NACD NewsBrief
Jan. 15, 2015

Upcoming Events

Learn more about and register for these upcoming events!

  • Jan. 22: 2015 Regulatory and Legislative Outlook Webinar
  • Feb. 5: Responsible Distribution: Code IV's Handling & Storage Webinar
  • March 8-11: University of Innovative Distribution
  • March 22-25: Duke Management Program
  • March 24-25: Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop

    *Note: The NACD/CEF office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19, for the Martin Luther King holiday. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 20. More

    Only One Week Left to Register for the Duke Management Program

    Time is running out — there's only one week left to register for the March Duke Management Program at the Fuqua School of Business! On March 22-25, learn to identify the causes of and solutions to prevent team inefficiencies and under performance. By working through different management scenarios, you'll learn to avoid common decision traps so you can make good decisions and create effective plans. Learn more on our website under the "Duke Management Program" tab and register today. The deadline to register is Jan. 21.More

    New Blog Post: NACD Gets Aggressive on State Advocacy

    Last week, NACD announced its 2015 state advocacy strategy to tackle the continuing challenges chemical distributors face across the United States. With state legislatures increasingly drafting and passing legislation that places new environmental requirements and tax burdens on our members, our association must act both offensively and defensively to educate state policymakers about the immense value our Responsible Distribution program offers in ensuring the safe and secure distribution of chemical goods.More

    2015 Membership Directory Update Sheets Due Tomorrow

    Tomorrow is the final day to return your company's NACD Membership Directory update sheet. Please complete and return your company's form by fax at 703-527-7747 or scan and email to Donna Thomas at More

    Calling All Emerging Leaders — Spots Available for 2016 Class

    There are a few spots still available for the 2016 Emerging Leaders Class — do you know a motivated employee who is dedicated to the advancement of Responsible Distribution and the chemical distribution industry? NACD's Emerging Leaders program is designed to cultivate the next generation of company and industry leaders, assisting to prepare your current young leaders to step up and take your business to the next level. This program will enable emerging leaders to identify and tackle key aspects of leading a team and company. Interested? Contact Matt Glaser at to learn more.More

    Learn About Near-Misses at the Responsible Distribution Workshop,
    March 24-25

    What are near-misses and how and why should every company identify them? Join David Garner and Corey Roberts with Brenntag North America at the Responsible Distribution Workshop on March 24-25 in Anaheim as they discuss why their organization was concerned by the lack of reported near-misses. Register now.More

    Upcoming Webinars: 2015 Government Affairs Update and Responsible Distribution Code IV

    Hear the 2015 Legislative and Regulatory Outlook from our Government Affairs team and learn more about Responsible Distribution's Code IV: Handling & Storage with Horn's Greg Roop at our upcoming webinars!More

    A.G. Layne Sponsors Professional Development Workshop for Phoenix Teachers

    On Jan. 17, the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) will hold an educational workshop for K-8 educators in Phoenix. Through CEF's You Be The Chemist® Essential Elements program, workshop participants will gain valuable experience with hands-on, interactive teaching methods to help students fall in love with chemistry at a young age. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of A.G. Layne Inc., attendees will receive a flash drive pre-loaded with CEF's award-winning You Be The Chemist® Activity Guides: Lesson Plans for Making Chemistry Fun, other fun educational giveaways, and continuing education credit for their participation.

    CEF's Essential Elements workshops have received overwhelmingly positive feedback over the past three years. To find out more about the program, visit our website or contact! CEF’s Essential Elements workshops have received overwhelmingly positive feedback over the past three years. To find out more about the program, visit our website or contact! More

    Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks
    The human ingenuity within any organization is its greatest competitive advantage. Yet the fear, complacency and outright disengagement that can exist within its walls are the biggest barriers to leveraging it. The number one responsibility of any leader is to create an environment that not only engages their workforce, but draws out the best of what they have to offer. The best thinking. The best creativity and innovation. The best strategy and business execution. The best customer service and quality control. The best accountability and collaboration. The organizations that are the most successful at this are those that build and sustain the strongest competitive advantage over the long haul. Easier said than done of course.More

    The First 100 Days: How to Help Ensure Success
    By William D. Pawlucy
    Imagine being hired for the most important job in an organization with no training, no standard operating procedures and not knowing who your team is and how they support you. Unfortunately, every year there will be chief elected officers all across the world who don't know their job or ask halfway through their term if there is even a strategic plan.More

    Why Our Brains Love Lists and How To Make Better Ones
    Fast Company
    It's no secret that people love lists. Ten ways to do this, five ways to do that. Lists are soothing. They're simple. They provide instant gratification and purpose.More

    5 Simple Steps to Better Leadership In The New Year
    By Betty Boyd
    We all make New Year resolutions in our personal life, but what about our professional life? Do leaders need to make resolutions? Being a leader should not necessarily entail resolutions, but rather establishing goals. Goal setting is providing a vision for an organization to follow. It is decisiveness — take action, and it will go a long way. So how does a leader come up with these goals?More