Southern Region Events

2017 Southern Region Meeting

The Southern Region Meeting will be on April 3-5, 2017 at The Royal Sonesta in New Orleans, LA. Please check back soon for more information.  


ONLINE: Click here to register online.

HARD COPY: Click here to download a hard copy registration form.

Fax completed forms to (703) 527-7747 or email it to

Registration Deadline: March 13, 2017

Hotel & Travel

Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 586-0300

NACD Room Rate: $209/night

To make your reservations, book online or call (855) 463-3092, and reference Group Code 0403NACDMT

Hotel Reservation Deadline: March 6, 2017

Royal Sonesta

2017 Meeting Agenda

Agenda subject to change. Please click the bolded session name to view a description.

Monday, April 3, 2017
6:00 pm Registration
6:30 pm Opening Reception
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Opening Remarks
Fern Espinosa, Andes Chemical Company;
NACD Southern Region President
8:15 am

Resilient Leadership: Prepare Today to Prevail Tomorrow 
General Russel L. Honoré, Second Lieutenant of Infantry

From global and domestic terrorist threats to natural disasters, we encounter new risks to our individual, community, and economic security each day. And while we can’t predict what’s around the corner, we can prepare — because when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, it is strong leadership guided by clarity of purpose and practical tactics for overcoming adversities that drive us to prevail — better prepared and more resilient. Enter Gen. Russel Honoré, who expertly connects his 3+ decades of military leadership — including his crucial role in managing New Orleans’ relief efforts post Hurricane Katrina — to the natural disasters and man-made tragedies dominating global headlines to reveal critical strategies for transforming individuals into leaders and helping organizations and communities effectively prepare, react, rebound, and unify.

9:15 am

Duke Leadership Program Experience
Garrett Velarde, The Plaza Group, Inc.

Join Garrett Velarde as he shares his experience of the 2016 Duke Leadership Program. You will learn the details of the program as well as how it can benefit you, your position, and your company, and more!

10:00 am

Media Interviews for When “It” Hits the Fan
Gerard Braud, Braud Communications

A chemical incident may be a crisis, but while you handle the incident, another crisis may be brewing with the media. Talking to the media may be a crisis of its own if you aren’t fully prepared. This session will help you to discover how and why the media can report about you faster than ever before, learn how to prepare all of your media statements years before you need them, and unlock the secrets to controlling every question and every answer.

11:45 am

Lunch – Grab a Boxed Lunch and Go!

12:15 pm

Optional Activity #1 – Cooking Class at New Orleans School of Cooking

Get the full Louisiana dining experience with a fun and educational hands-on New Orleans cooking class. Meet a lively local chef and learn the fundamentals and traditional techniques of preparing classic Creole dishes.

12:45 pm

Optional Activity #2 – Golf at Lakewood Golf Club

Owned by the New Firefighters Pension Fund, the Lakewood Golf Club offers 7,002 yards of championship golf and the area’s only short game practice facility. It is one of the South’s premier golf destinations nestled among beautiful Louisiana cypress and oaks.

6:45 pm

Reception and Dinner at Broussard's

Enjoy dinner with fellow attendees at this historic, premier French-Creole-influenced restaurant. The sophisticated ambiance and menu have delighted guests for almost 100 years!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
8:00 am


8:30 am

NACD State of Affairs
Douglas A. Brown, Brown Chemical Co., Inc.; NACD Chairman of the Board

NACD Chairman of the Board Douglas A. Brown will deliver an update on association membership, programs, and events and provide an outlook of what’s ahead.

8:50 am

NACD Voluntary Benefits Program Overview
Patrick Bell and Dave Mathews, Pritchard & Jerden

Voluntary Benefits allow employees to select the benefits that are best suited for their own particular needs and fund those benefits themselves, using payroll deduction. Voluntary Benefits plans enable you to offer your employees more benefit choices without impacting your company’s benefits budget, while still sending the message, “We care about you.“ NACD is excited to offer its unique and competitive voluntary benefits program to all its members.

9:15 am

Guidance in Uncertain Times
Alex Chausovsky, ITR Economics

Uncertainty and volatility are the prevailing challenges business leaders confront today bringing forth critical questions regarding overall health of the U.S. economy and how to remain profitable and make strategic decisions in such economic volatility. ITR Economics senior analyst Alex Chausovsky will provide a timely snapshot of the economy today, where it is headed over the next three years, and what it means to your business. Topics will address what to expect this year and beyond, including: customer trends, business-to-business activity, interest rates, oil prices, inflation, exchange rates, emerging economies, and more!

11:30 am

Legislative and Regulatory Update
Ben Traynham, NACD

The creation of new regulations and enforcement of existing rules continue to increase across all federal agencies that regulate the chemical distribution industry, including the EPA, DOT, OSHA, and DHS. This session will provide highlights of the current legislative landscape and an overview of the regulatory initiatives and enforcement trends underway and coming down the pike that will impact your company.


Lunch (Optional)/Meeting Adjourns