• New Rules for Collaboration in DistributionMethods of Management Retreat

    Dec. 1, 2006
    You don't have to get up as early at HARDI's Methods of Management golf and tennis retreat as you will during the Professional Development ski retreat,

    You don't have to get up as early at HARDI's Methods of Management golf and tennis retreat as you will during the Professional Development ski retreat, but outside of that, the schedule will seem very familiar. History has proven that the program is a productive one, allowing plenty of time for education, networking and recreation. That's why the Management Methods Committee is mirroring the format for their March 11-13, 2007, retreat at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, TX.

    Some interesting changes are occurring with the evolution of competition (both internal and external) in all distribution channels. The HVACR channel, along with others, needs better information transfer and more effective communication processes prior to profitable product or process transfer. Distribution industry authority Mike Workman will lead attendees through open-ended and insightful business discussions on matters that affect anyone in the distribution world.

    Collaborative markets revolve around cash and contracts, while our businesses based on hierarchy focus on authority and accountability. We face a bombardment of changing metrics, expectations, opportunities and the influences of current and new demands on collaborative chains within our channel.

    We live in a world of required, potential and evolving alliances. The next phase in alliance evolution will be interesting. Workman will use the topics of Global Sourcing, Consolidation, Collaboration and Talent to lead informative sessions and roundtable discussions on how these topics affect the way we do business now and in the future.

    And there's golf…

    Featuring two afternoons of golf at the resort, the courses will offer the best of both worlds to the golf enthusiast. With their unique landscaping of artistically carved rock and colorful foliage, the courses evoke places so natural and real that they feel as if they've been there forever.

    The Courses:

    Resort Course

    Winding through the Texas Hill Country, the par-72 course, now home to the PGA Tour's Valero Texas Open, is known for its breathtaking views, the most famous being the sheer, 80-foot drop from the seventh tee to the fairway, and offers spectacular views of the downtown San Antonio skyline.

    Palmer Course

    Located on 225 acres, the Palmer Course provides golf enthusiasts a par-71 course measuring approximately 6,926 yards. This magnificently scenic championship course is set in the Texas Hill Country and will challenge your skills from tee to green.

    Make note of the date and register soon for this inaugural event in San Antonio, TX, March 11-13, 2007. We mailed details and registration materials to members, and they are available on HARDI's website at www.HARDInet.org/events. While you're there, check out details for the Professional Development Ski Retreat in January. When you register and attend both, you'll receive a $100 rebate back from your total registration fees!