NAW Billion Dollar CIO Roundtable

June 7-8, 2016 at the O’Hare Hilton

“The NAW Billion Dollar CIO Roundtable is an excellent forum for like-minded executives to network and exchange ideas. Time invested attending these Roundtables are time well spent.”
Amin Noormohamed, VP & Chief Information Officer, Core Mark International Inc

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Eligibility: Companies with $1B+ in annual revenue.
The NAW Billion Dollar Roundtable is the only opportunity that provides networking and benchmarking exclusively with other top executives of non competing, like-sized Wholesale-Distribution companies.

Grant Thornton is a valued NAW sponsor

     NAW Billion Dollar CIO Roundtable Sponsor JDA

The NAW Billion Dollar Company Chief Information Officer Roundtable for direct members was created as a new mechanism for the CIO’s of large distribution enterprises to network with non-competing peers in multiple lines of trade on key IT issues.

Similar to other billion dollar roundtables NAW has created for the CLO, CFO, Operations, and Human Resource executive, this by invitation only roundtable is composed of executives from billion dollar companies that meet in Chicago two times per year. This highly interactive group consists of the SENIOR-MOST IT executives. The annual fee is $1,800 per member, which covers meeting costs for two events in a twelve month cycle. Participants are expected to cover the cost of their hotel and travel. Once the annual fee is paid, there are no additional fees to attend the meetings, which will last one day beginning with a reception and dinner the evening before.

The participating companies can also name an alternate who can take the place of the enrolled Executive, should that person be unable to attend the scheduled meeting.

If you would like to join the group please go to this link:

Become a Billion Dollar Company CIO Roundtable member. Click here.

If you would like to learn more please contact John Peter or Tamela Blalock at 202.872.0885.


NAW Billion Dollar CIO Roundtable Agenda

June 7th, 2016 — Day 1

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Drinks & Dialogue Reception
Come prepared to meet and mingle with your fellow participants from the largest firms in the industry.

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Billion Dollar Executive Dinner

Speaker: Jade West, NAW

Make sure to attend the most exclusive executive supper club in Chicago this evening! This dinner is your opportunity to pick the brains of the senior executives for the top wholesale distribution companies in the industry. This is a joint dinner that will include the CFO and CIO executives attending the spring Roundtable.

June 8th, 2016 — Day 2

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Opening Session & Discussion – “Why Product Data is Breaking Relationships between Distributors and Manufacturers (And How to Fix It)”

Speaker: Jason Hein & Brad Johnson, Codifyd

How to improve and speed the flow of product information between manufacturers and distributors. How you manage and control the flow of product information throughout your enterprise has a significant impact on channel partner relationships, product information quality, cost-saving initiatives, and e-commerce performance and revenue. With thousands of channel partners, millions of products, and complicated systems and workflows, manufacturers and distributors face serious challenges today with online product information. In this interactive workshop, learn from Codifyd consultants about developing a scalable, sustainable product content strategy across business units, cloud technologies, and processes. You’ll leave with actionable takeaways that help you achieve high-quality product information for improved relationships and e-commerce success.

The session will include a workshop around leading practices, as well as case studies, on leading product data management practices and solutions.

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Presentation & Discussion – “The Silicon Valley Distributor – Digital Strategy and the CIO”

Speaker: Steve Walker, Experis

The ability to deliver on your digital initiatives is tied directly to your current organization’s digital maturity. Your digital maturity consists of organizational dynamics such as IT and Marketing interaction, current resource levels, technology adoption, and overall organizational change. How is your organization evaluating your digital investments? Is your organization considering the right blend of digital talent? How are you evaluating and integration your technologies? How are your IT and marketing working styles? All of these questions can be reviewed in the context of a digital maturity model. Large organizations have unique challenges while maturing an organization. The digital maturity model is one way for organizations to evaluate and measure their evolution.

Steve Walker will conduct a 15 minute pre-roundtable survey to use as a discussion tool throughout the session. We will discuss the components of a digital maturity model, how your peers are viewing their maturity, and techniques on how to establish a culture of digital change.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Open Discussion
This session is set aside for you to raise any issue you would like and have the group provide their thoughts. This is an open forum to further discuss any item on the agenda or to bring up topics that are not on the agenda. Make sure to take notes during this session, you may find a perfect topic to suggest for the next NAW Roundtable.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Joint Lunch & Networking Discussion with CFO Roundtable
This is the “halftime” period where you meet up with all of the Billion Dollar Company senior executives at this week’s Roundtable to compare ideas and benchmark across disciplines. Both groups: CFO and CIO executives will attend this joint lunch.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Closing Session & Discussion – “App Wars – Attack of the Multiple-Platforms”

Speakers: Danny Halim, JDA & Frank Jewell, JDA

Studies have reported that for every business application, somewhere between 4 and 20 mobile apps are required. The unexpected consequence of bring your own device (BYOD) programs is a doubling or even tripling of the size of the mobile workforce. This is placing tremendous strain on billion dollar distribution CIOs and CFOs. The strategy switched from creating mobile versions of existing sites to creating a mobile ready website and apps first, a strategy known as “mobile first.” Is mobile first the correct strategy moving forward or should Billion Dollar CIOS engage in a multi-channel strategy to stay competitive and ahead of the curve?

Danny and Frank will review case studies featuring billion dollar companies that have engaged in both mobile first and multi-channel strategies in their application development methodologies.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Set Agenda for Next Meeting Scheduled for December 6-7. 2016

2:30 PM

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