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Alliance Partners of Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) met
recently in Denver, CO, to plan for the future and talk
with students from the University of Colorado Denver
Business School about careers in industrial distribution.
Presenting to the students were:
• Terry Knight, retired, SKF USA Inc., PTDA Foundation.
• Curtis Sprague, Branham Corporation-Mt. Empire Rubber Co., NAHAD—The Association for Hose & Accessories Distribution.
• Bill Squires, SMC Electric, National Association of Electrical Distributors Education & Research Foundation.
• Tribby Warfield, Kaman Industrial Technologies
Corporation, PTDA Foundation.
• Jay Wilson, Plumbing Distributors, Inc., American
Together, these five industry executives talked about
Sonepar USA Contributes $10K To NAED
their careers and success in the distribution sector and
encouraged about 30 students to seek careers in the
field. Students asked provocative questions about energy
efficiency, bottom line profit management, flexibility of
movement within the industry and variety of job oppor-
tunities. The presenters, along with other Alliance Partner
representatives, were in Denver for the ICP Steering
Committee meeting where they discussed ICP’s progress
in meeting its goal of creating awareness of industrial
distribution among 16–24 year olds.
Education & Research Foundation
The National Association of Electrical Distributors has
recognized the generous support of Sonepar USA for
their $10,000 donation to the NAED Education & Research
“Sonepar USA is happy to make this investment in the
NAED’s Women In Industry
future of the industry,” said John Hardy, EVP Business
Development, Sonepar USA. “The education programs
the NAED Education & Research Foundation develops are
critical to the growth and the success of manufacturers
and distributors alike.”
All funds go toward providing industry-leading educa-
tion and research programs for the
$70-billion electrical distribution
Forum Has Record Attendance
The National Association of Electrical Distributors hosted
its annual Women in Industry Forum in Denver June 23-
25. This year 272 women attended the Forum, where they
participated in educational sessions for their professional
and personal development.
New this year, NAED
ICP Builds Industrial Distribution Aware-
introduced 17 college
students from across
the United States to
the electrical distri-
bution industry. The
Forum was the perfect
opportunity for fe-
male students to network with professional women that
have chosen the industry for their careers.
ness At Two National Events
To help young people discover their industrial distribution
career path, ICP was visible in June at two U.S. national
events where right fit Millennials and their influencing
parents, teachers, and coaches were also present.
ICP program director Mary Jawgiel, along with ICP
Ambassador Stacy Breland, Plumbers Supply, talked with
more than 500 potential future ID employees at the ICP
booth at SkillsUSA in Louisville, KY. Interested candidates
were advised to visit IDCareers.org to apply for open
positions at the only online job board specific to industrial distribution and to follow ICP’s social media channels as a way to stay connected. Their teachers, coaches,
and parents will be contacted to inquire about potential
new opportunities to spread the word about rewarding
careers in the industrial distribution field.
ICP also exhibited at the annual conference of the
American School Counselor Association, where more than
300 school counselors stopped by the ICP booth to learn
about the field of industrial distribution. They learned
how ICP can help them connect their students to job
openings at industrial distribution companies nationwide.
ICP’s team follows up with each influencer/teacher to discover the potential for classroom presentation or career
fair opportunities in their communities. Each opportunity
is then matched with a volunteer ICP Ambassador who
can participate to help spread the word about careers in
ID Trade Associations Present To Business School Students
Jay Wilson of Plumbing Distributors, Inc. tells students at the University
of Colorado Denver Business School about his career path.