Keynote Speakers

Moving Forward

Presented by Connor Lokar

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

2020 was quite a year. We will explore all the changes that have occurred in the economy and what they mean to our future. The pandemic, government responses, consumer trends, burgeoning opportunities and lagging sectors will be examined. These forces will shape the trends ahead and drive our tactics and strategies. U.S. and Global economies, as well as the industries most important to attendees will be examined. We will also: 

  • Assess business demand in 2021 and into 2022.
  • Look at a system of key leading indicators that are proven to signal cyclical turns in the economy and markets.
  • Present market outlooks and discuss issues that have an impact on your profitability via resource allocation, budgets, expectations and strategic planning.
  • Discuss any potential changes caused by the November elections.
  • Present the unintended consequences of the massive stimulus programs that will impact businesses in the years ahead.
  • Assess interest rate and other financial market trends, including the latest information on stock market performance.
  • Present clear, actionable management objectives that are right for the coming years as we adapt to the ‘new normal’. One thing will not change, successful businesses will have to constantly adapt to a sea of changing circumstances.
About Connor Lokar
Connor Lokar has been working side-by-side with ITR Economics President Alan Beaulieu at various events from large association meetings to smaller business settings. Thousands of business leaders have enjoyed his dynamic approach to his speaking engagements. Lokar is known for providing a fresh look on how to make economic intelligence applicable and actionable. He specializes in the construction industry as well as his work on the ITR Trends Report. Lokar’s ability to relate to the next generation of business leaders, while helping current C-Suite executives, has allowed attendees to walk away with a better understanding of their employees and the ability to plan for the future with confidence.

Inside the Beltway

Presented by Blake Adami

Thursday, April 15, 2021
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

What is happening in Washington…and why? Blake Adami will discuss what’s going on in Washington, including a review of recent events, how those events might impact business and share some thoughts on the major legislative and political issues anticipated in the coming year. 

About Blake Adami
Blake Adami is NAW’s vice president of government relations and his primary areas of responsibility include health care, labor issues, workforce and workforce benefits. He currently serves as political director of the NAW Political Action Committee. Adami is also a member of the management and/or steering committees of several coalitions, including the Employer’s Health Care Clearinghouse, the National Coalition on Benefits, the Partnership for Employer Sponsored Coverage and the Stop the HIT (Health Insurance Tax) Coalition. Prior to joining NAW, he served for nearly 10 years in the House of Representatives as a deputy chief of staff and legislative director.

The Funny Side of Sales

Presented by Greg Warren

Thursday, April 15, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Comedian Greg Warren intertwines humorous stories and observations from his sales career with practical advice on how to move on from objections. His engaging, energizing presentation will share insights and examples from his “Top Tips I Learned in Sales.” Attendees will leave laughing and motivated thanks to his relatable approach.

About Greg Warren
Greg Warren worked at Procter & Gamble for 10 years where he sold Pringles, Jif, Crisco, Sunny Delight, Folgers and Duncan Hines. He began his career in Houston, TX, where he eventually became an account executive working with one of the nation’s largest grocery wholesalers, Grocers Supply Inc. He later transferred to Cincinnati, OH to call on two divisions of The Kroger Company. He spent his last two years working as a project manager inside P&G’s corporate headquarters.

In 2001, Warren left P&G to become a standup comedian. He’s a nationally touring headliner and has been featured on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, BET and CMT. Warren is a fan favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show and can be heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio.

Business Meetings

Private Supplier/Service Center Meetings
CBSA leadership is focused on using the time at the convention to promote networking and collaboration on key industry issues. The CBSA Convention is also an opportune time to meet with your suppliers/service centers. 

To promote your efforts we have added time for these meetings on the schedule of events. In order to facilitate participation in the other scheduled activities during the convention, please plan your meetings during this designated time. There is no cost for renting the private meeting room, but food and beverage or audio/visual equipment may be purchased for an additional fee.  

For further information about hosting a meeting for your company, contact Whitney Nelson or call (913) 396-0697.