The NACDS Regional Chain Conference is a working meeting that offers unique networking opportunities with both your peers and trading partners.

The conference is designed to address the challenges facing senior retail executives who operate up to 250 stores. This is an educational meeting and executive development program that will provide valuable information to help your company meet the challenges in the healthcare and retail market.

The meeting begins each day with a breakfast/general session followed by a variety of industry updates and dynamic business and education offerings. Throughout the remainder of the day, breakout sessions and/or business appointments between trading partners are conducted.

In the evenings there are a variety of social activities, some of which are official NACDS functions, while others are private, “by invitation only” events.

Key Participants

Traditional retail participants include presidents, CEOs, and other senior executives from the merchandising and/or pharmacy disciplines. Due to the breadth of the conference program, it is also an excellent meeting for aspiring senior leaders of any organization who seek cross- functional understanding as they prepare for advanced responsibilities.

Supplier attendance is restricted to a limited number of front-end, pharmacy, and related services companies who agree to become a Strategic Partner for the meeting. Attendees from these companies are traditionally senior sales or trade development executives.


NACDS represents traditional drug stores, supermarkets and mass merchants with pharmacies. Chains operate over 40,000 pharmacies, and NACDS’ over 80 chain member companies include regional chains, with a minimum of four stores, and national companies. Chains employ nearly 3 million individuals, including 157,000 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 900 supplier partners and over 70 international members representing 21 countries.

Regional Chain Committee Members

Wendy Boynton, Hannaford Bros., Co.
Rebecca Bubel, RPH, Kinney Drugs, Inc.
Sandra Canally, The Compliance Team, Inc.
Andrew Charter, Topco Associates LLC
David Cippel, Klingensmith’s Drug Stores Inc.
Scott M. Cross, Lewis Drug
Tim Erdle, Thrifty White Pharmacy
Daniel Ferrara, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Doyle Jensen, Innovation
William Earl Osborn, PharmD, Osborn Drugs, Inc.
Robert A. Petryszak, Drug Emporium of West Virginia
Chris Smith, Inmar
Heidi Snyder, Drug World Pharmacies
William Thompson, III, Thompson Pharmacy
Kristin Williams, PharmD, RPh, Hy-Vee, Inc.
Michael Wysong, CARE Pharmacies Cooperative, Inc. – 2020 Regional Chain Chairman