both Jeff and Randy, those attending the Conference will be able
to network with nearly 100 of their peers and colleagues,” said
Fuentes. “By building important industry relationships, the speed
of business accelerates as it’s so much faster and easier to get busi-
ness done with people you already know and trust.”
Registration is open to all employees of any PTDA member
company. Additional information about the Leadership Develop-
ment Conference is available on PTDA’s website at ptda.org/LDC.
Prospective members who wish to attend the conference are en-
couraged to contact PTDA at email@example.com or +1.312.516.2100.
ISA Creates Emerging Leaders Special
Interest Group And Summit
The Industrial Supply Association has announced the creation of
the new Emerging Leaders Special Interest Group. Emerging Leaders will replace the Young Executive Forum (YEF) and will focus on
developing future leaders in ISA member companies.
Emerging Leaders is a group of motivated professionals who as-
pire to be leaders within ISA member companies and the industri-
al supply market. Members are recognized by their organizations
as potential leaders in sales, marketing, IT, operations and HR,
regardless of age or experience.
Emerging Leaders provides an op-
portunity for professional growth with
like-minded individuals to learn, network
and share ideas with the purpose of developing future leadership
at member companies. These leadership skills are developed using
award-winning speakers, engaging networking activities and
rewarding community outreach projects.
The Emerging Leaders Special Interest Group will hold its first
Emerging Leaders Summit, (formerly known as the Executive Development Retreat - EDR) on March 4-6, 2015 at the GALLERYone,
Double Tree Suites in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This event will feature
speakers Steve McClatchy and Richard Flint, who will present on
the topic of leadership development.
Industrial Careers Pathway Sets
Industry support for the PTDA Foundation’s signature project,
the Industrial Careers Pathway, reached record heights in 2014,
surpassing all expectations with a final total of nearly $310,000.
This was more than 50 percent higher than the funds raised in
2013, demonstrating an increasing commitment from the industry
in reaching the future industrial distribution workforce.
According to Brian Short, 2014 PTDA Foundation Fund Drive
Chair (NSK Americas, Ann Arbor, MI), “We started off the year
with a three-year commitment from the Harold C. Schott Founda-
tion, and it just ramped up from there. Industrial distributors and
the manufacturers they support clearly recognize the challenge in
attracting the right people to the incredibly rewarding careers in
industrial distribution. This funding is being put to use immediate-
ly in getting those right-fit employees to recognize the wonderful
opportunities industrial distribution provides.”
The momentum continues. The 2015 fund drive kicked off in
October at PTDA’s 2014 Industry Summit. The Vanguard campaign,
recognizing those who pledge to the 2015 Fund Drive before year-
end 2014, is off to a record start. Even before the end of the Industry
Summit, the Vanguard campaign had received pledg-
es in excess of $57,000. Vanguard contributors enjoy
a few special perks due to their early contribution,
including immediate inclusion on the ICP website at
“The early contributors help set the tone for the fund drive,
allowing ICP to make aggressive plans in 2015 for reaching our
target audience of 16-34 year olds with a knack for applied
technology,” said Short, who has held the role of Fund Drive chair
Fund Drive Highlights:
• Contributors included 154 companies from within the power
transmission/motion control industry — an increase of 32 percent.
• 22 contributors increased their contributions in 2013 over
• There were 69 new contributors in 2014 — a 331 percent
CED Contributes To NAED
Education & Research Foundation
The National Association of Electrical Distributors recently recognized the generous support of Consolidated Electronics Distributors (CED) for
their $15,000 contribution to the NAED
Education & Research Foundation. All funds go toward providing
industry-leading education and research programs for the $70-bil-
lion electrical distribution channel.
“We are honored to receive such a generous donation from
CED,” said Michelle McNamara, NAED vice president and exec-
utive director of the NAED Education & Research Foundation.
“These contributions will help us continue pursuing the education
and research programs that are so important to the ongoing suc-
cess of our members.”
For 45 years, the NAED Foundation has provided members with
the latest industry information, valuable education tools and
industry research initiatives. Past tax-deductible donations have
led to preparatory courses for the Certified Electrical Professional
program and the newly launched Branch Management University,
among other initiatives.