2023 Annual Meeting Recording


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Monday, November 6, 2023
10:00 am-3:30 pm Registration Open
4:30-6:00 pm Regional Reception - Central
4:30-6:00 pm Regional Reception - Northeast
4:30-6:00 pm Regional Reception - Southern
4:30-6:00 pm Regional Reception - Western
6:00-7:00 pm Guest Networking Event
Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones at this Guest Networking Event.
(This event is intended for attendees registered under the Spouse/Companion Category ONLY).
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
7:00 am-Noon Registration Open
7:15-8:00 am Continental Breakfast/Business Marketplace Open
8:00-9:30 am

Opening General Session

  • Welcome Remarks 
    Megan Bohan, TRInternational, Inc.; Annual Meeting Chair
  • The Future of Chemical Distribution - A Roadmap for the Next 50 Years
    Rian Chandler-Dovis, Brand Federation, Eric Byer, National Association of Chemical Distributors, and Ed Boss, Riteks, Inc.

Chemical distribution is significantly evolving, and the way companies function and the services they provide are adapting to meet those needs. Eric Byer and Ed Boss will be outlining some of the significant changes we’re seeing in the chemical distribution industry and will outline how the association and the industry will need to step into future development.

9:30-9:45 am Coffee Break
9:45-11:00 am

General Session

  • “Jump Starting Your DEI Initiatives: Diversity is NOT Enough" The Importance of Inclusion and Equity in Creating System Change
    Keith Wyche, Keynote Speaker and Retail Executive

Unlike many DEI practitioners who come from a Human Resources or a pure Diversity background, as an executive responsible for billion-dollar businesses, Keith has leveraged DEI to create inclusive cultures that deliver bottom-line results. Some examples include:

  • How impactful DEI efforts are helping hire and retain top talent and make your organization an “Employer
  • Why it’s important to embrace a “Systems Change” approach to DEI to deliver enterprise-wide, sustainable DEI results.
  • Looking at the intersectionality of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and unlocking the potential of each to move your organization forward.
  • How to change the hearts and minds of those who don’t see the reason or value of DEI.
  • Closing Remarks 
    Megan Bohan, TRInternational, Inc.; Annual Meeting Chair
11:30 am-4:30 pm Annual Golf Outing
Noon-3:00 pm

Pickle Ball Tournament

12:30-5:00 pm

Backwater Fishing

Truly one of the best fishing opportunities on Amelia Island, backwater fishing is possible because of the numerous saltwater estuaries, flats and inlets, all offering a wide variety of light-tackle catching. redfish, flounder, sea trout and tarpon are just a few of the species caught from the waters of the Nassau Sound, creek openings and the St. Mary's River. These four-hour charter boats accommodate four passengers, offer coolers on board with ice, fishing supplies and state licenses. Each boat has a captain and first mate for fishing assistance.

6:00-7:00 pm Opening Reception
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
7:00 am-2:00 pm

Registration Open

7:15-8:30 am

Continental Breakfast/Business Marketplace Open

8:30-10:00 am

General Session

  • NACD Chair of Board Remarks
    Ed Boss, Riteks, Inc.; NACD Chair of the Board
  • A Conversation with Joe Lieberman & John Boehner
    Joe Lieberman, Advocate for Centrist Policies to Break Partisan Gridlock; U.S. Senator from Connecticut (1988-2012); Democratic Candidate for Vice President (2000); Senior Counsel, Benson & Torres’ Government Affairs and Strategic Counsel Practice Group and John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2011-2015)

NACD welcomes former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner (R-OH) and former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) at the association’s 2023 Annual Meeting. NACD President & CEO Eric Byer will moderate the discussion focusing on current events, the latest political issues in Washington and a look ahead to the 2024 President election contest.

10:00-10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45-11:45 am

Concurrent Sessions

Dow champions a Consortium of Advanced Manufacturing companies towards creating an auditable, robust benchmark for measuring CX in B2B manufacturing. The initiative elevates the importance and understanding of CX in B2B by creating the conditions to demonstrate that companies excelling in CX also deliver higher total shareholder returns.

During this presentation, NACD’s Eric Byer and Jennifer Gibson will lead attendees through the everchanging legislative and regulatory landscape that impacts chemical distributors. Eric and Jennifer will provide key updates on topics such as rail safety, chemical product safety, fraud, and more. Attendees will leave the session with fresh knowledge of what policies will impact their business along with resources to help guide their company through the coming regulatory changes.

11:45 am-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-3:30 pm

Marsh Kayaking

Our knowledgeable naturalists will guide you through a tidal salt marsh and point out wildlife and landmarks on your journey to the Intracoastal Waterway. Geared towards both beginners and experts, paddle and safety instruction is provided for all participants. For large tours, launches will be staggered and will require the use of single and tandem kayaks.

1:00-3:00 pm

Segway Tour

Explore the resort by Segway™ and experience the resort's natural surroundings as you zip through the bends and curves on trails throughout the property. After a full orientation and training session, guests will enjoy the scenic Intracoastal Waterway.

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Community Service Event - Bicycle Building

Bring your give back spirit and competitive nature to this year’s Community Service Bicycle Building Event at the Annual Meeting. Attendees working in teams will be given a few quick and fun team building activities to earn the tools needed to assist in building a bike. If the last few years are any indication, it will be a race to the finish line as everyone zooms to complete tasks and be the first team to finish building their bike. Each finished bike will boast flashing front and back bike lights, locks, and a helmet. All finished bikes will be donated to the Nassau County YMCA. We hope you can join us at this fun and feel-good event!

6:00-9:30 pm

Networking Reception and Dinner


Thursday, November 9, 2023
7:30 am-Noon Registration Open
7:30-8:15 am Continental Breakfast/Business Marketplace Open
8:15-9:30 am NACD Annual Business Meeting and Awards
9:30-9:45 am Coffee Break
9:45-10:45 am

Managing Stress in High-Stakes Environments
Joan Higginbotham, Retired NASA Astronaut, Rocket Scientist, Electrical Engineer

Retired NASA astronaut Joan Higginbotham is no stranger to working in high-pressure environments. In this talk, she draws on her time working through demanding situations – not only in space, but also on the ground participating in 53 different space shuttle launches with her colleagues’ lives on the line – to offer a unique perspective on dealing with stress and challenges under pressure. Through preparation, hard work, bonding with your team, and not letting yourself feel defeated, Higginbotham will demonstrate to audiences how to power through any challenge and handle high-stakes operations like a NASA astronaut.

10:45-11:30 am Coffee Break
11:30-1:45 pm

Closing Luncheon

Piercing Through the Noise
Connor Lokar, ITR Economics

There is an extraordinary amount of noise concerning the status of the economy today and what the future will look like. ITR Economics will present a dispassionate look at the trends that define the economy and inform us about the future through 2025, and we will discuss how it will impact attendees.
We will be looking into key industries to determine what phase of the business cycle they are in and what the future looks like for each. Some industries are faring better than others; it is important you know which industries/markets they are in order to potentially mitigate the impact of business cycle decline.
Our assessment of labor costs and labor availability through 2025 will be presented, as these will have a prolonged impact on how we do business and what capital expenditures can help ameliorate the pressures.
Inflation is currently waning. The rate of inflation will recede as the economy weakens, but it will not be gone. Global economic expansion later this decade will again push up prices of raw materials and then finished goods. Higher labor costs will once again contribute in a significant way to the upward pricing pressure. The discussion on inflation will flow into a discussion on interest rates through at least the near term. Management objectives consistent with our forecasts for inflation and interest rates will provide actionable takeaways for attendees.
Attendees will leave the conference with the confidence that comes from an accurate, proven, analytical approach to the economy. We will provide attendees with clear direction regarding what will be and what must be done in order to maximize revenue and profit growth.



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Platinum Corporate

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Gold Corporate


Silver Corporate


Platinum Sustaining

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Gold Sustaining

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Silver Sustaining

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