he is not working, he is watching movies or reading some books.
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Integration Consultant at DCKAP

Justin Zaza

Justin Zaza is an Integration Specialist with DCKAP. He is a recent graduate of the Industrial Distribution program at Texas A&M University.

Justin Zaza is an Integration Specialist with DCKAP. He is a recent graduate of the Industrial Distribution program at Texas A&M University, and currently resides in Austin, TX. Justin also has experience with Motion Industries, an industrial equipment distributor. In his free time, Justin enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, biking and surfing.
Founder & CEO at DCKAP

Karthik Chidambaram

Karthik Chidambaram bootstrapped the company from his small apartment in Chicago, Illinois.

Karthik Chidambaram bootstrapped the company from his small apartment in Chicago, Illinois. DCKAP was started with 2 people, 2 computers and 2 desks and is now a global team with headquarters in the Greater Austin area.

He reckons industry setbacks and renders solid & practical solutions to organizations. Karthik holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

AGENDA

  • Session Details

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    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM PT

    Registration and Breakfast

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    9:00 AM - 9:10 AM PT

    Crowd Warm-Up with MC

    Justin Zaza


  • evan

    9:10 AM - 9:25 AM PT

    Welcome & Opening Note

    Karthik Chidambaram, Founder & CEO at DCKAP


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    9:25 AM - 9:50 AM PT

    Carrying a 60 Year Legacy into The Digital Age

    (Customer Interview)

    J.R. Tapper, President at Rigid Hitch Inc

    Karthik Chidambaram, Founder & CEO at DCKAP


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    9:50 AM - 10:20 AM PT

    Grow Together: The Symbiosis Between Distributors and Vendors

    Sachin Wadhawan, Vice President, Channel Sales at BigCommerce


  • evan

    10:20 AM - 10:50 AM PT

    Growth Hinges on People: Aligning Your Growth Plan and Talent Plans

    (Panel Discussion)

    Matt Harvey, President at Marysville Marine Distributors

    Bharani Nagarathnam, Associate Professor of Instruction at Texas A&M University

    Mohan Natarajan, Services Practice Leader at DCKAP


  • evan

    10:50 AM - 11:10 AM PT

    Break

  • evan

    11:10 AM - 12:10 PM PT

    Bringing Creativity and Innovation to Your Growth Strategy in Distribution

    Duncan Wardle, Former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney


  • evan

    12:10 PM - 1:25 PM PT

    Group Photo on Stage & Lunch

  • Session Details

  • evan

    1:25 PM - 1:45 PM PT

    Sustaining Customer Loyalty Through The eCommerce Experience

    Rainey Bailey, Marketing and Channel Communications at Klevu


  • evan

    1:45 PM - 2:05 PM PT

    Process Improvements to Drive Accelerated Growth and Improved Productivity

    Kathi Mishek, Global Director, Account Services & eCommerce Operations at 3M


  • evan

    2:05 PM - 2:25 PM PT

    TBD


  • evan

    2:25 PM - 2:45 PM PT

    The Distributor’s Guide To Breaking Operational Silos

    Aaron Pallares, Solutions Engineer at DCKAP


  • evan

    2:45 PM - 3:05 PM PT

    Break

  • evan

    3:05 PM - 3:25 PM PT

    Envisioning a $1 Billion Platform

    Lijesh Shetty, Director of Ecommerce and Digital Development at SRS Distribution


  • evan

    3:25 PM - 3:55 PM PT

    Digital Marketing in Distribution

    (Panel Discussion)


  • evan

    3:55 PM - 4:00 PM PT

    Closing Note

    Catherine Sulskis, Partner Manager at DCKAP


  • evan

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PT

    Post-Event Networking & Refreshments/Cocktails

THANKS TO OUR 2022 SPONSORS

Organizer

PLATINUM SPONSOR

BigCommerce is the world’s leading open SaaS eCommerce platform for established and rapidly-growing businesses. Combining enterprise functionality, an open architecture and app ecosystem, and market-leading performance, BigCommerce enables businesses to grow online sales with 80% less cost, time and complexity than on-premise software.

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GOLD SPONSOR

Klevu helps connect people to products they want to buy. Klevu’s discovery suite includes eCommerce personalization, AI and NLP-powered on-site Smart Search, Smart Category Merchandising and Smart Recommendations, powered by real-time buyer intent. Klevu discovery technology balances AI automation and strategic control, is quick and easy to install and compatible with all ecommerce platforms. Klevu powers thousands of ecommerce businesses worldwide and has offices in the UK, US, Sweden, Finland, Australia and India.

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SILVER SPONSOR

Avalara, Inc. (NYSE: AVLR), a leading provider of cloud-based tax compliance automation solutions, helps businesses manage sales and use, excise, GST, VAT, communications, lodging, and other tax types, across the U.S and abroad.

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SILVER SPONSOR

Content4Commerce is a global digital content production agency that works with manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and B2B service providers in their quest for tailored content solutions across all platforms.We deliver fully integrated digital creative, content and technology services that deliver obvious results!

Go to Content4Commerce
Don't just take our word for it

HEAR IT FROM OUR PAST ATTENDEES

It’s a wonderful opportunity to network with industrial distribution suppliers, a wonderful opportunity to learn from the experts about B2B Commerce and all the tools available to make our customers’ lives better.

I’ve been really impressed with the speakers. I’ve learned a ton, not only about technical topics like private cloud but also how to build your best brand and make your brand your differentiator.

The convention has been extremely helpful so far, I’ve been able to network with a lot of companies. I would be happy to come next year.

They’re providing a lot of great tools & resources as well as [being great for] meeting new people, learning new things that you’ll be able to apply in the workplace, to have a nice seamless workflow.

What we’re seeing is a lot of good participation from merchants and other suppliers that are here.

It’s been great. We've seen a lot of great talks, met a lot of really great brands and app partners.

Enjoying the show today put on by DCKAP. Lots of great presenters, incredible content, lots for our business to think about on how we’re going to progress moving forward.

We’re having a great time at the Summit this year. I'm in marketing so I’m learning a lot about different ways to market our business - B2B.

This roundup has been a great experience so far, the content has all been great. They’ve done a great job from the production to the content, to the sessions themselves.

Today was filled with a whole lot of great conversations with merchants, and agencies, and it’s great to see a vibrant community.

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