NACD NewsBrief
Apr. 25, 2013

Membership & Safety Questionnaire — Still awaiting your response

Distributor Members — If you haven't already submitted your 2013 Membership and Safety Questionnaire, please do so immediately. Submissions were due yesterday, April 17. We're still waiting on 20 percent of the membership to complete the questionnaire — please take a few minutes to fill it out online or complete and fax in the printed copy you received in the mail. Thank you to those of you who have completed it!

If you have any questions about the NACD Membership & Safety Questionnaire, please contact Lucinda Schofer at or 703-527-6223. More

Tom Searcy set to deliver Central Region Meeting keynote, June 12-14, Chicago

Increase the speed at which you grow your company by joining us at the 2013 Central Region Meeting on June 12-14 at the Union League of Chicago. Tom Searcy from Hunt Big Sales will be joining us for Thursday's general session sharing his strategy on how to "Manufacture your Big Deals for Rapid Growth" and how to double the speed in which you double the size of your company. Tom has created a video with a snapshot of his presentation, click here to connect to his remarks. Online registration is now available — click here to register and make your hotel reservations.More

ChemEdge to offer hands-on learning experience with facility tour

ChemEdge provides a variety of opportunities to learn through both classroom training and hands-on experiences. On Aug. 21, Brenntag Mid-South's Lancaster facility will host a facility tour for ChemEdge attendees. Don't miss the chance to learn from your peers — register now for ChemEdge, Aug. 21-23 at the Omni Dallas and make sure you sign up for the facility tour! More

5th Cycle update!

Get a head start before the January 2014 start of the 5th Cycle! NACD is offering members two opportunities in the coming months to learn more about what to expect in the new cycle. Click "Read More" to learn about these upcoming events.More

Save the Date — 2013 Northeast Regional Meeting

Mark your calendars! The 2013 Northeast Regional Meeting will be held in Baltimore at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court from Sept. 23-25. The Northeast Region Officers are working hard to prepare a great program you won't want to miss! Keep checking the Northeast Region webpage for additional information.More

NACD's Company Productivity Report and Compensation & Benefits Survey now open

The submission period is now open for the 2013 Company Productivity Report (CPR) and for the Compensation & Benefits Survey. These unique surveys offer invaluable benchmarks for measuring your company's strengths and weaknesses to improve both operations and compensation and benefits. Click "Read More" to learn about each survey and how to participate. More

NACD sponsors state You Be the Chemist Challenge in Virginia

The top 15 students have emerged from a Virginia You Be The Chemist Challenge participant pool of more than 1,200 grade 5-8 students.

The top five placing students from the NACD sponsored Fairfax and Loudoun County Challenges will travel to Suffolk, Va., to test their knowledge of chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, laboratory safety against the top five qualifiers from the BASF Corporation sponsored Suffolk County Challenge on April 27 during the Virginia state competition. The winner of this state Challenge will win an expense-paid trip to Philadelphia to compete in the National You Be The Chemist Challenge at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on June 24!

CEF would like to thank NACD and all of the sponsors whose generous contributions have made the 2012-2013 local and state Challenges a success! It is thanks to you that CEF is able to grow participation in the Challenge each year, engaging more and more students in the sciences at an early age!

Interested in attending the National Challenge? Visit CEF’s website for registration information.More

CEF extends a special 'thank you' to its volunteers!

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 22-28), CEF would like to thank each and every NACD member who has helped us get to where we are today! You are the backbone of this organization and champions for science education!

In effort to recognize the hard work of our volunteers, CEF has implemented a "Volunteer Spotlight" on our volunteer webpage that will highlight different groups of volunteers throughout the year. Check out who we are recognizing this month!More

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