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NACD's Byer announces changes in senior management team — promotes Schofer to chief operating officer, announces departure of McMillan
On Monday, Jan. 13, Eric Byer, president of the National Association of Chemical Distributors, announced two changes in his senior management team. Byer, who recently joined NACD as president, has promoted Lucinda A. Schofer to chief operating officer from vice president, marketing and member programs. Schofer's new position will oversee many critical areas of the association's operations and member services, including board and committee governance, membership, communications, finance/accounting, human resources, education and strategic partnership programs. Byer also announced that Kurt McMillan, currently NACD's vice president, business management, is leaving the organization in early March.
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How do I complete the profile and specifications for the 5th cycle? Find out during the new Responsible Distribution Webinar, Feb. 6!
What better way is there than to have one of our verifiers tell you what he is looking for, before he steps on site? On Feb. 6, Join Dennis Zito of Compliance Solutions Group, one of the NACD verifiers, and Mike Lang, vice president of Responsible Distribution as they show you how to fill out the new 5th cycle Profile and Specifications (formerly, Protocol). If you never completed the online tool before, this presentation is a must. Even "veteran" code coordinators should take the time to find out the preferred way to submit the information to the verifiers while saving you time. Register today for the Feb. 6 (noon to 1 p.m. ET) webinar at
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NACD president visiting New Jersey/Pennsylvania area on Jan. 23
Interested in meeting the new NACD president in person? Eric Byer will be visiting members in the northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania area on and around January 23. If you would like to schedule a visit from Eric to your office or facility, please contact Eric directly at
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Optimizing channel compensation program at Texas A&M
Find out the right way to quantify channel alignment and identify gross margin opportunities to improve your bottom line in a two-day program at Texas A&M. On Feb. 18-19, the university will present its findings from a detailed industry-driven "channel compensation" research study featuring input from 15 distributors and five manufacturers from seven lines of trade. This program starts with motivation and analytics behind each best practice, exploring the best practices in detail. Team-based group exercises will be also conducted throughout the program for effective learning.
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Help us highlight industry at work — submit photos to NACD
NACD's new offices will feature a number of 20x30 photo frames we hope to fill with photos of our members and industry in action. If you have a high resolution JPEG that you would be willing to share with NACD and have us print and display in our office and/or use in future publications, please email Caitlin at by the end of January. We hope to rotate photos periodically, so please feel free to send throughout the year in addition to the January deadline.
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CEF and Dow AgroSciences to host professional development workshops
On January 17-18, CEF is partnering with Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis to host a series of professional development workshops. On the 17th, for the first time, CEF will hold a You Be The Chemist® Essential Elements facilitator training, in order to certify Dow AgroSciences employees to lead Essential Elements workshops in their local schools. On the 18th, CEF and Dow AgroSciences will hold an Essential Elements workshop for local K-8 science teachers. Participants in both workshops will gain valuable experience with hands-on, interactive teaching methods to introduce students as young as kindergarten to lab safety and the excitement of scientific exploration.

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Why company culture is so important
By Erica Cohen
Unless you've spent the last decade or so living under a rock, you've definitely heard the phrase "company culture" being bandied about. And while it's become the center of attention in many discussions about how to build a successful company, I have to wonder if everyone who talks about company culture actually understands what it means and how to create and maintain an authentic one. Let's consider the definition of company or organizational culture and why it matters.
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20 business lessons you don't want to learn the hard way
A few months ago, Forbes posed this question to ShortStack's Facebook fans: "What is one business lesson you learned the hard way?" It began as a simple question to garner engagement, but it led to a long list of business owners' reminiscences that included some great advice. Of course every business owner will have his or her own trials, but here are 20 reminders shared by the community that just might save you a headache.
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Some of the most successful entrepreneurs have yet to hone their listening skills — and it could be working against them. If you take the time to hear what others have to say — particularly your employees and customers, whose feedback is invaluable — you will build a loyal following for your brand. But be careful not to judge or criticize; just simply listen. Here are five techniques to do so more effectively.
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Simple steps to inspire your employees
Here's a simple truth: really inspired employees get a lot more done for your business and for your customers than employees who don't really care about the job they do. Uninspired employees don't necessarily telegraph the full extent of their disengagement, but that doesn't mean they don't pose a huge problem for American businesses today.
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When it comes to leaving a job, most workers are really quitting a boss, not their position. Losing an employee is never good for an employer: it can disrupt productivity, dent office morale and cost money. But bosses face a tall challenge in the current economic climate. Office disenchantment often stems from people being in the wrong role.
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