NAW Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable

October 19th-20th, 2016 at the O’Hare Hilton

“I have been attending the NAW Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable for many years. What makes these meetings unique is the chance to learn how other companies are dealing with similar strategy, policy, and operating issues. The agendas are filled with current topics important to all distribution executives, and the outside experts who speak are very insightful.”
Jim Ryan, Chairman, W.W. Grainger, 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
Oliver Wyman is a valued NAW sponsor

NAW’s Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable is a unique event designed for CEO’s of wholesale distribution companies with annual sales volumes that exceed $1 billion. A proverbial “who’s who” in wholesale distribution, this unique conference provides you with the opportunity to network with non-competing peers across a diverse range of commodity lines. You will have the most in-depth business discussions ever at this event!

This by-invitation-only event for CEO’s of billion dollar companies provides attendees a distinct forum where they can interact with peers from the largest firms in the industry to share and discuss key strategic issues.

Join your peers to discuss how you are surviving this economic climate and strategies to position your company for the coming rebound. Change is the only constant you can rely on and this event helps you to stay one step ahead.

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

 

NAW Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable Agenda

October 19th, 2016 – Day 1

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Registration

 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Opening Session – “The 2017 ‘Intelligent’ Distributor Playbook”

Speakers: Keith Creehan & Shri Santhanam of Oliver Wyman

Oliver Wyman will open the 2016 Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable by sharing the findings of the 2017 ‘Intelligent’ Distributor Playbook Study. In this presentation, Oliver Wyman will explore the most critical trends impacting Billion Dollar distributors in 2016, and provide a bold vision for strategic actions that Billion Dollar distributors can initiate in 2017 to drive their business performance in the upcoming 3-5 years. NAW & Oliver Wyman developed this session with the NAW Billion Dollar CEO Advisory Panel. Oliver Wyman has interviewed nearly 15 Billion Dollar CEOs and surveyed over 70 distribution C-suite executives for this presentation.

Takeaways
Key takeaways include:

  • Five key trends in distribution
  • Five critical actions for CEOs to consider in the year ahead

The NAW-Oliver Wyman partnership is a strategic resources for NAW’s Billion Dollar CEO members, and is bringing fresh new thought leadership to the industry. Through this partnership Oliver Wyman is working with NAW to be a “think tank” focused solely on issues determined by the Billion Dollar companies, through focused sessions at the CEO Roundtable and via white papers that are shared with the CEO.

 

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Networking Discussion Workshop – The 2017 ‘Intelligent’ Distributor Playbook
Join your noncompeting peers in NAW’s exclusive networking groups to discuss ideas, share solutions and find answers to key issues that could apply to your business, today.

ENTRY TICKET: Your ticket for entry is to bring two ideas or questions concerning the presentation that you want to discuss. Present your entry ticket to your table captain at the start of the discussion workshop.

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Break

 

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

 

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Billion Dollar Executive Dinner
“Economic Update of Wholesale-Distribution Industry”

Speaker: Todd Buchholz, Economist, Best Selling Author & Former Director of Economic Policy under George H.W. Bush

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 session also features a very intriguing and engaging presentation from the world of economics and finance. Todd Buchholz, economist, best selling author, and Former Director of Economic Policy under George H.W. Bush has jousted with such personalities as James Carville and Ben Stein. Todd’s best-selling books on economics and financial markets have been widely translated and are taught in universities worldwide.

October 20th, 2016 – Day 2

7:00 AM – 7:40 AM
Breakfast

 

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
General Session – An Exclusive CEO Preview of the 2016 Edition of “Facing the Forces® of Change”

Speaker: Paul St. Germain, Wholesale Distribution Lead at IBM

Scheduled Panelists
Michael Flink, President-ADI Global Distribution at ADI
Jim Ryan, Chairman at W.W. Grainger 

This is your exclusive opportunity to watch the book ‘come to life’ at the Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable!

Paul St. Germain, author of “Facing the Forces of Change” will lead Michael Flink and Jim Ryan in a lively discussion about how they have implemented design thinking from the customer’s perspective. How are they maintaining “stickiness” with their customers, and how are they anticipating their customers’ needs?

Since its inception in 1982, the landmark Facing the Forces of Change® series continues to provide insights about the overall future of wholesale distribution and the role of wholesaler-distributors. The 11th edition promises to highlight the critical areas where the “forces of change” will impact distributors over the next few years and transform the industry. There is no shortage of opportunities for distributors to embrace and leverage these forces.

*Note: The 2016 edition of “Facing the Forces® of Change” is set for publication in November 2016.

Takeaway(s)
Experience the real life case study from billion dollar CEOs whose strategies inspire this very important industry research publication.

 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Discussion Workshop – An Exclusive CEO Preview of the 2016 Edition of “Facing the Forces® of Change”
Join your noncompeting peers in NAW’s exclusive networking groups to discuss ideas, share solutions and find answers to key issues that could apply to your business, today.

ENTRY TICKET: Your ticket for entry is to bring two ideas or questions concerning the presentation that you want to discuss. Present your entry ticket to your table captain at the start of the discussion workshop.

 

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
General Session – Top Takeaways on Cybersecurity for Billion Dollar CEOs

Speaker: Ankit Fadia, Author & “Ethical Hacker”

Billion Dollar CEOs are lasered focused on cyber security. CEOs are now sharing the responsibility for security, beyond just the CIOs. The topic of security is now unquestionably a priority for the entire C-suite, and any organization that delegates security matters solely to the CIO is compounding its risk factors. This enhanced focus has occurred because breaches are everyday news, and liability cost is soaring. According to the Ponemon Institute, the average total cost of a data breach in 2014 was $3.5 million, up 15 percent over the previous year, and it is rising to $5.85 million for an organization in the United States. The risks are growing, and without effective safeguards: their brands, reputations, and company’s future in business could be at stake.

Takeaway(s)
CEOs will be leave this session with guidance to:

  • Discuss the top 5 questions that every CEO should know the answer to as it relates to their company’s cyber risks.
  • Review the industry standards and best practices on implementing a cybersecurity program.

 

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Lunch & Networking Session – Top Takeaways on Cybersecurity for Billion Dollar CEOs
Join your noncompeting peers in NAW’s exclusive networking groups to discuss ideas, share solutions and find answers to key issues that could apply to your business today.

 

12:30 PM – 1:25 PM
Closing Session – A Preview of the Presidential Nominees’ Business Agenda

Speaker: Jade West, NAW

The 2016 Presidential Election will strongly define the economic, regulatory and foreign affairs direction for the United States. Jade West will provide her expert perspective on the reported business agendas for both the Republican (Donald J. Trump) and Democratic (Hillary Rodham Clinton) Presidential nominees, and the possible effects to the business landscape for large company wholesale distributors.

 

1:25 PM – 1:30 PM
Closing Remarks & Adjournment




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