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Virtual Roundtable – December 2, 2020

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We are currently in the process of finalizing our virtual Fall 2020 program. Please check back for updates. Please contact Tara Mostatab at if you have any questions.

The NAW Billion Dollar Company Chief Information Officer Roundtable for direct members was created as a new mechanism for the CIO’s of large distribution enterprises to network with non-competing peers in multiple lines of trade on key IT issues.

Similar to other billion dollar roundtables NAW has created for the CLO, CFO, Operations, and CHRO, this by invitation only 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 IT 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 enrolled Executive, 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 CIO Virtual Roundtable Preliminary Agenda

Virtual Roundtable - December 2, 2020

1:30 PM – 1:40 PM

1:40 PM – 2:20 PM
Opening Session & Discussion
Talent Procurement and Retention in a Virtual Environment

The impact of COVID-19 has forced wholesaler-distributors to make very difficult adjustments in recent months, including working with virtual teams rather than in person. At this session, you’ll learn best practices to change your recruitment process in order to expand your hiring pool and open you up to more qualified candidates.

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM

2:30 PM – 3:10 PM
General Session & Discussion
Developing your Marketplace Strategy

For many years, wholesaler-distributors were torn between selling their products on marketplaces in order to make them more available and visible to their customers or staying off them, concerned that the investment required may not be worth it. It is now apparent that there are many advantages of selling on marketplaces, one being that you’ll have access to an already engaged audience. At this session, you’ll leave with key take ways on how to build both your eCommerce and marketplace strategy.

3:10 PM – 3:20 PM

3:20 PM – 4:00 PM
General Session & Discussion
COVID-19’s Impact on Your Cyber Security Plan

Since COVID19 has forced many distributors to work remotely, there are now new cybersecurity risks your organization needs to consider. Many distributors have seen a spike in phishing attacks and ransomware attacks which has mislead not only employees but customers as well. At this session, you’ll walk away with best practices on how to best protect your organization and maintain the most effective cybersecurity strategy for your company.

4:00 PM – 5:00 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 scheduled for Spring 2021.

5:00 PM

The following wholesale distribution companies are registered for the Fall 2020 Billion Dollar CIO Virtual Roundtable:

  • Core Mark International Inc
  • Uline
  • Winsupply

NAW Billion Dollar CIO Roundtable Members

  • ABC Supply
  • ADS
  • Benco Dental
  • Big Rock Sports
  • Border States Electric
  • Brenntag North America
  • Bunzl Distribution USA
  • Do It Best Corp
  • Graybar
  • Johnstone Supply
  • MSC Industrial
  • SRS Distribution
  • Uline
  • Wilbur-Ellis
  • Winsupply
  • Wurth Industry of North America

The following wholesale distribution companies have participated in previous NAW Billion Dollar CIO Roundtables:

  • ABB Optical Group
  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ADI Global
  • Airgas Inc
  • Allied Building Products
  • AmerisourceBergen
  • Animal Supply
  • Avnet
  • Ben E. Keith
  • Boise Cascade
  • Border States Electric Supply
  • Brenntag
  • Bunzl Distribution USA Inc
  • Core Mark International Inc
  • Do It Best Corp
  • Essendant
  • Ferguson
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Graybar Electric Co Inc
  • Hajoca Corporation
  • Johnstone Supply
  • M Holland
  • MSC Industrial Supply Co.
  • Network Services Co
  • Patterson Companies
  • Pool Corp.
  • Rexel
  • SRS Distribution
  • Scansource Inc
  • Uline
  • Veritiv
  • WinSupply, Inc.

The Billion Dollar CIO Virtual Roundtable will take place via Zoom Meetings. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom meeting information.