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“Good is the Enemy of Great”: NPCC Keynote Speaker Evan Hackel Promises “Ugly But Necessary” Discussion on Reinventing Purchasing Co-ops


NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce that lifelong cooperator Evan Hackel will present the keynote address at the 2015 National Purchasing Cooperatives Conference on Tuesday, October 6 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Click here to register!

Called “Good is the Enemy of Great,” Hackel’s keynote will challenge conference participants to reinvent the purchasing cooperative sector by asking critical questions: Do you provide real value to your membership? Are you helping your membership survive into the future?

“Myths will be busted, egos bruised and minds blown,” Hackel said.

Hackel’s experience with cooperatives began early; as a teenager, he helped sort groceries at a local food co-op in his small town in Vermont. Later, he worked at his family’s appliance business, a member of the Key Cooperative.

Over the past 30 years, Hackel has gained extensive management experience across cooperative sectors. In the early 90s, he was brought in to run, manage and build a new leadership team for a large cooperative in the wake of the departure of its startup team. Hackel managed CCA Global Partners’ purchase of the bankrupt Flooring American franchise system, converting it into a cooperative and increasing business from $700 million to $2 billion in just four years.

Hackel also served as president of Carpet One, CCA’s largest division with more than $3 billion in sales operating in four countries. Additionally, he managed the CCA relationship with a cooperative of 200 floor covering stores in the United Kingdom. Hackel was one of the founders and board members of the Lenders Onecooperative that today originates more than $180 billion in mortgages. Hackel also oversaw CCA’s creation of the Savvi Formalwear cooperative and the Biking Cooperative, and was one of the founders and first president of BizUnite.Currently, Hackel is the founder and CEO of Ingage Consulting, the foremost provider of specialized management consulting services for leaders of franchises, cooperatives, buying groups and dealer networks. In this role, he has worked with more than 20 cooperatives, many of which will be represented at the 2015 National Purchasing Cooperatives Conference.
Additionally, Hackel is a professional public speaker presenting at numerous events every year, including last year’s NPCC in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Evan holds a degree in Economics from Colorado College, an MBA in Finance and General Management degrees from Boston College. He and his wife have three children and reside in Reading, Massachusetts.Hackel’s keynote is generously sponsored by BlueVolt, a learning management system solutions provider helping organizations increase profitability by making it easy to deliver effective, comprehensive training programs that improve the productivity of employees and partners.

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