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Salveson Stetson Billion Dollar HR Roundtable Sponsor

May 16-17, 2017 at the O’Hare Hilton

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“The Billion Dollar HR Roundtable presents a unique opportunity to network with industry peers while discussing challenges we all face in distribution. A great group and I look forward to our future Roundtables.”

John Lyday, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Bunzl Distribution

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

Similar to other billion dollar roundtables NAW has created for the CIO, Operations, CFO, and Chief Legal Officers, 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 HR 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 HR, should that person be unable to attend the scheduled meeting.

If you would like to learn more please contact John Peter, Tamela Blalock or Adam Isenberg at 202.872.0885.

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 HR Roundtable Agenda

Day 1 - May 16, 2017

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.

Jade West

Jade West


7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Billion Dollar Executive Dinner

As a bonus, the dinner session will also feature Jade West, NAW’s Senior Vice President-Government Relations and Executive Director of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors Political Action Committee (NAW-PAC) who was named the 2015 Lobbyist of the Year by CEO Update.

Make sure to attend 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. This is a joint dinner that will include the CLO, HR and Operations executives attending the spring Roundtable.

About The Speaker

Jade West is Senior Vice President-Government Relations 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.

Day 2 - May 17, 2017

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

Tony Brigmon

Author, Former Ambassador of FUN at Southwest Airlines

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

“Creating The FUNOMENAL ™ Workplace – Managing workplace morale under the shadow of the DOL FLSA Overtime Rule Changes”

The new presidential administration, impending new Labor Secretary, and a late 2016 federal court ruling against the Department of Labor’s new white collar overtime rules has forced a difficult decision on employers who may have already announced or even implemented salary changes based on the regulations, offering them a chance to avoid those increases but not without threatening workplace morale.

With a rapid change in pace and leadership over the past few months, billion dollar CHROs have had little time to react to the nationwide injunction, which stopped a rule change that would have reclassified 4.2 million workers as nonexempt from overtime rules. While the decision was welcome news for CHROs concerned about being able to maintain operations while taking a huge hit to their bottom line, the injunction isn’t final, so there’s not yet a clear mandate to reverse planned salary and overtime pay changes.

Although CHROs are legally off the hook for increasing pay or overtime compensation in line with the rule change, a majority of large employers had already informed their workers how they would be implementing the change, which makes it incredibly difficult from a morale standpoint to change course.

This session will update on the current movement (or changes to) the FLSA Overtime Rule, and discuss strategies to maintain a high workplace morale in light of possible interruptions to scheduled reclassifications of affected employees.

About The Speaker

At Southwest Airlines, fun was serious business. Tony Brigmon spearheaded “fun” at Southwest Airlines as their official “Ambassador of Fun” delivering customer care and employee development programs. Today, Tony teaches organizations how fun translates into serious results with customers and employees based on the best practices that helped Southwest Airlines achieve this same recognition with their customers, this level of performance with their employees and a #1 position in the industry. Tony has delivered 2000 + conference presentations worldwide.

He has received over 600 letters of commendation or recommendation from executives of major corporations around the world including Southwest Airlines, Shell, Sprint, Tesoro, GVTV, First Bank, Lockheed, USAL, Ryland Homes, and others. Tony is the author of “Mental Vitamins for Positive Attitude”, Tony Brigmon created in association with a fantastic company called AVANOO (who have done extensive research in video-based learning).

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Hugh Blane

President of Claris Consulting

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

“Drowning In A Sea of Sameness: The 5 key metrics for creating market differentiation, employee distinction and accelerated performance”

This is a facilitated session designed to help CHROs choose the metrics and productivity measures that best evaluate employee performance. Specifically, this session will:


  1. Clarify the five overlooked metrics of employee flourishing and how to identify and purposefully measure them.
  2. Introduce how CHROs can become the undisputed avatar and exemplar of the five overlooked employee flourishing metrics.
  3. Create enhanced communication strategies for CHROs to enlist fellow champions of employee flourishing.
  4. Enhance each participant’s knowledge of their unique talents, skills, and challenges when working with CEOs and other senior leaders.

About The Speaker

Hugh Blane is President of Claris Consulting. He is a nationally recognized business strategist hired to help organizations solve challenging business issues, strengthen personal and professional relationships, and execute on strategic initiatives with greater effectiveness. A subject-matter expert in leadership, team performance and influence, Hugh is a senior-level consultant who has worked with thousands of people in a wide variety of organizations including Spacelabs Medical, KPMG, Costco, Starbucks and Microsoft.

Hugh Blane is a compelling mixture of consultant, educator, coach and inspiring speaker who honed his consulting skills with renowned business author, Tom Peters. As a Senior Consultant with the Tom Peters Company Hugh equipped and inspired leaders to do something daily that moved them and their organizations closer to their greatest potential. With 30-plus years of management, sales and leadership experience, Hugh approaches his work with the firm belief that, discovering what matters to you, what motivates you and what you want to be known for is the first step in creating breakthrough performance.

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 Operations Executives

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, HR and CLO executives will attend this joint lunch.

Mike Weber

Southwestern Consulting

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Closing Session & Discussion

“Why Succession Plans Fail / Breaking the Unwritten Rules”

Change happens and an effective secession plan sounds easy to develop. So, why aren’t they? Most of us know cognitively why succession plans and corporate transitions don’t work. The real question is how do we make sure that doesn’t happen to us!

This session is an interactive experiential session designed identify the 5 “Unwritten Rules “ that are preventing transition plans from succeeding. Attendees will then develop a series of steps designed to break the rules and help them build the next level of leaders. Our goal is to not just recognize the challenges but leave with actionable steps that you can enact tomorrow in building a sustainable succession plan.

About The Speaker

Mike Weber earned his degree at Cornell University while selling books door-to-door with Southwestern Advantage – a sister company. He then enjoyed success as a sales rep for Great American Opportunities – Southwestern’s national fundraising company that helps kids raise millions of dollars for educational and community organizations that are changing lives.

In 1993, he founded Southwestern’s Leadership Institute with a focus on equipping people with the skills and attitudes needed to excel in today’s dynamic world. For the past 20 years, Mike has motivated and inspired people from all walks of life to break out of restrictive patterns of thought and behavior and open themselves up to achieve greater success in whatever their field.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Set Agenda for Next Meeting Scheduled for November 14-15, 2017

2:30 PM

NAW Billion Dollar HR Roundtable Participants, Spring 2017

The following wholesale distribution companies are registered for the Spring 2017 Roundtable:

  • ABC Supply
  • ADI (Honeywell)
  • American Hotel Register Company
  • Animal Supply Co
  • Boise Cascade
  • Breakthru Beverage
  • Brenntag North America
  • Bunzl
  • Core Mark Internatonal
  • Do it Best Corp
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Graybar
  • PrimeSource
  • SanMar Corp

The following wholesale distribution companies attended the previous NAW Billion Dollar HR Roundtable:

  • ABC Supply
  • A D I (Honeywell)
  • Airgas
  • Ben E Keith
  • Brenntag North America
  • Bunzl
  • Charmer Sunbelt Group (The)
  • Core Mark Internatonal
  • Do it Best Corp
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Essendant
  • Genuine Parts
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Graybar Electric Co Inc
  • Hajoca
  • L & W Supply Corp
  • McLane Co Inc
  • MRC Global
  • MSC Industrial
  • Network Services Company
  • Patterson
  • Sonepar
  • SRS Distribution
  • Uline
  • Veritiv
  • Victory Packaging
  • Winsupply

Meeting Location:
Chicago Hilton O’Hare
10000 W O’Hare Ave.
Chicago, IL 60666
(773) 686-8000