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2020 Central Region Meeting

The 2020 Central Region Meeting and Regulatory workshop have been canceled due to concerns about coronavirus pandemic. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

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Attendee List

Click here to view the final attendee list from 2019 Central Region Meeting. Please note you will need your username and password to access the list.


2019 Meeting Agenda

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Monday, June 10, 2019
11:00 am-5:30 pm Golf at Willow Crest Golf Club
1:00-4:30 pm Citgo Lemont Refinery Tour
6:30-7:30 pm Registration and Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
8:00-8:45 am

Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 am Opening Remarks
Bill Radostits, Radchem Products, Inc.
NACD Central Region President
9:00-9:15 am

NACD State of Affairs
Kurt Hettinga, Superior; NACD Vice Chairman of the Board

NACD Vice Chairman of the Board Kurt Hettinga will deliver an update on association membership, programs, and events and provide an outlook of what’s ahead.

9:15 am-12:15 pm

How Good Employees Make Bad Decisions
Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA, School of Accountancy and MIS – DePaul University

Great employees are “great,” that is until they have an ethical lapse. In this interactive workshop, we will learn how even the best employee can rationalize bad decisions. Based on her work with convicted white-collar offenders and whistle-blowers, Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope will share knowledge about ethical decision-making, fraud prevention strategies, and ways to encourage and promote a sound ethical culture.

12:15-1:45 pm


1:45-2:45 pm

Business Email Compromise, Social Media Vulnerabilities, and How to Educate Employees to be More Diligent in Using Social Media

2:45-3:15 pm

E-Commerce & Its Growing Impact in the Chemical Industry
Scott Barrows, Echo Chemical Exchange

This session aims to address the hard questions faced by chemical distributors today as they weigh the pros and cons of entering the world of e-commerce. How can you protect your hard-earned client base if commerce moves online? What are the risks of not evolving with e-commerce? What choices will you need to make if you decide to make the leap? How do you adhere to Responsible Distribution when conducting commerce online? What are blockchain systems and how are they being used to maintain cryptocurrency transactions?
Join Scott as he discusses these questions and more as he looks into The Future of E-Commerce within the Chemical Industry.

3:15-3:30 pm Break
3:30-4:30 pm

Chemical Bans and Activism of Environmental Groups
Mark Biel, Chemical Industry Council of Illinois

Environmental activists throughout the country are making unprecedented efforts to ban or limit the use of a host of chemical products. Among the chemical products that are under attack are PFOs, Ethylene Oxide, Polystyrene, BPA, Coal Tar Sealer, Sunscreen, Glyphosate, Neonicotinoids, straws, and more. Learn about these activists’ plans and how they could disrupt your business by attending this session.

6:00-9:00 pm Networking Reception and Dinner Presentation at Ditka’s
7:00-8:00 pm

Dinner Presentation – The Playmaker Mindset

Playmakers are in a constant state of calm readiness. Ready to tap into their experiences and knowledge on diverse topics in a moment’s notice while connecting disparate thoughts to create breakthrough solutions. Jeff Rogers shares how this mindset is the perfect tool to practice innovative thinking.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
8:00-8:45 am Continental Breakfast
8:45-9:30 am

Legislative & Regulatory Update
Eric Byer; NACD

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

9:30-11:00 am

Discrimination & Harassment: Your Rights and Responsibilities
Tiffany Releford, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

In this highly interactive session, Tiffany Releford will clearly define what harassment and discrimination are and then discuss best practices of how employers can prevent these issues from occurring in the workplace. Using hypotheticals, she will review with the participants how best to respond to instances of discrimination and harassment, should they occur.

11:00 am-Noon

Lunch/Meeting Adjourns