Southern Region Events

2018 Southern Region Meeting

The 2018 Southern Region Meeting will be on Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 2018 at Kimpton Epic Hotel in Miami, Florida.


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: Februaru 7, 2018

Hotel & Travel

Kimpton Epic Hotel
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 424-5226

NACD Room Rate: $269/night

To make your reservations book online or please call (800) 546-7866, and reference NACD.

Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 5, 2018


2018 Meeting Agenda

*Subject to change.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:00 pm Registration
6:30-7:30 pm Opening Reception
Thursday, March 1, 2018
7:30-8:00 am Breakfast
8:00-8:10 am Opening Remarks
Fern Espinosa, Andes Chemical Company;
NACD Southern Region President
8:10-8:30 am

NACD State of Affairs 
Douglas A. Brown Brown Chemical Co., Inc.; NACD Chairman of the Board

NACD Chairman of the Board Douglas A. Brown will deliver an update on association membership, programs, and events and provide an outlook of what’s ahead.

8:30-11:00 am

What's Your Story?
Craig Wortmann, Sales Engine, Inc.

Stories are woven throughout our conversations and our relationships. The stories we tell help people understand who we are and what we are about, and they are one of the most powerful communications tools we have. But how often do we think consciously about our stories? Do we collect stories as we collect other forms of information? Do we work to improve them and make them more effective? This session will explore why stories are powerful and how to capture, distill, and tell the right story at the right time for the right reasons.

11:15 am

Lunch – Grab a Boxed Lunch and Go!

Noon-5:30 pm

Optional Activity – Golf at Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne

Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne is a championship 18-hole golf course located on the island paradise of Key Biscayne, just 10 minutes from downtown Miami. It is the perfect alternative to civilization where you can spend a day enveloped by the tropics.

6:45 pm

Reception and Dinner at Cantina La Veinte

Enjoy dinner with fellow attendees at this restaurant, which celebratesone of the most famous cultural and gastronomic treasures of Mexico — the Cantina!

Friday, March 2, 2018
8:00-8:30 am


8:30-9:15 am

Legislative and Regulatory Update
Eric Byer, NACD

The creation of new regulations and enforcement of existing rules continue to increase across all federal agencies that regulate the chemical distribution industry, including the EPA, DOT, OSHA, and DHS. 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

Growth & Opportunities: The Latest Political, Technological, Economic, and Management Trends That Will Dominate Your Business Through The Next 2 Years
Gene Marks, The Marks Group P.C.

There are political, economic and technology trends and events occurring right now that will impact your business over the next 3–5 years. Do you know what they are? As an owner and executive, it is your responsibility to know what’s coming down the road and to be prepared for any surprises. During this keynote presentation, Gene touches on the three most important power trends that will impact your business through 2018: Washington and the economy, your people, and your technology.You’ll walk away knowing the biggest trends that will impact your company over the next few years and an action plan for navigating your business forward.

11:00 am-Noon

Import/Export Regulations
Deborah Stern, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Description coming soon.


Lunch (Optional)/Meeting Adjourns

Royal Sonesta