IDEA Announces Co-Hosts for 2016 eBiz Forum

Will be supported by industry associations NAED, NEMA, EFC; Speakers for May 25-27 sessions also released

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ARLINGTON, VA – The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) is pleased to announce that the 2016 IDEA eBiz Forum will be co-hosted by The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), and Electro-Federation Canada (EFC).

“The support from these associations, representing manufacturers and distributors alike, embodies IDEA’s efforts to connect all facets of the industry,” said Paul Molitor, President & CEO, IDEA. “We’re thrilled to have NAED, NEMA, and EFC join us as co-hosts of the eBiz Forum and share their expertise with our attendees.”

The IDEA eBiz Forum, to be held May 25-27 in Orlando, FL, is an educational and networking event offering a mix of sessions, expert panels, user groups, a technology showcase, and more for attendees from the electrical industry. The complete eBiz Forum 2016 agenda is now available at idea4industry.com/ebizforum/agenda/.

This year’s Forum guest speakers will include:

Franz Ernst, President, ETIM International;
Steve Hatajlo, President and CEO, Faxinating Solutions Inc.;
Denise Keating, President, DATAgility;
Taniel Khamo, Product Information Manager, Klein Tools;
Pam Pagenkopf, Director Business Systems, EPCW- Installations Products, Thomas & Betts;
Keith Peck, President, ElectricSmarts Network, and CEO, IndustrySmarts Inc.;
Jason Petersen, CEO, XOLogic Inc.;
Devashish Saxena, Group Vice President, Global eCommerce and Multichannel Convergence, Rexel;
Mark Toffoli, Director of Sales, Conexiom by ecmarket.

About the eBiz Forum Co-Hosts:

NAED: The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership operates in more than 5,100 locations internationally (naed.org).

NEMA: The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 400 electrical, medical imaging, and radiation therapy manufacturers. Our combined industries account for more than 400,000 American jobs and more than 7,000 facilities across the U.S. Domestic production exceeds $117 billion per year. Our industry is at the forefront on electrical safety, reliability, resilience, efficiency, and energy security (nema.org).

EFC: Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) is a national, not-for-profit industry association, representing over 250 member companies that manufacture, distribute and service electrical and electronics products in Canada. EFC members contribute over $10B to the Canadian economy, employing approx. 40,000 workers in more than 1,200 facilities across the country. In addition, EFC maintains a strong focus on electrical safety, sustainability, advocacy, codes and standards, and also serves as a hub of networking, education, and industry research (electrofed.com).

Early-bird discounts end on Friday, March 11. To reserve your spot, please fill out the online registration form at idea4industry.com/ebizforum/.

Thank you to the contributing organizations to date:
Gold Level: Epicor Software Corporation; Southwire Company
Silver Level: Eaton Corporation; WESCO Distribution, Inc.
Supporter Level: DATAgility; Kirby Risk Electrical Supply; Rockwell Automation

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About IDEA: The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) is the official technology service provider and eBusiness standards body of the electrical industry. The company helps thousands of manufacturers and distributors find the most cost-effective methods for running day-to-day business. IDEA’s applications help connect the supply chain and make business processes efficient, easy and enjoyable for people every day. IDEA was founded in 1998 through a partnership rooted in the collective leadership of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) members. Their applications also bring value to vertical markets such as industrial, retail, and consumer-packaged goods. IDEA is headquartered in Arlington, VA (idea4industry.com).

About the Forum: The IDEA eBiz Forum is the only eBusiness event dedicated to business-to-business leaders in the electrical supply chain. The event originated as an IDEA User Group in 2000, and has evolved into a comprehensive educational event with a mix of general sessions, breakout sessions, and a technology exhibition. This diversity in the types of companies represented and the attendees’ various fields of expertise facilitates a balanced perspective on key topics (idea4industry.com/ebizforum/).