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Southern Region Events

2020 Southern Region Meeting

The 2020 Southern Region Meeting will be on Feb. 24-26, 2020 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, GA.

Hotel & Travel

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
1 Resort Drive
Savannah, GA 31421

NACD Room Rates:

  • Room Rate: $189/night
  • Resort Fee: $20/night

Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 3, 2020

To reserve a room, book online or please call (888) 236-2427. Please be sure to mention NACD to receive the discounted rate.



ONLINE: Click here to register online.

HARD COPY: Click here to download a hard copy registration form.

Fax completed forms to (703) 527-7747 or email it to

Registration Deadline: February 6, 2019


To view a listing of optional activities while in Savannah for the Southern Region Meeting, click here.


Click here to view the attendee list for the 2020 Southern Region Meeting as of February 19, 2020. Please note you will need your username and password to access the list.


2020 Meeting Agenda

Please click the bolded session name to view session description.

Monday, February 24, 2020
6:00 pm Registration
6:30-7:30 pm Opening Reception
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
7:30-8:00 am Breakfast
8:00-8:10 am Opening Remarks
Jason Jacobus, Buckley Oil Company;
NACD Southern Region President
8:10-8:30 am

NACD State of Affairs 
Edward Boss, Riteks; NACD Treasurer of the Board

NACD Treasurer of the Board, Ed Boss, will deliver an update on association membership, programs, and events and provide an outlook of what’s ahead.

8:30-9:15 am

Legislative and Regulatory Update
Douglas A. Leigh III, 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.


9:15-9:30 am


9:30-10:30 am

Fishbowl Roundtable

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.

10:30-11:45 am

Sustainability: People, Planet, and Progress

Moderator: Jason Jacobus, Buckley Oil Company

Panelists: Scott Simmons of Maroon Group LLC, Tommy Turriff of TLC Ingredients, Inc., and Michael Lang of NACD

Sustainability is an increasingly important philosophy in today’s business and consumer world. Now more than ever, our industry is being faced with higher expectations from interested parties on how chemical distributors and those responsible for the warehousing, transportation, storage, and related servicing of chemical products are meeting those sustainability challenges. During this session our panel will discuss sustainability as it relates to our industry and how others in our industry are engaging with and enforcing it in their workplaces.

11:45 am


12:00-5:00 pm

Optional Activity – Golf at The Club at Savannah Harbor (lunch included)

As home for The PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour, Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Championship, The Club at Savannah Harbor lies nestled between the banks of the Savannah and Back Rivers of the splendid Georgia Low Country. The serenity of coastal Georgia, with its tidal marshes and abundant wildlife provides the canvas for The Club at Savannah Harbor, an 18-hole masterpiece created and designed by renowned architect Robert Cupp in conjunction with the legendary “Slammin’ Sammy” Snead.

6:30 pm

Reception and Dinner – The Olde Pink House


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
7:30-8:00 am


8:00-8:45 am

Hiring Trends and Best Practices in Today’s World of Work
Trevor J. Shylock, Caliper Management, Inc.

This session is designed to provide management guidance in today’s very competitive and ever-changing world. Overall, there is decreased loyalty to a company, more contract positions, different working environments due to technological enhancements, and an “always on” and instant gratification society that leads to more distractions. We will discuss trends, best practices, and cautions in order to put participants’ organizations in the most favorable situation possible to attract, retain, and get the best performance out of their employees.


8:45-11:15 am

Business Negotiation Skills
Dr. Ashleigh Rosette, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

The Business Negotiation Skills workshop is designed to help you better understand how differences can be opportunities rather than obstacles in a negotiation and teaches proven effective strategies that can help you attain a better outcome. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills by participating in live negotiations in a variety of diverse settings, integrating your personal experiences with key principles from exercises and course discussions.