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2021 Central Region Meeting

The 2021 Central Region Meeting was held on June 7-9, 2021, at the Hilton Milwaukee Center in Milwaukee, WI.


Registration is now closed for our 2021 Central & Southern Region Meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event.



Click here to view the attendee list for the 2021 Combined Central & Southern Region Meeting. Please note you will need your username and password to access the list.


2021 Meeting Agenda

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Monday, June 7, 2021
6:30-7:30 pm Registration and Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
7:00-7:45 am Continental Breakfast
7:45-8:00 am Opening Remarks
Marilyn Stovall Fitzgerald, Transchemical, Inc.; NACD Central Region President
Colie Whitaker, Whitaker Oil Company; NACD Southern Region President
8:00-9:00 am

The Pro's and Pitfalls of Embracing E-Commerce
Scott Barrows, BluePallet (formerly, EchoSystem)
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An in depth look at how e-commerce has affected other industrial sectors (MRO, Electrical, etc) and how that can help prepare chemical distributors for what lies ahead. The discussions will also detail the different options available for chemical distributors and also the different strategic models that each one operates under.

9:00-10:00 am

Post COVID Opportunities and the Biden Administration
Gene Marks, The Marks Group

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The vaccines are here and Covid will soon be a thing of the past. So what does this mean for your company, your people, your partners and your community? What new issues will we be facing? What investments should we be making? How will the economy fare? What will our new administration in Washington do to help fund our way out of recession and how will that impact your operations? What are smart leaders around the country doing to navigate their companies towards growth and profitability over the next two years?


10:00-10:15 am

Thank you to our break co-sponsors, ChemSynergy and Walsh & Associates, Inc.

10:15-11:15 am

Tech 2021
Gene Marks, The Marks Group

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Mobile tech, office collaboration techs, customer relationship management, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, cyber-security...these are only a few of the major technology trends that are having a significant impact on how we do business, generate leads, sell and service our customers, both now and in the future.

11:30-12:45 pm

Thank you to our lunch sponsor, Datacor, Inc.

12:15-5:30 pm Golf at Brown Deer Park Golf Course
6:45-9:00 pm

Networking Event - Dinner at the hotel

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
7:00-7:45 am

Continental Breakfast
Thank you to our continental breakfast sponsor, Columbus Chemical Industries, Inc.

7:45-8:00 am NACD State of Affairs
Kurt Hettinga, Superior; NACD Chairman of the Board
8:00-9:30 am

Pick up the Phone and Sell: How to Grow Sales 20% Annually…When you Can’t See Your Customers and Prospects
Alex Goldfayn, Evangelist Marketing Institute

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WSJ Bestselling Author and revenue growth consultant Alex Goldfayn’s clients add 10-20% new sales annually, on average, and in this presentation, he will take you through exactly how to do this…in 5 simple minutes per day…when you can’t see your customers and prospects in person. Alex will arm you with specific planning and tracking tools so that you can implement this system at your organization.

9:30-9:45 am


9:45-11:15 am

The Future of Work
Becky Frederick, Workplace Strategies

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The year 2020 has taught us many things. For those in the workforce, one thing has become resoundingly clear: the future of work is changing before our eyes. The reality is the way that work is organized and systemized has changed overnight. Companies have been forced to adapt and become virtual. Will we ever go back to a traditional work environment? How do employees and leaders navigate this new world and drive business strategy? How do you prioritize diversity, inclusion, and culture in the workplace if everything is virtual? Leaders will have incredible opportunities to re-think and re-shape this world of work as they prepare for the needs of their workforce and adapt their business strategy to this new world.

11:30-12:30 pm

Legislative and Regulatory Update
Eric Byer, NACD

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This session will provide highlights of the current legislative landscape and an overview of the regulatory initiatives and enforcement trends un¬derway and coming down the pike that will impact your company.

12:30 pm

Meeting Adjourns