Delivering for Best-in-Class Wholesaler-Distributors

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

May 15-16, 2018 at the O’Hare Hilton

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Salveson Stetson Billion Dollar HR Roundtable Sponsor

“The Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable presents a unique opportunity to network with industry peers while discussing challenges we all face in distribution. A great group and I look forward to our future Roundtables.”

John Lyday, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Bunzl Distribution

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 - May 15, 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
NAW Government Relations Update

Jade West
SVP-Government Relations, NAW

For over 20 years, Jade West was a staple in the U.S. Senate. For the past 10 years, Jade has helped educate lawmakers on how certain legislative policies could impact true economic engines such as wholesaler-distributors. From stopping the repeal of LIFO, to tax and labor initiatives, Jade has been out front and leading the charge on Capitol Hill to benefit the entire $5.6 trillion industry that is wholesale distribution.

Make sure to attend the most exclusive executive supper club in Chicago this evening! This dinner is your opportunity to pick the brains of the senior executives for the top wholesale distribution companies in the industry. This is a joint dinner that will include the CLO, HR and Operations executives attending the spring Roundtable.


Jade West is Senior Vice President-Government Relations 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.

Day 2 - May 16, 2018

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Joint Opening Session & Discussion with CLOs
Social Media Policy and Sexual Harassment 

Rodney Harrison
Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Global communication occurring through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn implicate many legal issues for in-house counsel. This session will help you navigate the changing landscape of workplace social media law, focusing on recruiting risks, social media policies, harassment and discrimination, concerted activity, and privacy concerns. The “dos and don’ts” for monitoring employees’ computer usage and best practices for establishing a legal defense will also be addressed.


Rodney Harrison is a shareholder with the law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart.  He has practiced in the areas of labor and employment law since 1995.  He concentrates his practice primarily in litigation of discrimination and other employment related matters, as well as traded secret and non-compete litigation.  He has litigated labor and employment-related matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including individual and class action claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, ERISA, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, collective action claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and represented employers in labor and employment arbitrations and administrative proceedings.

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
General Session & Discussion
Diversity and Inclusion

Lisa Gutierrez
Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Cardinal Health, Inc.


Lisa Gutierrez serves as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Cardinal Health, a $103 billion company with 37,000 employees in 50 countries. She leads the development and deployment of strategies that support a diverse and inclusive culture and programs that foster respect and appreciation for diversity of thought, experience and background.

Lisa has a passion for leveraging diversity to help drive business results and serves as a strategic thought partner to over 4,600 leaders across all business segments regarding the intersection of diversity, inclusion, innovation and Cardinal Health’s commitment of “Essential to Care.”

Prior to Cardinal Health, she launched and led her own consulting firm, LG Strategies, LLC, and served as the executive director of global diversity at Cummins, Inc. In this role, she led all global diversity and inclusion functions and strategies, including internal consulting, education and communication in more than 50 countries. Lisa’s background also includes more than 15 years at Procter and Gamble, Deloitte Consulting and the University of California in a variety of assignments encompassing both line and staff functional experience in eight different industries.

She holds a BS in Marketing and Organizational Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Open Discussion on Employee Engagement Surveys
At the Fall 2017 CHRO Roundtable, members expressed interest in having a session discuss Employee Engagement Surveys. So, this session is set aside for you to share what your organization is doing in regards to Employee Engagement. What tools have you found most effective? Do you prefer Survey Monkey, Gallup, or Perspectives? What hasn’t been working? Please come prepared to share your thoughts.

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, HR and CLO executives will attend this joint lunch.

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

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Set Agenda for Next Meeting Scheduled for November 27-28, 2018

2:30 PM

NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable Participants, Spring 2018

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

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

  • ABC Supply
  • ADI (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
  • MRC Global
  • MSC Industrial
  • Network Services Company
  • Patterson
  • PrimeSource
  • Sonepar
  • SRS Distribution
  • Uline
  • Veritiv
  • Victory Packaging
  • Winsupply

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