Blue Joins AD As VP Of Marketing & Affiliate Relations

In this new role, Tom will be primarily responsible for driving growth of Affiliates and Suppliers and for recruitment of new Affiliates

Tom Blue Joins AD as the Industrial Supply Division’s VP of Marketing and Affiliate Relations

WAYNE, PA March 27, 2012 / Affiliated Distributors (AD) is pleased to announce that Tom Blue has joined the AD team in the newly created position of Vice President of Marketing and Affiliate Relations for the Industrial Supply Division.  

According to the President of AD’s Industrial Supply Division, Jack Templin, “We are excited to have a person of Tom’s caliber joining the ISD team. His industry experience and passion for the independent will be an excellent addition to ISD team.  While Tom’s position is new to AD’s Industrial Division, a similar role has existed in our Electrical Division for some time and has proven to be invaluable to both Affiliates and Suppliers.  Tom’s addition represents our continued investment in our growth and would not be possible without the outstanding performance of our members and supplier partners.”

Tom Blue comes to AD from Milwaukee Electric Tool, where he worked for over 25 years. At Milwaukee Electric Tool, Blue served in a number of roles including Sales Representative, District Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, Vice President of Sales and most recently Vice President Sales – National Accounts.

Blue said, "I have always held the AD organization and in particular the Affiliate members in high regard.  Their perseverance and innovative spirit have driven the success of their businesses and the AD organization.  I truly look forward to being a member of their team and contributing to their winning efforts." 

In this new role, Tom will be primarily responsible for driving growth of Affiliates and Suppliers, recruitment of new Affiliates, serving as an Affiliate advocate and developing and maintaining positive relationships with all existing and prospective Affiliates in the U.S. and Canada.  This role will report to Division President, Jack Templin, and compliment the role that Mark R. Higgins performs as Vice President and Managing Director. 

Blue will continue to live and work from Muskego, Wisconsin.