November 10, 2010

Get to Know IDEA’s Board Officers

The IDEA Board of Directors provide leadership and vision to IDEA; their insights along with the continuous feedback we receive from customers help shape our goals and objectives. Our Board Officers have extensive experience in the industry and unique professional backgrounds. Get to know each of them on our updated “About Us” page. Here’s a preview – you can learn more at About Us>Board of Directors.

Chairman: Del Nickel, former President (retired), Pentair’s Technical Products global business unit (GBU)

The IDEA Board of Directors elected Delton D. Nickel, former president (retired) of Pentair’s Technical Products global business unit (GBU) in Anoka, Minnesota, as the IDEA Chairman of the Board for 2010-2011. He previously served on the Board as the Vice Chair from 2009-2010 and Secretary from 2008-2009. Nickel brings over 40 years of experience in the electrical industry, including a distinguished 18-year career at Pentair. His retirement was announced by Pentair March 2010…

Vice Chairman: Larry Stern, President and CEO, Standard Electric Supply Co. (WI)

Larry Stern has been with Standard Electric Supply Co. since October 1989 and has held the position of President since 1994. He is actively involved with the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) as a member of the Board of Directors. He previously served on NAED’s Your Emerging Talent (YET) Committee as a member of the Regional Council and most recently led the South Central Region as the Vice President…

Treasurer: Stephen Sokolow, Chairman of the Board Of Directors, Leviton Manufacturing Company

Stephen B. Sokolow is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Leviton, a position he has held since 2007. Prior to being named to Board Chairman, Sokolow served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and as Executive Vice President for Leviton. As Executive Vice President, Sokolow directed the company’s manufacturing, engineering, distribution and information technology operations and has been the driving force behind many process improvements in the company’s operations…

Secretary: James Tinker, Director of eBusiness, Rexel

James Tinker joined Rexel as a consultant in 2005 and was quickly promoted to the role of Manager of the Master Item File group where he built the processes and the team that manages the item file database at Rexel. Tinker spent time as a Business Development Analyst, using critical market intelligence to diagnose improvement opportunities and to guide executive decisions before being tasked with setting the vision and strategy for Rexel and Gexpro eCommerce initiatives in his current role, Director of eBusiness…

President: Robert Gaylord, President and CEO, IDEA

Brigadier General Robert Gaylord (retired) has been president and CEO of IDEA since December 2007. For the first time since the inception of IDEA, Gaylord asked the Board of Directors to give a rigorous look at IDEA’s vision and mission. The new strategic plan completed under his leadership resulted in a set of strategic goals that guide the staff and a new corporate vision and mission that truly outlines IDEA’s purpose – to drive cost out of the electrical supply chain. Previously, Gaylord was president and CEO of the Leader-to-Leader Institute in New York City…

Learn more about our Board Officers at About Us>Board of Directors.