First Annual Industrial Distribution Big 50 Conference & Awards Luncheon
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Keynote: Michael DeCata, Chairman and CEO, Lawson Products
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Break
10:45 AM- 12:00 PM: Round-table Discussion moderated by Mike Hockett, editor of ID, and featuring panelists:
Ron Knutson, CFO, Lawson Products
Dave McCurdy, President, Kimball Midwest
TBA panelist from DGI Supply
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM: Break
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch and Awards Program
Pricing: Early Bird $100 end 8/31/18
Includes breakfast and awards luncheon
Michael DeCata, President and CEO of Lawson Products
Michael G. DeCata is President and CEO of Lawson Products. He joined the company in 2012 in his current capacity and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. In addition to a 20-year career in leading industrial and distribution companies including W.W. Grainger, General Electric and United Rentals, Mr. DeCata has extensive financial expertise honed in consulting roles at private equity firms. Mr. DeCata has led the company through its revitalization, from stabilizing its supply chain to growing sales through acquisitions, additional sales reps and sales rep productivity.
Mike Hockett, Editor of Industrial Distribution
Mike Hockett is the Editor of Industrial Distribution and Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation — two publications of Advantage Business Marketing. He has been working on ID since August 2014, providing news, articles, blogs and video covering a wide variety of topics about the industrial distribution landscape. He also writes, produces and coordinates lead-generation content on behalf of clients. He works from Advantage Business Marketing's Madison, WI office. Mike graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009 with a B.A. in Print Journalism, and spent the first 7 years of his journalism career in sports writing and editing.
Ron Knutson, Executive Vice President and CFO of Lawson Products
Ron Knutson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lawson Products. He joined Lawson Products in 2009, bringing extensive financial expertise across public and private companies within the distribution, transportation and retail sectors. Ron directs all financial operations for Lawson Products, including internal and external Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, relationships with the banking and financial analyst communities, working directly with the Board on audit, finance and compensation related matters and overseeing the company’s enterprise risk management process.
Dave McCurdy, Vice President of Operations and COO of Kimball Midwest
Since 1988, Dave McCurdy has worked with his brothers, Pat and Chas, at their family-owned business, Kimball Midwest, a distributor of MRO parts throughout 48 states. Dave currently serves as Kimball Midwest’s Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for all operational aspects of Kimball Midwest, including their four distribution centers in Columbus, Dallas, Reno, and Savannah. He also oversees the departments of Accounting, Purchasing, New Product Line, IT, and Quality Assurance.
CFO and General Counsel DGI Supply - DoAll.Company
Timothy Moran is both Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for DGI Supply. He attended University of Illinois, Chicago-Kent College of Law where he received his law degree and attended The Illinois Institute of Technology for his undergraduate degree.