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Western Region Events

2020 Western Region Meeting

The 2020 Western Region Meeting will be held April 22-25, 2020 at the Mauna Lani Bay Resort in Kohala Coast, HI.


Hotel & Travel

Mauna Lani Bay Resort
68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr.
Kohala Coast, HI 96743

NACD Room Rates:

  • Ocean View $315 / Deluxe Ocean View $340
  • Ocean Front $395 / Deluxe Ocean Front $460 / Corner Ocean Front $515
  • Ocean View 1 BR Suite $900
  • Ocean Front 1 BR Suite $1300


Attendee List

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2020 Agenda

Click on bold titles for descriptions.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
6:00-10:00 pm Welcome Reception and Dinner
Thursday, April 23, 2020
7:30-8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15 am Opening Remarks
Stephen Halpin, Norman, Fox & Co.;
NACD Western Region President
8:15-8:30 am

NACD State of Affairs
Tom Corcoran, Brenntag; NACD Chairman of the Board

NACD Chairman of the Board, Tom Corcoran, 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
Eric R. 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.

9:15-9:30 am Break
9:30-10:15 am

Wealth Management Retirement Planning
Pete Roberts, MassMutual

This presentation will cover many aspects of retirement income planning, including: the issues of market volatility, low interest rates, unknown longevity, and long term care costs. Participants will also be given strategies to improve retirement income, liquidity, and legacy.


10:15-11:45 am

The Secret to Crushing Your Sales Quota: Three Things That You Can Do Right Now
Merit Kahn, Merit-Based Business

Some people strive to meet their quota and others to beat it, but in this session, it's about crushing your quota! You don't need to hear the same old song and dance about positive attitudes and call reports. You need more than that to crush your numbers. You need straight talk, creativity, innovative thinking and a few laughs to crush your sales quota year after year. In this session, you will hear the truth about why salespeople don't sell more, struggle with negotiations and give away their power to prospects. It's what people who aspire to be top salespeople need to hear and what accomplished salespeople may do naturally that can be done even more deliberately to stay on top.

1:00 pm Golf Tournament (lunch included at 12:15 pm)
Friday, April 24, 2020
7:30-8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00 am

Beyond 2020
Gene Marks

In this session, Gene, a business owner, CPA, and author will share the tactics, strategies and ideas that hundreds of business leaders he knows are carrying out to grow their companies beyond 2020. How will they navigate through a potential economic downturn? What impact will the 2020 elections have on their firms and the industry? What investments should they be making? What technologies should they be considering?

9:00-9:15 am


9:15-10:15 am

Your People the Next 2 Years
Gene Marks

One of the biggest challenges faced by business owners today is attracting and retaining great people. During this entertaining and fast-moving session Gene will touch on some of the most important employee related issues in your company including: How trends and regulations in minimum wage, paid time off, and overtime will impact your ability to find and motivate employees. The benefits, costs, risks and rewards of outsourcing, including the latest technology tools to manage your outsourced contractors. The newest and innovative cloud-based technologies that are helping companies of all sizes recruit, manage, compensate and make them more attractive to work for and much more.

10:15-10:30 am


10:30-11:00 am

Technology Trends
Paul Broome, Chemformation

In this interactive session, Paul will analyze what technologies the chemical distribution industry is using and what are the current and emerging trends distributors are seeing . Discussion topics will include: What kind of technology are we seeing reach end users? What kind of technology are chemical distributors and producers using?

11:00-11:30 am

Maximizing your ERP investment
Sean O’Donnell, Datacor

Many companies today rely on their software, specifically ERP solutions, to run their business. While utilizing ERP software increases profitability through digitizing operations, streamlining processes, mandating standard operating procedures, integrating data and initiating collaboration, it seems most users only use a small portion of their software’s functionality. How can you ensure you are getting the most out of one of the biggest IT expenditures your company undertakes? Sean O’Donnell, Chairman of Datacor, Inc. will share best practices and tactics to consider when it comes to maximizing the return on your ERP software investment.

11:00 am-12:30 pm

NACD Spouse/Guest Brunch - Roy’s Waikoloa

11:30-11:45 am

Chemical Education Foundation
Bruce Schechinger, CEF Board of Trustees Member

Bruce Schechinger will provide an update on the Chemical Educational Foundation’s latest program and fundraising initiatives in the Western Region.

1:00 pm

Golf Tournament (lunch included at 12:15 pm)

6:00-10:00 pm

Closing Reception and Dinner

Saturday, April 25, 2020
8:30 am

Wrap-Up Breakfast

10:30 am

Meeting Adjourns