NCPA Encourages Community Pharmacists to Recharge, Reimagine, and Reinvent Their Businesses at 2015 Annual Convention in October


The National Community Pharmacists Association announced the availability of the Preliminary Program for its 2015 Annual Convention Oct. 10-14 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 25, 2015) —


National Community Pharmacists Association

(NCPA) today announced the availability of the Preliminary Program for its

2015 Annual Convention Oct. 10-14 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C., as well as some special features of this year’s event that will help community pharmacies recharge, reimagine, and reinvent their businesses.

“There is no better meeting for community pharmacists to reinvest in their businesses than at the premier convention for independent pharmacy, the NCPA Annual Convention,” said NCPA President John T. Sherrer, RPh, co-owner of Kenmar Pharmacy and Poole's Pharmacy in Marietta, Ga. and a partner in several other Georgia pharmacies. “From exclusive networking opportunities with one’s peers to ideas for non-auditable, high value niches that help pharmacies diversify their offerings, attendees will leave with best practices that they can implement as soon as they get home. The time an attendee spends at this year’s convention will offer a real return for his or her business, and I encourage community pharmacy owners, students, and all independent pharmacy leaders to join us this fall to recharge, reimagine, and reinvent their businesses and their futures.”


Preliminary Program

summarizes key features at this year’s convention, including more than 30 hours of live continuing education (CE) credit learning opportunities and special tracks for technology and long-term care; two General Sessions, which include industry updates from NCPA leaders and a keynote address by

Steven D. Levitt

, the bestselling author of “Freakonomics,” which has sold 5 million copies; and numerous events and roundtable discussions at which to socialize and network. The trade show will feature more than 200 vendors showcasing the latest products, services, and technology for independent pharmacy. The closing night party on Oct. 13 will include entertainment by “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander as he hits the stage to perform his hilarious one-man show, “An Evening with Jason Alexander and His Hair.”

Some of the CE sessions available at this year’s convention include programs on marketing, safeguarding one’s pharmacy against audits, building patient services, and exploring opportunities in transitions of care. A special post-convention program on the morning of Oct. 14, “Creating, Selling, and Telling Your Value Story,” will serve as a capstone to trends and opportunities learned over the weekend.

In conjunction with the meeting, NCPA is also offering in-depth

pre-convention programming

sessions. New in the October lineup is the popular Ownership Workshop sponsored by McKesson, which will run Oct. 8-10. This intensive, three-day seminar gives aspiring pharmacy owners the tools and resources they need to become successful business owners. More than 50 percent of past Ownership Workshop participants now own their own pharmacy.

Also new this fall is High Performance Strategies for LTC Pharmacies, sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Companies, which will be held Oct. 8-9. Pharmacy owners looking to get into long-term care pharmacy or expand their current practice will find this program especially beneficial.

Returning this year is an immunization certificate training program for pharmacists, offered on Oct. 9. To improve a pharmacy’s front-end offerings to increase store traffic and profits, NCPA is once again offering the popular Front-End Profit Building Seminar on Oct. 9. In addition, two compounding seminars on Oct. 10 (in the morning and afternoon) will cover how to create niches in dermatology and ear, nose, and throat conditions. Plus, Selling Your Pharmacy: Planning for Success, to help community pharmacy owners plan ahead for retirement, will be held on Oct. 10. Unique to this year’s convention is a special networking session for attendees of the Ownership Workshop and the Selling Your Pharmacy programs so prospective pharmacy owners can meet current owners looking to transition their businesses.

Individuals interested in attending the convention can register online at

or by calling 1-800-544-7447. An early bird discount of $75 off runs until June 30.

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