education & meetings

western region meeting


Monday, February 26, 2024

6:30-7:30 pm Regisration and Opening Reception

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

7:45-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30-8:45 am Opening Remarks
Mark Polen; EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc.; ACD Central Region Representative and Rick Higginbotham; Research Solutions Group, Inc.; Southern Region Representative
8:45-9:00 am

ACD State of Affairs
Ed Boss; Riteks, Inc.; ACD Chairman of the Board
ACD's chairman of the board will deliver an update on association membership, programs, and events and provide an outlook of what’s ahead.

9:00-10:45 am

How Leading a Sales Team Requires More Out of You
Michael Sherlock, Shock Your Potential

Leadership, especially sales leadership, is challenging. Why can’t people just do their jobs? Every leader has asked that question more than once, but sales leaders know deeply that the sales results of their team tell a story about them as a leader. And ensuring that the story is positive always comes down to results. In this session we will discuss the evolution of sales results, especially in uncertain and/or changing market conditions. We will also discuss the reality that WE are the only people we can change. We can inspire others, lead them, motivate them, coach them, but real change can only happen when we choose it. The secret is being a sales leader that can get their team to choose AWARENESS, EVALUATION, and ADAPTATION as a part of their everyday actions.

10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Regulatory and Legislative Update
Douglas A. Leigh III, ACD

Invigorate your chemical industry policy prowess as ACD’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Douglas Leigh III, guides Central and Southern Region attendees through pressing legislative and regulatory affairs updates. After his briefing, Douglas will go over ACD resources to help guide your company through the upcoming regulatory changes.

12:00-1:00 pm


12:30-2:30 pm

Charleston Strolls*

Historic walking tour through the historic and residential areas of downtown, visiting locations including the Four Corners of Law, Rainbow Row, the Battery, and more.

12:30-3:00 pm

Savor the Flavors of Charleston*

Walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston with delicious local specialties from our favorite markets, bakeries, restaurants and iconic eateries. This interactive tour includes multiple stops that reflect the international and regional flavors of our historic port city.

5:00-7:00 pm

Networking Event-TopGolf

Connect with fellow attendees over an innovative golf experience. Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a newcomer, Topgolf is an enjoyable experience for everyone. Elevate your networking game at this engaging and memorable evening.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

8:15-9:00 am Breakfast
9:00-10:30 am

Navigating the Intersection of Talent Retention and AI Advancements for Business Success

Gene Marks, The Marks Group

In this dynamic presentation, join renowned technology columnist and consultant Gene Marks as he seamlessly integrates the realms of talent retention and AI advancements. Uncover the game-changing technologies like ChatGPT and beyond that will revolutionize industries. Gain insights into leveraging AI for increased productivity and profits, while simultaneously addressing crucial employee-related challenges. Discover the strategies, tools, and innovative approaches that will empower your business to thrive in the evolving landscape of technology and talent management.

10:30-10:45 am


10:45-11:45 am

The New Age of Winning: Trends and Opportunities in Chemicals Distribution
Adam Rothman, Boston Consulting Group

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has been following the chemical distribution industry closely for 10+ years. In 2023 and 2024, the industry has never been more dynamic. External forces from continued consolidation, digital transformation, regulations, and sustainability all impact distributors’ day to day businesses. Markets are more unpredictable than ever, and supplier and customer expectations continue to increase. Join BCG to learn how to survive and thrive amid these dynamics.

11:45 am Meeting Adjourns



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