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NetPlus Alliance Hosts Inaugural Group Meeting,
Announces 2013 Award Winners
In keeping with its core purpose of helping North American small businesses succeed, NetPlus Alliance held its first annual meeting
at the M resort in Henderson, NV on March 16 –
18, 2014. The industrial and contractor supplies
buying group developed this meeting at the
suggestion of their Advisory Boards, consisting
of supplier and distributor executives. The event
was attended by over 300 delegates representing 72 distributors and 102 product and service
The intense day of business meetings was
broken up by an award luncheon, where NetPlus founder,
Dan Judge, introduced his daughter, Jennifer Murphy, recently
appointed president of NetPlus. Jennifer is the fifth generation
to lead the family-owned business, which has industrial roots
dating back to 1885.
During the luncheon, several awards were presented to dis-
tributors and suppliers. NetPlus Alliance models the awards after
the core values that define the group’s operations every day —
• Grow Together: The Marketing Excellence award was given
to JPW Industries (Jet/Wilton/Powermatic), industry leaders in
innovative digital media and web services, and developers of a
unique new training platform.
• Be Nimble: Fastool, Inc. of Wayland, MI went home with
the Distributor MVP award. This distributor added nine new
suppliers in 2013 and attained 29 percent growth in year-over-
year NetPlus purchases. Ross Post of Fastool stated, “The Net-
Plus Staff went out of their way to make sure that this meeting
would be valuable to distributors and suppliers. We would not
have been able to meet as many suppliers any other way. This
will be very big for our business. We will be very busy this year.”
• Be The Best: The Supplier MVP award went to Drillco Cut-
ting Tools. In 2013, they grew their business in the group by 27
percent, adding 12 new member accounts.
• Keep It Rolling: Four distributor companies were recognized
for their loyalty to NetPlus Alliance. They have been members
since NetPlus started in 2002: Choice Industrial Solutions, Inc.;
Conveyer & Caster Corp.; Dixie Tool Crib, Inc.; and Powers Industrial Group.
• Value Relationships: This Partnership
Excellence award was presented to an individ-
ual who exemplifies partnership excellence in
her relationships with NetPlus and its supplier
partners. The winner of this award was Heather
Terrell of Gogel Fastener and Industrial Supply of
Toledo, OH. About the annual meeting, Heather
remarked, “It was an extremely valuable experi-
ence. The ability to see all the companies associ-
ated with NetPlus in one location was amazing.
I could not have asked for a better turnout for
• The Dan Judge Founder’s Award is given to a supplier or
distributor individual that exemplifies the NetPlus Core Pur-
pose: “Helping American Small Businesses Succeed.” The 2013
award was presented to Pat Mulligan of Newell Rubbermaid.
After the full day of business meetings, attendees gathered
for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, featuring an Irish band. The
three-day conference wrapped up the following morning, with
educational breakfasts led by industry experts Bart Schwartz
of Industrial Channel Research and Rick Wallace of Next Level
Coaching, followed by product educational sessions sponsored
by several suppliers.
NetPlus Alliance will return to the M Resort for its second
Annual Meeting in April, 2015.
Founded in 2002, NetPlus Alliance brings industrial and contractor supplies distributors of all sizes together to improve net
profit, share best practices, and open doors to new opportunities. NetPlus Alliance leverages the group power and volume
from many distributors to negotiate rebate programs with a
broad selection of industrial and contractor supplies manufacturers and wholesalers. Categories include abrasives, adhesives,
anchors, casters, chemicals, cutting tools, fasteners, hand tools,
hoists, hoses, janitorial supplies, ladders, machine tools, material handling, paints, power tools, safety, saw blades, tape and
film products, vending, and welding equipment. For additional
information contact Zach Brado at (716) 438-2014 or visit www.