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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
8:30-9:15 am Continental Breakfast/Business Marketplace Open
Sponsored by Columbus Chemical Industries, Inc., and Veckridge Chemical Company, Inc.
9:00-11:00 am Spouse Networking Breakfast
9:30-11:00 am

Opening General Session


Join David Feherty as he kicks off the NACD Annual Meeting with his offbeat antics, sharp wit, and irreverent style. The professional golfer turned golf analyst, talk show host and sports broadcaster has made a name for himself as one of the most hilarious and irrepressible personalities in golf. Hear from David, whom The New York Times called “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson”, in his cutting-edge style, great stories from behind the scenes!

  • Welcome Remarks 
    Ed Boss, Riteks, Inc.; NACD Annual Meeting Chairman
  • Feherty Off Tour
    David Feherty, Professional Golfer and Broadcaster
    Sponsored by The Plaza Group, Inc.
11:00 am-11:15 am Coffee Break and Business Marketplace Open
Co-sponsored by Chem One Ltd., and Mays Chemical Company, Inc.
Noon-5:00 pm Annual Golf Outing
Sponsored by AIG/Axon
David Feherty sponsored by Southern Chemicals & Textiles, Inc.
Golf Beverage Cart sponsored by Technology Group International, Inc.
Golf Balls sponsored by Transchemical, Inc. and Calumet Specialty Products Partners.
Golf Lunch sponsored by ChemFormation
1:00-5:00 pm

Catamaran Excursion

Come join us on the spacious, comfortable, and amazing 78-foot catamaran "Caribbean Spirit". We will set sail to one of Miami’s picturesque anchorages where the sandbars are surrounded by turquoise water. Once we reach our destination, you can sip a cool beverage, stretch out and soak up the sun, enjoy a relaxing swim and enjoy our many water toys.

1:00-5:00 pm

Coastal Kayak Tour

Our kayak journey takes us along Oleta River. On this naturalist-guided tour, kayakers will observe herons, white ibis, and osprey and explore a tropical hardwood hammock along the river. Step back in time as you explore this natural river system. You will explore the ecology and history of this river the same way most humans have witnessed it over thousands of years.

1:00-5:00 pm

Flavors of Little Havana Walking Food Tour

Join us as we explore the rich history and culinary delights of a vibrant neighborhood. Little Havana was recently listed as an official “national treasure” of the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The neighborhood is well-known for its many historical, political, culinary, and artistic contributions to Miami’s culture. Nestled in the heart of the city’s downtown area and only a short drive from Miami’s famed South Beach, the neighborhood is full of interesting cultural landmarks and delicious cuisine.

6:00-7:00 pm Opening Reception
Sponsored by Univar Solutions
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
6:30-8:00 am

Fun Run/Walk for Charity
Sponsored by WSI, LLC

Make plans to join us at the NACD Fun Run/Walk for Charity. Bring your competitive spirit for a 5k run or walk at your own pace. Your participation registration fees will be donated to charity! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to do good, while getting in some exercise at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort’s Soffer Trail! Hope to see you there!

7:15-8:30 am Continental Breakfast/Business Marketplace Open
Co-Sponsored by Essential Ingredients, Inc. and Pilot Chemical Company
8:30-10:00 am General Session
  • Chairman's Remarks
    Kurt Hettinga, Superior; NACD Chairman of the Board
  • The Antidote to Fear is Hunger
    Richard Montanez, Author and Philanthropist
    Sponsored by Brainerd Chemical Company, Inc.

Richard Montañez has a Ph.D. in being poor, hungry, and determined. His journey is one that everyone can relate to. It begins with feelings of being out-of-place, in pain, afraid, and vulnerable. And involves overcoming obstacles, confronting fear, and perseverance – even as he’s seen success. From his humble beginnings in a migrant labor camp, to working as a janitor, to the inspiration and hard work it took to launch the cultural phenomenon, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Montañez shares the life-shaping moments from his personal journey.

10:00-10:15 am Coffee Break/Business Marketplace Open
Co-sponsored by Acme-Hardesty, a Div. of Jacob Stern & Sons, Inc. and Producers Chemical Company
10:15-11:05 am General Session

The regulatory landscape looks radically different today than it did one year ago. President Biden has replaced regulatory burden reduction efforts with the promotion of a strong regulatory framework to address climate change and economic equity. During this session, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson will discuss what this means for your business and how you can best prepare for increased regulatory activities and enforcement in the coming months and years. Jennifer will also provide updates on major policy issues, including Hazard Communication Standard changes, Toxic Substances Control Act fees and activities, and shipping and transportation challenges.

  • Your Ship Will Come In…Someday! The Shipping Crisis and Impacts on the Manufacturing Sector after Harvey, Ida and More
    Eric Byer, NACD and Chris Jahn, American Chemistry Council
    Sponsored by Soltex, Inc.
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Join Chris Jahn, president at the American Chemistry Council and Eric Byer, president and CEO, NACD, along with special guests, for a look at the current state of the supply chain. From impacts on refining and manufacturing post-Harvey and Ida hurricanes, to the deep freeze in Texas, they will discuss how these disruptions along with Covid and now the shipping crisis of 2021 have ripple effect and what the Associations are doing to help. Ask them your questions and refine your outlook for 2022.

11:15 am Doors Open
11:45 am Doors Close (no admittance after this time) 
12:00-1:00 pm

An Exclusive Conversation with President George W. Bush: The Challenges Facing our Nation in the 21st Century and the Power of Freedom
George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
Sponsored by BluePallet and Hasa, Inc.

George W. Bush served as 43rd President of the United States of America from 2001 to 2009. As Commander in Chief, President Bush worked to expand freedom, opportunity, and security at home and abroad. His Administration reformed America’s education system, restored robust private-sector economic growth and job creation, protected our environment, and pursued a comprehensive strategy to keep America safe after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.After the Presidency, President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, a nonpartisan public policy and leadership development.

NOTE: All lunch attendees must be registered for NACD’s Annual Meeting and have their badge and ticket (pre-registration sign-up is required) with them at the time of session. No large bags, backpacks, large event bags, briefcases, laptop bags, suitcases, or coats are permitted at the event. All parts of this conversation are closed to the press with no personal photography, note taking or recording permitted.

1:00-2:00 pm Lunch is Served
Sponsored by Wego Chemical Group Inc.
2:00-3:30 pm

Community Service Event - Thanksgiving Meal Pack Drive

Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to gather around the table, feast on a hearty meal, share stories, and be thankful. However, the simple luxury of a hearty meal is not always possible for some. Join NACD in partnership with the United Way of Miami-Dade in preparing Thanksgiving Meal Packs that will support 200 zero- to five-year-old students and their families.

6:00-10:00 pm

50th Anniversary Celebration Reception and Dinner
Reception sponsored by USI Insurance Services
Dinner sponsored by BluePallet
Greenscreen sponsored by Akrochem Corporation

Join your friends and colleagues for a night of celebration – NACD’s 50th Anniversary! Kick off your shoes, let your hair down and join us for a night of fantastic food and fun. Attire is “Resort Casual” (shorts permitted), so don’t forget to bring your best resort threads!

Thursday, November 11, 2021
7:30-8:15 am Continental Breakfast/Business Marketplace Open
Sponsored by Webb Chemical Service Corp.
8:00-9:15 am NACD Annual Business Meeting and Awards
9:15-9:45 am Coffee Break/Business Marketplace Open
Co-sponsored by Chemical Distribution Network, Quadra Chemicals Inc., and R.E. Carroll, Inc.
9:45-10:45 am

Leading Through Uncertainty
Nadja West, Lt. General (RET.)
Sponsored by Arkema, Inc.

According to Nadja West, the most essential quality in a great leader is empathy – where “leading is all about the team of people you lead.” This is especially true in times of crisis and uncertainty. In this presentation, Nadja draws on her more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership, crisis management, and disaster response – including leading more than 130,000 Army healthcare professionals and crafting the DOD medical response to the Ebola crisis – to provide effective leadership tactics during difficult times. Throughout these challenges, she thought strategically, developed confidence, and stayed connected to her sense of purpose. Sharing her career lessons-learned, West demonstrates that good leadership and a loyal team come from strong communication, truly understanding your people, treating them with respect, and leading with empathy, particularly through hard times.

10:45-11:30 am Coffee Break
Co-sponsored by JR Hess Company and TLC Ingredients, Inc.
11:30-1:45 pm Closing Luncheon
Sponsored by Soyventis North America LLC


Planning and Navigating with Assurance
Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics
Co-sponsored by PVS Chemicals, Inc., and ASHTA Chemicals, Inc.
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2021 is winding down and it is time to prepare for the challenges and ongoing uncertainties in 2022. There are opportunities and risks ahead and we will explore them in terms of government initiatives, consumer trends, market opportunities, labor issues and production costs. We will also discuss business responses, tactics and strategies given the projected changes in the economy.


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Diamond Corporate Sponsors
& Strategic Partners

AIG echosystem


Platinum Corporate &
NACD Program Sponsor



Platinum Corporate

Chemformation SkyBitz 

Gold Corporate



Platinum Event

Gold Event

Azelis Brainerd Chemisphere lbb Superior

Silver Event

chemgroup   chemserv   Lintech Norfox PVS sealand  webb   whitaker


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