Meeting Agenda

NACD's ChemEdge 2022 Conference and Trade Show will be August 16-19 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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. You can find the event details below. To view our pre-conference workshops, please visit the Pre-Conference Regulatory Workshop page and the Pre-Conference Responsible Distribution Workshop page.



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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
10:00 am-12:30 pm


12:45-2:30 pm

Expo Hall Lunch

2:45-4:15 pm

Opening General Session - Blind Ambition: How To Go From Victim to Visionary
Chad E. Foster, Motivational Speaker and Author

In this signature keynote, Chad will entertain, inspire, and move attendees, while teaching them how to shift their mindset from victim to visionary™. Going blind at 21-years-old and facing a life with seemingly limited opportunities, Chad had to reinvent himself before even having a shot at success. Turning obstacles into opportunities, he became a Harvard-educated rainmaker, created countless jobs, and now he teaches teams how to cultivate resilient mindsets, adapt and thrive in change, and set ambitious goals with the right mindset to achieve them.

4:15-4:30 pm Break
4:30-5:30 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 (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 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 a challenge. 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.

  • Know Your Customer: Chemical Product Stewardship Best Practices and Available Resources
    Kelly Murray, CISA Chemical Security

    Theft is not the only way that nefarious actors obtain chemicals for misuse as weapons or in illegal trade. They can also use seemingly legitimate means, such as by posing as potential customers or attempting a fraudulent purchase. In this session, CISA chemical security experts will provide an overview of the ever-evolving threat landscape and share best practices in product stewardship, including how to build an active, documented know-your-customer program. Participants will also learn about the range of no-cost services and tools CISA provides to help manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and consumers secure dangerous chemicals to collectively reduce the potential for theft, redirection, contamination, or misuse of dangerous chemicals.

6:00-7:00 pm

Opening Reception on Expo Hall Floor

Sponsored by J.J. Advantage Security

Thursday, August 18, 2022
7:45-9:30 am

Opening General Session: Legislative & Regulatory Update
Eric R. Byer & Jennifer Gibson, NACD

The legislative and regulatory landscape is constantly evolving. The Biden Administration has made significant investments into infrastructure, environmental justice, and climate change. During this session, NACD President and CEO Eric R. Byer and Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson will discuss what these changes mean for the chemical distribution industry and your company.

9:45-11:30 am

Brunch on Expo Hall Floor
11:30 am-12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions:
  • Spill Prevention and Response Plan: How Your 3PL Can Help
    Scott Buber, WSI, Inc

    Let’s face the facts: no one likes to admit it, but spills/releases happen. This session will focus on best-practices to avoid releases and minimize damage, as well as how to respond safely when an incident occurs.

  • FSMA Compliance and a Food Safety Deep Dive
    Tommy Turriff, TLC Ingredients

    FDA’s Food Safety Modernization has been in place now for several years and all compliance dates for each of the seven major rules have now since passed. Companies selling food ingredients must comply with all of these rules that apply to your company. By now, most NACD members realize that they do have to comply with some of the FSMA rules, if they are selling food ingredients (even if those are not sold for food use). This session will briefly review the rules that typically apply to chemical distributors and provide some common sense, easy-to-implement ways to strengthen your company’s food safety plan , so that your are FSMA-compliant and so that you are giving the food safety assurance that your customers require.

12:30-12:45 pm Break
12:45-1:45 pm Concurrent Sessions:
  • Square Peg/Round Hole – Distribution Warehouses and RCRA Waste Regulations
    Steve Laughlin, Cura Emergency Services, L.C.

    When the EPA developed the initial regulations regarding proper management of hazardous waste, they envisioned the “widget” factory. And they created the regulations based on a company generating the same kind of waste day after day after day. What they clearly didn’t consider at the time, was the notion of a chemical distributor. Attendees will learn the various ways that a distribution warehouse, terminals or other non-traditional generators could come to be in possession of hazardous waste and how to comply with the multitude of regulations.

  • Factual, Fast, and No Fluff - Dealing with the Media When "It" Hits the Fan
    Gerard Braud, SituationHub

    A situation can quickly turn into a crisis when it gets amplified by either your local media, social media, or both. That leaves you stuck between a rock and hard place as you try to determine who on your team deals with the incident and whether anyone has the ability to respond to the media, social media, employee rumors, or community speculation. That’s why you need a system in place to deliver information to you stakeholders that is factual, fast, and free of fluff. Streamline your Responsible Distribution Code VII obligations by investing time and energy before a crisis, so everything runs smoothly if you have a crisis.

1:45-3:00 pm Ice Cream Social on Expo Hall Floor
Sponsored by Hawkins Inc.
3:00-4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:
  • Overview of FMCSA, Regulatory and Program Updates
    James Simmons, DOT

This session will provide an overview of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and their safety initiatives.  The discussion will involve FMCSA discussing policy, enforcement and inspections priorities.

  • The Impact of NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code, on Operational Roles
    Valerie Ziavras, NFPA

This session will go beyond just covering the requirements contained in NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code by delving into how these requirements impact operational roles. We will look at both passive and active fire protection systems as well as the inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements associated with those systems. We will also discuss change management and some of the operational activities that create compliance or safety issues. This session will look at ways you can be prepared for or respond to these types of changes.

4:00-4:15 pm Break
4:15-5:15 pm Concurrent Sessions:
  • Where's My Stuff? Supply Chain Management in the Days of a Pandemic 
    Kyle Cattani, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

    Supply Chains have existed for millennia, but in the last few decades have experienced dramatic transformations. In particular, technologies such as computers and the Internet have allowed real-time visibility and modeling of supply chain flows while multi-modal shipping technologies have facilitated efficient material movement. Supply Chains have evolved to be lean and efficient with high utilizations and low inventories. In the past couple of years, the “leanness” and “high utilization” of supply chains has become problematic: COVID-19 created large distortions in both supply and demand and supply chains have struggled mightily to keep up. In this session, we will explore how Supply Chains have struggled over the past couple of years and take a stab at how recovery might look.

  • Fishbowl Roundtable

    A fishbowl at each roundtable were filled with challenges, questions, important industry topics, regulatory issues, human resources dilemmas, and more -- Let's go fishing! Participants "reel in" a topic and discussed with the group at their table. Each fishbowl roundtable has a moderator or a facilitator to keep the discussion on track.

6:00-8:00 pm Networking Event at Punchbowl Social
Friday, August 19, 2022
7:00-8:15 am

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Quality Carriers, Inc.

8:15-10:00 am

Closing General Session: The Competitive Advantage of Business Sustainability
Amrou Awaysheh, Sustainalytica

Sponsored by Superior.

Sustainability, ESG, LCA, net-zero, TCFD. These are all concepts that you have been hearing related to business sustainability. But what can a company do to improve the environment? How do you measure sustainability performance? What is the impact of these sustainability practices on performance? Business Sustainability can be difficult to understand or just talked about in hypotheticals. This session will introduce the concept of business sustainability and explain its various elements and how sustainability can be integrated into operations and supply chains. While some believe it is a good risk avoidance strategy, it is important to understand the competitive advantage. In this session we will gain a broad understanding of business sustainability, understand the current ESG environment. We will then examine examples of leveraging sustainability to create business value. Rather than getting gold dust for days, we will try to give you as many gold nuggets in our brief time together. The goal is to empower you to better understand how you can integrate sustainability to create a larger impact and have a more positive impact on the planet and society. The session will be interactive with lots of opportunities for questions. Dr. Awaysheh will also stay on after to answer any questions that attendees may have. 

10:00 am Meeting Adjourn



Diamond Corporate Sponsor
& Strategic Partner



Platinum Corporate &
NACD Program Sponsor



Platinum Corporate

Chemformation SkyBitz 

Gold Corporate


Silver Corporate


Platinum Sustaining

Harcros Univar

Gold Sustaining

Azelis Brainerdchemceed Chemisphere PVS RiteksSuperiorTRIwebb  

Silver Sustaining

 acmechemgroupchemgroup   chemserv   cci  first   Lintech Norfox sealand   whitaker


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