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Virtual Roundtable – October 8, 2020: 9:00 Am Eastern to 1:00 PM Eastern

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We are currently in the process of finalizing our virtual 2020 program. Please check back for updates. Please contact Tara Mostatab at if you have any questions.

NAW’s Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable is a unique event designed for CEO’s of wholesale distribution companies with annual sales volumes that exceed $1 billion. A proverbial “who’s who” in wholesale distribution, this unique conference provides you with the opportunity to network with non-competing peers across a diverse range of commodity lines. You will have the most in-depth business discussions ever at this event!

This by-invitation-only event for CEO’s of billion dollar companies provides attendees a distinct forum where they can interact with peers from the largest firms in the industry to share and discuss key strategic issues.

Join your peers to discuss how you are surviving this economic climate and strategies to position your company for the coming rebound. Change is the only constant you can rely on and this event helps you to stay one step ahead.

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 CEO Virtual Roundtable Preliminary Agenda

Virtual Roundtable - October 8, 2020

9:00 am
Opening Remarks

9:10 AM – 10:10 AM
The Era of Accelerating Strategy and Go-to-Market Breakthroughs
(30-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of open discussion)

Hanna Moukanas, Partner, Oliver Wyman

Samuel Rosenberg, Partner, Oliver Wyman

Wholesale distribution has been rapidly transforming over the past ten years, partly driven by the rise of digital and disruptive players. Covid-19 has accelerated or reversed some of the broader trends, and has made the future more uncertain from an economic, social, and political standpoint. Distributors must now cope with rapid changes in customer buying behaviors, more fragile supply chains, and the need to rapidly evolve their go-to-market.

Distributors have managed through the first wave, and are learning how to behave in the disruptive cycle of COVID-19 lockdowns. Now is the time to start building towards the emerging new paradigm, which will be much leaner, more digital, collaborative and adaptive

This session will explore how COVID-19 is accelerating many of the trends that mark the era of the intelligent distributors, and lay out a set of strategic imperatives for wholesale distributors to win in the new normal. The discussion will focus on topics of go-to-market, sales transformation, and the technology and operating model evolutions that are proving most effective.


Hanna Moukanas has 25+ years experience working with boards, CEOs, and senior leadership teams conducting complex strategic and organizational transformations around the world, serving winning growth strategies. My clients have spanned several industries, including steel, aluminum, chemicals, automotive, building materials, packaging, leisure, household appliances, B2B services, and specialized retail.

I believe in searching and reapplying best practices and approaches across industries, and that the future has already happened somewhere else, so go and get it !

I started my career as an engineer in the Middle East. After moving to Europe in 1986, I was one of the four founding partners of MID, a French strategy consulting firm acquired by Oliver Wyman in 1995. In 2000, while based in Boston, I led the firm’s Strategy consulting practice. From 2003 in Paris, I then led the global Business-to-Business Industrial & Services practice, and also served as head of Oliver Wyman’s France unit for several years.

10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
Working from Home and Lasting Changes from COVID-19
(30 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of open discussion)

Ian G. Heller, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Distribution Strategy Group

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on wholesaler-distributors. At this session, 30-year industry veteran, Ian Heller, will share his predictions on how distribution will change post-Covid and what you can do to prepare your business. This presentation will then be followed by 30 minutes of open discussion. Participants will be put into virtual break out groups with non-competing peers.  Please bring two ideas or questions concerning the presentation that you want to discuss.


Ian G. Heller has more than 30 years of experience executing marketing and e-business strategy in the wholesale distribution industry. Ian has also written and spoken extensively on the impact of digital disruption on distributors. At Real Results Marketing, Ian works with distribution and manufacturing clients on developing strategic plans and is available for speaking engagements.

Ian entered the distribution industry as a truck unloader at a Grainger branch while in college. He eventually became Vice President of Marketing there and has since held senior executive roles at GE Capital, Corporate Express, Newark Electronics and HD Supply. Ian most recently served as President and COO for Modern Distribution Management, a specialized information and analytics firm serving the wholesale distribution industry.

Ian earned a BA in History from Roosevelt University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was elected commencement speaker by his classmates and won the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award.

11:10 – 11:20

11:20AM – 11:50 AM
NAW Government Relations Update (30 minutes)

Jade West, Chief Government Relations Officer,  NAW

As the critical 2020 national elections head into high gear amid a global pandemic, Jade will update you on what in the world is going on in Washington. Despite the bitter partisanship and continued gridlock, Congress is trying to come together to pass legislation to aid in reopening the country. So what is in store for Congress and the Administration for the rest of 2020 and where are things going after the 2020 election? Jade will share her insights and best guesses.


Jade West is the Chief Government Relations Officer for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors. She also serves as Executive Director of the NAW Political Action Committee. Jade is the senior lobbyist for NAW, advocating the interests of the wholesale distribution industry in Washington both on Capitol Hill and in the regulatory agencies.

In addition, she is Executive Secretariat for the 1,000-member Tax Relief Coalition and the LIFO Coalition. Jade is a Steering Committee member of the Alliance for Tax Fairness and Growth, and she is on the Management Committee of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, which leads the opposition to organized labor’s effort to remove secret ballot elections from union certification elections and force employers into binding “interest arbitration” in negotiating contracts. Jade is also a Director of the Business Industry Political Action Committee and a Founder and Director of the trade association Get Out the Vote Best Practices Group, both working to maximize the turnout of pro-business voters in federal elections.

Before joining NAW in 2002, Jade was a senior aide on Capitol Hill for more than 20 years.

11:50 AM – 12:50 PM
Actively Addressing the Supply Chain Talent Shortage
(30 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of open discussion)

Abby Curnow-Chavez, Senior Client Partner, Talent and Organization Transformation, Korn Ferry

Chris Streit, Vice President, Client Solutions, Korn Ferry

The last six months have highlighted the unpredictable nature of our businesses and exacerbated the critical need to staff warehouses in timely manner without sacrificing quality.  In this session we will review the most effective strategies to attract and engage talent in the hourly ranks while also discussing innovative approaches to their ultimate retention and development.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand how automation can deliver scale to improve the quality of hourly talent while improving speed to contribution.
  • Improved understanding of how to define an employer brand how to leverage it in the market.
  • Know why hourly talent is lost and how they can be retained.

This 30 minute presentation will then be followed by 30 minutes of open discussion. Participants will be put into virtual break out groups with non-competing peers.


Abby Curnow-Chavez is a Senior Client Partner Consulting practice. She works with clients to design and implement talent and organizational solutions. Her primary focus is in the Industrial markets and she serves as the Advisory lead in Korn Ferry’s Mining and Metals practice.

Ms. Curnow-Chavez has a proven track record of transforming organizations by aligning culture and talent strategies to create business results. With over 20 years of experience driving change and workforce transformation, she has spent much of her career working with and for large global companies.
Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Curnow-Chavez held top leadership roles in HR and Talent. She launched her career within Accenture’s change management and human performance practice and most recently was a partner in a boutique leadership and organizational consulting firm.

Her areas of expertise include culture and business transformation, strategy facilitation, global talent strategy, senior team performance, leadership development, executive coaching, operating model and organization design, and complex organizational change. She is particularly passionate about unleashing the potential of leaders to elevate their capabilities to make significant business impact.

Ms. Curnow-Chavez serves as Executive Faculty in the EMBA program at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. She is the co-author of The Loyalist Team: How Trust, Candor, and Authenticity Create Great Organizations and is published in HBR, Inside Business, Forbes, and other key publications.

Chris Streit has provided consultation on talent acquisition and development, recruiting and technology and cost reduction.
His unique consultation experience in Talent and Corporate Tax allows Mr. Streit to approach client solutions with a heavy focus on ROI while maximizing the impact of the Talent Acquisition function within organizations.

Mr. Streit was instrumental in launching and growing the Korn Ferry Talent Academy across the global Talent Delivery Center network and with select Marquee Accounts. This curriculum and delivery methodology have become the standard in onboarding and professional development in the Talent Management industry.

Mr. Streit has partnered with multiple organizations on executing enterprise-wide hiring initiatives for the Life Sciences, Industrial and Technology industries.

His understanding and knowledge of the recruitment technology (Sourcing, CRM, Applicant Tracking Systems etc.) landscape allows Mr. Streit to provide clients solutions to the recruiting challenges of tomorrow.

Areas of expertise include talent acquisition, technology integration and utilization, learning and development, onboarding, change management, strategy execution, workforce planning and sizing, employee engagement and culture, employee development, talent strategy, etc.

12:50 PM
Closing Remarks

NAW Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable Participants

The following wholesale distribution companies are registered for the 2020 Billion Dollar CEO Virtual Roundtable:

  • A B C Supply Co Inc
  • A D I
  • Alro Steel Corp
  • American Hotel Register Co
  • AmeriGas Propane
  • Benco Dental Co
  • Border States Electric Supply
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag North America Inc
  • Bunzl Distribution USA Inc
  • City Electric Supply
  • Composites One LLC
  • Core Mark International Inc
  • Crescent Electric Supply Co
  • Dawn Food Products Inc
  • Distribution International Inc
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Grainger Inc
  • Graybar Electric Co Inc
  • Hajoca Corp
  • Imperial Dade
  • Johnstone Supply
  • M O R S C O
  • M S C Industrial Supply Co
  • McLane Co Inc
  • Motion Industries Inc
  • Network Services Company
  • O R S Medco
  • PetroChoice
  • Republic National Distributing Co
  • SanMar Corp
  • Sonepar USA
  • S R S Distribution Inc
  • Systemax Inc
  • TriMark USA
  • Uline
  • U S LBM Holdings LLC
  • W E S C O Distribution Inc
  • Wilbur-Ellis
  • Winsupply Inc
  • Wurth Industry of North America

NAW Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable Registrants of 2017 - 2020 Roundtables

  • ABC Supply Co Inc
  • ADI
  • ADS Inc
  • Airgas an Air Liquide Company
  • Amcon Distributing Co
  • AmeriGas Propane
  • American Hotel Register Co
  • Animal Supply Co
  • Benco Dental Co
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag North America Inc
  • Bunzl
  • City Electric Supply
  • Composites One LLC
  • Core & Main
  • Dawn Food Products Inc
  • Distribution International Inc
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Ferguson Enterprises
  • Grainger Inc
  • Graybar Electric Co Inc
  • HD Smith LLC
  • Hajoca Corp
  • Home Depot Pro
  • Huttig Building Products
  • Imperial Dade
  • Johnstone Supply
  • M Holland Co
  • Mayer Electric
  • MSC Industrial Supply Co
  • McLane Foodservice Inc
  • Merchants Distributors Inc
  • Motion Industries Inc
  • Network Services Company
  • Nu Calgon Wholesaler Inc
  • Performance Food Group
  • PetroChoice
  • Pinnacle Agriculture Distribution
  • Pool Corporation
  • ScanSource Inc
  • Shamrock Foods
  • Sonepar
  • TTI Inc
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • US LBM Holdings LLC
  • US Lumber Group
  • Uline
  • WESCO Distribution Inc
  • Wilbur Ellis/Connell Bros Co
  • Winsupply Inc
  • World Fuel Service Corp
  • Wurth Industry of North America

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

  • ABB Optical Group
  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ADI Global
  • Airgas an Air Liquide Company
  • Alex Lee
  • American Hotel Register
  • AmerisourceBergen
  • Animal Supply Company
  • Border States Electric
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag
  • Bunzl Distribution
  • City Electric Supply
  • Crescent Electric Supply
  • Dawn Food Products
  • Do It Best
  • Dot Foods
  • Essendant
  • Grainger
  • Graybar
  • Gypsum Management & Supply
  • Johnstone Supply
  • M Holland Company
  • McLane Foodservice
  • Merchants Distributors LLC
  • Morsco
  • MSC
  • Network Services Company
  • Performance Foodservice
  • Pool Corp.
  • PrimeSource Building Products
  • ScanSource
  • SRS Distribution
  • TNG
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • TriMark USA
  • True Value Co.
  • Uline
  • Uni-Select
  • WESCO Distribution, Inc.
  • Wilbur Ellis
  • WinSupply

The Billion Dollar CEO Virtual Roundtable will take place via Zoom Meetings. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom meeting information.