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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 - May 12, 2020

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

NAW Government Relations Update

Seth Waugh
Associate Vice President–Government Relations, NAW

Make sure to reserve your seat for 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.

Seth Waugh, NAW Associate Vice President – Government Relations, will be joining us as our dinner speaker this year. Seth will share his insights on what the heck is going on in Washington, whether anything will actually get done this year, and how NAW is working with Congress and the regulatory agencies, to benefit the entire $6.01 trillion wholesale distribution industry.

Day 2 - May 13, 2020

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

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

Before Collaboration Comes Connection: The Power of Building Internal Community for External Innovation 

Andy Hagerman, Co-Founder & CEO, The Design Gym

Recent Gallup polls show that 67% of workers in America are actively disengaged with their work day to day. And in the world of startups, 65% of them fail because of ineffectual senior management compared to a mere 35% due to product development or research. The beliefs that corporate innovation rely on discovering the next hot product, new service model, or cover worthy news story are not only short sighted, but are absolute myths. What is actually blocking most organizations from sustainable growth is the activation of their most important, most expensive, and certainly most complex asset – their people. Leaders instead often turn to trendy methodologies, sleek office spaces, and or bold marketing campaigns to mask the more complex cultural issues underneath. Creating an organizational culture and operating model that is truly human centered – employees to customers – requires vulnerability, emotion, and transparency that only the bravest leaders are willing to commit to. This conversation will talk about the fundamental needs of your employees and customers as humans, and how you can adjust your leadership, org design, and culture in specific ways to better allow your humans to show up in their work – and when they do, unlock innovation in a way that works for itself. We’ll touch on topics of:

  • Why HR, people, and talent teams should be the most important seat at the leadership table
  • How relationships prevail in times of change and transformation
  • Vulnerability as our best ingredient for innovation and creativity
  • Calling out the ‘Elephants’ in the room early, often, and together
  • What is Design Thinking and how it helps to activate innovation in practice


Andy is a creative entrepreneur hell-bent on using culture, communication, and collaboration to create a more innovative future.

As the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the NYC-based consultancy, The Design Gym, Andy has worked inside the world’s most influential and creative companies to help them shift to a more empathic, creative and collaborative way of working. These include brands such as Capital One, TED, Marriott, Etsy, Rockefeller Foundation, the NYC Department of Education, MetLife, Porsche, and more.

Before founding The Design Gym, he spent years honing his research and strategy skills at Jump Associates, one of the world’s leading innovation consultancies. Andy has guest lectured at NYU, Columbia University and Parsons, and has led breakout workshops at both TED and TEDMED conferences.

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

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

Assessment Tools for New Hires

Dave Rossi, Senior Client Partner, Global Industrial Manufacturing Advisory, Korn Ferry

Chris Streit, Senior Director of Client Solutions, Korn Ferry

At this session, you and your CHRO peers will discuss best practices and solutions on the use to assessment tools for new hires. Are they effective? Is one type of assessment better than the other? Come ready to share your thoughts!



Mr. Rossi brings over 30 years of professional experience to Korn Ferry. Prior to his current role, he served as a managing director for one of the world’s largest management consulting firms.

Previously, he led management consulting for Accenture’s North American Resources practice where he focused primarily on chemicals, metals, mining and forest products clients. Earlier, he served as the global segment lead for Natural Resources.

Mr. Rossi began his career as a commissioned officer and helicopter pilot in the United States Army. Following his military service, he worked in manufacturing leadership for General Foods. After receiving his advanced degree, Mr. Rossi focused the next three decades in professional service at Arthur D. Little, Accenture and Korn Ferry where he focused on strategy, operations, supply chain and talent consulting for a wide range of industrial clients.

Mr. Rossi earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University and his BS from the United States Military Academy.


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.

His 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.

Mr. Streit has his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Masters of Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of North Texas.

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

Change Management for CHROs

John Lyday
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Bunzl Distribution


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 November 17-18, 2020

2:30 PM

The following wholesale distribution companies are registered for the Spring 2020 Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable:

  • Brenntag
  • Bunzl Distribution
  • Dot Foods
  • Graybar
  • Huttig Building Products
  • Johnstone Supply
  • Mayer
  • MSC
  • ORS Medco
  • Sonepar USA
  • Vallen Distribution

NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable Members

  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ADI Global
  • AmeriGas Propane
  • Border States Electric Supply
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag
  • Bunzl Distribution USA
  • Core & Main
  • Do it Best Corp
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Genuine Parts
  • Grainger
  • Graybar
  • Huttig Building Projects
  • Johnstone Supply
  • Mayer
  • McLane
  • MSC Industrial
  • ORS Medco
  • PetroChoice
  • SRS Distribution Inc
  • SonePar
  • SunSource
  • Uline
  • US LBM Holdings
  • Vallen 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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