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NACD's 42nd Annual Meeting boasts highest attendance in 6 years
This week, members and Affiliates of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) are gathered in Marco Island, Fla., for the association's 42nd Annual Meeting. The meeting is kicking off with record setting registration, projecting the highest number of participants since 2007. The Business Marketplace, formerly known as the Vendor Expo, also continues with strong participation.
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William A. Fidler of Brenntag North America recognized as 2013 NACD Distributor of the Year
This morning at NACD's 42nd Annual Business Meeting, William "Bill" A. Fidler, member of the management board of Brenntag AG, was named the 2013 NACD Distributor of the Year. In presenting the award to Fidler, Andrew Skipp, immediate past chairman of the board and the 2012 recipient of the award, remarked on Bill's service and dedication to the association and the chemical distribution industry. Fidler was commended for his personal participation on many levels but also for his active support of Brenntag employees in engaging in NACD programs and in their service on NACD committees and association leadership positions.
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NACD presents 2013 Supplier of the Year to Brad Miller, PQ Corporation
Brad Miller, Territory Manager for the Midwest of PQ Corporation, was named the 2013 Supplier of the Year by NACD on Wednesday morning at the annual Supplier Affiliate Breakfast. Individuals selected to receive this award demonstrate outstanding commitment to the both the supplier and distribution communities, working steadfastly on behalf of the whole industry and NACD.
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Thanks to all who participated in CEF golf fundraisers!
CEF would like to thank everyone who supported our fundraisers on the golf course at NACD's Annual Meeting this week! Your support of CEF and our programs is greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping to make the day a success!
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CEF hosts workshop at VAST Professional Development Institute
CEF was excited to take part in the Virginia Association of Science Teachers' (VAST) Annual Conference and Professional Development Institute, held from Nov. 14-16 in Norfolk, Va. As well as exhibiting during the conference, CEF hosted a You Be The Chemist® (YBTC) Essential Elements professional development workshop for Virginia K-8 educators. Participants in the workshop enjoyed the hands-on, interactive style of Essential Elements — and seized the opportunity to get a little messy! Check out photos from the event on CEF's Facebook page.

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Leading millennials: Are you up to the task at hand?
By Jessica Taylor
No matter how you look at the business world, things are evolving — from the way businesses are run to the types of employees that are hired. As baby boomers leave the workforce, the millennials are infiltrating your offices. These millennials are becoming successful in their multitasking, challenge-thriving ways, but with that comes challenges. Ask yourself, can you lead a millennial effectively?
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Why great leaders get passed over: 4 reasons
A while back we looked at the four key reasons good leaders go unrecognized. But there's another category of leader, one who experiences even more frustration: leaders who are recognized as such, but who, for reasons unknown to them, never receive the recognition (or, perhaps, promotion) that they believe they deserve. If you feel you (or a colleague) are doing all the right things but aren't getting the increased responsibility or exposure you desire, check out this list and see which may apply to you.
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How to find great candidates by looking past the obvious
When your business is growing fast — faster than you could ever possibly imagine — it's likely that you will consider bringing in an expert who has "been there and done that" to help your business go where you want it to go. But whether you are inventing something completely new, creating a new business model or merely shaking up the status quo, an expert from the trenches of business-as-usual may not be the perfect fit for your company.
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Great company culture doesn't mean beanbag chairs, a popcorn machine and a pingpong table. In fact, if you do it right, your culture should be defined by things like increased revenue, increased customer satisfaction and employee retention. Although creating a new culture is a big endeavor, it doesn't have to take long, says Brad Power, business management consultant specializing in process innovation.
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