2021 Speakers

Mike Lang

VP Responsible Distribution
National Association of Chemical Distributors


Mike Lang: Since Change Happens, Management of Change isn’t Optional

Management of change (MOC) can only be successful if management gives the necessary support and resources throughout the entire operations. MOC is a powerful loss prevention tool for any organization!

Michael Lang, CSM, PMP, VP, Responsible Distribution manages all aspects of NACD’s flagship initiative - Responsible Distribution - a management system that includes a third-party audit program, focusing on continuous improvement in environmental, health, safety, and security (EHS&S) performance. He also serves as an association liaison between chemical distributor members and major chemical manufacturers on industry performance and trends associated with EHS&S priorities.

Prior to his joining NACD in 2007, Mike’s previous employment includes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); a training and consulting company working with tribal governments and organizations, and federal, state, and local governments; the American Trucking Associations; the National Automobile Dealers Association; and other organizations in marketing, advertising, and project management capacities. 

Mike earned his Certified Safety Manager (CSM) designation in 2020 and has retained his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation since 2005. Mike is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), National Association of Safety Professionals (NASP), and a program committee member of the National Safety Council’s Business & Industry Division. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland

Dr. Thomas Kevin Swift

Chief Economist 
American Chemistry Council

Dr. Kevin Swift: The Outlook for the Economy and Implications for the Chemical Industry
Dr. Swift will discuss the economic drivers and the outlook for the global and US economy, and how these will affect the US chemical industry, with particular emphasis on the foreign trade situation. He will end on the outlook for the US chemical industry.

Dr. Thomas Kevin Swift, CBE, is the chief economist at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in Washington, DC where he is responsible for economic analyses dealing with markets, energy, trade, tax, and innovation, as well as monitoring business conditions, identifying emerging trends, and assessing the economic and societal contributions of chemistry. Prior to joining the ACC, Dr. Swift held senior level and executive positions at two major industrial market research consultancies. 

Dr. Swift is a member of the Harvard Discussion Group of Industrial Economists, the National Business Economics Issues Council, and the Association of Industry Analysts. He is a member of The Wall Street Journal Forecasters’ Survey panel. After serving on the board of directors of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), he chaired the NABE Education Committee and for his service as a professional economist and contributions to the profession, he was elected a NABE Fellow. Dr. Swift was also one of the first to achieve NABE’s Certified Business Economist (CBE) designation and more recently served as president of NABE. 

Dr. Swift is a graduate of Ashland College with a BA degree and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with an MA degree in managerial economics. He is also a graduate of Anglia Polytechnic University with a doctorate in business administration (DBA) degree and has completed studies at Harvard University and the University of Oxford. 

Dr. Swift is an adjunct professor of business economics at the University of Mary Washington. He is also a member of the Heritage Council of the Science History Institute. 

Chris Swecker, Esq.

Assistant. Director, FBI (retired)
Attorney/Fraud & Security Consultant at Chris Swecker Enterprises

Chris Swecker, attorney and founder of Chris Swecker Enterprises,
 is a frequent CNN, Fox and CNBC commentator, public speaker and author on financial crimes, money laundering, physical/cyber security and electronic crimes. He has appeared on such shows as 60 Minutes, CBS This Morning, Oprah Winfrey, GMA, Piers Morgan anD North Carolina People.   

Swecker served 24 years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before retiring as Assistant Director and head of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. He also served as the FBI’s On Scene Commander in Iraq in 2003 where he led a team of FBI Agents conducting counter-intelligence, terror financing and international terrorism investigations. Swecker’s team also assisted military components in tactical counter insurgency/terrorist operations and security assessments.

As head of the FBI’s Criminal Division, Swecker led FBI criminal investigations including public corruption, money laundering, organized crime/drug trafficking and financial crime matters.  He led national task forces on corporate fraud, violent gangs, mortgage fraud, crimes against children, public corruption and organized crime. He established the MS-13 National Gang Task Force and the National Gang Intelligence Center.

As Corporate Security Director for Bank of America from July 2006 to January 2009 Swecker led investigations; physical security; international security, employment screening and executive protection. As a result fraud losses were reduced by over $50 million, armed bank robberies were reduced by over 50% and ATM thefts were virtually eliminated.

Swecker currently manages his own law practice and founded Chris Swecker Enterprises, a security and financial crimes consulting firm. 

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