About Annual Meeting

For over 80 years, NACDS has served as a vibrant community of chains and suppliers. For much of this time, the NACDS Annual Meeting has served as its signature event. In the days following the 2018 conference, 97 percent of attendees indicated that they planned to return in 2019. Those who attend for the first time quickly learn why.

About Annual Meeting

The NACDS Annual Meeting is the industry’s most prestigious gathering of its most influential leaders. It is the classic “Top-to-Top” business conference, attended by industry decision makers. It will give you and your company a unique opportunity to gain new insights into today’s changing marketplace and set your course for the future. Participation is restricted to executives from NACDS member companies and their spouses/companions.

The Annual Meeting format includes two formal business programs featuring business experts, industry panels, and renowned speakers. These sessions are followed by “strategic exchange appointments” (meetings) between retailers and associate members in the designated “strategic exchange spaces” (meeting umbrellas and bungalows), private meeting rooms, or other designated meeting spaces located throughout the hotel.

Key Participants

Participants at the Annual Meeting include Retail Chairmen, CEOs, Presidents, and Senior Vice Presidents of Marketing, Merchandising, Operations, and Pharmacy and their executive-level counterparts and decision makers from supplier companies.


NACDS represents traditional drug stores, supermarkets and mass merchants with pharmacies. Chains operate 40,000 pharmacies, and NACDS’ more than 100 chain member companies include regional chains, with a minimum of four stores, and national companies. Chains employ more than 3.2 million individuals, including 178,000 pharmacists. They fill over 3 billion prescriptions yearly, and help patients use medicines correctly and safely, while offering innovative services that improve patient health and healthcare affordability. NACDS members also include more than 850 supplier partners and over 60 international members representing 21 countries.

Board of Directors

  • George Bartell, The Bartell Drug Company
  • Kermit Crawford, Rite Aid Corporation
  • Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • Lynne Fruth, Fruth Pharmacy
  • Jon Giacomin, Medicine Shoppe International, Inc.
  • Alex Gourlay, Walgreens Boots Alliance & Walgreen Co.
  • Mark Griffin, Lewis Drug, Inc
  • Marybeth Hays, Walmart
  • Kevin Hourican, CVS Health
  • Rick Keyes, Meijer, Inc.
  • Nick Loporcaro, Health Mart
  • Larry Merlo, CVS Health
  • Robert Narveson, Thrifty White Pharmacy
  • Brian Nightengale, Good Neighbor Pharmacy
  • Martin Otto, H-E-B
  • Craig Painter, Kinney Drugs, Inc
  • John Standley, Rite Aid Corporation
  • Sharon Sternheim, Zitomer/Thriftway Drug Corp.
  • David Vucurevich, Genoa Healthcare

NACDS Honorary Board

  • Philip E. Beekman, Owl Hollow Enterprises
  • David Bernauer
  • Sydney Besthoff, III, Property Management Group
  • Warren F. Bryant
  • Anthony N. Civello, AC Consulting
  • Leonard A. Genovese, LFC Enterprises, LLC
  • Andrew A. Giancamilli, 99 Cent Stores
  • Robert W. Hannan, Hannan Executive Services, Inc
  • James I. Harrison, Jr., Harrison Investments
  • Gerald Heller
  • Alan B. Levin, SoDel Concepts
  • Robert D. Loeffler
  • David Maher, Pharma Integrative Pharmacy
  • Frank A. Newman, The Stow Company
  • Harvey Rosenthal
  • Thomas M. Ryan
  • Mary Sammons
  • Stewart Turley
  • Gregory D. Wasson, Wasson Enterprise

NACDS Chairmen of the Board, 1934 – 2018

  • George H. Gales, Liggett Drug Co., 1934–1938
  • Nate S. Shapero, Cunningham Drug Stores, 1938–1941
  • Horace A. Taylor, Taylor Drug Co., 1941–1944
  • J.F. Gallaher, Gallaher Drug Co., 1944–1945
  • C.R. Walgreen, Jr., Walgreen Drug Stores, 1945–1947
  • E. Roy Albright, Albright & Wood, 1947–1949
  • Merle A. Sanders, Snyder’s Drug Stores, 1949–1951
  • Scott C. Rea, Rea & Derick, 1951–1953
  • S.J. Besthoff, Katz & Besthoff, 1953–1955
  • G.B. Burrus, Peoples Drug Stores, Inc., 1955–1957
  • Adolph Weinberger, Gray Drug Stores, Inc., 1957–1959
  • M.K. Wood, Gallaher Drug Co., 1959–1961
  • Ches B. Larsen, Cunningham Drug Stores, 1961–1963
  • Morris R. Shlensky, Katz Drug Company, 1963–1965
  • Carlyle W. Evans, Gray Drug Stores, Inc., 1965–1967
  • August F. Hook, Hook Drugs, Inc., 1967–1969
  • L.S. Skaggs, Skaggs Drug Centers, Inc., 1969–1971
  • George T. Hilden, Osco Drug, Inc., 1971–1973
  • Joseph M. Long, Longs Drug Stores, 1973–1975
  • S.H. Ashcraft, Craft’s Drug Stores, 1975–1976
  • J.A. Weinberger, Gray Drug Store, Inc., 1976–1977
  • C.R. Walgreen III, Walgreen Company, 1977–1978
  • Stewart Turley, Jack Eckerd Corporation, 1978–1979
  • Robert B. Begley, Begley Drug Company, 1979
  • Sheldon W. Fantle, Peoples Drug Stores, Inc., 1980–1981
  • Sydney J. Besthoff, III, K&B, Incorporated, 1981–1982
  • Sidney Dworkin, Revco D.S., Inc., 1982–1983
  • Henry A. Panasci, Jr., Fay’s Incorporated, 1983–1984
  • Robert M. Long, Longs Drug Stores, 1984–1985
  • James I. Harrison, Jr., Harco Drug Inc., 1985–1986
  • Alex Grass, Rite Aid Corporation, 1986–1987
  • Jack A. Robinson, Perry Drug Stores, Inc., 1987–1988
  • Stewart Turley, Jack Eckerd Corporation, 1988–1989
  • Gerald Heller, May’s Drug Stores, Inc., 1989–1990
  • Richard G. Eils, Thrifty Corporation, 1990
  • Philip E. Beekman, Hook–SupeRx, Inc., 1990–1992
  • Harvey Rosenthal, CVS, 1992–1993
  • Robert W. Hannan, Thrift Drug, Inc., 1993–1994
  • Jack Futterman, Pathmark Stores, Inc., 1994–1995
  • David L. Maher, American Stores Company, 1995–1996
  • Gerald Heller, May’s Drug Stores, Inc., 1996–1997
  • Thomas M. Ryan, CVS Pharmacy, Inc., 1997–1998
  • Leonard A. Genovese, Genovese Drug Stores, Inc., 1998–1999
  • Frank A. Newman, Eckerd Corporation, 1999–2000
  • Alan B. Levin, Happy Harry’s, Inc., 2000–2001
  • Mark E. Griffin, Lewis Drugs, Inc., 2002–2003
  • Mary Sammons, Rite Aid Corporation, 2003–2005
  • Anthony N. Civello, Kerr Drug, Inc., 2005–2007
  • David W. Bernauer, Walgreen Co., 2007-2008
  • Warren F. Bryant, Longs Drug Stores, 2008
  • Andy A. Giancamilli, Snyders Drug Stores, 2008–2010
  • Larry J. Merlo, CVS Caremark Corporation, 2010–2011
  • Robert D. Loeffler, H-E-B, 2011-2012
  • Gregory D. Wasson, Walgreen Co., 2012-2013
  • Robert J. Narveson, Thrifty White Pharmacy, 2013-2014
  • John Standley, Rite Aid Corporation, 2014-2015
  • Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee, Inc., 2015-2016
  • Martin Otto, H-E-B, 2016-2017
  • Alex Gourlay, Walgreens Boots Alliance & Walgreen Co., 2017 -2018

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It is the opportunities. It is the results. It is the relationships. It is the member service. All Chain and Associate Members in good standing with NACDS are invited to register and attend the Annual Meeting.

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