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Monday, August 12, 2019
2:00-5:00 pm

Responsible Distribution Candidacy Class
Registration required.

5:00-6:00 pm

Responsible Distribution Candidacy Class Reception

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
7:00 am-5:00 pm

Registration Open

8:00 am-5:00 pm Optional ChemEdge Pre-Con Responsible Distribution Workshop*
2:30-5:30 pm Exhibitor Move-In
5:30-6:30 pm

Responsible Distribution Workshop Attendee Reception

7:30 pm  Optional Dinners around Louisville (Dutch Treat)
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
7:00 am-5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am-12:30 pm

Optional Golf Outing*

8:00 am-2:00 pm Optional ChemEdge Pre-Con Regulatory (TSCA) Workshop*
8:00 am-5:00 pm Consultations with Doug Kutz, Responsible Distribution Mentor
By appointment only.
8:30-10:30 am

Exhibitor Move-In

12:45-2:30 pm Trade Show Open/Lunch
2:45-4:15 pm

Opening General Session - Vision-Mindset-Grit: Success Strategies to Help You Stand Up to Any Challenge
Scott Burrows, StandUp, Inc.

In today’s rapidly evolving marketplace environment, many organizations are trying to maintain a winning culture as they deal with an array of business challenges. Whatever your challenges are, the true measure of success is how well you respond to adversity, change, setbacks, and fear. Whatever belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer these obstacles and any other impediments to your personal and professional growth, or you and your organization will be left behind. Join Scott Burrows to learn success strategies to help you stand up to any challenge.

4:15-4:30 pm


4:30-5:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Compliance 101
    Allison Tuszynski, 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 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.

  • Implementing Proven Inventory Practices Throughout Your Organization
    Marshall Jones, The Distribution Team

    A key element in the supply chain is inventory management that oversees the flow of goods from manufacturers to warehouses to point of sale. In this session, uncover the role each person plays in effective inventory management, analyze the calculations behind the most important metrics related to purchasing and owning inventory, then quantify the “hidden costs” of inventory lurking within your company. Freight costs and price changes should be a part of your inventory planning, and this session will address that reasoning.

6:00-7:00 pm First-Time Attendee Reception
Thursday, August 15, 2019
7:00-7:30 am

Coffee Service

7:00 am-3:00 pm

Registration Open

7:45-9:30 am

General Session - Legislative and Regulatory Update
Eric R. Byer and Jennifer Gibson, NACD

While regulatory burden reduction continues to be a priority of the Trump administration, the number and complexity of rules imposed on the chemical distribution industry remains a major challenge. New rules are being finalized and compliance dates are taking effect under laws, including the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Food Safety Modernization Act. In addition, the president’s actions on trade and tariffs have introduced a new level of uncertainty to the mix. On the legislative side, NACD continues to push our priorities, including Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards reauthorization and the DRIVE-Safe Act, while Congress struggles to resolve larger political issues. During this session, NACD President Eric Byer and Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson will provide an update on the legislative and regulatory initiatives that will impact your company in the coming months.

9:45-11:30 am Brunch on Trade Show Floor
11:30 am-12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS): A Win-Win
    Kelly Murray, Branch Chief, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards is the first regulatory program within the DHS that focuses specifically on the security of high-risk chemical facilities. The CFATS program, established in 2007, was recently extended until April 2020. Currently, DHS is working with Congress to secure a significantly longer-term reauthorization, as the program has been successful since inception. The DHS Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, proactively works with chemical facilities to drive preparedness and improve security measures to reduce the risks associated with certain chemicals of interest and to prevent their use in terrorist attacks.

  • Environmental Compliance Auditing for Value-Added Peace of Mind
    Sarah Burton, Kestrel Management

    Environmental auditing is a management tool that can be used to evaluate and monitor the internal performance and compliance of your company with environmental regulations and standards. An audit can also be used to determine the overall effectiveness of an existing system within your company. This interactive session will incorporate NACD member feedback on compliance auditing practices to help you maximize best practices for compliance, efficiency, and value within the industry.

  • How to Effectively Onboard New Employees
    Trevor Shylock, Caliper

    Onboarding programs are created to help welcome and assimilate a new employee into an organization. Effective onboarding helps employees understand what they need to know in order to be successful and how their work contributes to the overall business. This session is designed to provide a holistic view of an effective onboarding practice by sharing the major best practices in today’s modern working environments. Furthermore, this session will help you identify if you are inadvertently making your new hires feel unimportant, not welcome, or self-conscious.

12:30-12:45 pm Break
12:45-1:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Safety Data Sheets: More Than Just Safety
    Shawn Wiram, Brenntag North America, Inc.

    Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) provide valuable and detailed information necessary to ensure employees’ safety and health at all stages of manufacturing, storing, using, and disposal. Additionally, an SDS can assist in keeping your company in compliance with other regulatory requirements. Reading an SDS can be overwhelming and daunting for anyone, especially those newer to the industry. This session will provide practical guidance on navigating SDSs and using the information to its fullest potential.

  • Emergency Management: The Proactive Approach
    J'on Rider, Gallade Chemical, Inc

    Strong communities are defined by engagement from their members, from government institutions, and local businesses. In this interactive session, develop strategies to be involved in your community with a focus on the importance of interacting with local law enforcement, fire fighters, and other community agencies. In this session, participants will explore the available programs to help meet the requirements of Responsible Distribution and gain access to important information concerning safety, security, and other related issues.

  • Supply & Demand: Trucking and Chemical Supply Chain
    Randy Strutz, Quality Carriers

    Increased production and output from American companies is on the rise, which has led to an increased demand for truck drivers to supply goods. Trucking companies across the country are struggling to find a solution for the truck driver shortage plaguing American businesses. Companies are seeing firsthand the basic economic law of “Supply and Demand” unfold, especially if they are involved in the chemical distribution supply chain. In this interactive session, participants will briefly analyze why there is a truck driver shortage and what is provoking the issue. Learn what the industry is doing to tackle this issue and the creative best practices that are being used to compensate for the shortage.

1:45-3:00 pm Ice Cream Social on Trade Show Floor
3:00-4:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Walk Through an Enforcement Action: An Audience Participation Event
    Brittany Barrientos, Stinson Leonard Street and David Richards, Barton Solvents, Inc

    A company was just alerted that it experienced an environmental spill, while another company determined some of its storage tanks may have air emissions. What are the next steps in each scenario? In this interactive session, walk through environmental spill and release scenarios. Discuss legal, environmental, and practical considerations in real-time as scenarios unfold through the EPA enforcement process. Audience participation will be encouraged to evaluate what environmental-related decisions should be made, how to coordinate with non-environmental personnel (such as management and boards of directors), and what types of organizations should be on speed-dial to assist. This presentation will illustrate how the process works and provide an understanding of the types of considerations that should be evaluated before, during, and after a spill or release.

  • Emergency Management: The Reactive Approach
    David Birdsong, Advanced Chemical Logistics

    Now that the emergency and the immediate danger has subsided, how do you ensure the continued safety and well-being of employees and the community? In this highly interactive session, apply relevant real-world examples that will help you understand items you should consider that would lessen the effects of future emergencies.

  • The Essentials of FSMA Compliance and Beyond
    Tommy Turriff, TLC Ingredients, Inc

    Is your company in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)? Whether you’ve mastered FSMA or are just getting started, this two-part session will provide a refresher on the basics of FSMA and the impact of new regulations on the food industry, like the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Bioengineered Food Disclosure Rule. Tommy Turriff from TLC Ingredients will provide an overview of the FSMA rules and then switch gears to discuss emerging issues and terms in the chemical food space such as clean label, food defense, organic, Global Food Safety Initiative, and beyond.

3:15-5:15 pm Exhibitor Move-Out
4:00-4:15 pm Break
4:15-5:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Flammable Storage in Warehouse Operations
    Pete Downing, Environment & Safety Solutions, Inc.

    Is your company taking precautions with the flammable storage currently in your warehouse? The proper handling and storage of flammable chemicals is important to eliminate dangers, ensure the safety of your employees, and prevent fires. The safe handling and storage of flammable liquids requires the use of approved equipment and practices per Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This session will provide the basics of flammable storage then examine the requirements for storage areas, fire assemblies, determining flammable storage capacity, and determining methods of containment.

  • Fishbowl Roundtable Session

    NEW! A fishbowl at each roundtable will be filled with challenges, questions, important industry topics, regulatory issues, HR dilemmas, and more -- Let’s go fishing! You will “reel in” a topic and discuss with the group at your table. Each fishbowl roundtable will have a moderator or a facilitator to keep the discussion on track; however, each roundtable will be largely self-organized once the discussions are underway.

6:00-8:00 pm Networking Event at Tavern on 4th
Friday, August 16, 2019
7:00-8:15 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am-4:00 pm Emerging Leaders Program
8:30-9:30 am Closing General Session

Downsizing Your Documentation System for the Sake of Your Employees
Mike Micklewright, Kaizen Institute

Too often, organizations tend to create mountains of lengthy documents that only end up defeating the purpose of the documents. Documents, in the form of procedures, work instructions, workflows, and forms, are meant to be used for four main purposes: 1) training new employees, 2) training all employees when changes are made, 3) retraining employees after time away from a process, and 4) auditing against for improvement. As such, they should be easy to find, read, and reference and lack redundant language and profanity. It’s time to stop the constant flow of documents and create a documentation system that is user friendly to your employees and internal customers.

9:30-10:45 am

Are You Picking Up What I’m Laying Down? – Strategies for Selling Yourself
Michael Sherlock, Shock Your Potential

Do you ever wonder if you are being heard at every level of the organization? Does senior management think of you as the go-to person or just another employee? Does the rest of the company see you as a critical component to their success? We will tackle these questions and more as we dive into how to sell yourself in a professional and tactical manner. You will leave with a strategy that you can implement immediately to highlight your value and contribution to your company.


Questions? Call NACD Meetings Department, (703) 527-6223 x3042.

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