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November 30- December 1, 2021

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We are currently in the process of finalizing our Fall 2021 program. Please check back for updates. Please contact Tara Mostatab at if you have any questions.

Kari Heerdt, Senior Vice President of New Business Innovation & Transformation for MSC Industrial Supply, talks with Adam Isenberg, NAW Vice President – Corporate Relations, about the value of participating in the semi-annual NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable.

The NAW Billion Dollar Company CHRO Roundtable for direct members was created as a new mechanism for the CHRO of large distribution enterprises to network with non-competing peers in multiple lines of trade on key HR issues.

Similar to other billion dollar roundtables NAW has created for the CIO, Operations, CFO, and Chief Legal Officers, this by invitation roundtable is composed of executives from billion dollar companies that meet in Chicago two times per year. This highly interactive group consists of the SENIOR-MOST HR executives. The annual fee is $1,800 per member, which covers meeting costs of four events in a twelve-month cycle. Participants are expected to cover the cost of their hotel and travel. Once the annual fee is paid, there are no additional fees to attend the meetings, which will last one day beginning with a reception and dinner the evening before.

The participating companies can also name an alternate who can take the place of the CHRO, should that person be unable to attend the scheduled meeting.

If you would like to learn more please contact Tara Mostatab at 202.263.4080 or

Eligibility: Companies with $1B+ in annual revenue.
The NAW Billion Dollar Roundtable is the only opportunity that provides networking and benchmarking exclusively with other top executives of non competing, like-sized Wholesale-Distribution companies.

NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable Agenda

Day 1 - November 30, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CT

Drinks & Dialogue Reception
Come prepared to meet and mingle with your fellow participants from the largest firms in the industry.

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Remarks from NAW’s President and CEO, Eric Hoplin 

Eric welcomes you to the NAW Billion Dollar Roundtables and first in person event for this group in over a year! He’ll share updates on Next-Gen NAW and other exciting developments at NAW.


Eric Hoplin is President and CEO of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), representing 30,000 companies that account for one-third of the American economy, by supplying businesses with the products they need to serve their customers in nearly every sector of commerce.

A seasoned executive and communicator who has worked at the highest levels of government and business, Hoplin was previously the Head of External Relations for Wells Fargo, where he led a team focused on improving the company’s reputation and advancing pro-growth policy objectives in concert with third-party organizations across the political spectrum.  Before joining Wells Fargo, Hoplin served as the executive director at the Financial Services Roundtable (now BPI), a trade association representing the CEOs of the nation’s largest financial services companies. Prior to that, Hoplin worked in management consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton where he helped senior leaders across the government solve their most vexing challenges. Earlier in his career, Hoplin worked in politics, supporting many congressional, gubernatorial and Presidential campaigns.

Hoplin is a leader in the charitable community, where he serves on the Boards of the Trust for the National Mall and the Reagan Ranch.  He’s a prolific fundraiser, having raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations, NGOs and political candidates.

A Minnesota native, Hoplin holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University, an MBA from Augsburg College, a BA in political science and communications from St. Olaf College and a certificate in Change Management from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He lives outside of Washington, DC with his wife Nicole and their three boys.

Billion Dollar Executive Dinner

We are bringing a little taste of Chicago to you at this year’s Billion Dollar Executive dinner! Dinner will be catered by Giordano’s so bring your appetite!

Day 2 - December 1, 2021

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Opening Session & Discussion

Why Your Corporate Strategy Should Focus on Sustainability and ESG

Sandra Taylor, Former SVP of Corporate Responsibility at Starbucks and CEO of Sustainable Business International

The role and purpose of business in society is evolving at a pace. Customers, investors and employees are demanding that companies play a more active role in progressing social change and provide a sustainable and values-oriented market system. ESG and commercial agendas are now coming closer together – signaling a shift from ‘shareholder capitalism’ to ‘stakeholder capitalism’ – where companies are expected to create long-term value for all their stakeholders.


  • why ESG is commanding time in the boardroom and is fast becoming a requirement for investors, customers, and employees
  • how to launch your ESG program and the impact of ESG ratings
  • the benefits of building towards future resilience while leveraging the power of all


Sandra E. Taylor is CEO of SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL, a consulting business she launched in 2008 that assists organizations at various stages of environmental sustainability and social responsibility practice. Taylor’s expertise provides innovative approaches to sustainability strategy, including supply chain sustainability, strategic philanthropy, stakeholder engagement, ESG analysis and social investments.

Previously Taylor was senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, Washington (2003 – 2008), where she led the strategic development and day-to-day direction of all global corporate responsibility programs, including: development of responsible, ethical and sustainable standards for coffee, tea, cocoa supply chains; reduction of the environmental impact of business operations;  community affairs; the Starbucks Foundation and disaster relief support.  At Starbucks tenure Taylor led the creation of C.A.F.E. Practices, a code of conduct for coffee farmers worldwide; and also developed cause-marketing programs for Ethos water in Starbucks stores, to fund clean drinking water programs in Africa, Central America and India.

9:05 AM – 10:05 AM

General Session & Discussion

 D&I and ERGs

John T Saunders, Chief Diversity Officer, Korn Ferry

10:10 AM – 11:10 AM

General Session & Discussion

The Customer Experience and Value-Added Services presented by Infor

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Breakout Rooms

This session is set aside for you to raise any issue you would like and have the group provide their thoughts. This is an open forum to further discuss any item on the agenda or to bring up topics that are not on the agenda. Make sure to take notes during this session, you may find a perfect topic to suggest for the next NAW Roundtable.

12:20 PM – 1:00 PM

Joint Lunch & Networking Discussion

This is the “halftime” period where you meet up with all of the Billion Dollar Company senior executives at this week’s Roundtable to compare ideas and benchmark across disciplines. All groups: CFO, CIO, CHRO, CLO, and Operation executives will attend this joint lunch.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Closing Session & Discussion

Legalized Cannabis is Here. What Now? 

Rayna H. Jones, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Our country is dealing with a prescription drug abuse epidemic. Meanwhile, many states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use.

Now is the time to examine company policies and practices to ensure legal compliance while maintaining focus on workplace safety. State and local laws are in constant flux, often protecting people who use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. Those laws are at odds with current federal law, as well as many workplace practices. This session will address the shifting legal landscape and discuss recommendations and best practices for handling this complex and developing area.

Key Takeaways:

  • Thoughtful strategies for balancing varied legal requirements across different jurisdictions
  • Approaches to developing testing protocol that is consistent with shifting legal landscape
  • Recommendations for balancing workplace safety concerns with increased legal tolerance for marijuana
  • Tactics for handling disconnect between existing federal law and many state laws (including drivers covered by federal DOT regulations)

2:00 PM – 2:10 PM

Closing Remarks


Wholesale distribution companies participating in the Fall 2021 Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable:

  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag North America Inc
  • Bunzl Distribution USA Inc
  • Core & Main
  • Mayer

NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable Members and/or Participants of 2020 Roundtables

  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ACE Hardware Corp
  • ADI Global
  • Alro Steel Corp
  • AmeriGas Propane
  • Big Rock Sports
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag North America Inc
  • Bunzl Distribution USA
  • Core & Main
  • Do it Best Corp
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Grainger
  • Graybar
  • Huttig Building Products
  • Imperial Dade
  • Johnstone Supply
  • Mayer
  • McLane
  • MSC Industrial
  • ORS Medco
  • Orgill Inc
  • PetroChoice
  • Republic National Distributing Co
  • SanMar Corp
  • Sonepar USA
  • Uline
  • US LBM Holdings
  • Wilbur-Ellis

The following wholesale distribution companies have attended previous NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtables:

  • Hajoca
  • Huttig Building Projects
  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ADI Global
  • Airgas an Air Liquide Company
  • Animal Supply Co
  • Ben E. Keith
  • Boise Cascade
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag
  • Bunzl Distribution USA.
  • Charmer Sunbelt Group (The)
  • Core & Main
  • Core Mark Internatonal
  • Do it Best Corp
  • Dot Foods
  • Essendant
  • Genuine Parts
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Grainger
  • Graybar
  • L&W Supply
  • Medline
  • McLane Company Inc
  • MRC Global
  • MSC
  • Network Services Company
  • Patterson Companies
  • PetroChoice
  • Pool Corp.
  • PrimeSource
  • Sonepar
  • SRS Distribution
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Uline
  • Uni Select
  • US LBM Holdings, Inc.
  • Veritiv
  • Victory Packaging
  • WESCO Distribution
  • WinSupply

Meeting Location:
Chicago Hilton O’Hare
10000 W O’Hare Ave. Click Here to Book Your Room
Chicago, IL 60666
(773) 686-8000

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