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The National Association of Electrical Distributors is proud to
recognize Tammy Miller, CEO of Fargo, ND-based Border States,
with its 2013 Women in Industry Trailblazer award.
Presented at this week’s 2013 NAED
Women in Industry Forum, the award
honors Miller’s outstanding and dedicated service to the association, its
Women in Industry group, and the electrical distribution industry at large.
“Tammy stands out as a successful
woman in our industry,” said Karen
Clouse, president of Shat-R-Shield,
chair-elect of the Women in Industry
group. “She was the first woman to be
chair of NAED, which happened during
NAED’s 100-year anniversary, and she
adds value to any council, committee,
or group that she works with.”
In addition to leading Border States,
Miller is active in NAED, giving her free
time and experience to serving on a series of boards and commit-
Equally committed to life and business in Fargo, Miller is
involved in the Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation and the TNT Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics Academy, and
serves as co-chair of the Valley Prosperity Partnership. She is also
a long-time supporter of the United Way, having served on their
board of directors and as campaign chair in the Fargo-Moorhead
Through the Women in Industry Forum, the NAED works to
increase the visibility of women serving in the electrical distribution channel. Through boot camps and an annual conference,
the Forum offers a supportive, mentoring environment for
fostering education, personal growth, and relationship among
women serving the industry.
The NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical
distribution industry. Through networking, education, research,
and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase
profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership represents approximately 4,400 locations internationally. For more
information, please visit www.naed.org.
Miller Named NAED Women In Industry Trailblazer
Border States CEO recognized for exemplary leadership, commitment to industry.
The wholesale distribution industry creates one in 20 private sector
jobs in the United States. These jobs create financial well being for
businesses and employees, and they also create economic growth
in the community. With this in mind, Dirk Beveridge created the
distribution industry’s only innovation summit: Unleash WD.
As a speaker and consultant, Dirk Beveridge talks to C-Level
managements almost on a daily basis. “Behind the scenes, most
owners and C-Suite executives confide that most of what is being
suggested is simply “more of the same,” says Beveridge.
For 30 years, distributors have used the same consultants, speak-
ers, trainers, and gurus. Unleash WD is different because it provides
“NEXT” practices – beyond industry conventional wisdom. Beve-
ridge encourages distributors to “Lift and shift innovative practices
from other businesses and industries into your distribution busi-
Some of the newest speakers at the innovation conference
• Innovation: Ken Hey, managing partner of Inferential Focus,
provides his clients with early warnings of impending economic,
political and technological changes. He provides senior executives
with the information they need to make strategic decisions.
• Leadership: Alexandra Levit, CEO of Innovation at Work, will
teach distribution leaders how to best work with the millennial
• Business Model Design: Dr. John Johnson, founder of White
Space Interactive, will teach 2013 Unleash WD attendees about
creating sustaining value through innovation.
• Company Culture: Dorie Clark, CEO of Clark Strategic Communications and a faculty member at Duke University, teaches that
change at an organization starts with one person—you.
For more information about the conference, taking place October
29th & 30th in Chicago, IL, or to register, please visit www.unleash-
Innovating Wholesale Distribution: UnleashWD
Tammy Miller (right)
pictured with Nancy
& CEO, Mayer Electric,
the 2012 recipient of