NAW Billion Dollar HR Roundtable,Fall 2016

November 1st-2nd, 2016 at the O’Hare Hilton

“The value of the NAW Billion Dollar HR Roundtable is the ability to network with other CHROs. We are able to focus on specific concerns that each CHRO may have. The open discussion session is what I like most about the HR Roundtables. This meeting features great interaction and discussion during the meal breakouts”
Joe Wegener, Vice President of Human Resources, 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.

Salveson Stetson Group is a valued NAW Roundtable Sponsor

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

Similar to other billion dollar roundtables NAW has created for the CIO, Operations, CFO, and Chief Legal Officers, this by invitation 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 HR 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 HR, should that person be unable to attend the scheduled meeting.

Become a Billion Dollar Company HR 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 HR Roundtable Agenda

November 1st, 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

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 CLO, HR and Operations executives attending the spring Roundtable.

November 2nd, 2016 – Day 2

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM


8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Opening Session & Discussion
“The CEO & CHRO Partnership – Managing Human Capital to Drive Organizational Strategy Through Engaged Talent”

Speaker: Chris Dustin & Keith A. Friede of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

CEOs worldwide see human capital as a top challenge and key point of leverage, yet they rank HR as only the eighth or ninth most important function in a company. The successful CHRO manages human capital much like CFOs manage financial capital – finding and executing the allocation of talent investments that engages talent, drives organizational strategy through talent, and maximizes return on talent investment. In this session, we’ll focus on

  • The evolution of key human capital and engagement metrics
  • Powerful links between high levels of accurately measured employee engagement and optimized business performance
  • Talent investment allocation that maximizes return on investment


  • Cutting edge employee engagement metrics – what measurable engagement factors correlate strongly with top organizational performance
  • Leveraging key engagement points and measuring the ROI of improving employee engagement
  • Using engagement and other key organizational assessments & metrics to develop and implement strategically-oriented human capital investment management to allocate talent investments that optimize your “ROTI”


9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Presentation & Discussion
“Best Practices for Executive Compensation Committee Management”

Speaker: Michael Kenney of FW Cook

Executive compensation is an extremely high profile responsibility of Billion Dollar CHROs.  The topic of executive pay at billion dollar companies is a popular talking point for cable news and national publications.

As the managers of the executive compensation committee CHROs are managing key members of the board of directors with vast business experiences to ensure that executive compensation incentivizes key profit and value increasing  leadership behavior, while fostering greater accountability by removing impediments to the market for the transfer of corporate control; a daunting and complex matter indeed.


This session challenges the best practices for CHROs when leading their executive compensation committees.  Best practices discussed and challenged include:

  • Requiring that compensation committees and nominating committees consist entirely of independent directors and that boards consist, at least in the majority, of independent directors.
  • Vetting compensation consultants to moderate executive compensation committee meetings.
  • Determining if the key decision maker for the committee should be the CEO or independent directors from the board.


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 Networking Lunch with CLO and Operations Executives
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. All 3 groups: Operations, HR and CLO executives will attend this joint lunch.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Closing Session & Discussion
“CHROs as the CEOs of Succession Planning”

Speaker: Mary Bilbrey of JLL Americas

In today’s business world that highly focuses on human capital as an organization’s most important asset and due to the increasing percentages of turnover especially among the top talents; many companies have started looking for solutions to keeping these talents and not losing them to competition. After a series of studies done by different sources on employees it was found that multiple reasons contributed to the departure of talents, however, the most common and highly impacting reason is the lack of career visibility.

Astute executives and HR professionals realize that succession planning must also encompass mission critical positions with direct revenue or profit impact within an organization. They also realize the succession planning process should be an open process relying more on business need than on visibility to a select group of executives. The best processes have companies making good faith estimates on their current and future skill and competency needs, finding hidden talent, as well as soliciting and acting upon internal feedback.


This session will review successful strategies where Billion Dollar CHROs have addressed succession planning by:

  • Tracking skills and competencies represented in their employee populations, and acting upon this intelligence.
  • Planning successors to meet the future demands from the retirement population and the positions with high turnover rates.
  • Developing and communicating career path plans for multiple levels of employees.


2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
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