John White

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

At this year’s event, held Saturday, Nov. 8 at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, honorees included Mike Fasulo, president and COO of Sony Electronics (Torch of Liberty Award); Murray Huppin, president and CEO of Huppin’s/One Call (American Heritage Award); and John White, executive vice president, BrandSource and Expert Warehouse (S. David Feir Humanitarian Award).

BrandSource CEO Bob Lawrence called on his group’s membership to seize on market trends that increasingly favor independent dealers and their strengths by embracing change through seeking logical expansions of their category selection and responding to the new shopping and product research behaviors of the mobile-device-equipped consumer.

“You are in the greatest position going forward than ever, as independents. This time, for us, is phenomenal. It says to our suppliers that the be-all and end-all is not the box store. The prevailing belief today that bigger is better will break down.” So said Brand Source CEO Bob Lawrence in the group’s 2008 Summit General Session yesterday, exhorting dealer members in attendance to “never give up, never back down, never lose faith” in the face of market challenges. He pointed out that a market landscape where the likes of Home Depot and Lowe’s are suffering the backlash of slower housing starts and

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