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NACDS Annual Meeting takes shape

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has slated two top speakers for its Sunday Business Program at the 2018 NACDS Annual Meeting, which will be held April 21 to April 24 in Palm Beach, Fla. — Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Peggy Noonan and author and management educator Jim Collins.

Noonan’s writing for The Wall Street Journal has been described by Forbes magazine as “principled, perceptive, persuasive and patriotic.” Noonan is also known for her work as a special assistant and speech writer to President Ronald ­Reagan.

Noonan’s weekly “Declarations” column has been featured in WSJ since 2000.

“I am looking forward to the Sunday Business Program and to welcoming Peggy Noonan to the NACDS Annual Meeting. NACDS members are going to really enjoy and benefit from a truly gifted professional who has written words and captured feelings that have shaped history,” said NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson.

Collins has written or coauthored six books that have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, including his definitive book, the No. 1 best-seller Good to Great, which examines why some companies make the transition from being good companies to great ones. In some of his other best-selling books, Collins studies successful leaders; details how once-successful companies can self-destruct; and examines why some companies are able to thrive amid chaos.

Collins began his research and teaching career on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 2017, Forbes selected him as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.


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