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The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence Elects Three Directors

- October 2017


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The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence Elects Three Directors

WASHINGTON, DC (October 4, 2017) — The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence, the research arm of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), has announced the election of three new members to its Board of Directors: Michael G. DeCata, President and CEO of Lawson Products, Inc.; Kevin M. Short, President and CEO of Polymershapes; and Edward Gerber, President and CEO of the Industrial Supply Association (ISA). 

According to Ron Calhoun, Chairman of the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence Board of Directors, and President and CEO of The Palmer Donavin Mfg. Co., “We are very pleased to have Mike DeCata, Kevin Short, and Ed Gerber join us on the NAW Institute Board. We look forward to their involvement and industry insight as the NAW Institute continues to produce excellent work for the benefit of the wholesale distribution industry.”

Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, Lawson Products is an industrial distributor of maintenance and repair products. Lawson carries a comprehensive line of products and provides inventory management services to the industrial, commercial, institutional, and government maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) market. With several strategically located distribution centers in North America, Lawson ships to customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Under its Kent Automotive brand, the company supplies products to collision and mechanical repair shops as well as to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Lawson Products is recognized as one of The 50 Best Companies to Sell For by Selling Power magazine and is ranked among Industrial Distribution magazine’s Big 50 and Modern Distribution Management’s Top 40 Industrial Distributors.

With headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina, Polymershapes is a distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, and associated products, with more than 70 years of industry-leading heritage. The firm operates 67 distribution locations and serves 35,000 customers across the Americas in Canada, Mexico, Chile, and the U.S.

Prior to joining Polymershapes, Short was with Laird Plastics, holding a variety of commercial roles and serving on the executive team. Before entering the plastics distribution industry, Short spent several years in sales and sales management with Univar, one of the largest industrial chemical distributors.

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Industrial Supply Association (ISA) is the leading trade association for the maintenance, repair, operations, and production (MROP) supply channel. With more than 900 member companies, ISA provides education, networking, information, and relationships that drive success for its members and their customers in the Industrial MROP marketplace. Its mission is to help its members develop and advance their companies and careers.

Before joining ISA, Gerber spent more than 25 years within the distribution industry serving as President of Petry & Morrow, Director of Sales and Marketing for Precision Twist Drill Company, and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Industrial Distribution Group.

The balance of the NAW Institute Board includes:

Tim Buche, President and CEO, Motorcycle Industry Council
Ron Calhoun, President and CEO, The Palmer Donavin Mfg Co.
Talbot Gee, CEO, Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI)
Vic Jury, CEO, Summit Electric Supply Co., Inc.
Kevin Kampe, President, Womack Machine Supply Co.
Jeff McLendon, President and CEO, U.S. Lumber Group
Thomas Naber, President and CEO, National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)
George Pattee, Chairman, Parksite, Inc.
Joe Poehling, Chairman, First Supply LLC
Larry Stoddard, President and CEO, RelaDyne
Ralph Suppa, President and General Manager, Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH)
Joseph Thompson, Founder, Thompson Management Associates
Doug York, President and CEO, Ewing Irrigation Products Inc.


About NAW and the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) was created in 1946 to deal with issues of interest to the entire merchant wholesale distribution industry, thereby freeing affiliated associations to concentrate on the concerns specific to their lines of trade. NAW is a federation of wholesale distribution associations and thousands of individual firms that collectively total more than 30,000 companies.

Established by NAW in 1967, the role of the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence is to sponsor and disseminate research into strategic management issues affecting the wholesale distribution industry. The NAW Institute aims to help merchant wholesaler-distributors remain the most effective and efficient channel in distribution.