On-Site Meeting Agenda

Join NACD in Indianapolis, Indiana, for our annual ChemEdge Conference and Trade Show and the Responsible Distribution Summer Track.

It wouldn’t be a ChemEdge meeting if we didn’t take the opportunity to get together to dive into chemical distribution supply chain operational practices of excellence. By joining us in person, you assure yourself a seat in Indianapolis as well as in our virtual meeting to take place September 1-3, 2020. All of the content covered during both the on-site and virtual meetings will be available to attendees post-meeting through our virtual conference platform so that you can continue your education in your own time. 

Please Note: If you register for the on-site meeting, you will automatically be registered for the virtual ChemEdge Conference and Trade Show and Responsible Distribution Summer Track as well.

* The Virtual TSCA Regulatory Pre-Conference Workshop is not included in this package and should be registered for separately if you wish to attend.

*Agenda is subject to change, please check back for the most current version of this information.


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Monday, August 17, 2020
8:30-9:00 am


9:00-9:45 am

Responsible Distribution Track - Introduction to the 7th Cycle of Responsible Distribution
Jim Benning, NACD Responsible Distribution® Mentor

Take a look at the newest cycle of Responsible Distribution, explore the minor tweaks to the program, and learn from our Mentor best practices to keep in mind as you prepare for your verification(s).

9:45-10:30 am

Responsible Distribution Track - It Takes A Village: Senior Management and Code Coordinator Panel Discussion
Panel: George Hughes & Marshall Shackelford, Mays Chemical Company, Inc.; Tommy Turriff & Mike Pierce, TLC Ingredients, Inc.

Discussion exploring the dynamics of the senior management/code coordinator partnership and how it is essential to maintaining a strong Responsible Distribution program.

10:30-10:45 am

Coffee Break

10:45 am-Noon

Responsible Distribution Track - Digging Up the Roots! Root Cause Analysis Review and Exercise
Jake Taylor, Kestrel Tellevate
(NACD Responsible Distribution
® Adviser)

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to dig up the roots! Identifying the proper root cause is a key component in any Corrective and Preventative Action Program. This exercise-based session will engage and guide participants through properly identifying root causes using real-world examples from non-conformance findings.

11:45 am-2:00 pm

Lunch/Exhibit Hall Break

Thank you to our lunch sponsors, Palmer Logistics and Walsh & Associates, Inc.

Noon-5:00 pm Consultations with Responsible Distribution Mentor
2:00-3:30 pm

General Session - Radical Safety: Neuroscience of Safety at Work
Vince Poscente, Vince Poscente International

The neuroscience of performance, minimizing risk, and safety has everything to do with how each of us aligns our conscious and subconscious mind. Radical Safety is an approach that is the opposite of conventional wisdom. Vince Poscente will present a formula based on three decades of research on how ‘mindset’ is established and sustained. When people change their minds, they change their behavior, for good. Within a safety culture, everyone can be the architect of their truth. Change your truth around safety, and you can change the organization’s safety culture. Attend this session to make a long-term impact on your safety conscious culture.

3:30-4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Break

4:00-5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Compliance 101
    Jennifer Gibson, NACD

    Chemical distributors are subject to an overwhelming number of federal regulations from multiple agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Transportation, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and others. Most of these rules are complex and change frequently. Whether you are new to chemical distribution regulatory compliance or a hardened veteran, keeping up is challenging. During this session, NACD Regulatory Staff will provide an overview of the chemical distribution regulatory landscape, discuss strategies for staying on top of rules and changes, and share tools and resources for keeping your business compliant.

  • Fishbowl Roundtable: COVID-19 Lessons Learned and New Best Practices

    In this interactive session, we will discuss experiences we have had in the workplace impacting our businesses, our customers, and ourselves. Lessons we have learned and what has worked, what hasn't worked, and new best practices as we transition to the "new normal."

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
7:45-9:15 am

General Session: Legislative and Regulatory Update
Eric Byer & Jennifer Gibson, NACD

During this session, you will gain an update on the legislative and regulatory initiatives that may impact your company in the coming months.

9:15-10:00 am

Exhibit Hall Break


10:00-11:00 am

General Session: Balancing Risk & Confidence 
Manny Ehrlich, Responder, LLC.
(Former Chemical Safety Board Member)

All too often in the chemical industry our knowledge and perceived level of confidence gets ahead of our knowledge and ability to assess risk and make risk appropriate decisions. This presentation will examine several major events (from the Chemical Safety Board Library) that speak to these risks and confidence issues. Additionally the participants will be provided with generalized concepts to apply to everyday world-of-work and life activities.

11:00 am-Noon

Responsible Distribution Track - Partner Relationships and Responsible Distribution: Warehouse and Carrier Selection Panel Discussion 
Panel: Drew Cherba, DSN Chemical Transportation; Robert Lilja, Weber Logistics; Brett Mears, Palmer Logistics

Third-Party logistics providers are truly an extension of your operations, and the safe and reliable transportation and storage of chemicals throughout the supply chain is a top priority for all. This interactive panel discussion will bring together logistical experts from Responsible Distribution-verified warehouses and carrier companies. Learn best practices in evaluating, assessing, and enhancing your relationship with your supply chain partners so you can convey Responsible Distribution throughout the supply chain.

Noon-1:00 pm Lunch/Exhibit Hall Break
1:00-2:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Resilient Leadership and Courageous Communication
    Becky Frederick, Workplace Strategy, Inc.

    Now, more than ever, leaders must cultivate resilience in themselves in order to survive and thrive – and lead their organizations through extraordinary change. Leaders who have developed true resilience welcome change as an opportunity for learning and growth and will demonstrate resilience in very tangible ways. · Participants will be able to identify the characteristics of a resilient leader · Participant leaders will be able to reflect on their own resiliency – and learn specific ways to increase their resilience · Participants will receive tools and resources to use with their teams and organizations

  • Responsible Distribution Track - Sustainable Solutions for By-Products/Waste Streams
    Brian Burns, WTS, Inc.

    Sustainability goes beyond simply being a good steward of our planet and doing the right thing. In this session, Brian Burns will look at Sustainable Solutions Platforms, how to avoid common disposal practices by seeking responsible alternative solutions for by-product streams, and mining value from end-of-life products ( “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure “).


2:00-3:00 pm Exhibit Hall Break
2:30-3:30 pm

Responsible Distribution Track - OSHA Top 10 List
Jake Taylor, Kestrel Tellevate & Pete Downing, Environment and Safety Solutions, Inc.
(NACD Responsible Distribution
® Advisers)


3:30 pm Meeting Adjourn


Diamond Corporate Sponsors
& Strategic Partners

AIG echosystem


Platinum Corporate &
Executive Education Sponsors

Datacor LeSaint


Platinum Corporate


Gold Corporate

octoChem Stewart

Platinum Event

Brenntag Maroon Maroon Univar

Gold Event

Azelis Chemisphere Superior

Silver Event

Brainerd chemgroup   Lintech Norfox PVS sealand  webb   whitaker
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