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May 12-13, 2020 at the Hilton O’Hare in Chicago

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“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 tmostatab@naw.org.

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 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
Breakfast

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

What You Need To Know about Employment Drug Testing?

Mike H. Cramer
Labor & Employment Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Colleen DeRosa 
Labor & Employment Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Our country is dealing with a prescription drug abuse epidemic. Meanwhile, many states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use.

Now is the time to examine company policies and practices to ensure legal compliance while maintaining focus on workplace safety. State and local laws are in constant flux, often protecting people who use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. Those laws are at odds with current federal law, as well as many workplace best practices. This session will address the shifting legal landscape and discuss recommendations and best practices for handling this complex and developing area.

Takeaways:

  • Thoughtful strategies for balancing varied legal requirements across different jurisdictions
  • Approaches to developing testing protocol that is consistent with shifting legal landscape
  • Recommendations for balancing workplace safety concerns with increased legal tolerance for marijuana
  • Tactics for handling disconnect between existing federal law and many state laws (including drivers covered by federal DOT regulations)

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Mike Cramer counsels and represents employers on a variety of employment law matters. He advises clients ranging from small non-profits to Fortune 50 companies, negotiates resolutions to troubling disputes, and, when necessary, litigates to victory.

Mike frequently speaks to legal and HR organizations on employment topics, and trains executives, attorneys and HR professionals on topics including drugs in the workplace, wage and hour law, harassment prevention and workplace investigations. Based on peer surveys, Mike has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating (AV/Preeminent), and repeatedly has been named among the Best Lawyers in America and an Illinois Super Lawyer. Mike also was elected to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an organization of labor and employment attorneys in practice for more than 20 years who meet “the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards.”

Mike earned his law degree and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan. He has written and directed two independent, feature-length movies.

Colleen DeRosa is a strategic advocate, litigator, and negotiator focusing in labor and employment law. She leads the defense of employment litigation, including wrongful discharge, retaliation, whistleblower, unfair competition, unpaid wages, and discrimination and harassment claims. She also defends employers in class and collective matters seeking unpaid wages or overtime pay for classes of employees.

Colleen is responsive problem-solver and helps companies, large and small, to manage employee relations and to avoid or efficiently resolve disputes. She provides training and advice on best practices for various personnel policies, guides clients through employee leaves of absence and performance management issues, and prepares and enforces employment agreements with non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure provisions.

Colleen also practices traditional labor law including first chairing labor arbitrations and responding to NLRB charges.


9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Throughput and Capacity

Sandra Gosling, Partner & Principal, pwc

Bryan Gross, Director- Advisory, pwc

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

Virtual Reality for Training Your Employees

Steve Gorr, Application Manager, Raymond Corporation

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Set Agenda for Next Meeting Scheduled for November 17-18, 2020!

2:30 PM
Adjourn

NAW Billion Dollar Operations Roundtable Members

  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ADI Global
  • AmeriGas Propane
  • Border States Electric Supply
  • Brenntag North America
  • Bunzl Distribution USA
  • Graybar
  • Johnstone Supply
  • Patterson Companies
  • SRS Distribution
  • US Lumber Group
  • Uline
  • WESCO Distribution Inc
  • Winsupply
  • Wurth Industries

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
  • Core Mark International
  • Johnstone Supply
  • Patterson Companies
  • SRS Distribution
  • Uline
  • WESCO
  • Wurth Industry of North America

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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