Speakers & Presentations

Thank You for Joining Us for the 2022 NAHAD Annual Meeting & Convention. Save the Date for the 2023 Convention in the Bahamas from April 29 to May 3

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Opening General Session 
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | 1.5 HRS CE
Meridith Elliott Powell

Thrive: Turning Uncertainty to Competitive Advantage

Today’s marketplace is competitive, challenging, and constantly changing. To grow and compete, you need the right perspective and approach to sales, marketing, and business growth. Meridith Elliott Powell will share innovative strategies to redefine disruption and turn uncertainty into a competitive advantage. 


  • Learn proven techniques for predicting the changes coming in the marketplace
  • Master strategies that ensure longevity and success in highly volatile times
  • Discover secrets to making the critical decisions that move your organization forward
  • Devise a personal plan of action to turn uncertainty to competitive advantage

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM | 1.5 HRS CE
Meridith Elliott Powell

Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy

With more than 75 million baby boomers reaching retirement age, finding and retaining talent is going to be tough. In this innovative workshop, Powell will share proven strategies to craft your leadership bench and design a succession plan that ensures the long-term growth of your organization. She’ll share what it takes to build a strong talent pipeline, develop future leaders, and create a succession plan that gives you clear competitive advantage.


  • Proven methodology for building your leadership bench
  • Powerful techniques to build long, loyal, and highly engaged leaders
  • Steps to align your succession plan to your strategic objectives
  • Innovative strategies to get you out of the “urgent” phase, and into a culture of continuous leadership development
  • A customized succession plan ready for immediate implementation

About Meridith Elliott Powell1

Sales strategist, leadership expert, Certified Speaking Professional, and award-winning author, Meridith Elliott Powell wants today’s businesses to stop viewing uncertainty as something that prevents them from being successful. This is why her virtual programs, leadership coaching, online courses, and keynote presentations leverage her 9 step formula for making uncertainty your company’s strategic advantage™.

So you can stop letting unpredictability be an obstacle to your success, and start embracing today’s uncertainty to drive your organization’s growth and achieve phenomenal results.

Educational Session - Sales & Marketing
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM | 1.5 HRS CE
Gerry O'Brion

Becoming the #1 Choice in a Crowded Market

Your customers may be interested in your why and engaged by your story, but they buy your “because.” O’Brion’s Power of BECAUSE framework has been used by manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and businesses of all kinds to clarify their message, drive referrals, and close sales. He’ll deliver a fun, thought-provoking dialogue that reveals the four critical questions you should be asking to stand out in the sea of sameness. It is packed with strategies and case studies from multiple industries that can be implemented immediately.


  • Learn a framework in innovation and influence that will show you how to become the number one choice in crowded industries
  • Create disruptive strategies and messaging to attract your ideal customers
  • Leverage change to create unique competitive advantages making you the clear choice

About Gerry O'Brien

Gerry began his career in marketing at Procter & Gamble and then was an executive for Coors Light, Quiznos, and Red Robin. He has his MBA from the University of Michigan. Gerry also spent 8 years serving in the military.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Breakfast & Panel sponsored by Unilog
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM | 1.5 HRS CE
Alex Chausovsky

Winning the War for Talent: Proven Strategies to Attract, Hire and Retain Your Most Valuable Asset

The war for talent is escalating. Some organizations are ill-prepared to handle the challenges of an increasingly complex labor market, shackled by the “we’ve always done it this way” mentality. Others are thriving, armed with analytical insights and surrounded by allies, allowing them to snap up highly performing “impact players” and supercharge their growth. What kind of an organization are you? More importantly, what kind do you want to be in the future?


  • Peel back the curtain on recruitment and stress the need for partnerships and alliances.
  • Identify the key elements that make an organization attractive to top talent.
  • Share best-in-class hiring strategies including metrics and practices.
  • Convey the top factors that drive talent retention.
  • Deliver practical and actional advice on what businesses can do to become better at attracting, hiring, and retaining workers.

Following this session, hear insights directly from NAHAD distributors and manufacturer members as they address workforce challenges (and successes!) in this interactive and informative panel discussion.

Panelists include:

  • Chris Holder, Singer Equities
  • Mike Mortensen, Alaska Rubber Group
  • Mike Harvey, Flexaust

About Alex ChausovskyHeadshot Circle 8

Alex is the director of analytics and consulting with the Miller Resource Group. He is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than twenty years of expertise across subjects including economics, industrial manufacturing, automation, and advanced technology trends. For the last two decades, he has consulted and advised companies throughout the US and Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia.

He has delivered hundreds of keynote presentations and webinars to small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries. Alex is currently overseeing a suite of analytics products focused on talent for the Miller Resource Group. He is also consulting with companies to help them become better at attracting, hiring, and retaining the impact players in their industry.

Members' Luncheon, Carver Award, & Keynote sponsored by OmegaOne & Stainless Hose Fittings
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM | 1.5 HRS CE
Alex Banayan

Exponential Success Through the Third Door

We all face rejection. We all deal with fear. Whether it’s in our personal lives or careers, there are always dozens of obstacles holding us back from achieving our biggest goals. There are certain mindsets and tools that can not only clear the obstacles on your path but also add rocket fuel to your success. Banayan will take the audience on an unprecedented adventure, from hacking The Price Is Right to chasing Larry King through a grocery store to the multi-year quest to learn from Bill Gates and Lady Gaga. Alongside the larger-than-life stories, Banayan takes the principles learned and pushes the ideas to a whole new level, with strategies to make you and your company more resilient, more persistent, more committed to growth, and more capable of achieving your biggest objectives.

About Alex BanayanAlex B Circle

The day before his freshman year final exams, Alex Banayan hacked The Price is Right, won a sailboat, sold it, and used the money to fund his quest to learn from the world's most innovative leaders. Over the course of his unprecedented journey, Banayan interviewed Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and more.

Banayan's keynotes have had far-reaching effects, acting as the catalyst for a new way of thinking. The Third Door™ framework has helped individuals discover unconventional routes to achieve their biggest dreams and has aided Fortune 500 companies to take new approaches to sales, marketing, and exponential growth.

Since the publication of The Third Door, Banayan has brought his message of possibility to millions of people in more than one hundred countries. At the core of Banayan's mission is his belief that "When you change what someone believes is possible, you change what becomes possible."

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

General Session & Business Meeting sponsored by Interlynx
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM | 1.5 HRS CE
Vijay Vaitheeswaran

The Disrupted Economy: What Lies Ahead For Business?

The economy and corporate business have been disrupted as never before by the covid-19 crisis and associated policy responses. After a record-breaking bull market and unprecedented economic boom, we are now amid historic fluctuations in employment, consumer demand, share valuations, and other important indicators of economic wellbeing. The backdrop to today’s challenges include festering trade and tariff battles, the unnerving unreliability of supply chains, and a technology cold war with China. 

Vijay Vaitheeswaran, with experience as U.S. Business Editor and China Business Editor at The Economist, will help make sense of this highly unsettled business climate. He’ll break down the big picture trends to assess how challenging this period of uncertainty might get for the U.S. economy, and the likely scenarios toward sustainable recovery and rejuvenation for U.S. industries.

About Vijay Vaitheeswaran Headshot Circle 7

Award-winning writer Vijay Vaitheeswaran is the Global Energy and Climate Innovation Editor of The Economist, and previously served as U.S. Business Editor, China Business Editor, and China Bureau Chief.  Vaitheeswaran also served as an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum/Davos. Vaitheeswaran is a leading authority on China, global health, international trade, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

With a career that has taken him from Mexico City and London to Shanghai, Vaitheeswaran brings an impressive depth of expertise to topics and issues ranging from politics and economics, the business and technology of energy and the environment, and China’s dynamic and in-innovative private sector. As The Economist’s former healthcare editor, he gained valuable experience covering the health and economic impacts of pandemic outbreaks.

The Financial Times declared Vaitheeswaran to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” His latest book is Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems. Kirkus Reviews declared it to be “a perfect primer for the post-industrial age” and Amazon named it a “Selection of the Month.” His previous books have also garnered accolades, ranging from lengthy reviews in The New Yorker to shortlisting for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year prize. He wrote The World is Not Flat, a timely and provocative Special Report in The Economist on the disruptive future for globalization, multinational firms, and supply chains.

"The NAHAD convention is a great place to connect with people who are business associates that often become friends. The key players are there and you get to meet with them with less distractions than the office, in a more casual environment. The convention properties are always fantastic too!"

Jeff Newell, Project Manager for Sales and Marketing, Dixon Valve