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About the NAW Association Executives Council Meeting

The NAW AEC Meetings bring together association professionals in an informal atmosphere where executives can share information on the opportunities and challenges of running a distribution association. These executives manage a diverse group of associations and can provide tremendous insights into association management. Attendees will experience programs rich with educational content and unparalleled networking.

The NAW AEC Meetings are open to chief staff executives and senior staff members of NAW member national associations. The chief executive officer must attend in order for senior staff to attend this meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Trish Lilly at plilly@naw.org.

Click here to view past Association Executives Council (AEC) Meetings.

SAVE $100: Register and book your room at the Fairmont Washington, DC hotel by December 15 and you’ll receive a $100 room credit at check-in!

What Attendees Say About the AEC Meetings

Association leaders from a wide variety of wholesale distribution lines of trade come together at the NAW AEC Meetings to gain new perspectives through education and networking. They know they’ll experience the best networking in the distribution association world as they renew acquaintances and talk business with peers.  Take a look at what past attendees say about our meetings.

Schedule at a Glance

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019

11:45 AM – 12:30 AM AEC Opening Luncheon
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Opening Remarks – New Member Self-Introductions
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Change Leadership: AEC Presentations and Panel
Panel: 

  • Kimberly Bolin, Convenience Distribution Association
  • Jim McGarry, Education Market Association
  • Carol McGlogan, Electro Federation Canada
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM When It Comes to Room Blocks, Don’t Be a Blockhead!

Speaker:

  • Dan Ketelsen, ALHI 
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM AEC Networking Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM How Associations Tell Their Stories

Speaker:

  • Kathy Mathers,  The Fertilizer Institute 
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Using Risk Assessment to Assure Viability

Speaker:

  • Bob Weidner, III CAE,  Metals Service Center Institute 
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM AEC Reception
7:30 PM  AEC Washington Dine-Around

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2019

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM AEC Breakfast and Discussion Round Tables
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM An Association Executive’s Perspective on Facing the Forces of Change
Speaker:

  • Mark Dancer, Network for Channel Innovation 
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Creating Positive Board Dynamics
Speaker:

  •  Jia Wang, Texas A&M University
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM AEC Networking Break
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Association Strategies to Attract Industry Talent
Speaker: 

  • Mike Adelizzi, American Supply Association
  • Ann Arnott, Power Transmission Distributors Association 
  • Liz Richards, Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association
  • Emily Saving, Heating, Airconditioning Refrigeration Distributors International
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM AEC Luncheon – Installation of New Chair
1:15 PM – 4:00 PM From Overwhelmed to Transformational Architect™
Speaker:

  • Cynthia Mills, The Leaders’ Haven 
4:00 PM  NAW 2019 AEC Winter Meeting Adjourns

Speakers

We’ve gathered together leading association executives and experts in business and distribution to lead our sessions. Here are three of our featured speakers.

KIMBERLY BOLIN

President and CEO

CONVENIENCE DISTRIBUTION ASSOCIATION (CDA)

JIM MCGARRY

President and CEO

EDUCATION MARKET ASSOCIATION

CYNTHIA MILLS, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC

Founder, President and CEO

THE LEADERS’ HAVEN

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Event Information

NAW 2019 AEC Winter Meeting
January 28-29, 2019

NAW 2019 Executive Summit 
January 29-31, 2019

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The Fairmont Washington, DC
2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037
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NAW 2019 AEC Winter Metting Speakers

Kimberly Bolin

President and CEO of the Convenience Distribution Association (CDA)

Monday, January 28
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

AEC Change Leadership Panel Discussion

KIMBERLY'S BIO

Kimberly Bolin, President and CEO of the Convenience Distribution Association (CDA) is in her ninth year with CDA.   In that time the association has undergone a complete rebranding, upgrade and integration of the association management system, redesign of its website, development and implementation of virtual work environment, redesign of the annual trade show, dues restructure, development of an Investment and Spending Policy, and bylaw revision.

Recently, Bolin was honored by Convenience Store News’ as a Top Women in Convenience and The Griffin Report as a Rising Star.

Bolin attended the University of Mississippi, has experience on Capitol Hill, with a government relations firm in Washington, DC, and with a healthcare company in MS.  She is involved in her community, church and has served on a variety of boards.  She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Printz, and has two grown sons.

Jim McGarry

President and Chief Executive Officer
Education Market Association

Monday, January 28
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

AEC Change Leadership Panel Discussion

JIM'S BIO

Jim McGarry’s wealth of knowledge and expertise in manufacturing and distribution in both the commercial and education space has served the Education Market Association (EDmarket) well since 2011. As President/CEO of EDmarket, he facilitated the board’s communication of a redefined mission to connect people who want to succeed in the education market by providing events, resources and leadership to those who serve education. Prior to joining EDmarket, Jim worked as an Executive Recruiter at the McCormick Group, and he also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Independent Office Products and Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA), formerly the Business Products Industry Association (BPIA).  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-mcgarry-a2a9b35/

Carol McGlogan

President and CEO, Electro Federation Canada

Monday, January 28
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

AEC Change Leadership Panel Discussion

CAROL'S BIO

Carol McGlogan is the President and CEO for Electro Federation Canada.  Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) is a national, not-for-profit industry association representing over $10B and 250 member companies that manufacture, distribute, and sell electrical products.

Carol joined Electro Federation in April of 2017, prior to Electro Federation, Carol was employed in the lighting industry by Philips and Canlyte with executive responsibilities in marketing, sales and channel management.  During Carol’s time in the lighting industry, she spent several years volunteering with Electro Federation as Chair of the Supply and Distribution Council in 2002 and Chairman of the Board in 2006.

Carol graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo Ontario with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  Carol is married with 4 children and lives in Oakville Ontario.

Dan Ketelsen

Director of Sales, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

Monday, January 28
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

When It Comes to Room Blocks, Don’t Be a Blockhead!

DAN'S BIO

As Director of Sales for ALHI’s Mid-Atlantic Region, Dan Ketelsen is responsible for assisting meeting professionals, association executives, incentive specialists, business executives, and convention specialists in the Mid-Atlantic United States with ALHI Global Sales Organization services and professional sales support for its distinguished portfolio of more than 250 hotels and resorts around the world. Prior to joining ALHI, Dan served as the Director of Convention Sales – Mid-Atlantic Region for Visit Anaheim. Previous to that, he served for 17 years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Kathy Mathers

Vice President of Public Affairs, The Fertilizer Institute

Monday, January 28
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

How Associations Tell Their Stories

KATHY'S BIO

Kathy Mathers is vice president of public affairs for The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the leading voice of the fertilizer industry.

Mathers leads the association’s communication to members, policymakers and other stakeholders and serves as TFI’s spokesperson to the media and the public at large.   Mathers is responsible for  communication strategy to promote TFI’s policy advocacy, 4R nutrient stewardship and supply chain sustainability initiatives.

Mathers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in United States History from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Bob Weidner III CAE

Founder, Network for Channel Innovation

Monday, January 28
3:45 PM – 4:30 AM

Using Risk Assessment to Assure Viability

BOB'S BIO


Bob Weidner is President and CEO of the Metals Service Center Institute, a century-old trade association representing producers and distributors of aluminum, carbon and stainless steel.  Since joining the association in 2001, he has fiercely advocated for North American manufacturing and the use of industrial metals.

Under his leadership, MSCI successfully completed a turnaround strategy, grew its revenue from $4 million to a peak of $10 million (2015), and transformed its membership. This makeover included a merger with the former National Association of Aluminum Distributors and expansion of membership category definitions.  MSCI launched numerous new proprietary products and services including:  an executive education program at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, several quantitative and analytical tools, and a partnership with the National Safety Council.  MSCI is an active member of several Coalitions advocating on behalf of manufacturing, industrial distribution and free enterprise.  Working with its 30 chapters, MSCI engages in issued-based grass roots advocacy and has a joint scholarship program, which has granted over $6 million to nearly 3,000 children of member company families.

Prior to joining MSCI, Weidner was a seasoned business executive with corporate turnaround experience in manufacturing, metals and food distribution.  He was formerly Vice President of Human Resources at Alliant Foodservice, a $6.5 billion foodservice distribution company, and before that worked at $5 billion Inland Steel Industries.   While at Inland he helped in its turnaround strategy and held a variety of accounting, finance, product management, marketing and communications positions.  He has extensive experience in investor relations having been a part of teams that raised over $1 billion of new financings including: 1st Mortgage Bonds, Unsecured Debentures, Secondary Offerings, Convertible Preferred Stock and partial IPO of a metals distribution subsidiary.  He also was a member of the senior management team responsible for raising over $1 billion from the sale of Inland Steel Company and divestiture of Ryerson as a standalone entity in 1998.  Weidner was actively involved in the National Investor Relations Institute and its Senior Roundtable.

Weidner is an active leader within several business and association communities:

  • Member (invitation only), S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100.
  • Past Chair (2009) of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors’ (NAW) Association Executives Council. From 2008 – 2010 he was a director on NAW’s
  • Past Chair (2011) of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations. From 2010 – 2012 he was a director on NAM’s   Weidner was awarded the prestigious Council’s 2014 Leadership Award for extraordinary and exemplary leadership in advocating on behalf of U.S. manufacturing.
  • Chair (2017) of the American Society of Association Executives’ Key Industry Advisory Council.
  • Member, Olin Business School’s National Advisory Council.
  • Chair (2014 – 2015) Associated Luxury Hotels International’s Industry Advisory Council.

Weidner holds an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University.  He also has successfully completed the Professional Accounting Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  Weidner is a graduate of Culver Military Academy and a past director of the Culver Legion Board of Directors.  He and his wife, Kathy, reside in Lake Barrington, IL, and have three adult children: Lauren, Robert and Matthew.

Mark Dancer

Founder, Network for Channel Innovation

Tuesday, January 29
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

An Association Executive’s Perspective on the Forces of Change

MARK'S BIO

Mark Dancer is President of Network for Channel Innovation. He was named a Fellow of the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence in 2017. He works with business leaders and teams to create visions, solve problems and strengthen capabilities. Mark’s experience includes work across global markets and commercial, industrial, services, technology, automotive, construction and other sectors. Previously, Mark was Vice President of Global Channel Management–Industrial Adhesives at Henkel Corporation. Mark is author of four research studies for the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence: CEO Insights on Innovating the Distributor for the Digital AgeGetting Results From Your Digital InvestmentsBecoming a Digital Distributor: Strategies and Tools That Create Value and Getting the Most Out of CRM: Best Practices for Wholesaler-Distributors

Jia Wang

Professor of HRD, Texas A&M University
Lead Author of NAW's Optimizing Human Capital Development

Tuesday, January 30
9:45 PM – 10:15 PM

Creating Positive Board Dynamics

JIA'S BIO

Dr. Jia Wang is Professor of Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. As a scholar, she has been actively promoting individual and organizational development through culture-sensitive and evidence-based research. Her research work has been disseminated through a wide range of academic journals and international conferences. Jia currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Development Review. With 25 years of accumulated experiences in multicultural contexts, she has developed and conducted numerous educational workshops to diverse groups in both the corporate and university settings.

Mike Adelizzi

Executive Vice President,
American Supply Association (ASA)

Tuesday, January 29
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Association Strategies to Attract Industry Talent

MIKE'S BIO

On September 4, 2007, Michael Adelizzi joined the American Supply Association and the ASA Education Foundation in the position of Executive Vice President replacing Inge Calderon who had served in that capacity since 1995. His visionary leadership and track record of successful performance while engaging far reaching association goals and objectives has brought the national trade association representing manufacturers and wholesalers of plumbing heating, and cooling products to new heights.

Managing a staff of 18 along with a $10 Million educational foundation and a multi-million dollar annual association budget, Adelizzi has enhanced the strategic governance structure of the association through an expanded and reinvigorated planning process, strengthened the financial picture of the association, and increased the membership development effort of the association which has resulted in net membership growth the last six years…something the association has not enjoyed for over the past two decades..

During his tenure with the association, ASA has established a robust advocacy team which includes engaging the association in the codes & standards arena, , enhanced its comprehensive forecasting program, built and delivered ASA University.  And most recently, ASA is now is becoming a marketing partner with its membership through the publishing of two end user marketing publications, PVF and PB Outlook Magazines which reaches nearly 100,000 customers.

Michael Adelizzi is a career association professional who brought a combination of strong leadership experience and people skills to the position.  Prior to coming to ASA, Adelizzi worked for the Mason Contractors Association of America as their Executive Director for more than sixteen years.  Prior to that, he served as the exec of the Illinois chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and as the District Rep for U.S. Congressman Phil Crane.

He has a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois.  Mike is married to Sandra and together they have five children.

Ann Arnott

Executive Vice President/CEO of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA)

Tuesday, January 29
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Association Strategies to Attract Industry Talent

ANN'S BIO

Ann Arnott currently serves as the Executive Vice President/CEO of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), a position she has held since 2011. She also serves as the Executive Director of the PTDA Foundation. Prior to assuming this position, she served as PTDA’s Vice President of Programs & Services and spent 16 years with the Institute of Real Estate Management, serving in positions of increasing responsibility throughout her tenure there.

Ann is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations.

Ann holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was awarded a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University.

Ann resides in Frankfort, Illinois outside of Chicago with her husband, Dave, and their two children, Holly and Jeff.

Liz Richards

CEO, Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)

Tuesday, January 29
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Association Strategies to Attract Industry Talent

LIZ'S BIO

Liz Richards is the Chief Executive Officer of MHEDA, the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association, with offices located near Chicago, in Vernon Hills, IL.

Liz was hired by MHEDA in January 1995 as Executive Vice President and was renamed CEO in 2015.  She manages a staff of ten people with an operating budget of just over $3 million.  The membership of MHEDA is comprised of over 600 companies from across North America that sell, service, manufacture and install all types of material handling equipment, systems and related technologies.  MHEDA is governed by a volunteer board of directors populated by distributor/dealer executives and an advisory board of manufacturer members.

Liz reports directly to the board of directors and is responsible for the management and general direction of MHEDA including the implementation of all strategic initiatives and development of member programs and services.  A key responsibility for Liz is to facilitate and oversee the association’s annual strategic planning process.

Prior to working with MHEDA, Liz was employed in the health care industry for over eight years.  She and her husband Ron reside in Wauconda, Illinois.

Emily Saving

Executive Vice President
Heating, Airconditioning Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI)

Tuesday, January 29
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Association Strategies to Attract Industry Talent

EMILY'S BIO

Emily Saving is Executive Vice President of the Heating, Airconditioning Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI).  In her role, Emily oversees the various staff and departments in fulfillment of HARDI’s mission – to make HVACR distribution the channel of choice for HVACR suppliers and contractors.

Since joining HARDI in 2010, she has served as Director of Education and Research Foundation; Vice President, Professional and Program Development; Vice President, Service and Operations; and was named Executive Vice President in 2017.

She received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from The Ohio State University.

Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC

Founder, President and CEO, The Leaders’ Haven

Tuesday, January 29
1:15 PM – 4:00 PM

From Overwhelmed to Transformational Architect™

CYNTHIA'S BIO

Cynthia Mills is Founder, President & CEO of The Leaders’ Haven™, a consultancy partnering with clients to align for impact and exceed expectations. TLH serves corporations, small, privately held, and family-owned businesses; associations, tax exempt organizations, and faith-based communities as business strategist, board consultant, leadership development catalyst, business & executive coach, succession planning & search sherpa, change management guide, speaker, and facilitator. Nicknamed “The Board Whisperer™” by clients, Cynthia relishes transformational journeys.

An award-winning national and international CEO, Cynthia works with developing & committed leaders, future seekers, change masters, high performers, and corporate culture architects to exceed expectations. Clients are leaders nationally and internationally, serving business & industry, finance, energy, marketing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, co-op, legal, retail, agriculture, senior living, real estate, facility management, environmental, publishing, media, transportation, construction, safety, engineering, education, entertainment, museum, hospitality, restaurant, philanthropy, fraternity, and faith sectors.

Cynthia holds an MA from the University of York, England earned as a Rotary International Ambassador Scholar and a dual BA from Queens College as a Presidential Scholar. She is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC), Association of Charlotte Area Consultants (ACAC), International Coach Federation (ICF), International Coaching Council (ICC), American Society of Association Executives, (ASAE), Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC); Professional Woman Network (PWN) & the PWN International Advisory Board, was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE); and is a Lifetime Member of Strathmore Who’s Who Worldwide, which honored her as the Professional of the Year for Consulting, Coaching, and Professional Development. Cynthia is also a member of the National Academy of Best Selling Authors & the National Association of Experts, Writers, & Speakers. Her media appearances include “Hollywood Live with Jack Canfield” on A&E and Bravo and “Live at Studio 6B.”  She is also the host of “The Leaders’ View™”- an online TV show debuting fall 2018.

An ASAE Academy of Leaders Awardee & ASAE Fellow, Cynthia served on the Board and Executive Committee of ASAE, ASAE’s for-profit subsidiary Board, ASBI, and was President of GSAE. She was awarded the GSAE President’s Award & the Clifford Clark Award, the TCIA Chair’s Award twice, Outstanding Southeastern Association Executive and was elected as Fellows Chair by her peers. Cynthia is certified as a Master, Professional, & Christian Coach, & Association Executive and an ASAE Career HQ Coach.

A best-selling co-author of The Big Secret with Jack Canfield of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” renown, her chapter, Align for Impact, received an Editor’s Choice Award. She is also author of “CEOs First 90 Days: Breathing Tips for the Other End of the Fire Hose, The Empty Front Porch: Soul Sittin’ to Design Your porch to Porch Plan and is a featured author in The Female Factor: A Confidence Guide for Women; Breaking The Concrete Ceiling: Empowerment Tools for Women; & Leading from the Heart. Cynthia is under agreement for 9 more books!

NAW 2019 AEC Winter Meeting Agenda

Monday, January 28, 2019

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM           AEC Opening Luncheon

12:45 PM  – 1:00 PM            Opening Remarks

Monday, January 28
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

KARI

KIMBERLY BOLIN

President and CEO of the Convenience Distribution Association (CDA)

 

 

KIMBERLY'S BIO

Kimberly Bolin, President and CEO of the Convenience Distribution Association (CDA) is in her ninth year with CDA.   In that time the association has undergone a complete rebranding, upgrade and integration of the association management system, redesign of its website, development and implementation of virtual work environment, redesign of the annual trade show, dues restructure, development of an Investment and Spending Policy, and bylaw revision.

Recently, Bolin was honored by Convenience Store News’as a Top Women in Convenience and The Griffin Report as a Rising Star.

Bolin attended the University of Mississippi, has experience on Capitol Hill, with a government relations firm in Washington, DC, and with a healthcare company in MS.  She is involved in her community, church and has served on a variety of boards.  She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Printz, and has two grown sons.

SEAN

JIM MCGARRY

President and Chief Executive Officer, Education Market Association

 

 

JIM'S BIO

Jim McGarry’s wealth of knowledge and expertise in manufacturing and distribution in both the commercial and education space has served the Education Market Association (EDmarket) well since 2011. As President/CEO of EDmarket, he facilitated the board’s communication of a redefined mission to connect people who want to succeed in the education market by providing events, resources and leadership to those who serve education. Prior to joining EDmarket, Jim worked as an Executive Recruiter at the McCormick Group, and he also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Independent Office Products and Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA), formerly the Business Products Industry Association (BPIA).  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-mcgarry-a2a9b35/

Carol

CAROL MCGLOGAN

President and CEO, Electro Federation Canada

 

 

CAROL'S BIO

Carol McGlogan is the President and CEO for Electro Federation Canada. Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) is a national, not-for-profit industry association representing over $10B and 250 member companies that manufacture, distribute, and sell electrical products.
Carol joined Electro Federation in April of 2017, prior to Electro Federation, Carol was employed in the lighting industry by Philips and Canlyte with executive responsibilities in marketing, sales and channel management. During Carol’s time in the lighting industry, she spent several years volunteering with Electro Federation as Chair of the Supply and Distribution Council in 2002 and Chairman of the Board in 2006.
Carol graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo Ontario with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Carol is married with 4 children and lives in Oakville Ontario.

GENERAL SESSION

AEC Change Leadership Panel Discussion

Three leading NAW AECs will share their individual stories about how they have effected change in their associations and industries:

  • Hear about Kimberly Bolin’s experience moving CDA from a bricks and mortar environment to a virtual one.
  • Find out how Jim McGarry led a rebranding effort for the Education Market Association, along with a board reorganization.
  • Learn how EFC improves productivity in a service organization when Carol McGlogan shares how their membership survey sets strategic vision.

JIA

DAN KETELSEN

Director of Sales, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

 

 

DAN'S BIO

As Director of Sales for ALHI’s Mid-Atlantic Region, Dan Ketelsen is responsible for assisting meeting professionals, association executives, incentive specialists, business executives, and convention specialists in the Mid-Atlantic United States with ALHI Global Sales Organization services and professional sales support for its distinguished portfolio of more than 250 hotels and resorts around the world. Prior to joining ALHI, Dan served as the Director of Convention Sales – Mid-Atlantic Region for Visit Anaheim. Previous to that, he served for 17 years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

GENERAL SESSION

When It Comes to Room Blocks, Don’t Be a Blockhead!

Monday, January 28
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Reserving the right room block for your meeting requires a bit of science and a bit of luck.  Learn some tips from ALHI on what you need to consider when booking your meeting to help protect your association and attendees.  What historical data should you be tracking?  What’s happening in your industry?   Let Dan help you master your room block.

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM                AEC Networking Break

Kathy

KATHY MATHERS

Vice President of Public Affairs, The Fertilizer Institute

 

 

KATHY'S BIO

Kathy Mathers is vice president of public affairs for The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the leading voice of the fertilizer industry.

Mathers leads the association’s communication to members, policymakers and other stakeholders and serves as TFI’s spokesperson to the media and the public at large.   Mathers is responsible for  communication strategy to promote TFI’s policy advocacy, 4R nutrient stewardship and supply chain sustainability initiatives.

Mathers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in United States History from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

GENERAL SESSION

How Associations Tell Their Stories

Monday, January 28
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Join Kathy Mathers, Vice President of Public Affairs for the The Fertilizer Institute as she shares how TFI communicates their story with members, policymakers and other stakeholders.

Bob

BOB WEIDNER III CAE

President and CEO, Metals Service Center Institute

 

 

BOB'S BIO

Bob Weidner is President and CEO of the Metals Service Center Institute, a century-old trade association representing producers and distributors of aluminum, carbon and stainless steel.  Since joining the association in 2001, he has fiercely advocated for North American manufacturing and the use of industrial metals.

Under his leadership, MSCI successfully completed a turnaround strategy, grew its revenue from $4 million to a peak of $10 million (2015), and transformed its membership. This makeover included a merger with the former National Association of Aluminum Distributors and expansion of membership category definitions.  MSCI launched numerous new proprietary products and services including:  an executive education program at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, several quantitative and analytical tools, and a partnership with the National Safety Council.  MSCI is an active member of several Coalitions advocating on behalf of manufacturing, industrial distribution and free enterprise.  Working with its 30 chapters, MSCI engages in issued-based grass roots advocacy and has a joint scholarship program, which has granted over $6 million to nearly 3,000 children of member company families.

Prior to joining MSCI, Weidner was a seasoned business executive with corporate turnaround experience in manufacturing, metals and food distribution.  He was formerly Vice President of Human Resources at Alliant Foodservice, a $6.5 billion foodservice distribution company, and before that worked at $5 billion Inland Steel Industries.   While at Inland he helped in its turnaround strategy and held a variety of accounting, finance, product management, marketing and communications positions.  He has extensive experience in investor relations having been a part of teams that raised over $1 billion of new financings including: 1st Mortgage Bonds, Unsecured Debentures, Secondary Offerings, Convertible Preferred Stock and partial IPO of a metals distribution subsidiary.  He also was a member of the senior management team responsible for raising over $1 billion from the sale of Inland Steel Company and divestiture of Ryerson as a standalone entity in 1998.  Weidner was actively involved in the National Investor Relations Institute and its Senior Roundtable.

Weidner is an active leader within several business and association communities:

  • Member (invitation only), S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100.
  • Past Chair (2009) of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors’ (NAW) Association Executives Council. From 2008 – 2010 he was a director on NAW’s
  • Past Chair (2011) of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations. From 2010 – 2012 he was a director on NAM’s   Weidner was awarded the prestigious Council’s 2014 Leadership Award for extraordinary and exemplary leadership in advocating on behalf of U.S. manufacturing.
  • Chair (2017) of the American Society of Association Executives’ Key Industry Advisory Council.
  • Member, Olin Business School’s National Advisory Council.
  • Chair (2014 – 2015) Associated Luxury Hotels International’s Industry Advisory Council.

Weidner holds an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University.  He also has successfully completed the Professional Accounting Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  Weidner is a graduate of Culver Military Academy and a past director of the Culver Legion Board of Directors.  He and his wife, Kathy, reside in Lake Barrington, IL, and have three adult children: Lauren, Robert and Matthew.

GENERAL SESSION

Using Risk Assessment to Assure Viability

Monday, January 28
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

In this era of disruptive change, the traditional trade association model is at risk. Boards today need to conduct an extensive external and internal risk assessment. Using this disciplined and structured approach, associations will greatly enhance the likelihood of their future viability and sustainability.

6:00 PM  – 7:15 PM            AEC Reception

7:30 PM                                  AEC Washington Dine-Around

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

7:30 AM – 9:00 PM              Breakfast and Discussion Round Tables

The NAW AEC breakfast roundtable discussions bring together association executives and senior staff for lively dialogue on the key issues surrounding leading distribution association. This is a great opportunity to learn and share with your peers. A do not miss session!

Mark Dancer

MARK DANCER

Founder, Network for Channel Innovation

 

 

MARK'S BIO

Mark Dancer is President of Network for Channel Innovation. He was named a Fellow of the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence in 2017. He works with business leaders and teams to create visions, solve problems and strengthen capabilities. Mark’s experience includes work across global markets and commercial, industrial, services, technology, automotive, construction and other sectors. Previously, Mark was Vice President of Global Channel Management–Industrial Adhesives at Henkel Corporation. Mark is author of four research studies for the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence: CEO Insights on Innovating the Distributor for the Digital AgeGetting Results From Your Digital InvestmentsBecoming a Digital Distributor: Strategies and Tools That Create Value and Getting the Most Out of CRM: Best Practices for Wholesaler-Distributors.

GENERAL SESSION

An Association Executive’s Perspective On Forces of Change

Tuesday, January 29
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Mark Dancer, Fellow, NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence and founder, Network for Channel Innovation, will share key findings from his preliminary research for the 2019 edition of Facing the Forces of Change.  Learn what your association needs to consider when developing education and networking content for the next year or two.  Hear what technology, human and commerce forces will impact your members and what your association can do to help your members understand these.  To adopt an innovative mindset, your members need to see the future coming their way and this session will help you identify these key issues.

Calhoun

JIA WANG

Professor of HRD, Texas A&M University, Lead Author of NAW’s Optimizing Human Capital Development

 

 

JIA'S BIO

Dr. Jia Wang is Professor of Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. As a scholar, she has been actively promoting individual and organizational development through culture-sensitive and evidence-based research. Her research work has been disseminated through a wide range of academic journals and international conferences. Jia currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Development Review. With 25 years of accumulated experiences in multicultural contexts, she has developed and conducted numerous educational workshops to diverse groups in both the corporate and university settings.

GENERAL SESSION

Creating Positive Board Dynamics

Tuesday, January 28
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Join Jia Wang as she unravels the fundamental principles of creating a positive culture for your Board of Directors. Sure, there are procedures and rules, but ensuring the right mix of expertise, experience and personalities mixed with a culture of respect and trust will unlock the potential of an association’s Board of Directors. Find out what you can do to create a successful Board dynamic.

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM                AEC Networking Break

Tuesday, January 29
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

KARI

MIKE ADELIZZI

Executive Vice President,American Supply Association (ASA)

 

 

MIKE'S BIO

On September 4, 2007, Michael Adelizzi joined the American Supply Association and the ASA Education Foundation in the position of Executive Vice President replacing Inge Calderon who had served in that capacity since 1995. His visionary leadership and track record of successful performance while engaging far reaching association goals and objectives has brought the national trade association representing manufacturers and wholesalers of plumbing heating, and cooling products to new heights.

Managing a staff of 18 along with a $10 Million educational foundation and a multi-million dollar annual association budget, Adelizzi has enhanced the strategic governance structure of the association through an expanded and reinvigorated planning process, strengthened the financial picture of the association, and increased the membership development effort of the association which has resulted in net membership growth the last six years…something the association has not enjoyed for over the past two decades..

During his tenure with the association, ASA has established a robust advocacy team which includes engaging the association in the codes & standards arena, , enhanced its comprehensive forecasting program, built and delivered ASA University.  And most recently, ASA is now is becoming a marketing partner with its membership through the publishing of two end user marketing publications, PVF and PB Outlook Magazines which reaches nearly 100,000 customers.

Michael Adelizzi is a career association professional who brought a combination of strong leadership experience and people skills to the position.  Prior to coming to ASA, Adelizzi worked for the Mason Contractors Association of America as their Executive Director for more than sixteen years.  Prior to that, he served as the exec of the Illinois chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and as the District Rep for U.S. Congressman Phil Crane.

He has a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois.  Mike is married to Sandra and together they have five children.

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ANN ARNOTT

Executive Vice President/CEO of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA)

 

 

ANN'S BIO

Ann Arnott currently serves as the Executive Vice President/CEO of the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), a position she has held since 2011. She also serves as the Executive Director of the PTDA Foundation. Prior to assuming this position, she served as PTDA’s Vice President of Programs & Services and spent 16 years with the Institute of Real Estate Management, serving in positions of increasing responsibility throughout her tenure there.

Ann is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations.

Ann holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was awarded a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University.

Ann resides in Frankfort, Illinois outside of Chicago with her husband, Dave, and their two children, Holly and Jeff.

HOLT

LIZ RICHARDS

CEO, Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)

 

 

LIZ BIO

Liz Richards is the Chief Executive Officer of MHEDA, the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association, with offices located near Chicago, in Vernon Hills, IL.

Liz was hired by MHEDA in January 1995 as Executive Vice President and was renamed CEO in 2015.  She manages a staff of ten people with an operating budget of just over $3 million.  The membership of MHEDA is comprised of over 600 companies from across North America that sell, service, manufacture and install all types of material handling equipment, systems and related technologies.  MHEDA is governed by a volunteer board of directors populated by distributor/dealer executives and an advisory board of manufacturer members.

Liz reports directly to the board of directors and is responsible for the management and general direction of MHEDA including the implementation of all strategic initiatives and development of member programs and services.  A key responsibility for Liz is to facilitate and oversee the association’s annual strategic planning process.

Prior to working with MHEDA, Liz was employed in the health care industry for over eight years.  She and her husband Ron reside in Wauconda, Illinois.

Emily

EMILY SAVING

Executive Vice President, Heating, Airconditioning Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI)

 

 

EMILY'S BIO

Emily Saving is Executive Vice President of the Heating, Airconditioning Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI).  In her role, Emily oversees the various staff and departments in fulfillment of HARDI’s mission – to make HVACR distribution the channel of choice for HVACR suppliers and contractors.

Since joining HARDI in 2010, she has served as Director of Education and Research Foundation; Vice President, Professional and Program Development; Vice President, Service and Operations; and was named Executive Vice President in 2017.

She received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from The Ohio State University.

GENERAL SESSION

Association Strategies to Attract Industry Talent

Find out what AEC member associations are doing to promote their industries, and distribution, as a career path choice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall increase in output in the economy will drive the increased demand for wholesale services. Wholesale trade services are in the supply chain of many other sectors, such as manufacturing, retail trade, and more. Because demand for goods in these sectors has increased, so will demand for wholesale trade services.

But how will industries find these workers? Many distributors, cite finding and attracting qualified workers to be a critical challenge. Four of our AEC members have addressed this challenge, each in their own way.  Here are their stories:

  • ASA’s robust workforce recruitment initiatives include a number of programs including Career Day Kits, “Work for an ASA Member,” videos and more. Mike Adelizzi, CEO, will outline their efforts.
  • A major focus of the PTDA Foundation is workforce recruitment and development. Initially an alliance of associations, Industrial Career Pathways, PTDA now offers its own program, PT WORK Force.
  • At MHEDA, a career video has been created and the association has launched a forklift technician certification program. On the retention side, they have created an onboarding template available to members.
  • Emily Saving of HARDI will report on their workforce recruitment initiative whose mission is “to spread awareness of the HVACR wholesale distribution industry to the younger generation and encourage these individuals to join our industry.” Learn about their documentary project to showcase careers in HVACR.

Hear what these associations are doing to support a stronger distribution workforce and how associations can help make a difference.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM              AEC Luncheon – Installation of New Chair 

Bauders

CYNTHIA MILLS, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC

Founder, President and CEO, The Leaders’ Haven

 

 

CYNTHIA'S BIO

Cynthia Mills is Founder, President & CEO of The Leaders’ Haven™, a consultancy partnering with clients to align for impact and exceed expectations. TLH serves corporations, small, privately held, and family-owned businesses; associations, tax exempt organizations, and faith-based communities as business strategist, board consultant, leadership development catalyst, business & executive coach, succession planning & search sherpa, change management guide, speaker, and facilitator. Nicknamed “The Board Whisperer™” by clients, Cynthia relishes transformational journeys.

An award-winning national and international CEO, Cynthia works with developing & committed leaders, future seekers, change masters, high performers, and corporate culture architects to exceed expectations. Clients are leaders nationally and internationally, serving business & industry, finance, energy, marketing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, co-op, legal, retail, agriculture, senior living, real estate, facility management, environmental, publishing, media, transportation, construction, safety, engineering, education, entertainment, museum, hospitality, restaurant, philanthropy, fraternity, and faith sectors.

Cynthia holds an MA from the University of York, England earned as a Rotary International Ambassador Scholar and a dual BA from Queens College as a Presidential Scholar. She is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC), Association of Charlotte Area Consultants (ACAC), International Coach Federation (ICF), International Coaching Council (ICC), American Society of Association Executives, (ASAE), Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC); Professional Woman Network (PWN) & the PWN International Advisory Board, was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE); and is a Lifetime Member of Strathmore Who’s Who Worldwide, which honored her as the Professional of the Year for Consulting, Coaching, and Professional Development. Cynthia is also a member of the National Academy of Best Selling Authors & the National Association of Experts, Writers, & Speakers. Her media appearances include “Hollywood Live with Jack Canfield” on A&E and Bravo and “Live at Studio 6B.”  She is also the host of “The Leaders’ View™”- an online TV show debuting fall 2018.

An ASAE Academy of Leaders Awardee & ASAE Fellow, Cynthia served on the Board and Executive Committee of ASAE, ASAE’s for-profit subsidiary Board, ASBI, and was President of GSAE. She was awarded the GSAE President’s Award & the Clifford Clark Award, the TCIA Chair’s Award twice, Outstanding Southeastern Association Executive and was elected as Fellows Chair by her peers. Cynthia is certified as a Master, Professional, & Christian Coach, & Association Executive and an ASAE Career HQ Coach.

A best-selling co-author of The Big Secret with Jack Canfield of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” renown, her chapter, Align for Impact,received an Editor’s Choice Award. She is also author of “CEOs First 90 Days: Breathing Tips for the Other End of the Fire HoseThe Empty Front Porch: Soul Sittin’ to Design Your porch to Porch Plan and is a featured author in The Female Factor: A Confidence Guide for Women; Breaking The Concrete Ceiling: Empowerment Tools for Women; & Leading from the Heart. Cynthia is under agreement for 9 more books!

GENERAL SESSION

From Overwhelmed to Transformational Architect™

Tuesday, January 29
1:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Ask any professional today how they are and the answer is “busy.” Ask any professional how they feel and they’ll answer “overwhelmed.” Sound familiar?

Most professionals like the idea of mentoring, professional development, and coaching – and yet, we don’t take the time, because of “the tyranny of the list.” Want to be a leader who is known as a Transformation Architect™ by your team and your members?  It starts with you.

Join this interactive session to help you go deep as a leader, understand the environment you’re leading through, find out what you’re made of, and walk away equipped with tools & understandings that allow you to continuously rejuvenate, lead, and master being the Transformation Architect™ of your life…your career…and your organization.

4:00 PM                    AEC Meeting Adjourns

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my association have to be a Member of NAW to attend the NAW AEC Meeting?

If your association is a distribution association but not a NAW member, you must become a NAW member to be eligible to attend the NAW AEC. To join NAW, contact Trish Lilly at 202.872.0885 or plilly@naw.org.

When will this event begin and end?

The NAW AEC Meeting begins on Monday, January 28, 2019, at 11:45 p.m. and concludes on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Please plan your arrival and departure from the hotel accordingly.

What is the appropriate attire for this event?

Business casual is appropriate.

Are there discounts if I bring additional people from my association with me?

When the AEC Chief Staff Executive attends, AEC Senior Staff pays a reduced fee of $450 per person.

Where is this meeting venue? How can I reserve a hotel room, and what are the rates?

This event will be held at The Fairmont Washington, DC Hotel at the corner of 24th and M Streets, NW. For detailed information about The Fairmont Washington, DC, including how to book your hotel room at NAW’s special rates, click here. REMINDER: When you register for the NAW AEC Meeting and book your room at The Fairmont Washington, DC Hotel by December 15, you will receive a $100 room credit at check-in!

What is the cancellation policy for this event?

Your registration fee will be refunded 100% up to January 7, 2019. After January 7, 2019, 50% of your registration fee will be refunded up to January 18, 2019. After January 18, 2019, there will be no refunds.

What do I do if I want to attend both the AEC Meeting and the Executive Summit?

When you log in and click “Register” the registration page will offer you the opportunity to register for the AEC Meeting or the AEC Meeting and Executive Summit .  AECs attending the Executive Summit receive a discounted registration fee for the Executive Summit.

My question is not here. Who should I contact to have my questions answered?

Please direct your questions about the NAW AEC Meeting to Trish Lilly at plilly@naw.org.

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