The Nationwide Marketing Group announced today that Whirlpool will sponsor the group’s NeXt Gen event in Nashville at the upcoming PrimeTime! show, being held Monday, August 15 from 8:30-10:30pm at Fuse Sports Bar at the Gaylord Opryland convention center. In addition to the networking event, all NeXt Gen participants are encouraged to attend the Succession Planning 101 course, a panel discussion offered from the Nationwide Learning Academy curriculum. “We are pleased to show our continued support for this group of young industry leaders,” said Mark Spear, Senior Sales Manager of Whirlpool. “Networking events like this create so many opportunities to build connections with peers that have traveled from all over to be at PrimeTime!” The NeXt Gen group is comprised of 200-300 younger members in the industry, including independent retailers, vendor partners and service providers. The relaxed post dinner networking event allows this group to get together to exchange best practices and become familiar with fellow NeXt Generation leaders. As the popularity of the networking event continues to increase, Nationwide wanted to also offer some guidance as to how members of the NeXt Gen community can walk away with the most relevant content throughout their entire PrimeTime! experience. During the Succession Planning 101 discussion, representatives from Wells Fargo’s Wealth Management team, Morgan Stanley, JRM Sales and Management and The Beyster Institute will discuss the succession process to help independents make their business more profitable while preparing for a successful exit. The course is being offered on Tuesday, August 16 from 8:00am-9:50am. Attendees can select this course through their online registration at www.nationwideprimetime.com. About Nationwide Marketing Group Nationwide Marketing Group works beside thousands of appliance, furniture, electronics, specialty electronics, custom installation and rent to own dealers helping them grow their businesses and their bottom lines. With over 3,500 members operating more than 10,000 store fronts and $15 billion in combined annual sales, Nationwide is North America’s largest buying and marketing organization. Industry veterans, heading Nationwide’s seven regional divisions, work to provide independent dealers with personalized service and local programming in every market they serve. More information is available at www.nationwidegroup.org.