Delivering for Best-in-Class Wholesaler-Distributors

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

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We are currently in the process of finalizing our Fall 2019 program. Please check back for updates. Please contact Tara Mostatab at if you have any questions.

“NAW enables a free-flow of ideas and answers to Questions for Operations executives from large companies and different industries. The Roundtable is a “great-value-add” since it allows you to discuss tactical issues with counterparts facing the same challenges.”

Submitted Anonymously by the Senior Vice President of Operations of a $7 Billion Dollar Distribution Company

The NAW Billion Dollar Company Operations Roundtable for direct members was created as a new mechanism for the Operations Executives of large distribution enterprises to network with non-competing peers in multiple lines of trade on key operations issues.

Similar to other billion dollar roundtables NAW has created for the CIO, CFO, Chief Legal Officer, and CHRO, 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 operations 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 Operations 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 Operations Roundtable Preliminary 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
Large Company Executive Dinner

Day 2 - November 20, 2019

 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

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

Welcome to the Future: Bots in the Warehouse

Michael Ryba, Partner & Director, Boston Consulting Group

Bots in the warehouse will soon be the new reality. How will Bots most likely be used in your warehouses? At this session, we will discuss how robots will most likely be used in the next few years. Many experts agree that at first, bots help your warehouse personnel by shortening the distance he or she must walk to receive and store products away. Bots can also be used to transport your products from one picking workstation to another.


Michael Ryba has over 20 years of experience in Supply Chain and advises senior executives in Retail, Consumer products and Distribution on a broad range of supply chain topics from vision to network design, S&OP, inventory deployment and optimization, transportation, DC / FC operations and omnichannel.

Currently, Michael is a Director in the NJ office of Boston Consulting Group, a core member of the Retail / Consumer and supply chain practices and topic leader for retail supply chain in North America.

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

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

How to Engage Your Millenials in the Warehouse

Neil Grant, Client Partner / Consulting Director, Author at Korn Ferry

The millenial employee lifecycle is different than any other generation. So, what are the best practivces to keep this group engaged? Developing your  millenial warehouse employees into leaders will allow them to make informed decisions, guide their peers (and eventually their direct reports), and be better qualified for opportunities that come their way. But, developing your employees into leaders isn’t an instantaneous shift. At this session, you’ll learn what skillsets are necessary when trying to develop and keep your  millenials in the warehouse.


Neil Grant is a Client Partner with Korn Ferry, a global organizational development consultancy. Neil brings 20 years’ consulting and executive interim leadership experience. His areas of expertise include organizational development strategy, design and facilitation of leadership development programs, succession management, integrated talent management strategies, learning architecture and curricula design, and executive coaching. He has led organizations through the transformation of leadership development and integrated this with talent strategy, performance/potential assessment, and business planning. Neil has worked across four continents in industries including defense, consumer goods, professional services, finance, energy, and pharmaceuticals. He has a master’s degree in leadership development from Coventry University, UK. He has a post-graduate diploma in coaching and mentoring practice from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is a graduate chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Open Discussion

This session is set aside for you to raise any issue you would like and have the group provide their thoughts. This is 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 CHRO

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

Next Level Business Intelligence Dashboards

Business intellegence dashboards help make sense out of overwhelming data. Today, buisness intelligence dashboards can do so much more. At this session, you’ll learn more about customizable dashboards, robust analytical and reporting capabilities.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Set Agenda for Next Meeting Scheduled for November 19-20, 2019

2:30 PM

NAW Billion Dollar Operations Roundtable Members

  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ADI Global
  • AmeriGas Propane
  • Border States Electric Supply
  • Bunzl Distribution USA
  • Graybar
  • Johnstone Supply
  • Patterson Companies
  • PetroChoice
  • Pool Corporation
  • Republic National Distributing
  • SRS Distribution
  • US Foods
  • US Lumber Group
  • Uline
  • WESCO Distribution Inc
  • Winsupply

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

  • ABC Supply Co Inc
  • ADI
  • Border States Electric Supply
  • Bunzl Distribution
  • Patterson Companies
  • SRS Distribution
  • WESCO Distribution

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

  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ADI Global
  • AmeriGas Propane
  • Berlin Packaging
  • Boise Cascade Company
  • Border States Electric Supply
  • Bunzl Distribution USA
  • Cardinal Health
  • Core-Mark International
  • Dawn Foods Products
  • Do it Best Corp
  • Dot Foods
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Graybar
  • HD Smith
  • Johnstone Supply
  • McKesson Distribution
  • MRC Global
  • Network Services Company
  • Patterson Companies
  • PetroChoice
  • Pool Corp.
  • PrimeSource
  • SRS Distribution
  • Uline
  • US Lumber Group
  • Vertiv
  • Victory Packaging
  • WESCO Distribution Inc
  • Weyerhaeuser Co
  • 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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