WASHINGTON, DC — The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence of the National Association of Wholesaler‐Distributors (NAW) has announced the election of Ronald E. Calhoun, President and CEO, The Palmer‐Donavin Mfg. Co.; and Larry J. Stoddard, President and CEO, RelaDyne, Inc., to the NAW Institute Board of Directors.
The Palmer‐Donavin Mfg. Co., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a wholesaler‐distributor of residential building supplies and heating and cooling equipment. The firm also operates Ohio branch offices in Cincinnati, Delphos, Lima, and Masury, and has one operation in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Calhoun’s other industry involvement includes two past presidencies of the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) and an associate Board membership of Ohio Lumbermen’s Association. Prior to joining Palmer‐Donavin in 1981, Calhoun was an outside salesperson for the Gold Bond Building Products and Heatilator Company.
RelaDyne, Inc., headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a supplier of comprehensive equipment reliability products and value‐added services in the lubricant sales, distribution, and equipment reliability services industry and serving the automotive, commercial, and industrial markets. On November 4, 2010, these four businesses, namely: Mid‐Town Petroleum, Inc. (Bridgeview, Illinois); Oil Distributing Company (Cincinnati, Ohio); The Hurt Company, Inc. (Houston, Texas), and Pumpelly Oil Company (Sulphur, Louisiana) joined forces to form RelaDyne. Prior to joining RelaDyne, Stoddard served as CEO of Bradco Supply Corporation, a roofing supply company. Stoddard also served as COO of Wolseley, a $34 billion distributor of construction supplies throughout North America and Europe. He also currently serves as Chairman of a privately held family‐owned business, Crescent Electric Supply, a large regional electrical distribution company in East Dubuque, Illinois.
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 nearly 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.