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Lee Morris, Marketing Division Manager, Wabash Electric

Currently, I manage the web store and marketing department at Wabash. I have over 10 years of experience working with inventory and product data, which has equipped me with a strong understanding of the role product data plays in successful business. The IDW brings all the data Wabash needs together in one place, consolidating efforts, focusing our vendors on what the distribution community needs, and presenting product information in a timely and accurate way so that we can best utilize it. At the same time, the IDW data also helps our company internally, reducing hours and demand on our staff while improving our quality of service, and growing our sales.

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Greg Chun, Vice President of Information Technology, McNaughton-McKay Electric Co.

  • 19 Sep 2013
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Right after engineering school, I began my career with McNaughton-McKay and have been here ever since. Over the last 28 years, I’ve worked throughout the organization: sales, engineering, general management and now, in my current role as Vice President of Information Technology. As the VP of IT, I oversee all ties between operation processes and technology, including everything from general IT and business systems to data networks, electronic data interchange (EDI) and business process management.

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Jeff Skiles, Director of Information Technology and Shared Services, Kirby Risk Electrical Supply

  • 13 Sep 2013
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I started at Kirby Risk about 32 years ago and worked my way through almost every department of the company, from the warehouse of a branch to managing all of their technology at headquarters. I’ve actively participated in three business system conversions, and have been involved with industry eBusiness efforts for over 10 years. I’m currently serving on IDEA’s Innovation Advisory Council to help shape the future of the IDW with other manufacturer and distributor thought leaders.

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Samer Shehadeh, Digital Commerce Growth Leader, GE Energy Connections

  • 13 Sep 2013
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I have more than 15 years of eBusiness experience in a range of industries, including roles at Capgemini Consulting, Motorola Solutions, MGM Studios, Procter & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard, and Eaton's Electrical Sector. I’ve worked with IDEA for many years, and am now collaborating with industry peers on IDEA’s Innovation Advisory Council.

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John Hoffman, Executive Vice President of Sales and Market Development, Legrand North America

I’ve worked in the electrical industry for about 28 years, starting out as a manufacturer’s representative in the New York and New Jersey market. Then I began working for Wiremold, now part of the Legrand Group, where I’ve led various departments such as sales, product management, and marketing. For the past seven years, I’ve served as EVP of Sales and Market Development. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to see the industry evolve from many angles.

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Les Johnson, VP & CIO, North Coast Electric

  • 13 Sep 2013
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I’ve been at North Coast for over 15 years, starting out as an IT Manager leading technology initiatives at the company. I’ve been involved with IDEA since the early days and worked on the initial concept for the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW). I’m currently a member of IDEA’s Innovation Advisory Council where I collaborate with other distributors and manufacturers on future technology enhancements for the IDW.

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Lura McBride, Chief Operating Officer, Van Meter, Inc.

  • 13 Sep 2013
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I’ve been with Van Meter for five years, starting as the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and then moving to my current role as Chief Operating Officer. I’m passionate about driving a strong people- and performance-based culture in this organization, to encourage overall efficiency throughout the business. During my time with Van Meter, there has always been strong communication with IDEA - they’re great to work with, and I have personally been impressed with the quality of our partnership

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A Journey Through Data Discovery

  • 21 Aug 2013

Two long-time trading partners share their data synchronization findings and discuss their next excursion. Crescent Electric Supply and Hubbell Incorporated have experienced significant cost savings through data synchronization made possible by the incorporation of the Internet, electronic automation and standards into their business processes.

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The Value of Sharing Marketing Content through the IDW

  • 19 Aug 2013

Since IDEA introduced the Bands of Excellence rating system to help bring more robust product data to the electrical industry, the marketing content in the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) has increased over tenfold. This robust content is flowing downstream to thousands of electrical distributors and their customers in the contractor, industrial, and MRO markets, helping them buy and sell the best products for the job.

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