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Aug 2018
Aug 2018


McCormick Place Convention Center 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago , Illinois 60616
Tel: (312) 791-7000
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AHRMM18 Annual Conference & Exhibition - Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management






Event Overview:

AHRMM18 is the premier education and networking event for healthcare supply chain. The event brings together more than 1,000 providers, affiliates, academics, and vendors for four days of insightful keynotes, practical learning labs, new product presentations, and face-to-face discussions and networking activities.

Join us to connect with people, and explore the products, technology, and ideas that are advancing healthcare. You can expect four days of insightful keynotes, practical learning labs, vendor presentations on the latest technology and products, and face-to-face networking with the leading supply chain thought leaders.

Attendee Information:


Networking is one of the top reasons to attend AHRMM18. Nothing helps you grow your career and discover new and exciting opportunities faster and better than face-to-face contact with your peers and business partners. Throughout AHRMM18, you will have many opportunities to interact with colleagues and make meaningful connections that can help build your career. Here are just a few sample events to look forward to:

Welcome Reception
An excellent opportunity to meet, greet, and mingle with attendees, speakers, colleagues, and exhibitors at the official welcome event for AHRMM18. This is a night to conduct some informal networking while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and refreshing drinks. Connect with those you knew and find a few new contacts.

First-Time Attendee & New Member Reception
All new members and first-time attendees are invited to meet the AHRMM Board of Directors, volunteer leaders, staff members, and peers. For anyone interested in learning how to make the most of membership, become more involved in AHRMM, map out the AHRMM17 experience, and build their professional network.

Refreshment Breaks
These breaks provide an informal forum for engaging with exhibitors and fellow attendees, while reenergizing with snacks and beverages to maximize the conference experience!

Exhibitor Information:

AHRMM Exhibition is the premier showcase of the latest products, technology, and services for healthcare supply chain. Each year, AHRMM Exhibition brings together approximately 200 vendors and more than 1,000 attendees, collectively managing billions of dollars in healthcare purchases. The trade show offers an ideal forum for establishing and strengthening professional relationships to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of supply chain operations. Come experience the best networking opportunity of 2018 and learn about recent advances within the healthcare supply chain field. With exhibitors in nearly every healthcare category, you are sure to find the solutions you need to improve and streamline your operations.

About AHRMM:

The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) is the premier membership group for healthcare supply chain professionals. AHRMM strives to provide the education, information, and resources necessary for its members to remain at the top of their field. With more than 4,300 members worldwide, AHRMM offers numerous opportunities for professionals to reach their highest potential and network with the best.

Keynote Speakers

Chris Gomez

Decorated Former Navy SEAL

First-hand stories about real-world missions demonstrate how to drive initiative, accountability, and achievement — just like U.S. Navy SEALs. Forged by some of the most intensive selection and training processes of any elite military professional in the world, SEALs are a special breed. They often operate silently under the cover of darkness, and are relentlessly committed to individual initiative, personal responsibility, and mission accomplishment.

Learn how U.S. Navy SEALs select, train, plan, lead, and execute their missions — and the tools and techniques they use to thrive and survive in rapidly changing and hostile environments. Our customers learn to apply these tools to any business situation, anytime, anywhere.

Chris Gomez is a decorated former Navy SEAL with twelve years in the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community serving as a medic and SEAL Instructor. During his time in the SEAL Teams, Chris was able to qualify as a Master Training Specialist, HRST Master, Diving Supervisor, Range Safety Officer, Free-fall and static line parachutist, Nationally Registered Paramedic (former), and numerous other NSW qualifications. As a SEAL Instructor, he evaluated, trained, and mentored hundreds of SEALs through a litany of high-risk training. Many of these students have gone on to do amazing things in the Global War on Terror.

Along with his SPECWAR career, Chris also served as a Navy Supply Corps Officer for nearly nine years, growing his leadership talent further. Known as the MBAs of the Navy, he was able to gain tremendous experience as a Business Financial Manager and Government Acquisition professional.

Recently retired from Military service, Chris is excited to combine his experience from working with the best the military has to offer with his newly minted Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas to produce amazing results for your corporation.

Eric O'Daffer

Research Vice-President in Gartner’s Healthcare Supply Chain Group

Healthcare supply chain is at a crossroads. Change is accelerating and no matter if you are in the first five years of your supply chain career, the last five years or somewhere in between you had better be paying attention. There will be winners and losers. Anticipating the change across healthcare providers, manufacturers, payers, retailers, and having a plan will be important to you and your organization. Join Gartner’s Eric O’Daffer for this session focusing on the next few years of market disruption, innovation, evolving strategies in the healthcare supply chain and what it means to you.

Eric O'Daffer is a Research Vice-President in Gartner’s Healthcare Supply Chain Group. O'Daffer's focus is on the end-to-end value chain starting at the point of care looking back. He focuses most of his time with providers and how they best manage all the components of supply chain. This involves both their internal processes as well as best practices for partnering with their suppliers and service providers to optimize the clinical effectiveness of their products and the best delivered cost possible. Increasingly, O'Daffer's research focuses on the interdependency of providers with their clinical, finance, and supply chain partners. Helping organizations balance high quality patient care with optimal cost aligned with revenue is his goal.

O'Daffer's previous roles have all focused on aspects of the healthcare supply chain, from early-stage product development to optimizing the physician practice supply chain to managing large IDN relationships and all customer-facing personnel, including early-phase value analysis consultants at a division of Cardinal.


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