Regional Summit | CHICAGO

SEPTEMBER 19th, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. CT


Free to Attend

This OMNIA Partners regional event will consist of an expo hall and lunch with numerous opportunities to interact and engage with our supplier partners and your dedicated OMNIA Partners Team.


Event Details

DATE: September 19th | Add to Calendar

TIME: 8:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. CT

Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
1401 W 22nd Street | Oak Brook, IL | 60523

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08:45 AM - 09:00 AM Member Registration
09:00 AM - 09:15 AM A Winning GPO Strategy - How to use OMNIA Partners to gain a competitive advantage

This opening session will highlight how Members and Suppliers utilize OMNIA Partners and the wide range of dedicated resources to build your business and succeed in the competitive marketplace.
09:15 AM - 09:45 AM Volatility Alive & Well in The Metals Markets. What You Need to Know For 2020. | Lisa Reisman
09:45 AM - 10:15 AM Employment Outlook - Trends in the Labor Markets and Their Impact On Your Business | Naseem A Malik

With unemployment at record lows, companies are competing for the same skilled talent. Businesses are taking unprecedented approaches to attract, and most importantly, retain talent. This session will highlight trends in the labor markets, their impact on business and how your company can compete for the best talent.
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM Supplier Solutions Exhibitor Opening
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Economy At a Glance: Tariffs, Trade, Elections and 2020 Predictions | Dr. Chris Kuehl
Complimentary Lunch
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM Supplier Solutions Dedicated Exhibitor Time
02:00 PM - 02:15 PM Closing Commentary and Remarks


Dr. Chris Kuehl | Managing Director | Armada Corporate Intelligence

Dr. Chris Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of global corporate clients. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations—Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, Finance, Credit and International Business and the Business Information Industry Association. He is also the economic analyst for several state accounting societies—Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Kansas.

Prior to starting Armada in 1999, he was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years – teaching in the US, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore, and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies, and East Asian studies.

Chris is the author of Business Intelligence Briefs and Executive Intelligence Briefs - both publications from Armada. He is also responsible for the Credit Manager’s Index from NACM and Fabrinomics from the FMA.

Lisa Reisman | Co-founder and Executive Editor, MetalMiner | CEO, Azul Partners

As one of the nation’s foremost metals experts, Lisa and her team have developed innovations in metal price forecasting, pricing and benchmarking. In addition to past roles at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte Consulting, Lisa has also owned and operated her own aluminum trading company. Lisa earned her MPA from New York University along with a BA in political science and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Naseem-Malik-HeadshotNaseem A. Malik | Managing Partner | MRA Global Sourcing

Naseem Malik has gone from sourcing goods to sourcing talent. After gaining 15 years’ experience as a procurement practitioner, Naseem turned his full attention to something he enjoys most – leveraging his network, connecting the dots and finding the best talent in the profession.

Spanning diverse industries, he has worked in numerous roles of increasing responsibility. While working at major Fortune 500 companies, Naseem gained valuable insights on how to attract and retain top-notch talent. He is well versed in building and leading high-performing teams on a global basis.

As an active member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and various Purchasing Councils, Naseem has authored articles for Inside Supply Management magazine and presented on topics relating to talent challenges in the global marketplace.

Naseem holds an MBA from the University of Illinois-Chicago and resides in Chicago with his family.


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Featured Suppliers

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Cope Plastics HON Hughes Peters Samuel
MPS Group RR Donnelley & Sons Company TFS Transportation Impact
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