NAW Billion Dollar HR Roundtable,Spring 2017

May 16-17, 2017 at the O’Hare Hilton

“The Billion Dollar HR Roundtable presents a unique opportunity to network with industry peers while discussing challenges we all face in distribution. A great group and I look forward to our future Roundtables.”
John Lyday, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Bunzl Distribution

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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, Tamela Blalock or Adam Isenberg at 202.872.0885.


NAW Billion Dollar HR Roundtable Agenda

May 16, 2017 – 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

As a bonus, the dinner session will also feature Jade West, NAW’s Senior Vice President-Government Relations and Executive Director of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors Political Action Committee (NAW-PAC) who was named the 2015 Lobbyist of the Year by CEO Update.

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.


May 17, 2017 – Day 2

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM


8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Opening Session & Discussion
“Creating The FUNOMENAL ™ Workplace – Managing workplace morale under the shadow of the DOL FLSA Overtime Rule Changes”

Tony Brigmon, Author, Former Ambassador of FUN at Southwest Airlines

The new presidential administration, impending new Labor Secretary, and a late 2016 federal court ruling against the Department of Labor’s new white collar overtime rules has forced a difficult decision on employers who may have already announced or even implemented salary changes based on the regulations, offering them a chance to avoid those increases but not without threatening workplace morale.

With a rapid change in pace and leadership over the past few months, billion dollar CHROs have had little time to react to the nationwide injunction, which stopped a rule change that would have reclassified 4.2 million workers as nonexempt from overtime rules. While the decision was welcome news for CHROs concerned about being able to maintain operations while taking a huge hit to their bottom line, the injunction isn’t final, so there’s not yet a clear mandate to reverse planned salary and overtime pay changes.

Although CHROs are legally off the hook for increasing pay or overtime compensation in line with the rule change, a majority of large employers had already informed their workers how they would be implementing the change, which makes it incredibly difficult from a morale standpoint to change course.

This session will update on the current movement (or changes to) the FLSA Overtime Rule, and discuss strategies to maintain a high workplace morale in light of possible interruptions to scheduled reclassifications of affected employees.


9:30 AM – 9:45 AM


9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
General Session & Discussion
“Drowning In A Sea of Sameness: The 5 key metrics for creating market differentiation, employee distinction and accelerated performance”

Hugh Blane, President of Claris Consulting

This is a facilitated session designed to help CHROs choose the metrics and productivity measures that best evaluate employee performance. Specifically, this session will:


  1. Clarify the five overlooked metrics of employee flourishing and how to identify and purposefully measure them.
  2. Introduce how CHROs can become the undisputed avatar and exemplar of the five overlooked employee flourishing metrics.
  3. Create enhanced communication strategies for CHROs to enlist fellow champions of employee flourishing.
  4. Enhance each participant’s knowledge of their unique talents, skills, and challenges when working with CEOs and other senior leaders.


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
“Why Succession Plans Fail / Breaking the Unwritten Rules”

Mike Weber, Southwestern Consulting

Change happens and an effective secession plan sounds easy to develop. So, why aren’t they? Most of us know cognitively why succession plans and corporate transitions don’t work. The real question is how do we make sure that doesn’t happen to us!

This session is an interactive experiential session designed identify the 5 “Unwritten Rules “ that are preventing transition plans from succeeding. Attendees will then develop a series of steps designed to break the rules and help them build the next level of leaders. Our goal is to not just recognize the challenges but leave with actionable steps that you can enact tomorrow in building a sustainable succession plan.



2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Set Agenda for Next Meeting Scheduled for November 14-15, 2017


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