Delivering for Best-in-Class Wholesaler-Distributors
Salveson Stetson Billion Dollar HR Roundtable Sponsor

Please contact Tara Mostatab at if you have any questions.

May 15-16, 2018 at the Hilton O’Hare in Chicago

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“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 $5.7 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, CHRO 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
Creating a Competitive Advantage through Diversity & Inclusion

Devray Kirkland
Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Cardinal Health, Inc.

Have you ever wondered why so many companies are talking about diversity and inclusion? Have you wondered how this applies to your current business strategies? What can you, your business, company or organization do to develop some awareness and then take actions that will either solve some business challenges or perhaps create new opportunities? Devray Kirkland will share his passion on how leveraging differences and creating an inclusive culture can give an organization a competitive advantage in a highly dynamic marketplace. This interactive workshop will provide participants with tangible ideas and examples for their organization whether employee, supervisor, manager or leader. Devray will address the challenges and share lessons learned through his experiences and how Cardinal Health and other companies have adapted this learning to accelerate their diversity journey.


Devray Kirkland is the Director, Diversity and Inclusion for Cardinal Health. His key responsibilities include working directly with the Chief Diversity Officer to develop and implement a comprehensive diversity strategy through related program/initiatives and projects across the Corporation. He develops and supports the internal Diversity and Inclusion Council, employee resource groups, networks and teams as an effective means of developing, communicating and implementing diversity initiatives globaly throughout the organization. He also provides direction to business segments on tactical programs and systems related to attracting, retaining and promoting a diverse workforce, while establishing an inclusive work environment in the support of Cardinal Health’s corporate values, policies and practices.

Devray is an executive board member of the American Heart Association of Central Ohio.

Devray received a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Howard University in Washington, DC and a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Bowie State in Bowie, MD.  A native of Massillon, Ohio, he currently lives with his wife Nicole and his son Devray II in Westerville, Ohio.

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, CHRO and CLO executives will attend this joint lunch.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Closing Session & Discussion
Strengthening Your Employer Brand Strategy

Beth Bledsoe
Director of Human Resources, MSC Industrial

David Krieger
Area-Senior Vice President of Communications, Gallagher

Tom Strieker
Director of Benefits and Compensation, Dot Foods

Have you wondered what image your prospective and current employees have in their minds about their employment experience at your company? With the fight for talent only intensifying, it is no surprise that more companies have shifted their brand focus to improving the internal market perception of their brand. This panel discussion will have Tom Strieker, Director of Benefits and Compensation at Dot Foods, and Beth Bledsoe, HR Director at MSC Industrial share how his team developed a communication strategy that showcases Dot Foods’ and MSC Industrial’s competitive advantage and value proposition in a way that is more meaningful to its current and prospective employees. David Krieger, Area Senior Vice President Communications, Gallagher, will then share recommendations and best practices in employment branding. You will take back key employer branding strategies that leverage the power of your strong reputation with recommendations to ensure that your management practices support your internal brand.


Beth Bledsoe is Director of Human Resources for MSC Industrial Supply Co., a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products and services with $2.9 billion in annual revenue and more than 6,500 associates.

As a Human Resources leader, Beth supports the strategy of the organization by ensuring optimal organizational structure, attracting available talent, developing the career pipeline of associates, managing change, and fostering a culture of inclusion and engagement. Beth’s business partners include Finance, Digital and Marketing, HR, Legal, Category Management and IT.

Prior to MSC in 2015, Beth served in HR leadership roles with Ingersoll Rand Company, holding HR business partner roles and leadership positions in centers of excellence, including talent management, learning, and leadership development. Building the corporate MBA program and leading enterprise action learning teams were among her many achievements at Ingersoll Rand.

David Krieger is a highly regarded and values driven HR and communications consultant, with over 30 years’ experience serving global and international companies.

David’s gift is to work with clients to create clarity around their challenges, and disrupt the space to create customized solutions to drive to their objectives.

Many of David’s Fortune 50 clients have been recognized by winning various awards from benefits, marketing and communications organizations. Additionally, David’s organization was a two-time IABC Gold Quill award recipient and a two-time HERMES Creative Award winner.

Tom Strieker is the Director of Benefits and Compensation at Dot Foods. He has been with Dot Foods for 21 years and has served in Benefits and Compensation for about 15 years. His responsibilities include HRIS, Payroll, Personnel transactions, Benefits, and Compensation administration and strategy (with a great team to make it happen). Dot Foods serves over 5,000 full and part time employees with its largest group being Material Handlers and then Over the Road Truck Drivers.

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 participated in the Spring 2018 Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable:

  • A B C Supply Co., Inc.
  • Boise Cascade Company
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag North America, Inc.
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Core Mark International, Inc.
  • Dot Foods, Inc.
  • Graybar Electric Co., Inc.
  • M S C Industrial Supply Co.
  • PrimeSource Building Products, Inc.
  • S R S Distribution, Inc.
  • Veritiv Corp

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