SOURCE: National Association of Chemical Distributors

National Association of Chemical Distributors

November 18, 2014 13:50 ET

NACD's 43rd Annual Meeting Records Highest Attendance in 16 Years

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - November 18, 2014) - This week, members and affiliates of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) are gathering for the association's 43rd Annual Meeting. This event has a longstanding history of bringing together leaders in chemical distribution to learn and engage with each other. Kicking off Tuesday with the highest attendance since 1998, the event features high profile speakers, workshops, and activities geared toward improving the safety and business performance of chemical distributors.

Industry leaders, together with their suppliers, customers and colleagues, are learning new ways to lead high performing companies, improve their sales organizations and better understand challenges facing the industry. This year's meeting is focusing on building community, featuring educational sessions on leadership, business economics, safety enhancement, science education resources for local teachers and students and more.

Opening the conference, Mathew A. Brainerd, NACD's Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of Brainerd Chemical, stated, "We must pursue excellence with a sense of responsibility and an attitude that fosters courage within ourselves and our colleagues."

Key sessions at the Annual Meeting include:

  • ACE: Attitude, Character and Enthusiasm
    Mike Ditka | Legendary NFL coach, player and commentator
    Opening the 43rd Annual Meeting, Mike Ditka will deliver a powerful presentation highlighting the key characteristics people need to achieve their personal and professional goals.
  • America's Challenges
    Karl Rove | Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
    During his keynote session, Karl Rove will offer insightful analysis and predictions about the current heated debates in Washington, DC, the nation's political course, and the bigger challenges America faces. 
  • Good Days Ahead
    Alan Beaulieu | President, ITR Economics
    Business leaders may be understandably uncertain given the rhetoric of mid-term elections and conflicting financial reports. Will Europe slow down or edge over into recession? Is China a problem? Alan Beaulieu, President of ITR Economics™, will take a look at what's really going on in the US and in markets that impact our industry.

For more information on NACD's complete Annual Meeting program and proceedings, please visit our website at

NACD and its nearly 450 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For more information, visit

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