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November 19-20 at the Hilton O’Hare in Chicago

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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 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 Agenda

Day 1 - November 19, 2019

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 Company Executive Dinner

Day 2 - November 20, 2019

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Opening Session & Discussion

Legalized Cannabis is Here. What Now?

Mike H. Cramer
Labor & Employment Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Colleen DeRosa 
Labor & Employment Shareholder, 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)


Mike Cramer counsels and represents employers on a variety of employment law matters. He advises clients ranging from small non-profits to Fortune 50 companies, negotiates resolutions to troubling disputes, and, when necessary, litigates to victory.

Mike frequently speaks to legal and HR organizations on employment topics, and trains executives, attorneys and HR professionals on topics including drugs in the workplace, wage and hour law, harassment prevention and workplace investigations. Based on peer surveys, Mike has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating (AV/Preeminent), and repeatedly has been named among the Best Lawyers in America and an Illinois Super Lawyer. Mike also was elected to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an organization of labor and employment attorneys in practice for more than 20 years who meet “the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards.”

Mike earned his law degree and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan. He has written and directed two independent, feature-length movies.

Colleen DeRosa is a strategic advocate, litigator, and negotiator focusing in labor and employment law. She leads the defense of employment litigation, including wrongful discharge, retaliation, whistleblower, unfair competition, unpaid wages, and discrimination and harassment claims. She also defends employers in class and collective matters seeking unpaid wages or overtime pay for classes of employees.

Colleen is responsive problem-solver and helps companies, large and small, to manage employee relations and to avoid or efficiently resolve disputes. She provides training and advice on best practices for various personnel policies, guides clients through employee leaves of absence and performance management issues, and prepares and enforces employment agreements with non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure provisions.

Colleen also practices traditional labor law including first chairing labor arbitrations and responding to NLRB charges.

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
General Session & Discussion

How to Develop Your Warehouse Employees into Leaders and Supervisors 

Paula Hubbard
Vice President – People, McLane Co Inc

The phrase war on talent was coined over 30 years ago but has never rung more true than it does today.  The talent shortage impacts both an organization’s ability to hire and retain best in class talent.  We all know that a key driver of retention is “Leadership”.  One critical step in retaining great talent is in the organization’s ability to develop the leaders of tomorrow to ensure sustainable success.   Here is a common scenario:  A supervisor quits without much notice, so we select the best warehouse worker to fill the supervisor spot.  We have no idea if this worker even wants to be a supervisor or has the capability to lead a team.  Without the right coaching and ongoing support, this supervisor becomes overwhelmed and quits.  The cycle continues.  The challenge for organizations is in determining how they identify the next generation of leaders, and once identified, how to develop them so that they become great leaders.

Key takeaways:

  • What is the best way to identify the next generation of leaders –  What assessment tools are available to ensure success?  Do we hire for future roles or do we merely hire for the short term need?
  • Once identified, how do we make sure they are prepared to lead – We’ll talk about training, coaching and ongoing support.
  • How do we know if our efforts are working – We’ll talk about tools, surveys and other mechanisms.
  • How do we keep great leaders so that the cycle of turnover (and need for re-training) is solved – The goal is to make leaving the most difficult decision that a leader will make in his/her career.  Pulse interviews, creating community, and providing job enrichment are key.


Paula Hubbard is a Senior HR business partner at McLane with experience in consumer products, telecommunications and energy industries. She coaches, advises and counsels senior management at all levels of the organization. She has international experience in managing across regions and functions in all aspects of HR including corporate & functions, engineering, sales & marketing, operations and in the Upstream division. She has managed departments and teams of Generalist HR, University Relations, Staffing, Diversity & Inclusion and Work/Life. Her responsibilities have included team management, performance management, employee relations, restructures, divestments, talent acquisition, organization effectiveness and program design.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Open Discussion
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 three groups: Operations, CHRO, and CLO executives will attend this joint lunch.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Closing Session & Discussion

CHROs as the CEOs of Succession Planning 

John Lyday
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Bunzl Distribution

One of the most important responsibilities throughout a CHRO’s career is to successfully guide a CEO succession and transition plan. You are not only preparing the organization for a new leader; you are likely hiring your new boss. It is never too early to start planning and your company and board need your guidance and steady leadership throughout this process

Key Takeaways:

  • Key steps to planning for CEO succession
  • Internal vs. external dilemma
  • Recognize who makes the decision and who influences the decision
  • What questions to ask an outgoing CEO


John Lyday leads the Human Resources function for Bunzl Distribution, a $7+ billion distribution leader with employees in the United States, Canada and Mexico. He and his team are focused on aligning talent and workforce strategies with Bunzl business strategies. Previous, Lyday has held positions of increasing responsibility in human resources for May Department Stores and Monsanto Company.

Mr. Lyday is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University in Spanish linguistics and has a Masters in International Business from Saint Louis University. Lyday is an active supporter of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and has served on the Board of Directors for over nine years. He also serves as a member of two Executive Human Resources Roundtables; National Association of Wholesale Distributors (NAW) and AAIM Employers Association.

John Lyday and his wife Helen reside in St. Louis and have two sons.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Set Agenda for Next Meeting Scheduled for May 12-13, 2020

2:30 PM

The following wholesale distribution companies are registered for the Fall 2019 Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable:

  • ADI
  • AmeriGas Propane
  • Border States Electric Supply
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag
  • Bunzl
  • Core & Main
  • Core Mark International
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Graybar
  • Johnstone Supply
  • Mayer
  • McLane Co Inc
  • Medline Industries
  • PetroChoice
  • SRS Distribution
  • Uline
  • US LBM Holdings LLC

NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable Members

  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ADI Global
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag
  • Bunzl Distribution USA
  • Core & Main
  • Core Mark International
  • Distribution International
  • Do it Best Corp
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Grainger
  • Graybar
  • Huttig Building Projects
  • McLane
  • MSC Industrial
  • PetroChoice
  • PrimeSource
  • SRS Distribution Inc
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Uline
  • Uni Select
  • US LBM Holdings
  • WESCO Distribution

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

  • 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
  • Hajoca
  • Huttig Building Projects
  • 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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