Astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson to Keynote VIPAR IMPACT Conference

Astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson to Keynote VIPAR IMPACT Conference

The conference is scheduled for Oct. 15-20 at the JW Marriott Marco Island in Marco Island, Florida.

The VIPAR Heavy Duty Family of Companies announced that record-breaking astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson will be the keynote speaker at the company’s 2023 IMPACT™ Conference.

The conference is scheduled for Oct. 15-20, 2023, at the JW Marriott Marco Island in Marco Island, Florida.

Known as “America’s Most Experienced Astronaut,” Whitson will address the audience with a speech titled “Record-Breaking: My Life and Career with NASA.”

Whitson achieved numerous records during her storied time as a NASA scientist and astronaut, including:

  • More time spent in space than any other American (665 days)
  • Most spacewalks completed of any female astronaut (10)
  • Most time spent during spacewalks of any female astronaut and third most of any spacefarer (60 hours and 21 minutes)
  • First female to command the International Space Station twice (2008 and 2013)

“We’re very excited to feature Peggy Whitson at our annual conference and look forward to her sharing her truly unique perspectives and experiences,” said VIPAR Heavy Duty Vice President of Marketing Jeff Paul. “Whitson’s accomplishments, leadership and fearlessness carry a universal message that is inspiring and exhilarating. Her remarkable life story and daring tales of space travel will leave a lasting impact on our attendees.”

The weeklong event will bring together more than 850 distributors, suppliers and industry associates, according to VIPAR Heavy Duty. In addition to the keynote speaker, the conference will feature business and industry updates, annual stockholder and member meetings, interactive panels, educational sessions, trade show, networking opportunities, and one-to-one distributor/supplier partner meetings.

The event also will include a GenNext speed mentoring session and young leaders programming focused on developing future aftermarket leadership; the Women in Business networking reception; and the IMPACT Memorial Golf Tournament to memorialize industry friends lost and raise contributions for various aftermarket charitable causes, including the nonprofit Wyakin Foundation that is dedicated to helping wounded and injured veterans transition to post-military careers.

For more information on VIPAR Heavy Duty, visit or email: [email protected].

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