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Still Time to Register, Central Region Meeting — June 12-14, Kansas City
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This June, the Central Region meeting will be held in downtown Kansas City at the historic Hotel Phillips. Top-notch speakers are lined up to ensure you and your management team are prepared for the many issues impacting chemical distribution. Special this year is a tour of a member company's facility near the Kansas City location. Take this opportunity to learn from your peers and our industry experts. Don't delay; register today to add your name to our attendee list.

To learn more about the full Central Region meeting agenda or to register for this outstanding program, go to:

May 25 Deadline — 2012 Company Productivity Report (CPR)
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Make sure you gain important insights for the year ahead by participating in the annual Company Productivity Report. The deadline for submitting your CPR questionnaire is May 25. This important study will once again provide invaluable benchmarks for gauging your firm's operating strengths and weaknesses and improvement opportunities. More

New Responsible Distribution 'Security' Fact Sheet available
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NACD recently created a one-page document highlighting several "Facts" on security in the Responsible Distribution program. This document can now be downloaded easily from the NACD website on the Responsible Distribution Resources page. We hope this flier will provide you an excellent mechanism to communicate with your constituents what you do to ensure the products you handle are safe and secure. If you would like extra copies in hard-copy format, please contact Caitlin O'Donnell at 703-527-6223 ext. 3040 or

Want a Visual Graphic to Help Explain the Vital Services You Provide as a Chemical Distributor?
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Click here to download a new flier showing the vital role chemical distributors contribute to the chemical supply chain. NACD used this two-page communications piece when visiting Congressional leaders during the Washington Fly-In. It was met with appreciation by those trying to understand our unique role in servicing manufacturers and customers alike. You can use this NACD document whenever you need to explain your vital role in the supply chain and in the economy. Want to learn more about it, contact Lucinda Schofer at or 703-527-6223 ext. 3044.

Participating in OPSEM2012 — Discounts on American Airlines Tickets
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NACD has partnered with American Airlines to provide our attendees a 5 percent discount for the OPSEM2012 meeting in Indianapolis. The valid travel dates for this discount are August 18-27. You can easily access American's fares and apply this discount by going to to book your flight. Place the below Promotion Code in the promotion code box and your discount will be calculated automatically.

This special discount is valid off any applicable published fares listed for American Airlines, American Eagle and American Connection. International originating guests will need to contact your local reservation number and refer to the Promotion Code.

You may also call 800-433-1790 to book your flights, please refer to the Authorization Number below when you call. Please note there is a reservation service charge for all tickets issued by phone. Please use our preferred partner, American Airlines when you can because of the benefits provided to you as a traveler and to our organization for extended partner value.

Promotion Code: 8882BT

  Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF)

Final You Be the Chemist (YBTC) State Challenges Held
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All 22 State Challenge champions have officially punched their tickets to Philadelphia! This past week concluded the final two State Challenges held in California (A.G Layne, Inc.; Biersma Creative, Inc.; Brenntag Pacific, Inc.; Coast Southwest, Inc.; Gar Labs; Horn; Ross Organic Specialty Sales, Inc. Solvay Chemicals; Susan Nicholls-Billheimer; Tarr; TCR Industries; Transchem; William C. Ross), and Delaware (The Dow Chemical Company).

CEF is proud of our Local and State Challenge participants and wishes all of the State Challenge champions the best of luck at the National Challenge on June 25 in Philadelphia! CEF would also like to extend a special thank you to all the YBTC Sponsors!

You're Invited to the 2012 National You Be the Chemist Challenge!
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REGISTER TODAY to support our future chemists, engineers, doctors and leaders as they compete in the 2012 National You Be The Chemist Challenge® on June 25 at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Tens of thousands of students from across the country have competed in industry sponsored Local and State Challenges throughout the school year. The top 22 students, one from each participating state, will come together to compete for the title of National Challenge Champion!

Following the competition, CEF will hold its 2nd Annual Challenge Celebration dinner for participants, family members, educators, sponsors and industry members. The dinner will take place at the National Constitution Center and will include an award ceremony for the participants, live entertainment and a chance to mingle with fellow industry members!

A Night to Remember: CEF Vanguard Dinner Photos
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Visit the CEF Facebook page to relive a wonderful evening celebrating the educational outreach efforts of Stephen R. Clark, retired CEO of Brenntag AG. The Vanguard Dinner & Award Ceremony photo album contains a collection of CEF's favorite snapshots from the event that was attended by over 80 members of the chemical industry.

  General Business Interest

Don't send that email — 5 tips for averting mistakes
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Few things are more frustrating than an ugly typo. And fewer errors are more damning to your professional reputation. Careless mistakes in emails and memos aren't easy to avoid. It's like losing weight — seems simple, but if everyone could turn on a switch and just do it, we'd all be thin. More

Great leaders are interesting — Are you?
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Let's face it — the best leaders have always grabbed our attention and peaked our imagination. They have a way of captivating, fascinating and intriguing us. It's the interesting people with whom we want to engage, as they're the ones who inspire and motivate us to be better and do more. The simple truth is few of us desire to be led by those whom we don't find interesting. More

Embracing failure on the way to success
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Successful people will tell you they have failed. That, in fact, they have failed many times. The difference between these high achievers and the rest of us is that even though we all may reflexively regurgitate the same clichés about failing and the value of lessons learned, successful people actually believe them in a substantially deeper manner. More

Effective tips for training new employees
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After investing time and resources into the perfect additions to your staff, it's important not to squander your newly acquired talent. However, without the proper training, even the most promising new hires will likely fail to reach their true potential. That's why companies invest huge sums in extensive training programs to help integrate their employees into a new work environment. More

8 rules for creating a passionate work culture
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For the long-term viability of any enterprise, Canadian businessman Ken Thomson understood that you needed a viable corporate culture. It, too, had to be long-term. So he cultivated good people and kept them. Thomson worked with honest and competent business managers and gave them his long-term commitment and support. From these modest principles, an empire grew. More

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