2021 Annual Conference: Schedule

May 25-27

St. Louis, Missouri

Wednesday, May 26


7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:30 – 1:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Conference Opening 
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Keynote Speaker

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., SHRM-SCP, President & CEO, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 – 10:35 a.m.
ODAPC Updates

Patrice M. Kelly, JD, Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance

10:35 – 11 a.m.
Greetings & Update from the American Trucking Association

Bill Sullivan, Executive Vice President of Advocacy

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – Noon
Smokescreen: What the Marijuana Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Kevin Sabet, PhD, President & CEO, Smart Approaches to Marijuana

11:30 a.m. – Noon Lunch for Exhibitors
12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch/Exhibitors Trade Show Opens – Group 1

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch/Exhibitors Trade Show Opens – Group 2

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 1
FAA & FRA Insights, Updates and Q & A

Chet Stevenson, Manager, Central Compliance and Enforcement Center

Connecting the Dots: From Initial Contact to Client for Life

Discover the formula to create a positive customer expectations and customer experience from the beginning. Learn the five mistakes companies make that drive their customers away while learning the things you can begin doing now to convert customers to clients for life.

Tom Fulmer, Vice President of Business Development National Drug Screening, Inc.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 2
Safe Collections Practices in a Changing Culture

Learn how to apply the CDC safety guidelines to the collection process and discover additional safe practices you can implement to limit virus exposure to yourself and others.

Leah Sasis, Drug and Alcohol Collector Trainer, MHS

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Updates and Q & A

Jerry Powers, Program Manager Office of Railroad Safety

Government Affairs/PAC Meeting
NDASA’s Governmental Affairs Committee will be recapping the events of the past year, discussing any current legislative issues with members, and verifying our position with membership. We will have a discussion about the NDASA 2020 Advocacy Day in Washington DC (May 2020) and will address the NDASA PAC and its future.
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 3
A Winning Drug Testing Approach: Deterrence Centricity

Through real-world data and anecdotal evidence, learn about the deterrent value of Certainty of Detection, and how it can be used as a screening tactic to drive down costs and
pre-employment positive rates. Compare and contrast detection methods for their fit to a Deterrence-Centric drug testing program and learn why “Certainty of Detection” and “Deterrence Centricity” are two sides of the same coin.

Allen Johnson, VP of Marketing & Richard Clay, VP National Accounts Psychemedics

FMCSA Clearinghouse Updates

It’s been over a year since this important regulation went into effect. Learn how the Clearinghouse is operating to prevent abuse of the FMCSA mandatory drug testing program, hear about what is new in operating the database, and get your questions answered by the experts.

Barbara Baker and Gian Marshall, Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Office of Enforcement.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 4
Tips & Strategies for Running a Collection Site Business

Gain insights into starting a business in our industry and how companies and collectors can be better at their jobs. Learn about the steps a drug screen goes through from collection to result, and why it is important to follow protocols.

Dr. Bill Brooks, President AdvantageCare, Inc.

Use of Oral Fluid Collections & Testing to Improve your Workflow – An Approach for TPAs

Learn the benefits of implementing an oral fluid and alcohol testing program and how you can fit oral fluid testing into a TPA’s workflow to grow your business.

Brian Feeley, Director of Sales, U.S. Diagnostics Business, Risk Assessment Testing Orasure Technologies 

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Evening Reception w/Exhibitor Trade Show

Sponsored by Quest Diagnostics

Thursday, May 27

Time Event
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Exhibitor Breakdown
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

General Session 

Association Updates with Exhibitor Prize Drawing Announcements
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

General Session

Quest Diagnostic Employer Solutions Drug Testing Index 2020 Overview

Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science & Technology Employers Solutions

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
The Human Side of Drug and Alcohol Testing

Learn how to implement federally compliant empathetic policies that are employee focused, and how to establish processes for getting supervisors more involved in identifying problems with their workforce sooner rather than later.

Penny Horton, SHRM Senior Certified HR Professional, Who’s your HR

CBD and Delta-8-THC Impact on Drug Testing

Gain knowledge about the plant origin of CBD and THC and an understanding of the metabolism profile for CBD in urine. This session will examine the effect of CBD on workplace drug testing and the impact of Delta-8-THC on marijuana confirmations for Delta 9-THCA.

Dr. David Kuntz, Executive Director for Analytical Toxicology/Laboratory Director Clinical Reference Laboratories

United States Coast Guard Insights and Updates

Patrick Mannion, U.S. Coast Guard Drug and Alcohol Program Manager

Drug and Alcohol Testing Trends: Results of the 22nd Annual Drug Testing Industry Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy and the drug testing industry. All the hot issues were affected, including testing for marijuana, switching to oral fluid testing, and telehealth collections. Learn about all these issues and more while hearing the results of the survey. Many companies use the survey’s results to help them formulate important sales and marketing strategies.

Bill Current, President Current Consulting Group

State Affiliates Meeting

The state affiliate caucus meeting will be held for all official state affiliate and associate affiliate designated representatives. State related issues will be discussed, including certification and training opportunities, membership recruitment, state governmental advocacy and the responsibilities of state affiliate representatives, also known as NDASA “ambassadors.” 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Members Meeting
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

General Session

Employer Perspective on Hiring and Retaining Employees in Recovery

Karen Pierce, Managing Director at Working Partners Systems

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

General Session

Is Cannabis Dangerous? Scientific Evidence and Lessons from the Legalized States. What Employers MUST Know!

This session will be relevant for TPAs, SAPs, DERs, MROs, and any other industry professional dealing with the questions relating to cannabis use and the relationship between marijuana use, mental health, workplace safety and EAP/SAP services.

Alex Berenson, Journalist, Non-Fiction Writer, and Novelist

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Conference Closing w/ Silent Auction Winners Announced
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
EBT Device Manufacturers Training

(Contact manufacturer to register.)

Hosted by Draeger and Intoximeters

This schedule is available to download here.