The National Association of Container Distributors (NACD) is a professional association of rigid packaging distributors who supply bottles, tubes, pumps, sprayers and other closure systems. America’s foremost companies have discovered the benefits of working with NACD members.
NACD and their supplier organizations adhere to a strong code of ethics that ensures the most trusted products from the nation’s best manufacturers. The rigid packaging industry's leading distributors and top manufacturers offer fresh, innovative and effective approaches to packaging needs, and outstanding service without added costs.
About the Annual Convention
NACD's 2020 Annual Convention — taking place May 12-15 — will be a one-of-a-kind private event for NACD Distributor Members and Supporting Suppliers.
Distributors contact staff for your coupon code (one per company). More registration instructions below.
(Subject to change-please note a different day pattern)
Tuesday, May 12-May 15, 2020
Full Schedule will be announced shortly, please review the projected schedule below.
Tuesday, May 12
Board of Directors Meeting
Industry Advisory Council
Wednesday, May 13
Thursday, May 14
Packaging Awards & Gala
Friday, May 15
Robert J. O’Neill
Former SEAL Team Six Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group
New York Times Best-Selling Author
Rob O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time and the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior. A former SEAL Team Six leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, he deployed more than a dozen times and held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war. A highly-trained Navy SEAL, he led the military’s most elite and was involved in our nation’s most important campaigns. With most of his career shrouded in a classified cloak, O’Neill was the man on the ground we have never heard of but know exists. He was one of the quiet professionals performing the most difficult tasks in the most difficult circumstances, serving his remarkable career in the shadows and keeping America safe in the process.
In the world of high-pressure Navy SEAL missions, instant, critical decision-making is a necessity for success. He has proven experience in exceptionally high-risk and fluid environments. Having trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators, O’Neill brings this unique expertise to organizations and translates his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments, and how to become the ‘best of the best.’ Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, his mantra is “never quit,” and he believes this is the single most important factor in determining success. O’Neill reminds us that the servicemen doing the dirtiest work are often making the hardest sacrifices.
Decorations. One of the nation’s most decorated veterans, O’Neill has been decorated more than 52 times with honors, including two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations, and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor. Silver Stars, the military’s third highest honor, are awarded for extraordinary gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. Bronze Stars with Valor are awarded for merit, with Valor signifying a heroic act and direct participation in combat operations. It is the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces and the ninth highest military award overall. Joint Service Commendation Medals are given for senior service on a joint military staff and is the most senior of the commendation medals.
Military History. O’Neill rose to the rank of senior chief petty officer in the United States Navy and served as a team leader at DEVGRU, positions not come by easily. O’Neill has a laundry list of certifications, including instructor, physical trainer, master training specialist, special warfare sniper and breacher, diving supervisor, and survival expert. He was also an officer in charge of small arms, demolition, close quarters combat, explosives breaching, fire and maneuvers, and laser systems safety. His military air operations qualifications include high-altitude and high-opening free fall jump master, tandem and bundle master, parachute rigger, master naval parachutist, drop zone safety officer, and air operations trainer/examiner and quality assurance inspector. He has completed more than 1000 jumps.
Since leaving active duty, O’Neill is a co-founder of Your Grateful Nation, which provides individualized transition support for Special Operations heroes and their families. They provide executive-level mentoring, transition services, and family stabilization support.
Partner, Whistle Work
Many plastics industry professionals struggle to find candidates to fill their job openings. Low unemployment, while a great sign for the economy, compounds this issue. In this session, you will take an all-encompassing look at developing, recruiting and retaining your future workforce. You’ll learn best practices by reviewing multiple research studies, engaging with experts and analyzing real-life examples of what Millennials and Gen-Z are looking for in a career and employer.
Ben Varquez is a partner at Whistle Work, an employer and industry branding, recruiting and retention solution. He’s also the managing director of Youth Marketing Connection, the largest student-focused marketing agency in the United States. Throughout his career, he has worked closely with industry leaders such as Google, Capital One and Spotify and leading trade and professional associations such as the American Institute of CPAs and the Center for Audit Quality. Varquez is a graduate of The George Washington University’s School of Business, an outdoor enthusiast and a lifelong learner. He enjoys cooking, building furniture and playing ultimate frisbee.
Registration-Open in December 2019
Distributors contact staff for your coupon code (one per company). Printable registration form available upon request. We encourage you to register online, first registering yourself, then adding your spouse, etc.
After selecting your attendee type, confirming your contact information, and selecting your registration, you will be asked to indicate all events you are attending. If a tour has an added fee, you will be prompted to select the ticket for that event.
If you have questions, please contact staff.
- Alert NACD staff if you have any personal requirements regarding your attendance at this meeting that arise under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Alert NACD staff if you have any dietary restrictions that NACD should be aware of regarding your attendance at this meeting.
Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman
Book your room here today. There are a variety of options available. NACD is covering the cost of the resort fee so room rates are $399/night.
Experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman are designed to engage and inspire hotel guests. Romantic strolls along the soft coral sand of Seven Mile Beach. A challenging round of golf beneath the cerulean Caribbean sky. An indulgent body scrub with diamond powder. A seven-course menu showcasing local seafood. A glimpse of underwater life from a glass-bottom boat.
If the room you're looking for is only available for limited days, we recommend you reserve the room for the available days and then contact the hotel to extend the reservation within the discounted rate. Staff is always happy to help!
Get your brand in front of the key decision makers of elite packaging distributors, speak to the entire Convention audience, and introduce your newest products and services.
No one shall schedule or conduct any event, function, or meeting which in any way conflicts with or detracts from scheduled NACD Annual Convention meetings or events.
Please register in advance. All leisure activities have a minimum participation requirement and are subject to cancellation. If a cancellation occurs, a full refund will be provided for that activity.
Policy with regards to meeting dress codes includes the following: Men - slacks, open neck, banded collar or polo shirts, sweaters, walking shorts, no ties/jackets required. Women - slacks, skirts, blouses, sweaters, walking shorts, open neck banded collar or polo shirts. Meeting rooms tend to be cooler than the outside temperature. A light jacket or sweater may be necessary.
Dress Code for Receptions and Dinners
Opening Reception - Island/Resort Casual
Off-Site Reception/Dinner - Island/Resort Casual
Wednesday Awards Reception/Dinner - Cocktail AttireTie
If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact NACD Staff at (630) 942-6585.