2017 AD North American Meeting Highlights #ADSTRONG
Wayne, PA – On September 25th – 27th 2017, AD, the largest contractor and industrial products wholesale buying group in North America, hosted the AD Electrical North American Meeting, with over 1,000 attendees. This event attracted 158 first time attendees and representatives from over 352 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The theme for this year is #ADSTRONG. AD’s Chairman and CEO, Bill Weisberg, shared the top three attributes that define AD members and suppliers: “Smart, driven and unwavering in their beliefs.” Weisberg also introduced the AD Disaster Relief Foundation which now allows AD members and suppliers to help one another when a natural or man-made disaster strikes.
Ed Crawford, President of AD Electrical US and Latin America shared in the US Business Meeting, “The division has exceeded our original remittance targets in eight of the nine months of 2017. Given our strong year to date performance, the US Electrical Division expects to significantly exceed our original financial targets for 2017.”
AD continues to leverage economies of scale to help their members and suppliers stay ahead of the curve through programs such as AD eCommerce Solutions, AD HR Services, AD Procurement Services, and AD Rewards. Additional highlights of the AD North American Meeting included best in class networking, subject matter expert roundtables, supplier best practice panels, young leader teambuilding activities, and one on one booth appointments.
“First class meetings are a part of AD’s brand,” shared Dan Drazilov, AD Canada’s new President. “I am proud to be a part of the industry’s best meetings and look forward to helping the AD Canada members and suppliers continue to grow their businesses in the coming years.”
AD honored their members and supplier partners during the Spirit of Independence Awards Banquet. The following companies received coveted awards (acceptance videos included):
US Member of the Year, Performance – Over $10M: Eckart, LLC
Canadian Member of the Year, Performance – Over $10M: Electrimat Ltee
US Member of the Year, Performance – Under $10M: B&S Electric Supply Company, Inc.
Canadian Member of the Year, Performance – Under $10M: Gimpel Electric Supply Ltd
Mexico Member Commitment Award: Bricos
US Supplier of the Year, Performance – Over $10M: Calpipe Industries, Inc.
Canadian Supplier of the Year, Performance – Over $5M: Kidde Canada
US Supplier of the Year, Performance – Under $10M: Hammond Manufacturing
Canadian Supplier of the Year, Performance – Under $5M: Dimplex
Mexico Supplier of the Year, Performance: General Cable Mexico
AD MVP: Jeff Cronin, Vice President, Purchasing & Operations, Independent Electric Supply
Supplier of the Year, Marketing Excellence: Progress Lighting
Best Conversion to an AD Supplier: Billows Electric Supply & Acuity Brands, Inc.
Best Annual Planning Process: Border States
Giving Back Award: Stanion Wholesale Electric Co.
Best Workplace Recognitions: Bricos; Electric Supply & Equipment Co; Schaedler Yesco; Standard Electric Supply; Van Meter, Inc; Werner Electric Co. of MN.
Premier Marketing Partners: AD’s 2017 Premier Marketing Partners were also acknowledged throughout the event: Atkore International; Acuity Brands, Inc; Encore Wire; General Cable; Hubbell; Legrand; Leviton; Omni Cable; Philips; Siemens; Southwire; and Thomas & Betts.
From left to right; Werner Electric of MN was one of the recipients of the new AD Best Workplace Award:
Neil Cohen, VP, Organizational Development & Human Resources, AD
John Farrell, VP, Sales & Marketing, Werner Electric Supply Co. of MN
Vinny Mergens, Electrical Products & Services Manager, Werner Electric Supply Co. of MN
Ben Granley, President, Werner Electric Supply Co. of MN
April Braun, Director of Marketing, Werner Electric Supply Co. of MN
Ed Crawford, President, Electrical US & Latin America, AD.