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Innovate. Participate. – members are not only encouraged to
contribute to the campaign but also to participate by taking advantage of the education and training available as a direct result
of the campaign. The funds collected from this campaign are used
to develop and update industry-specific training programs and
education that the NAED offers its members.
NAED Foundation Chair Larry Stern, President of Standard Elec-
tric Supply in Milwaukee, leads this year’s campaign efforts. “I’ve
seen first hand how the Foundation’s educational initiatives and
research make a difference,” Stern said. “I wholeheartedly believe
in the value we provide to the industry. So much so that I have
committed to increase Standard Electric Supply’s usual contribu-
tion five-fold if the NAED Foundation receives at least $120,000 in
contributions by December 31, 2014.”
Past contributions from members have enabled:
• Members to take nearly 13,000 manufacturer training courses
• Twenty-one individuals to graduate from Branch Management University.
• More than 9,500 unique users that took courses through the
NAED Learning Center in 2013.
“Our success is tied to the generous support we receive from
the industry,” explained Michelle McNamara, senior vice president
of NAED and executive director of the NAED Foundation. “Every
contribution counts towards enhancing the channel’s greatest
competitive advantage — our educated workforce.”
All donations to the NAED Foundation are tax-deductible and
go to program development. Contributors to the 2014-2015
Annual Campaign will receive a recognition letter, a listing in tED
magazine, and acknowledgment at all NAED regional conferences
and the National Meeting.
Visit naed.org/AnnualCampaign to download a gift form that
can be mailed to the Foundation. For more information, contact
the NAED Foundation at 888-791-2512.
NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical
Affiliated Distributors Hosts Record Breaking
Industrial Supply Division Meeting
Affiliated Distributors’ (AD), the largest industrial and construction products buying and marketing group in North America, Industrial Supply Division (ISD) hosted their largest North American
Meeting in the history of the Division: 712 attendees, representing 131 AD Member companies, 134 Supplier Partner companies,
and two countries, Sept. 22 – 24, 2014, at the Gaylord Palms, in
Jack Templin, AD’s President of the Industrial Supply Division
stated, “We are expecting record performance this year for
AD Members, and are forecasting the distribution of over 100
rebates. Our Members and Supplier Partners are optimistic about
the rest of 2014, and the relationships that they were able to
strengthen at the North American Meeting will only add to the
anticipated above market growth.”
The theme of this year’s meeting was, “Be Inspired.” Elements
of inspiration were woven into all the meeting presentations and
David Ruggles, President of Martin Industrial Supply, and
winner of the AD 2014 Affiliate of the Year, Performance, shared
his thoughts on the meeting, “AD meetings are like revivals for
Bill Weisberg, AD’s Chairman and CEO, reflected on the meet-
ing’s theme in AD’s annual magazine, AD Today, “In business, as
in life, it takes fortitude and inspiration to overcome. Fortitude is
what lies within. Inspiration comes from others.”
Affiliated Distributors honored their Members and Supplier
Partners during the Spirit of Independence Awards Banquet.
The Banquet culminated with a surprise performance from The
Wounded Warrior Project’s Sal Gonzalez, who appeared on America’s Got Talent this year. Sal attended the meeting to accept a
$20,000 donation for The Wounded Warrior Project from Stanley
Black & Decker. The donation was the result of an AD Exclusive
Promotion, and strong AD Affiliate participation.
Companies that received these coveted AD awards included:
Replenex: Best Annual Planning Process; ORR Safety & Ergodyne:
Best Conversion to an AD Supplier; Stellar Industrial Supply &
Master Chemical: Best Conversion to an AD Supplier; 3M: Supplier
of the Year for Marketing Excellence; Industrial Supply Co., Inc.:
Affiliate of the Year for Marketing Excellence; Milwaukee Electric Tool: Supplier of the Year for Performance; Martin Industrial
Supply: Affiliate of the Year for Performance; Capital Safety:
Supplier of the Year for Leadership; Mike Baker, President, Quality
Mill Supply Company: Affiliate of the Year for Leadership; Mark R.
Higgins: AD MVP; Stanley Black & Decker: Giving Back Award.