July 8, 2009

Forum Raffle Fever and Extended Early Bird Rates

IDEA would like to congratulate the June raffle winner, Matt Hartman of MRH – Tour de Force. Matt will receive 25% off his hotel room rate during the Forum! The summer excitement is still in the air through July with an early bird extension and additional raffle opportunities.

If you register between now and July 15, you will automatically enter to win a complimentary room upgrade during your stay at the Forum, from a regular room ($195) to a luxury one bedroom suite (FREE!). The winner will be randomly selected and notified personally. Here are some great uses for the extra space in the luxury suite:

  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with your suppliers and customers
  • Get important work done during breaks
  • Hold company meetings to discuss lessons learned from Forum sessions

In addition to the new raffle opportunity, you now have until July 31st to save $100 on your registration fee.

Register today!

A must-see opening session

Bob Gaylord, president & CEO, IDEA, and Ron Schlader, V.P. Operations & Quality, Crescent Electric Supply, will open the Forum with a discussion on IDEA’s new services, concepts and future direction during their keynote presentation. This session is a must-see for all IDEA customers and partners.

8:00AM, Wednesday, September 23
The Evolution of a New Era of IDEA

IDEA’s organizational stance is to draw inspiration from the past to drive with confidence into the future. On the heels of a first decade in serving the industry as its leading provider of synchronization and eCommerce solutions, IDEA has incorporated new services and a new direction to its business model. IDEA spent the past year researching and developing services that were determined by the unique requirements of its customers – these needs paved the way for new and developing services. Come find out what’s new and how IDEA can help your company “lead the change” with cost savings and increased sales in 2009.

About The Speakers

Brigadier General Robert E. Gaylord (Retired) has been the President and CEO of IDEA since December 2007. Prior to IDEA, Gaylord served as President and CEO of the Leader to Leader Institute. He retired from the United States Army on January 1, 2005 after a long and distinguished career culminating in his assignment as the senior Public Affairs Officer in the Army. Robert Gaylord is a graduate of The Ohio University with a degree in Fine Arts, and was a Distinguished Military Graduate commissioned as a Signal Corps Officer. He subsequently earned a Master of Technology degree from Georgia Southern College and a Master of Science degree in Public Relations from The American University.

Ron Schlader has been working at Crescent Electric Supply since graduating from college. He has since worked his way up to become Vice President Operations and Quality. Schlader spearheaded the initiative for ISO9000 certification in the mid-90’s and now oversees Purchasing, Inventory Management, Auditing, SPA Processing, Product Database Management, Traffic, and efforts to improve efficiencies through data synchronization and operational initiatives with vendor partners. Schlader is heavily involved with NAED and is currently the Chairman of the IDEA Board of Directors.