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November 27-28 at the Hilton O’Hare in Chicago

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We are currently in the process of finalizing our Fall 2018 program. Please check back for updates. Please contact Tara Mostatab at if you have any questions.

Beverly Propst, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Graybar Electric Company, 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 for two 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 Preliminary Agenda

Day 1 - November 27, 2018

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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
Billion Dollar Executive Dinner

Day 2 - November 28, 2018

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Opening Session & Discussion
Which HR Management System is Right for You? 

Chris Havrilla
Vice President, HR Technology and Solution Provider, Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP

During this session, you’ll get an overview of today’s top HR Management Systems. You’ll learn pros and cons of each management system and more importantly how to evaluate vendors.


Chris Havrilla leads the HR Technology And Solution Provider Strategy and Research practice for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP — helping to de-mystify the ever-changing HR Tech landscape for their corporate and solution provider members. She has worked diligently through her career with business and HR leaders – both as an internal HR & HR Technology/Strategy practitioner or as a Consultant/Adviser — on radically improving talent strategy, technology, and leadership – as well as the vendors who serve them. With a unique blend of technical, HR practitioner, business and vendor experience, she laughingly describes herself as a bit of a Talent, HR Tech and Future of Work “Whisperer”. Chris has a degree in MIS, with a concentration in AI, from the UGA Terry College of Business. She loves figuring out how the latest trends and innovations in data, tools, and technology can help change the face of HR and the world of work!

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
General Session & Discussion
Should you Reevaluate Your Incentive Compensation Plan? 

Bob Lemke, CCP, SPHR
Principal – HR & Compensation Consulting, Gallagher

How do you know if your incentive compensation plan is a success?  As the labor market continues to be ultra-competitive, many growing distribution companies are evaluating their incentive compensation plans. Come ready to learn and discuss different sales compensation/incentive plans so that you can stay competitive in today’s market.


With over twenty years of extensive total rewards consulting and human resource leadership expertise across multiple industries, Bob Lemke brings a complementary perspective as both an advisor and practitioner to Gallagher clients.

Bob’s strategic and analytic work helps clients create practical solutions through the use of internal and external data, workforce planning, and key stakeholder engagement.
He specializes in leadership and staff compensation, incentive plan design, strategic workforce planning & analytics, and other practical total rewards consulting services that enhance a client’s workforce strategies.

Bob earned his Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Illinois State University, and has completed advanced studies in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University.

Bob is certified as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) by WorldatWork, and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the HR Certification Institute.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Open Discussion on process of hiring and retaining CDL drivers
This is also 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.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Joint Networking Lunch with CLO and Operations Executives
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 3 groups: Operations, CHRO and CLO executives will attend this joint lunch.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Closing Session & Discussion
How AI is Changing the Recruitment Process? 

Barrett Richardson
Partner Strategy and Delivery, IBM

During this session, you’ll not only learn best practices in the recruitment process, but you’ll also learn how AI can help alleviate some of the burdens within the process. Learn how innovative companies are using AI to help determine the quality of candidate and automate certain workflows in the recruitment process.


Barrett Richardson is Partner Strategy and Delivery at IBM and has extensive experience in software development and client implementation of human resource applications. Skilled in product definition and design of both client server and software as a service type applications. Experienced in network design and implementation. Excellent background in both hardware and software problem diagnostics and resolution.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Set Agenda for Next Meeting Scheduled for May 14-15, 2019

2:30 PM

NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable Members

  • A B C Supply
  • A D I (Honeywell)
  • Animal Supply
  • Boise Cascade
  • Breakthru Beverage (formerly Charmer Sunbelt)
  • Brenntag North America
  • Bunzl Distribution USA Inc
  • Core &Main
  • Do it Best Corp
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Genuine Parts
  • Graybar Electric Co Inc
  • Medline
  • M O R S C O
  • M S C Industrial
  • PrimeSource
  • S R S Distribution Inc
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Uline
  • Uni Select
  • Veritiv Corp

The following wholesale distribution companies are registered for the Fall 2018 Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable:

  • A B C Supply Co Inc
  • A D I
  • A D S Inc
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag North America Inc
  • Bunzl Distribution USA Inc
  • Core & Main
  • Core Mark International Inc
  • Distribution International Inc
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Graybar Electric
  • Medline Industries Inc
  • M S C Industrial Supply Co
  • PetroChoice Holdings Inc
  • PrimeSource Building Products Inc
  • TriMark USA
  • Uline
  • U S LBM Holdings LLC
  • Veritiv Corp
  • W E S C O Distribution Inc

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

  • A B C Supply
  • A D I (Honeywell)
  • Airgas
  • Animal Supply Co
  • Ben E Keith
  • Breakthru Beverage
  • Brenntag North America
  • Bunzl
  • Charmer Sunbelt Group (The)
  • Core Mark Internatonal
  • Do it Best Corp
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Essendant
  • Genuine Parts
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Graybar Electric Co Inc
  • Hajoca
  • L & W Supply Corp
  • McLane Co Inc
  • M R C Global
  • M S C Industrial
  • Network Services Company
  • Patterson
  • PrimeSource
  • Sonepar
  • S R S Distribution
  • Uline
  • Veritiv
  • Victory Packaging
  • W E S C O
  • Winsupply

Meeting Location:
Chicago Hilton O’Hare
10000 W O’Hare Ave.               Hotel Accommodations
Chicago, IL 60666
(773) 686-8000