Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable


WHEN: October 12-13, 2022

WHERE: Hilton O’Hare at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL

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Preliminary Agenda:

DAY 1 – October 12, 2022

2:00 – 2:30 PM: Registration Opens

2:30 – 2:45 PM: Opening Remarks

2:45 – 3:45 PM: Latest Strategies/Trends in Growth And Automating Processes

With tools such as Salesforce, AI, etc. how do companies ensure they are utilizing the best tools for their operating procedures? What new trends are being seen within the distribution industry? Can we look outside of our industry to see potential tools that could be useful to us?

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Networking Discussion Workshop

5:45 – 7:00 PM: Reception

7:00 – 9:00 PM: Dinner and Presentation – ESG Best Practices

CEOs are being asked about ESG practices on analysts’ calls and customers and suppliers are asking for more information. This is hitting the public companies and will also hit the private sector. What can a company do to be compliant? Will there be more funding in this area? Are companies hiring additional staff to keep track of collecting and reporting information? What are the trends coming into the US from Europe?

DAY 2 – October 13, 2022

7:00 – 7:45 AM: Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Hybrid Work Environment-Best Practices

As we continue in this hybrid work environment we are still not settled into a steady rhythm and struggling with accountability. How do we deal with the challenges of culture, innovation and the employee feeling disconnected in this new environment? Especially now that you can recruit from any marketplace in the US, if not the world. How can we use this new hybrid environment to not only survive but how do we thrive?

9:15 – 10:45 AM: Networking Discussion Workshop

11:00 – 11:15 AM: Government Relations Update

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Regulation and the NLRB

There is a huge push to unionize small businesses, but a lot of companies wouldn’t know how to react. There is a high risk for BD companies, particularly with drivers. Focus on regulation and the impact of the NLRB. It is currently a punitive environment. Where do we stand? What have other companies done? There are class action lawsuits in CA and many states are union friendly. What are the traps set for companies? What internal training is needed? What are the trends on recreational marijuana and testing of drivers? How can companies best manage this challenge? How do we talk to our elected representatives in this new regulatory and litigant-heavy environment? What are the overall trends?

12:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch and Networking Discussion

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Supply Chain – Lasting Impacts and Industry Insights

What lasting impacts will the war in Ukraine, China and the pandemic have on the supply chain? In addition, what other impacts are coming down the pike, e.g. the longshoreman labor strike or other outliers. How do we position ourselves to withstand the challenges and ensure organizational success?

2:30 PM: Adjourn

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Previous Attendees

A B C Supply Co Inc
Airgas an Air Liquide Company
Alro Steel Corp
Belknap White Group
Benco Dental Co
Border States Electric
Breakthru Beverage Group
Brenntag North America Inc
Bunzl Distribution USA Inc
Cardinal Health Inc
Composites One LLC
Core Mark International Inc
Crescent Electric Supply Co
Dawn Food Products Inc
Distribution International Inc

Dot Foods Inc
Global Industrial
Grainger Inc
Graybar Electric Co Inc
Hajoca Corp
Imperial Dade
Kendall Group
Kohl & Frisch Ltd
Lipseys Inc
M S C Industrial Supply Co
McLane Foodservice Inc
Motion Industries Inc
Network Services Company
O R S Medco

PetroChoice Lubrication Solutions
Republic National Distributing Co
S R S Distribution Inc
SanMar Corp
ScanSource Inc
Shamrock Foods Co
Sonepar USA
Specialty Building Products
TriMark USA
U S LBM Holdings LLC
W E S C O Distribution Inc
Winsupply Inc
Wurth Industry of North America

NAW Business Partners

About the Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable

The NAW Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable meets once per year. This Roundtable brings together the collective leadership of the largest distributors in the country and gives them an opportunity to network and exchange ideas with peers and not competitors.