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Virtual Roundtable – April 28, 2021

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

This by invitation roundtable is composed of executives from large companies that meet in Chicago two times per year and is highly interactive. The annual fee is $1,500 per member, which covers meeting costs of four 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 a senior level 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 $100M to $1B annual revenue.
The NAW Large Company Roundtable is the only opportunity that provides networking and benchmarking exclusively with other top executives of non competing, like-sized Wholesale-Distribution companies.

NAW Large Company Operations Roundtable Agenda

Virtual Roundtable - April 28, 2021

1:30 PM – 1:40 PM

1:40 PM – 2:20 PM
Opening Session & Discussion
Moving Forward

Alex Chausovsky, Senior Business Advisor, ITR Economics

2020 was quite a year. We will explore all the changes that have occurred in the economy and what they mean to your future. The pandemic, government responses, burgeoning opportunities and lagging sectors will be examined. These forces will shape the trends ahead and drive your tactics and strategies. One thing will not change, successful businesses will have to constantly adapt to a sea of changing circumstances. The US economy and the corresponding impact to various key industries will be examined. We will also:

  1. Assess the macroeconomic environment and the outlook for 2021 and into 2022.
  2. Look at a system of key leading indicators that are proven to signal cyclical turns in the economy.
  3. Present clear, actionable Management Objectives™ that are right for the coming years as we adapt to the ‘new normal’.


Alex Chausovsky’s keynote addresses at leading industry events regularly earn rave reviews. His charisma, engaging personality, and refreshing on-stage demeanor always surpass the expectations of his audience.

Management teams of companies large and small value Alex’s extensive consulting expertise. ITR Economics’ clients rely on his input when developing strategic plans for the future, as he helps them plan for risk conditions and identify areas of opportunity.

Alex is currently responsible for providing reliable industry and company forecasts, presentations, webinars, and economic consulting services for small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries. In his prior role, Alex led a group of analysts covering the industrial manufacturing domain. He was also the lead analyst for 3D printing at a major international firm.

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM

2:30 PM – 3:10 PM
General Session & Discussion
Actively Addressing the Supply Chain Talent Shortage

Chris Streit, Vice President of Client Solutions, Korn Ferry

Craig Rowley, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

The last year has highlighted the unpredictable nature of our businesses and exacerbated the critical need to staff warehouses in timely manner without sacrificing quality. In this session, we will review the most effective strategies to attract and engage talent in the hourly ranks while also discussing innovative approaches to their ultimate retention and development.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand how automation can deliver scale to improve the quality of hourly talent while improving speed to contribution.
  • Detail new pay and job designs designed to improve retention
  • Know why hourly talent is lost and how they can be retained.


Chris Streit has provided consultation on talent acquisition and development, recruiting and technology and cost reduction.

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 on-boarding 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.

Areas of expertise include talent acquisition, technology integration and utilization, learning and development, on-boarding, change management, strategy execution, workforce planning and sizing, employee engagement and culture, employee development, talent strategy, etc.

Craig Rowley has over 25 years experience developing human resources programs that fit a company’s business direction and strategy. This includes the development of programs to guide organization design, performance-based human resources and reward strategy and management. He has worked with some of the leading global companies in these sectors.

Mr. Rowley is the Global Practice Leader for the consumer sector directing the provision of consulting services to all companies in the consumer products, retail, hospitality and leisure, digital and media sectors.

3:10 PM – 3:20 PM

3:20 PM – 4:00 PM
Closing  Session & Discussion
Bringing People Back to the Office

Eric E. Hobbs, Shareholder and Chair, Ogletree Deakins

COVID-19 in the workplace – it’s impossible to prevent and almost as difficult to trace. But the new OSHA is aggressively putting mechanisms in place to pursue enforcement. It published new, broad guidance in late January, just 10 days after President Biden’s inauguration; it published a national emphasis program in early March, targeting employers and workplaces more likely than others to expose employees to the virus; and it is in the process of developing an emergency temporary standard, which either will be COVID-19-specific or will address COVID-19 among other, similar workplace hazards.

This roundtable presentation will cover OSHA’s most recent COVID-19-related requirements and recommendations and what employers can expect and should do to prepare for inspection. Particularly now that employees are returning to work in increasing numbers, it is critical for employers to be aware of what OSHA will look for and require.


Eric E. Hobbs is a Shareholder with and Chair of the 50-lawyer Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group of Ogletree Deakins, one of the nation’s leading law firms representing employers in labor and employment matters. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Drug Testing and Manufacturing Industry Practice Groups. In his role as attorney and strategic advisor, Mr. Hobbs engages in a nationwide labor and employment law practice, which includes the representation of employers in traditional labor and employment matters, OSHA and MSHA enforcement and litigation, and employment counseling and litigation.

Mr. Hobbs is a Past Employer Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee. He is a co-author of and chapter editor for Bloomberg/BNA’s Occupational Safety and Health Law treatise, the “bible” for practitioners and judges in the area, and author of the chapter on occupational safety and health law in the Wisconsin State Bar’s Wisconsin Employment Law treatise. Mr. Hobbs also writes and speaks frequently to employer groups, attorneys and judges around the country. In the Fall of 2018, for a fourth time, he addressed the Commissioners and Judges of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission at its Judicial Conference at the invitation of the Commission’s Chair and Chief Judge. He also testified before Congress on “A More Effective and Collaborative OSHA: A View from Stakeholders” in February of 2018.

In 2014, in recognition of his long and distinguished career, Mr. Hobbs was elected as a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. That same year, the Pulp and Paper Safety Association presented him with its Outstanding Service Award. Mr. Hobbs also is a Fellow of the Wisconsin Bar Foundation. And, in 2015, the Milwaukee County Commission for Persons with Disabilities established the “Eric Hobbs Award” in recognition of Mr. Hobbs’s 20 years of service as a commissioner, 10 as chairperson. Peers and business leaders also have recognized him as one of The Best Lawyers in America and as one of Chambers’ Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of labor, employment and worker’s compensation law.

In his leisure time, Mr. Hobbs enjoys training and competing in Tae Kwon Do, in which he holds a second-degree black belt, and singing in his community and church.

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 fall 2021

5:00 PM

The following wholesale distribution companies participating in the Spring 2021 Large Company Operations Virtual Roundtable:

  • Composites One LLC
  • E C Power Systems/Power Systems West
  • Gustave A Larson Co
  • Hillyard Inc
  • I S C O Industries LLC
  • Johnson Supply
  • Kimball Midwest
  • Millcraft Paper Company (The)
  • Palmer Donavin Mfg Co (The)
  • Parksite Inc
  • Polymershapes
  • Shorr Packaging Corp
  • Team Horner
  • United Electric Supply Co Inc
  • Werner Electric Supply Co

NAW Large Company Operations Roundtable Members

  • Benco Dental Co
  • Boelter Companies
  • Coastal Construction Products
  • Composites One
  • Grabber Construction Products Inc
  • Gustave A Larson Co
  • H I S C O
  • I S C O Industries LLC
  • Kennicott Brothers Co
  • L & R Distributors
  • Lawson Products Inc
  • PACE Inc
  • Palmer Donavin Mfg Co (The)
  • Parksite
  • Plumbing Distributors Inc
  • Polymershapes
  • Power & Telephone Supply Co
  • Team Horner
  • U S Lumber Group
  • United Electric Supply Co
  • Werner Electric Supply Co

The following wholesale distribution companies have attended previous Large Company Operations Roundtables:

  • Allied Electronics
  • Benco Dental
  • Boelter Companies
  • Coastal Construction Products
  • Composites One, LLC
  • Curbell Plastics
  • Grabber Construction Products
  • Gustave A. Larson
  • Hub Construction Specialties
  • IEWC
  • Inline Distribution
  • ISCO Industries, LLC
  • Kennicott Brothers
  • Lawson Products, Inc.
  • McNaughton McKay Electric Co
  • Munchs Supply Co Inc
  • PACE Inc
  • Pacesetter Steel
  • Palmer Donavin Mfg Co., (The)
  • Parksite, Inc.
  • Plumbing Distributors Inc.
  • Polymershapes
  • Power & Telephone Supply Co
  • Seal Rite Door
  • T&A Supply Company
  • Team Horner
  • United Electric Supply Co
  • United Pipe & Steel
  • US Lumber Group
  • Werner Electric Supply Co

The Large Company Operations Virtual Roundtable will take place via Zoom Meetings. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom meeting information.