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Virtual Roundtable – November 5, 2020

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Please contact Tara Mostatab at if you have any questions.

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 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 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 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 Virtual Roundtable Agenda

Virtual Roundtable - November 5, 2020

1:30 PM – 1:40 PM

1:40 PM – 2:20 PM
Opening Session & Discussion
How Has the Pandemic Impacted the Trucking and LTL Industry

Jake Papa, SVP of Enterprise Sales, Emerge

We all know that COVID-19 has impacted distribution in various ways.  At this session, you’ll learn and discuss with your peers how the trucking and LTL industry has been affected by the pandemic. More importantly, you’ll learn what those impacts will mean for your business and what actions you should take now to offset any problems so that your business can continue to move forward.

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM

2:30 PM – 3:10 PM
General Session & Discussion
NAW Government Relations Update

Jade West, Chief Government Relations Officer,  NAW

As the critical 2020 national elections head into high gear amid a global pandemic, Jade West will update you on what in the world is going on in Washington. Despite the bitter partisanship and continued gridlock, Congress is trying to come together to pass legislation to aid in reopening the country. So what is in store for Congress and the Administration for the rest of 2020 and where are things going after the 2020 election? Jade will share her insights and best guesses.


Jade West is the Chief Government Relations Officer for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors. She also serves as Executive Director of the NAW Political Action Committee. Jade is the senior lobbyist for NAW, advocating the interests of the wholesale distribution industry in Washington both on Capitol Hill and in the regulatory agencies.

In addition, she is Executive Secretariat for the 1,000-member Tax Relief Coalition and the LIFO Coalition. Jade is a Steering Committee member of the Alliance for Tax Fairness and Growth, and she is on the Management Committee of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, which leads the opposition to organized labor’s effort to remove secret ballot elections from union certification elections and force employers into binding “interest arbitration” in negotiating contracts. Jade is also a Director of the Business Industry Political Action Committee and a Founder and Director of the trade association Get Out the Vote Best Practices Group, both working to maximize the turnout of pro-business voters in federal elections.

Before joining NAW in 2002, Jade was a senior aide on Capitol Hill for more than 20 years.

3:10 PM – 3:20 PM

3:20 PM – 4:00 PM
General Session & Discussion

AI and Robotics in the Warehouse

Jon Schechter, Business Development Manager, AutoStore

Why robots are ready now, just not the humanoid ones you are envisioning

Thousands of robots now roam modern factories and warehouses, in addition to the thousands bolted to manufacturing lines. Robots can now carry goods safely, reliably, and effectively to relieve humans from mundane storing, moving, and sorting. AI is poised to create more interaction with robots and a wide variety of shapes, but for now they are still limited to standard form factors (ie. Pallet, totes, boxes).

Key Takeaways:

  • A brief history of robots: 6-axis, AGV’s, AMR’s, ASRS, etc
  • Helping a robot to see and why not touching anything is easier than grasping
  • A few examples of what is possible now for distributors


Jon Schechter started with AutoStore in 2020 and is responsible for driving market awareness focused on healthcare. He partners with customers in their fulfillment journey to identify whether AutoStore is right for them.

Jon has been designing fulfillment centers with nearly 100k robots since 2008 with prior experience with Kiva Systems, Amazon, and RightHand Robotics. Jon studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. In addition to robots, Jon likes precision cooking and chasing a white ball around grass with sticks.

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 Large Company Operations Virtual Roundtable:

  • COE Distributing
  • I S C O Industries LLC
  • Lawson Products Inc
  • Parksite Inc
  • Turtle & Hughes Inc

NAW Large Company Operations Roundtable Members

  • Allied Electronics and Automation
  • Building Material Distributors
  • Coastal Construction Products
  • COE Distributing
  • Composites One
  • EBP Solutions
  • Ewing Irrigation
  • Grabber Construction Products Inc
  • Gustave A Larson Co
  • IPS Packaging
  • ISCO Industries LLC
  • Kimball Midwest
  • Lawson Products Inc
  • Palmer Donavin Mfg Co (The)
  • Parksite
  • Plumbing Distributors Inc
  • Polymershapes
  • Team Horner
  • United Electric Supply Co
  • Valin Corporation
  • 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.