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DSN brings together top industry innovators, experts for 19th Industry Issues Summit


Call it a meeting of the minds. 

The annual Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit — taking place in New York City at the Plaza on Nov. 29 — is fast-approaching, and ahead of the event, Drug Store News has announced another top-tier roster of some of the most innovative and talented retail executives in the business for the thought leadership and networking event.

Now in its 19th year, the DSN Industry Issues Summit brings together the top pharmacy retailing, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods manufacturers and technology companies to discuss emerging industry trends, coming challenges and the opportunities that influence the most important business decisions facing panelists and attendees. The panels bring real-world insights to help drive sales and strengthen retailer-supplier relationships.  strengthening relationships between retailers and suppliers.

In addition to a keynote from former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, the event will feature five panels whose topics and participants are:

Enabling Patient-Facing Care: McKesson’s Chris Dimos will moderate a panel featuring Walgreens’ Rick Gates, Thrifty White’s Tim Weippert, CVS Health’s Kevin Hourican, BD’s Anne Messing, SupplyLogix’s Rick Sage, Innovation’s Doyle Jensen and Perceptimed’s Frank Maione.

Payer Partnerships and Delivering Outcomes: Hamacher Resource Group’s Dave Wendland will moderate a discussion between The Little Clinic’s Dr. Marc Watikins, UnitedHealthcare’s Shannon Huneke, Rite Aid’s Jocelyn Konrad, Walmart’s Alex Hurd, Johnson & Johnson’s Geoff Betru, PioneerRx’s Jeff Key and Vicki Harter of higi.

Chronic Care Patient Management: Independent consultant Andre Persaud will moderate a panel featuring Health Mart’s Crystal Lennartz, H-E-B Pharmacy’s Leon Nevers, Costco’s Becky Dant, Cardinal Health/Medicine Shoppe International’s Todd Treon, QS/1’s Saul Factor, Smart Meter’s Brahim Zabeli and BD Diabetes Care’s Marcus Silva.

Bridging the Gap Between Pharmacy and the Front Store: PhileciaDayle’s Philecia Avery will moderate a panel featuring Thrifty White’s Tim Weippert; H-E-B Pharmacy’s Craig Norman; Rite Aid’s Tammy Royer, Cardinal Health’s John Fiacco, Menasha’s Paul Murphy and Inmar’s Lari Harding.

7 Ideas that Matter: Mack Elevation’s Dan Mack will moderate a panel featuring CVS Health’s George Coleman, Sam’s Club’s Jill Turner-Mitchell, AmerisourceBergen’s Tim Buskey, Walgreens’ Robert Tompkins, Walmart’s Annie Walker and Target’s John Peine.

“The Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit is part of our commitment to providing timely, topical and engaging industry events where retailer and supplier industry leaders gather to discuss co-creation strategies and partnership opportunities,” Drug Store News publisher Eric Savitch said. “This event helps attendees set their agendas for the coming year.”

To register or for more information, visit For sponsorship opportunities, contact DSN publisher Eric Savitch, [email protected].

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