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NACD Annual Meeting 2021

Save the Date for NACD Annual Meeting 2021!

Please save the date to join us November 8-11 2021 for our 2021 NACD Annual Meeting at the Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura, Florida.

NACD Membership Resources and Benefits Webinar

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET | Register here

Hear from NACD's Membership Director, Jenni Jenkins, as she reviews the various membership resources and benefits available to NACD's Members and Affiliates.


EPA's Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act – An Overview

  • Tuesday, December 2, 2021 | Noon – 1:00 pm (ET) | Register here

Its the season to start thinking about the “reporting season”. As this year winds down and we enter the dawn of a new one, we should begin preparing for our EPCRA reporting requirements. In this webinar, Pete Downing from Environment & Safety Solutions will review some of the annual reporting requirements to which chemical distributors are typically subject. The participant in this webinar will learn:

  • The basic requirements of the Emergency Planning, Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA); 
  • Why EPCRA reporting is important and what the information is used for;
  • What EHSs and TPQs are;
  • The general requirements for emergency response plans;
  • Facility requirements when dealing with a chemical release;
  • What information must be reported, where to find this information in your facility, and what to do if it is not clear or unavailable.

Thank you to ChemCeed LLC for sponsoring this webinar!

Retool & Retrain: Enable Sales Teams with Growth Playbooks

  • Thursday, December 9, 2021 | Noon – 1:00 pm (ET) | Register here

Join Senthil Gunasekaran, Co-founder & Managing Director, ActVantage to discuss how the pandemic ushered technology into many facets of the business, especially on sales. The customers have more options online than ever in terms of product availability and pricing. There are non-traditional digital competitors who use business marketplace to reach diverse customers. While the customers and competition evolved to the next stage, the sales team struggles to elevate their game. The effective transition of sales teams is going to be the deciding factor for revenue recovery. How do we enable sales teams to retain and grow customers in this unique environment? The answer lies in leveraging one of the most under-utilized assets: customer data. Based on cross-industry distribution research, we developed a two-step roadmap that would help chemical distributors drive profitable growth through actionable customer analytics and resulting growth playbooks.  

Thank you to Chemical Interchange Company for sponsoring this webinar!




Previous Calendar Events


Exporting Chemicals 101

Exporting chemical products from the United States increasingly is challenging. Such exports are subject to regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the program is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. TSCA Section 12(b) requires chemical exporters to notify EPA, in writing, if they are exporting, or intending to export, certain chemical substances or mixtures that are subject to certain TSCA rules or orders.

This webinar explores the TSCA export rules, and provides useful hands-on tips on how best
to comply with the law and stay below the radar. Specifically, we discussed:
The jurisdiction and scope of Section 12(b) export notification requirements
The process for preparing and submitting Section 12(b) export notices
Section 12(a) “Export Only” requirements

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Thank you to Greenchem Industries LLC for sponsoring this webinar!

The Distributors' Role in Sustainability

Join special guest speakers from Univar Solutions, Brian Jurcak, Vice President, Product Marketing Management and Liam McCarroll, Sustainability Director, Global, for an engaging discussion on sustainability from a distribution perspective. 

The key topics include:

  • How distributors play a valuable role in sustainability throughout the supply chain.
  • How distributors can assist their up and down stream partners in their sustainability efforts.
  • Highlight some examples of sustainable practices distributors can incorporate (or may already incorporating) in their operations.

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Thank you to Astro Chemical, Inc. for sponsoring this webinar!

Northeast Region Events

2021 Northeast Region Meeting

More information on the Northeast Region Meeting will become available as the meeting is developed.

The 2021 Northeast Region Meeting will be Sept. 27-29, 2021 at the AC Hotel Portland Downtown Waterfront in Portland, ME.


Hotel & Travel

AC Hotel Portland Downtown Waterfront
158 Fore Street,
Portland, ME 04101

NACD Room Rates:
Rates Available from September 26 - September 29, 2021

  • Single/Double: $259

Hotel Reservation Deadline: September 4, 2021

The hotel will begin accepting reservations within the next few weeks. Be sure to check back for details on reserving a room.

Fire Protection Basics Webinar

This webinar, presented by Peter Downing of Environment and Safety Solutions, Inc., will focus on the basic fire protection requirements to be considered by a facility. It will include information related to the various fire codes, applicable NFPA standards, and OSHA standards. By providing an overview of the basics of fire protection, this webinar will give participants a broad outlook on fire safety and set the stage for more in-depth discussions.

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Thank you to LeBaron Brown Specialties/AIC/Charkit for sponsoring this webinar!

2021 ChemEdge Conference & Trade Show

NACD's ChemEdge 2021 Conference and Trade Show was held on August 10-13, in San Antonio, Texas.

ChemEdge is a conference and trade show tailored for the chemical distribution channel. It provides training and education on issues important to chemical distributors, manufacturers, warehouses and service support companies. Topics include a wide range of issues including:

  • Best practices in:
    • Environment, health, and safety
    • Transportation and logistics
    • Security
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Inventory control
  • Purchasing
  • Human resources and finance
  • Emergency response

Chemical Educational Foundation: Program Updates for NACD Members

NACD Members and Affiliates have a long history of supporting CEF in their mission to build the excitement and value of chemistry and STEM careers with K-8 students through accessible science programs and hands-on experiences.  This webinar provides an update on the latest program changes and offerings and see how your company can get involved or continue supporting CEF.

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Thank you to Astro Chemical, Inc. for sponsoring this webinar!

On the Road Again: NACD Houston Town Hall

NACD President and CEO Eric R. Byer conducted the first in a series of NACD Town Halls on the road at Karbach Brewing in Houston, TX. During this event, Eric discussed the major issues currently affecting the chemical distribution industry and the processes in place for NACD to contribute to your organization's success.

Thank you to Third Coast Terminals, Inc. for sponsoring this Town Hall event!

Media Training

Talking to the media is like no conversation you will ever have. It is even harder when you are also in the middle of an unfolding situation or crisis. To complicate things further, eye-witnesses immediately begin to post live videos, recorded videos, photographs, and ugly posts the instant your situation becomes visible.
If you don’t speak and issue a statement, the information void is filled by rumors and speculation, which can hurt your revenue, reputation, and brand.
Wow! That sounds like a lethal combination.
How do you win?
Gerard Braud has been helping organizations on five continents prepare for interviews for more than 25 years. Based on the 15 years prior to that when he was a television reporter, he has devised proven techniques to help the organization prepare their statements on a clear sunny day. His training techniques also involve having key elements built into each statement. The final part of the training is to move at the speed of social media to finalize the statement and then get it out to the media, your employees, customers, community, and other stakeholders.
In this webinar, we’ll touch on the secrets you need to know in order to prepare before your event, as well as how to quickly deliver a perfect statement.
You’ll learn:
• The power of a preamble in your statement.
• The differences between making an ad-lib statement vs. using a script.
• Secrets to not falling into the speculation trap.
• Best practices for controlling how the final news report is edited.

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Thank you to Alexander Chemical, Carus Group Companies for sponsoring this webinar!


California Chemical Regulatory Policy Update

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) provided a 60-minutes webinar for National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) members on key current and emerging California state legislative and regulatory initiatives directly relevant to NACD member company operations. The webinar covered topics that included new legislative and regulatory initiatives, status updates on pertinent initiatives NACD is tracking, and proposed rules that could invite substantial operational change if issued in final, including the following:
- SB 312, the Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act
- California Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017
- DTSC Safer Consumer Product Regulations
- OEHHA’s proposed rule to revise/reduce the “short form” warning under Prop 65
- DPR’s proposed rule increased, risk-based mill assessments on pesticide sales?

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Thank you to TRiiSO for sponsoring this webinar!

Chemical Leadership: Women Business Leaders

This dynamic panel discussion was centered around leadership in the Chemical Distribution Industry highlighting women business leaders. This discussion was moderated by Amelia Greene (Wego Chemical Group Inc) and featured current industry leaders, Amanda Bagley (Bedford Specialty Sales, Inc), Andi Nagle (Chem/Serv, Inc.), and Lynne Bukovic (Harcros Chemicals Inc.).

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Thank you to Lintech International for sponsoring this webinar!

Best Practices of Digital Marketing

On this webinar, Rebecca Geier, Chief Marketing Officer of ChemVM Technologies, Inc. navigated the best practices of digital marketing for engineers and technical audiences.  The B2B buying process that technical buyers – from engineers to chemical procurement leaders – use to search for information related to products and services has transformed over the last two decades. Buyers are now in control of when and where they search for information – now primarily online. Business and sales leaders must adjust mindsets and investment strategies to ensure they are found where and when their buyers are buying.

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Thank you to SMC Global for sponsoring this webinar!

2021 Central & Southern Regions Meeting

The 2021 Central & Southern Region Meeting was held June 7-9, 2021, at the Hilton Milwaukee Center in Milwaukee, WI.

Hotel & Travel

Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W Wisconsin Ave.,
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Hilton Milwaukee



A Biden Administration OSHA Outlook

With a new administration in Washington, including a recently nominated head of the U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), big changes are likely coming for workplace safety regulations and enforcement. While OSHA kept a relatively low profile during the Trump Administration, the agency has been extremely active during the first weeks of the Biden Administration. OSHA has already issued serval new policies on COVID-19 worker safety and published a long-awaited proposed rule to update the Hazard Communication Standard. What other actions will OSHA take that will impact the chemical distribution industry? Will the agency resume efforts to update its Process Safety Management Standard, intensify efforts under its Chemical National Emphasis Program, and increase enforcement efforts, including a return to public shaming of companies that have been cited? Pete Downing, President of Environment & Safety Solutions, discussed these and other topics to help companies prepare.

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Thank you to Houghton Chemical Corporation for sponsoring this webinar!

Hazardous Area Static Control – Levels of Safety and Options that can be Implemented for Safely Transferring Flammables

Richard Puig, Regional Manager (Gulf Coast & Latin America) of Newson Gale discussed the causes of static electricity and hazards in flammable transfers. The webinar provided review of different levels of solutions and equipment that can be implemented to protect against a hazardous area static discharge, from using simple mechanical clamps to systems with visual indication and interlocks for process control.

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Thank you to Newson Gale - A HOERBIGER Safety Solutions Company for sponsoring this webinar!


Responsible Distribution Workshops

Virtual Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop

In this virtual spring Responsible Distribution Workshop, participants had the opportunity to learn from veteran code coordinators and industry experts as they presented topics relevant to the unique challenges facing members in the 7th Cycle of Responsible Distribution

Regulatory Workshop

Regulatory Workshop: Cannabis & Workplace Safety

This workshop deep dives into the implications of state cannabis laws, cannabidiol (CBD), and industrial hemp on workplace safety. This workshop was presented by Attorney and Managing Partner at Caldwell Everson PLLC, Faye Caldwell. Faye is “a trusted advisor, sought after speaker and results driven litigator, devoting her practice to drug testing issues.” Faye provided expert knowledge on state cannabis laws for employers and provided each attendee with the tools they needed to develop an effective drug testing policy for their company and employees.

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) 101

This webinar detailed critical information that participants should consider when using or personally handling IBCs. Specifically, participants:

  • Learned about the various configuration of composite IBCs, and plastic and steel asset tank IBCs (UN 31HZ1 vs 31H1, 31H2, 31A, 11A, etc. )
  • Learned about the wide variety of accessories available on all type of IBCs
  • Gained knowledge about typical transportation and storage practices of IBCs
  • Obtained an introduction to NFPA Code 30 compliance for combustible liquids as it relates to Composite IBCs and steel IBCs.
  • Learned to interpret the UN marking located on the side of every hazmat authorized IBC, the performance standards behind them and marking requirements specific to IBCs.
  • Received an introduction to proper load securement to avoid catastrophic injury when opening transport containers.

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Thank you to The Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Association of North America for sponsoring this webinar!

NACD Town Hall: Ask Eric Anything

Hear from our NACD President and CEO, Eric R. Byer in our first virtual town hall of 2021. Eric discusses the major issues currently affecting the chemical distribution industry and the processes in place for NACD to contribute to the organization's success.

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The State of Shipping, featuring Commissioner Carl Bentzel of the Federal Maritime Commission

NACD CEO & President Eric Byer hosts Commissioner Carl Bentzel of the Federal Maritime Commission for a highly engaging presentation and conversation with shipping industry subjects that include the shipping delays, customer service, rate increases, port issues, and more.

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Thank you to Nuco Logistics, Inc. for sponsoring this webinar! 


NACD Webinar: 2021 Legislative & Regulatory Outlook

NACD 2021 Legislative & Regulatory Outlook

Doug Leigh and Erin Getz discussed prospects for NACD priority legislation including trade and infrastructure in the 117th Congress as well as state-level legislation. Jennifer Gibson and Allison Tuszynski provided updates on top regulatory issues including the regulatory reform and enforcement climate in the new Biden Administration, the Section 301 China Tariffs, the EPA Risk Management Program, Toxic Substances Control Act developments, and more. Thank you for participating in this webinar.

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Thank you to ASW Global for sponsoring this webinar!


NACD Trade Focused Virtual Washington Fly-In

NACD Trade Focused Virtual Washington Fly-In

Each spring chemical distributors and their supply chain affiliates from around the country gather in Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress and regulators to educate and advocate for important policy goals. This year things were a little different, but it didn't change the fact that meeting 'face-to-face' with those who craft and enforce our laws is the most effective way to get your message through to Capitol Hill and federal agencies.

This year, on January 26, we had our first-ever NACD Trade Focused Virtual Fly-In! From discussing the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill to the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences, we dived deep with high-ranking legislators and regulators from Capitol Hill to discuss all things trade!

Thank you to our sponsors: EchoSystemColumbus ChemicalGreenchem IndustriesFluid Energy Group Ltd.Seeler Industries Inc.Tarr, LLCThird Coast TerminalsSuperior Oil, and LyondellBasell Industries.

Responsible Distribution Webinar: Dashboard Walk-Though

Responsible Distribution Dashboard Walk-Though

On this webinar, you can learn how to navigate the Responsible Distribution dashboard as Mike Lang, NACD Vice President of Education, and Member Programs, shows you how to complete the various stages associated with your verification such as Company Overviews, Site Profiles, Specifications, Corrective Actions, and more!

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