The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence Elects Two New Directors

The two new members are Kevin Kampe, President of Womack Machine Supply Co.; and Talbot Gee, Executive Vice President and COO of the Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI).

WASHINGTON, DC β€” The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) has announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors: Kevin Kampe, President of Womack Machine Supply Co., and Talbot Gee, Executive Vice President and COO of the Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI).

According to Joe Nettemeyer, Chairman of the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence, and President and CEO of Valin Corporation, β€œWe are very pleased to have Kevin Kampe and Talbot Gee join us on the NAW Institute Board. We look forward to their involvement as the NAW Institute continues to produce excellent work for the benefit of the wholesale distribution industry.”

Womack Machine Supply Co. is an industrial distributor of hydraulic, pneumatic, and automation equipment with corporate offices located in Farmers Branch, Texas. Womack represents some of the world’s leading manufacturers of fluid power and industrial control products, and maintains one of the largest inventories in the South and West in conveniently located regional service centers. Womack companies supply individual components and complete systems to customers in every industry from energy, agriculture, and construction, to defense.

HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International) is the single voice of wholesale distribution within the HVACR industry. HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies. HARDI distributor members serve installation and service/replacement contractors in residential and commercial markets, as well as commercial/industrial and institutional maintenance staffs. HARDI proudly represents more than 475 distributor members representing nearly 4,100 branch locations, and close to 500 suppliers, manufacturer representatives, and service vendors.

The balance of the NAW Institute Board includes:

Ron Calhoun, President and CEO; The Palmer Donavin Mfg Co.

Deborah Hamlin, Executive Director; Irrigation Association

Patricia Lilly, Executive Director; Security Hardware Distributors Association

Kathleen Mazzarella, Chairman, President, and CEO; Graybar Electric Co. Inc.

Michael Medart, President and CEO; Medart Marine

Thomas Naber, President and CEO; National Association of Electrical Distributors

Joseph Nettemeyer, President and CEO; Valin Corporation

William Parsley, President; Carswell Distributing Company

George Pattee, Chairman and CEO; Parksite, Inc.

Matthew Rowan, President and CEO; Health Industry Distributors Association

Larry Stoddard, President and CEO; RelaDyne

Ralph Suppa, President and General Manager; Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating

Doug York, President and CEO; Ewing Irrigation Products Inc.

Bruce Zwicker, President and CEO; JJ Haines & Co. Inc.

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 approximately 80 wholesale distribution associations and thousands of individual firms that collectively total more than 40,000 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.

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