Independent and Proud of It


AD is a member-owned organization, passionate about bringing growth-oriented independent distributors and best-in-class supplier partners together with the purpose to outperform the market and to stay ahead of the competition.

For 40 years AD’s sincere customer-first approach to relationships and our continual investments in innovative support have helped AD to achieve annual sales of $58 billion across nine industries and three countries. With more than 5,000 branches from 845-plus independently owned members, AD is North America’s largest marketing/buying group for construction and industrial supplies.

We leverage our unique economies of scale, robust financial systems and people-first approach to help our independent distributor members outperform the competition and our supplier partners protect their brands and diversify their channel strategies.

Vision and Mission

Our Vision and Mission guide us in everything we do.


Our Vision

We aspire to be the most valued business relationship of every AD member and supplier partner. 



Our Mission is to help members, supplier partners and associates grow and prosper.

  • We help independent distributors outperform national/international chains.
  • We help manufacturers build/protect their brands and diversify their channel strategy.
  • We help our associates reach their potential and have a great place to work.



Four decades of success and growth.

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Our guiding principles serve as the foundation for everything we do.

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Learn more about the AD member leaders and associates who serve the needs of our community.

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From our Corporate Board composed of member owners who are nominated and elected by a member owner majority vote and who set budgets and establish policy, to the Divisional Boards with representatives from each AD Network who set strategy and approve programs, every member has a voice and every member owner has a vote.

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Join a mission-driven team who is passionate about helping others and making AD a great place to work.

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Contact Us

Get in touch with AD – we’re here to help.

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AD is member owned, from our Corporate Board, composed of member owners, who are nominated and elected by AD member owners, to the Divisional Boards with representatives from each AD Network. Every Member Owner has a Vote & a Voice.

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