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About NACD

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.

For more information about membership within NACD click here.

About the Annual Convention

NACD's 2017 Annual Convention -- taking place April 24 - 27 at the Silverado Resort in Napa-- will be a one-of-a-kind private event for NACD Distributor Members and Supporting Suppliers.


Monday, April 24th

8:30am - 11:00am Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Meeting
1:00pm - 4:00pm Board of Directors Meeting (Board Members Only)
5:00pm - 6:00pm Spouses Reception
5:00pm - 6:00pm First Timers Reception
6:00pm - 9:00pm Welcome Reception

Tuesday, April 25th

7:00am - 8:30am Henry Hoffman Scholarship Breakfast
7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast Buffet
8:30am - 10:00am General Session-Peter Van Stolk
10:30am - 12:00pm General Session-Greg Bell
11:00am - 1:00pm Spouse Painting Class with Lunch (Free!)
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm Roundtable Discussion
2:00pm - 3:30pm Membership Meeting
3:30pm - 5:00pm Benchmarking Survey
6:30pm - 10:00pm Off-Site Dinner at Local Winery

Wednesday, April 26th

7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast Buffet
7:30am-8:30am Membership Committee Meeting
8:30am - 10:00am General Session-Stu Schlackman
10:30am - 12:00pm Charity Event (all costs included with registration)
12:30pm - 4:00pm Optional Sip and Cycle Tour

Thursday, April 27th

7:30am Golf Tournament
6:00pm NACD Members' Photo
6:30pm - 7:30pm NACD Reception and Package Viewing
7:30pm NACD Awards Ceremony, Dinner and Dancing


Peter Van Stolk

Marketing maverick Peter van Stolk has a unique approach to promoting his products, an intense connection to his consumers, and an uncanny ability to predict trends. He helps organizations around the world with a broad range of marketing and business challenges, including how to compete, how to market a product, and how to build a successful business.

Peter founded the Jones Soda Company in 1987 and served as CEO and chairman of the board for 20 years. During that time, his original marketing approach, which included interacting online with consumers, brought Jones Soda phenomenal success in the crowded beverage industry. By integrating customer feedback, Jones Soda became known for its unique flavors and custom packaging.

Van Stolk also oversaw the launch of new product lines, including non-carbonated juice, tea, and energy drinks. He successfully competed against the global multi-billion-dollar soda giants and earned brand loyalty among consumers – all on a shoestring budget. His work has attracted the attention of the New York Times, CNN, People magazine, and Inc.magazine.

He saw the potential in using the Internet for marketing long before anyone else did. van Stolk, who is now CEO of The Tree Fort Group, a social media marketing company, believes traditional methods to reach consumers are less effective today and that marketing campaigns can’t rely solely on buying advertising space. He advises marketers and organizations to adapt their methodology and become more social to interact with audiences, using tools like Flickr, MySpace, Facebook, blogs, and wikis.

Peter is also the CEO of SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery), an online grocery store delivering local & organic products to customers in 6 cities within North America.


Greg Bell

More than just a motivational speaker, Greg Bell is a Portland, Oregon based thought leader, business consultant, and leadership coach. His popular book, Water The Bamboo: Unleashing The Potential Of Teams And Individuals, has inspired an array of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies like Nike, Disney and Comcast, to the Portland Trail Blazers and Division I NCAA athletic teams like the Oregon Ducks Football and the Gonzaga Bulldogs Basketball.  

As an innovator and keen observer of highly successful leaders and teams, Greg has learned that the key to success is having the courage to use the skills you already have to achieve a result greater than you previously imagined.

Inspiring and energizing audiences with his egaging storytelling, Greg shares his knowledge with excitement and passion. His ability to masterfully blend insight and encouragement with just the right dose of reality makes him the consistently top-rated keynote speaker at major conferences. A Certified Speaking Professional (the highest earned designation from the National Speakers Association), Greg influences thousands of individuals and entrepreneurs each year with his innate ability to connect personally with audience members. 

Whether you’re rolling out a new culture initiative, developing your leaders, or seeking a keynote that will be remembered long after your event, Greg will deliver a tailored session that will encourage and inspire each attendee to become stronger, more empowered and more productive than ever before.

Greg holds political science and law degrees from the University of Oregon. He is also the force behind Coaches vs. Cancer — a campaign for the American Cancer Society that has raised over $87 million for cancer research. In addition to his corporate leadership experience, Bell is a TEDx Talk alum and serves on the advisory board for the Portland TEDx conference series.

Stu Schlackman

Stu Schlackman is the Relationship Selling Expert for building high performance teams. As a speaker, author and sales coach he focuses on superior sales results by shortening sales cycles, closing more new business and increasing the win rate. His 4 X 4 Sales System helps sales professionals understand the four different personality styles and how they prefer to buy, how they make decisions and how they prefer to communicate.

Stu has more than 33 years in corporate sales and sales management, where he was instrumental in increasing revenues and growing new business at large corporations such as Cap Gemini and Digital Equipment Corporation. In addition to closing large contracts and leading sales teams, Stu spearheaded sales training initiatives. These initiatives powered his sales teams to exceed sales projections by an average of more than 30 percent annually.

Stu is the author of Don’t Just Stand There, Sell Something, Four People You Should Know and The 180 Rule for the Art of Communicating. Stu has served on the board of directors for the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, was the 2011-2012 President for the National Speakers Association of North Texas, serving a 2nd term for 2016-2017, served on the Chapter Leadership Council for NSA, chaired the Sales Professional Expert Group and is a Certified Speaking Professional. He has also served as President of the Leadership Richardson Alumni Association. Stu also teaches Professional Selling at University of Texas, Dallas as a Senior Lecturer.


Registration Forms for Distributor Members

Registration Forms for Suppliers

Event cancellations must be submitted to NACD headquarters in writing, or e-mail. A refund will be granted up to 30 days before the annual convention. Cancellations made 15-30 days prior will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellations received 14 days prior will not receive a refund.  To request a cancellation please email NACD Staff at, or send a written request. If you must cancel your meeting registration, it is also your responsibility to cancel hotel room reservations. Any charges billed to NACD for cancelled hotel rooms will be charged back to the attendee.

Special Needs

  • 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.



By becoming a program sponsor, you will demonstrate your support for the industry and gain valuable exposure and brand awareness at the Conference. All sponsors will be in the spotlight before, during, and after the event.

Sponsorship opportunities allow you to gain important visibility and be an integral part of our industry and event. Sign up today and maximize your exposure!

Click here for sponsorship forms. Please return the form with your payment no later than, March 31, 2017.

To sponsor a hole at the Golf Tournament and benefit the Henry Hoffman Scholarship Fund, click here.

Tuesday Keynote Speaker Sponsor ($8,000)-SOLD OUT!

  • Opportunity to Exclusively Sponsor and Introduce Peter Van Stolk.
  • 5 minute time slot to address the group during the speaker introduction with a PowerPoint (optional)
  • Shared Vertical Signage at Registration
  • Advertisement and Link on Conference Website
  • Company Logo and Link on Conference Website

Wednesday Keynote Speaker Sponsor ($8,000)

  • Opportunity to Exclusively Sponsor and Introduce Stu Schlackman.
  • 5 minute time slot to address the group during the speaker introduction with a PowerPoint (optional)
  • Shared Vertical Signage at Registration
  • Advertisement and Link on Conference Website
  • Company Logo and Link on Conference Website

Opening Reception Sponsor ($5,000)

  • Opportunity to Exclusively Sponsor the Opening Reception
  • Hosted Bar includes:
    • Company Logo displayed at the Bars as Sponsor of Event
    • Cocktail napkins with company logo
  • Shared Vertical Signage at Registration
  • Advertisement and Link on Conference Website
  • Company Logo and Link on Conference Website

Closing Reception Sponsor ($5,000)

  • Opportunity to Exclusively Sponsor the Closing Reception
  • Hosted Bar includes:
    • Company Logo displayed at the Bars as Sponsor of Event
    • Cocktail napkins with company logo
  • Shared Vertical Signage at Registration
  • Advertisement and Link on Conference Website
  • Company Logo and Link on Conference Website

Lanyards ($5,000)

  • Opportunity to Exclusively Sponsor the Conference Lanyards
  • Shared Vertical Signage at Registration
  • Company Logo on Conference Website with Link to Company Website

Tour Sponsor ($3,000)

  • Opportunity to Exclusively Sponsor all Conference tours and Spouse Painting Class
  • Advertisements om emails and on website promoting tours
  • Shared Vertical Signage at Registration
  • Company Logo on Conference Website with Link to Company Website

Supporting Sponsorship (<$2,000)

  • Shared Vertical Signage at Registration
  • Company Logo on Conference Website with Link to Company Website


Silverado Resort and Spa is a luxury resort in the heart of the world-famous Napa Valley Wine Country! Whether you come to the Northern California area for relaxation, adventure or business, find it here. The soothing, full-service spa sets the stage for relaxing comfort, offering massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and more. But there’s more to Silverado Resort and Spa than just soothing stays. Two PGA championship golf courses, which are overseen by World Golf Hall of Fame member, lead golf analyst for NBC Sports, and resort co-owner Johnny Miller, 13 lighted tennis courts, and biking and hiking trails on-site ensure excitement at every corner. And thanks to its Napa Valley Wine Country location, it’s all close to more than 400 wineries. It’s all designed to ensure the perfect Napa Valley Wine Country stay for any and all visitors. 

Hotel Reservation Information

To reserve your hotel room:


For individual reservations, call (800) 532-0500 and reference group name NACD or National Association of Container Distributors


Click here to book online.

Room Types

There are a variety of guest rooms available in the NACD block at $249/night plus taxes and fees.

  • All room rates are subject to local sales and occupancy tax
  • Reservations received after March 28, 2017 will be confirmed on a space and rate available basis only.
  • Cancelation Policy: If you need to cancel your hotel room, cancellations must be made three days before the arrival date.

Meetings and Official Events

Charity Event

NACD will continue to support a local charity to give back to the area in which we hold our meetings. More information about this event will be available soon.

Off-Site Dinner at Gundlach Bundschu

Join us for an off-site dinner in Sonoma at the georgeous estate vinyard that the Bundschu family has farmed for over 150 years. Explore the expansive vineyards, wine cave, mountain ranges, and water that capture the pure artistry and nature’s elements on Rhinefarm, making this a majestic and dramatic event location. Transportation will be provided to and from the dinner and all costs are included in your registration fee.

Golf and Tours

Please register in advance!
All leisure activities have a minimum participation requirement and are subject to cancellation. Registrations for the Golf Tournament at the and Tours are due no later than March 24, 2017.

Golf Tournament

Located in the heart of the Wine Country, the two championship golf courses are only available to members or resort guests. Redesigned by PGA Hall of Famer Johnny Miller, both courses feature dozens of water crossings, elevation changes and routing through historic oak trees.

Registration fee of $295 includes breakfast and buffet lunch served during golf awards program, use of practice facility, range balls, greens fee and cart rental. Please include the handicap on the registration form.

Rental Club Reservation

Sponor a Hole

Optional Tours

Spouse Painting Class with Lunch
Tuesday, April 25 11am-1pm

Fran Hyland will lead a class with step by step instructions on how to create a lovely work of art! All supplies will be provided including a canvas that can fit in your suitcase to return home. A light lunch and of course, delicious, local wine will be served. Take time to network with other spouses and enjoy some local cuisine in this relaxed, fun activity. NACD has decided to cover all costs associated with this event in hopes that all spouses and companions will join us to network and enjoy this fun activity.

Sip and Cycle
Wednesday, April 26 12:30pm-4pm

Cycle through the beautiful Napa countryside while exploring multiple local wineries. The tour covers approximately twenty miles of terrain but is taken at a leisurely pace with frequent stops for resting, photography and wine tasting. All riders will enjoy a gourmet lunch during this guided excursion at a local vinyard. Cost is $295/person and includes all equipment, bottled water, wine tastings, snacks, and lunch.

General Info

Special Rules
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.

Tour Policies
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.

Dress Code
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.

The Dress Code For Receptions and Dinners are as follows:

Opening Reception - Resort Casual
Off-Site Reception/Dinner - Resort Casual
Thursday Awards Reception/Dinner - Black Tie (Silver and Gold accessories requested)

DRESS RENTAL WEBSITE ($30 Off First Order)


If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact NACD Staff at (630) 942-6585.

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