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ACIL is the only trade association representing the non-clinical independent testing industry. At the 81st Annual ACIL Annual Meeting, our core values of talent, technology, and growth will be at the forefront of this world class event. This event will offer participants opportunities to learn from both peers and vendors in the industry, as well as experience top-notch education to enhance business practices and laboratory operations.

At the Annual Meeting, attendees will be treated to enlightening and informative speakers, a variety of education sessions, and stellar networking opportunities throughout the event. This gathering of industry leaders with focus on realizing a healthy, safe environment for society through the application of unbiased scientific testing.

ACIL is dedicated to providing the independent testing community with advocacy, education, and alliances to enable members to better address environmental and product risks to the public. The 2018 Annual Meeting will provide attendees a special opportunity to discuss current issues and find creative solutions to better your laboratory.

Talent, Technology, Growth


Start: October 2, 2018
End: October 5, 2018
ACIL (American Council of Independent Laboratories)

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

600 East Market Street
78205 San Antonio TX
United States


Griff Hall

Griff Hall
  • Griff Hall

    Workshop Title: Engagement and Culture; Empowering Your Workforce to Grow

    Description: Engagement. Culture. Growth. These three words seem to be everywhere and in every organization’s set of goals. Yet they are rarely achieved as envisioned. If you’ve ever been tapped to lead a team, department, or organization and tried to change the culture, engage your teams, and promote growth in your people you may have experienced just how involved, difficult and sometimes risky the effort truly is. Using a framework to distill evidence-based practices into actions that any team can take, learn how you can beat the odds to instill a culture of empowering your workforce to grow.

    Biography: Griff Hall has held three chief executive positions, been a commercial and social entrepreneur, and is part of an academic community studying and teaching leadership, strategy, and ethics. He has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business for 19 years, focusing on strategy, leadership, and ethics. Three years ago he led a team researching high performance cultures in the technology industry together with successful practices for large scale organizational transformation.

    Ten years ago he started a professional services firm to support private enterprise growth with practical, affordable application of leadership and strategy principles grounded in research and evidence-based practices. Working in diverse sectors like construction, healthcare, technology, hospitality & entertainment, education, and Department of Defense, the goal has been to help these organizations build self-sustaining leadership capacities and strategic capabilities for increased growth and value.

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Dave Sanderson

Dave Sanderson
  • Dave Sanderson

    Workshop Title: "Moments Matter"

    Description: When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson not only survived the “crash” but also started to realize that the moments that made up his life prepared him for what was about to happen.

    After the incident, the lessons and strategies that he learned throughout his life were instrumental that day and the days following. He started to realize that one can actually grow from traumatic life experiences and set out on a path to not only share the lessons from that day but practical and implementable strategies anyone can use to not only survive their “personal plane crash” moment but grow and thrive.

    In this stirring presentation, Sanderson reveals the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how you can grow from challenges throughout your personal and business life and how resiliency, leadership, and state management can help you not only overcome any obstacle but grow and thrive!

    Biography: Dave Sanderson, a survivor of the notorious flight which crashed into the Hudson River, known as "The Miracle on the Hudson" and dramatized in the film "Sully", was named to the "Top Leadership Speakers for 2018" list by

    Dave was the last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, and he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane. Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing.

    Since the Miracle on the Hudson, Dave has built a career traveling the globe teaching personal leadership skills. Currently, Sanderson averages over 100 speeches a year for major corporations across the United States as well as overseas.

    In his presentations, he shares the 12 resources he and others used not only during the “Miracle on the Hudson but during his 30 years in sales and sales management, his 10 years being on and leading Tony Robbins security team and the precepts that enabled him to become a top producer in some of the largest sales organizations in the world and ultimately enabled him to survive the plane crash. He began his professional career in restaurant management and went on to work as a National Sales Manager for ADP, Sales Manager for PeopleSoft, Business Development Director for KPMG Consulting, Senior Vice President of Sales for Genesis 10; Application Sales Manager for Oracle, and Security Director for Robbins Research International, Inc., An Anthony Robbins Company.

    In addition, Sanderson has appeared at countless fundraisers that have raised over $12.8 million for the American Red Cross. He continues to donate his speaker services to the organization as an expression of gratitude for the care he received from one of the first persons he saw after he was rescued and transferred to land in New Jersey - a Red Cross volunteer with a blanket.

    In his recent book, “Moments Matter,” Sanderson discusses lessons learned from the Miracle on the Hudson and how one defining moment in your life can create your lifetime of purpose. A firsthand account of his experience aboard US Airways Flight 1549 appears in the book “Bracefor Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life” by Dorothy Firman and Kevin Quirk. He has also participated in many documentaries for TruTV, BBC,NHK in Tokyoand one produced and directed by Rick Lopez, which will premiere in 2018 in addition to an upcoming episode forCaught on Camera, a British documentary series.

    His new radio show, “Moments Matter with Dave Sanderson” is on Contact Talk Radio and C-Suite Radio. Dave focuses on how the top people in their industry move from being excellent to outstanding. His Flash Daily Briefing on Alexa, an Amazon voice service,is “Dave Sanderson: Declassified” and focuses daily on one skill the top 1% in their industries used to get to where they are and “declassifies” the strategies they used.

    Sanderson was born in Peoria, Illinois, and grew up in Hillsboro, Ohio and Winchester, Virginia. His dreams of playing college football were dashed when he suffered a career-ending knee injury. He attended James Madison University and graduated with a BBA in International Business. He lives with Terri, his wife of 30 years and his four children – Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney and Chance –in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Clint Swindall

Clint Swindall
  • Clint Swindall

    Workshop Topic: "The Impact of Personal Engagement Our Daily Contribution to a Culture of Employee Engagement"

    Description: The engagement of employees continues to be a top priority for business leaders - and for good reason. Research indicates a highly engaged workforce can increase productivity, profitability, and innovation, while reducing costs associated with attracting and retaining new employees. In a nutshell, engaged employees are good for business.

    With research also showing that less than one-third of employees are truly engaged, an ongoing effort must be made to build a culture to overcome employee disengagement. While we work to engage employees, we must first consider our own level of engagement. Every day we walk through the doors of our office we are either adding to or taking away from the culture of the organization. There is no middle ground. Our personal engagement is our daily contribution to a culture of employee engagement.

    In this keynote presentation, we will take a look at personal engagement and the impact it has on the engagement of those around us. Often our biggest obstacle to building a strong culture of employee engagement is standing in our shoes. We will identify some simple steps to focus on personal leadership and discuss how small adjustments can positively impact the engagement of those around us.

    Biography: Clint is the president and CEO of Verbalocity, Inc., a personal development company with a focus on leadership enhancement. These solutions include leadership development programs, training, speaking and general consulting.

    As a professional speaker, Clint travels the world delivering high-content speeches and training in an entertaining and inspirational style to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and trade associations. His clients include 7-Eleven, American Express, BMW, Hallmark Gold Crown, Jack in the Box, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and IBM.

    Clint enjoys the challenge of enhancing employee engagement for his clients by delivering programs based on his book entitled, "Engaged Leadership: Building a Culture to Overcome Employee Disengagement (John Wiley & Sons, 2007 and 2011). He recognizes that a culture of employee engagement is a two-way road, and that true engagement comes when leaders and employees are both doing their part. In addition to working with leaders to build a culture to overcome employee disengagement, Clint addresses the employee’s role in his follow-up book entitled, "Living for the Weekday: What Every Employee and Boss Needs to Know about Enjoying Work and Life" (John Wiley & Sons, 2010).

    He is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional designation, the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform competence. Just over 10% of speakers worldwide who are a part of the Global Speakers Federation hold this designation.

    As a professional speaker, trainer and leadership consultant, he has delivered his programs throughout the United States, Canada, South America, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Bermuda, and The Bahamas.

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Jamie Hasty

Jamie Hasty
  • Jamie Hasty

    Biography: Ms. Jamie M. Hasty is a Vice President with SESCO Management Consultants, Bristol, Tennessee and Richmond, Virginia. Jamie graduated from East Tennessee State University with a B.B.A in Human Resources Management. Her professional affiliations include the Society for Human Resource Management and various state Chambers of Commerce.

    Jamie is a Generalist consultant in all areas of human resource management with specialties in affirmative action, policy development, wage and hour accounting, employment regulation compliance, training and development, compensation and performance management systems, client representation with state and federal agencies like the Department of Labor, employee satisfaction assessments, executive screening and placement, and general human resources consulting. The variety of client engagements and daily interaction over the course of Jamie’s career enables her to provide practical, helpful and legal advice and support to clients in all industries throughout the country.

    She regularly conducts management training programs for clients and serves as guest speaker for state and national associations and Chambers of Commerce. Jamie is a certified trainer for Vital Learning Corporation and SESCO Leadership Institute. She is also a John C. Maxwell Coach, Trainer, Teacher and Speaker. Select topics of presentation include:

    - Preventing Sexual Harassment
    - Improving Employee Work Habits and Morale
    - Effective Workplace Skills
    - Being an Effective Coach
    - Supervisory courses
    - Providing Superior Customer Service
    - Human Resource Management Courses
    - Complying with Employment Regulations
    - DiSC Personality Profile
    - Managing Change
    - The Importance of Customized Employee Handbooks
    - Healthcare Reform
    - “Line of Sight” in Your Organization

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Soraya Herbert

Soraya Herbert
  • Soraya Herbert

    Biography: Soraya is a Digital Media Enthusiast with DAHLIA+ Agency, as well as a Speaker, Blogger, and Social Media Consultant. She specializes in creating and sharing stories using a multiplicity of media platforms. Soraya has worked with a wee variety of vertices, from healthcare to events, guiding individuals on how to effectively use digital media to promote and spread their story. With a background in digital and online media, Soraya is proficient with using social media platforms, photography, videography, mobile apps, digital analytics and HTML/+CSS. Soraya never stops learning and thrives in this fast-paced world, staying on top the newest trends in productivity, technology trends, and social media. Ask her all of your burning tech questions and she will surely have an answer for you.

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Brian Carroll

Brian Carroll
  • Brian Carroll

    Brian Carroll is managing partner of Sanderford & Carroll, P.C. He is board certified in construction law and serves on the committee for construction law certification with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Licensed since 2002, the primary focus of Brian's practice is upon representing contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry. In addition to earning a law degree from Baylor Law School in 2002, he holds a Bachelor's of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing a law degree, Brian worked as a design engineer for two of the preeminent civil engineering firms in the nation. He uses his knowledge of design and engineering to represent contractors and assist them in evaluating, preparing and litigating claims. In addition to serving as an advocate, Brian is also a certified mediator. His mediation practice is not limited to construction, but instead covers all manner of civil disputes. Brian was recently accepted into the AAA National Roster of Arbitrators.

    Brian's practice focuses on the representation of general contractors and subcontractors on both private and public-sector projects. Disputes typically involve performance, payment, construction defects, terminations, surety law and design. He regularly assists clients in preparing and negotiating claims, contracts and other complex agreements.

    Brian serves on the attorney’s counsel for the American Subcontractors Association as well as the Board of Directors and he was recently named a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly magazine in 2017.

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Allen Wilson

Allen Wilson
  • Allen Wilson

    Allen Wilson is a senior associate with Sanderford & Carroll P.C. Allen was licensed in 2013, and his practice focuses on helping contractors navigate risk. Allen has represented contractors in state administrative courts, state district courts, arbitrations, federal courts, and federal administrative courts. His background includes an undergraduate degree in English and he understands that clear communication is the key to resolving a problem. Allen represents subcontractors and general contractors in all areas of construction disputes. Allen does this by drafting and negotiating construction contracts, offering advice during a project, helping contractors secure their mechanic’s lien and bond rights, and litigating a contractor’s claim. Allen has experience with a wide variety of court systems, including state and federal administrative courts, Texas district courts, and federal courts. Allen also has experience with the arbitration process. He has litigated and resolved numerous change order claims, defective work claims, delay and labor disruption claims, and lien and bond claims.

    In addition to commercial disputes, Allen also has substantial experience on public works construction projects and federal procurement claims. For instance, he has helped clients draft and litigate claims against the Texas Department of Transportation and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, Allen routinely helps clients secure liens on oil and gas projects, including pipeline and well construction projects.

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ACIL would like to invite Annual Meeting attendees to choose one of these exciting activities for Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018:

1:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Tom Zierenberg Memorial Golf Tournament - The Quarry Golf Club
Cost: $120, Club Rental: $50

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Networking Tour
Cost: $75
The tour will visit the following locations:

Mission Concepción

Mission Concepcion
Visit Mission Concepcion and experience the strength of the Friars who Christianized the Indians. View the original frescos still visible within the rooms of the mission. This is the oldest stone church in our nation.

Mission San José

Mission San Jose

The finest example of a completely restored mission in the United States renowned for exquisite stone carvings including the famous Rose Window.

Japanese Sunken Gardens

Japanese Sunken Gardens
The beautiful and architecturally unique old stone quarry, renowned for its beautiful foliage. Drive by the San Antonio Zoo one of the nation's finest zoos and Brackenridge Park.

El Mercado

Market Square
Selling colorful Mexican imports from South of the Border. Visit the many Mexican food restaurants and shop for bargains in one of the 35 shops.