Washington, DC – The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), which is the voice of the 8.1 trillion-dollar wholesale distribution industry, and employs more than 6 million U.S. workers, announced today that Vice President Mike Pence participated in a fireside chat with NAW CEO Eric Hoplin at Executive Summit 2023, the premier industry event for wholesale-distribution.

Vice President Pence addressed North America’s leading class of distributors and shared his insights on the global and domestic realities ahead for North American businesses, the U.S. economy, the supply chain and more. 

“We were incredibly honored to host Vice President Mike Pence at Executive Summit 2023,” said NAW CEO Eric Hoplin. “The Vice President’s leadership has been felt throughout the business community and we are grateful to have heard his ideas and insights for the future advancement and prosperity of the country, and to ensure that distributors can do what they do best and supply and support America,” concluded Hoplin.   

“It was a pleasure joining wholesaler-distributors, the heart of the American supply chain, at Executive Summit 2023,” said Vice President Mike Pence. “Wholesaler-distributors are essential to the US economy. Without this vital industry, commerce would all but cease. Thank you for showing up each and every day to keep our economy, and our nation, moving.” concluded Pence.  

Each year, the Wholesale-Distribution Industry gathers in Washington, DC for NAW’s Executive Summit to hear from top executives and thought leaders from across the industry on topics such as innovation, supply chain visibility, profitable growth strategies, regulation, the economy, branding, and the value in investing in a happy workforce.    

NAW is one of America’s leading trade associations, representing the $8.1 trillion wholesale distribution industry. Founded in 1946, NAW is comprised of national, regional, and state employers of all sizes, industry trade associations, partners, and stakeholders spanning all sectors of distribution. Our industry employs more than 6 million workers throughout the United States and accounts for 1/3 of the U.S. GDP. There are 35,000 wholesale distribution companies that operate in nearly 150,000 places of business across North America, including all 50 states.    

NAW’s mission is to deliver world-class programs and services, designed to help the most dynamic companies in wholesale distribution succeed. Our programming is tailored for the CEOs, senior executives, and rising leaders at our member companies and associations. Members engage with NAW through our offerings in: Thought Leadership, Networking, Executive Education, Benchmarking/Research, Shared Resourcing, Partnerships, Government Relations, and Public Affairs.