Virtual Meeting Agenda

Thank you for your interest in our first ever virtual ChemEdge Conference and Trade Show and the Responsible Distribution Summer Track.

This meeting is composed of the educational sessions and exhibit opportunities that you know and love from ChemEdge and the Responsible Distribution Summer Track. The virtual component of these events will include all of the sessions covered at the on-site meeting, in addition to bonus content that is only available online. All of the content covered during the virtual meeting will be available to attendees post-meeting through our virtual conference platform so you can continue your education in your own time. 

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


Please click the bolded session name to view a description.

All sessions are happening on Eastern Standard Time.

Virtual sessions will be made available for on-demand viewing immediately following the session close on the virtual conference platform.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
9:00-9:45 am

Responsible Distribution Track - Introduction to the 7th Cycle of Responsible Distribution
Caroline Brooks, NACD 

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
Moderator: Terry Aubry, EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc.
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.

10:30-11:00 am Break
11:00 am-12:15 pm

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.

12:15-1:00 pm

Responsible Distribution Track - Change is Inevitable…but Are You Managing it? 
Rolando Barrientos, Ross Organic, a division of Azelis Americas 

What does Management of Change (MOC) really mean? How do we effectively use it, and what should it cover? Why are we using it in Responsible Distribution?

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
9:00-10:00 am

Responsible Distribution Track - OSHA Top 10 List
Pete Downing, Environment and Safety Solutions, Inc.
(NACD Responsible Distribution
® Adviser)

10:00-11:00 am

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 “).

11:00-11:30 am Break
11:30 am-12:30 pm

General Session: Responsible Distribution Track - Partner Relationships and Responsible Distribution: Warehouse and Carrier Selection Panel Discussion
Moderator: Greg Roop, IMCD US, LLC
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.

12:30-1:00 pm


1:00-2:15 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.

2:15-3:30 pm Virtual Exhibit Hall


3:30-4:30 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.

  • Food Safety in Processing Facilities
    Allena Najor, NSF

    New and emerging threats to food safety have highlighted the increasing need to mitigate and reduce risk throughout the food supply chain. The food processing cycle is one such area where risks can be better managed at many different points. To limit the introduction of chemical and physical contaminants in processing environments, governments around the world are working increasingly on improving regulations that safeguard the food supply chain. Participants will leave this session: o Knowing different mechanisms for managing chemical risks in processing facilities. o Understanding U.S. Food and Drug Administration and United States Environmental Protection Agency regulations for lubricants and water treatment products. o Identifying the types of products that should not be used in a food production area or on food contact surfaces.


Thursday, September 3, 2020
10:00-11:30 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.

11:30-11:45 am Break


11:45 am-12:45 pm

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.

12:45-1:45 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall



1:45-2:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Resilient Leadership
    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

  • FMCSA Hot Topics - Focus on Revised Hours of Service Regulations
    Joe DeLorenzo, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

    FMCSA recently finalized changes to the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations to make them more flexible for drivers while maintaining a high level of safety. The changes will take effect on September 29, 2020. During this session, FMCSA will brief participants on the new HOS rule and how it may impact your operations. The agency will also discuss the latest developments regarding Drug and Alcohol Testing, including the Clearinghouse that become fully operational in January. Finally, FMCSA will discuss the agency’s activities related to the COVID-19 crisis.

2:45-3:15 pm Break/ Visit Exhibitors 


3:15 pm Meeting Adjourn