April 21, 2022

IDEA Announces 2022 Board of Directors, Stern Named Chair

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Arlington, VA – The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA), the electrical industry-endorsed technology service provider and eBusiness standards body, announces its 2022 Board of Directors. 

Larry Stern, President of Standard Electric Supply, is the IDEA Board Chair for the coming year.

Larry Stern Standard Electric IDEA Chair

“Larry’s experience and strong leadership are a driving force to tackle industry challenges and pursue IDEA’s roadmap,” said David Oldfather, President and CEO of IDEA. “Today, with the increasing complexity and the increasing volume of data that needs to be exchanged, IDEA is focused on our mission to facilitate the exchange of complete, high-quality transactional and eCommerce product content and serve as the standards body for the electrical industry.”

Stern has led Standard Electric Supply for more than 30 years. He also brings a diverse industry perspective, previously serving as NAED Chair, NAED Education & Research Foundation Chair, NAED South Central Regional Vice President, AD Electrical Board member, Supply-FORCE Board member, and IDEA Chair. 

“I’m more excited today with where IDEA is heading than ever before, and this is my second time to serve on the board. Distributors and manufacturers are on the same page. IDEA is focused on standards, data quality and solving industry challenges. And with its current leadership and industry support, IDEA is moving quickly to get where we as an industry need to go,” said Larry Stern, IDEA Chair and President, Standard Electric Supply.

Mary Derrick

Joining the IDEA board is Mary Derrick, Vice President, Channel Strategy & Digital Enablement for Schneider Electric. She brings over a decade of experience at Schneider Electric and her background includes customer journey mapping, digital marketing, BIM strategy, as well as partner and customer relationship management.

The 2022 Board of Directors will continue to advise IDEA on its core competency of promoting the exchange of high quality data from electrical manufacturers to their trading partners. In addition to facilitating eBusiness standards for the industry, IDEA’s board is also seeking ways to increase the value of the industry’s data by partnering with state of the art, world-class companies. IDEA’s current initiatives include: setting, facilitating, and monitoring data standards; developing the Harmonized Data Model (HDM); increasing product content quality and quantity, including volumetric data; global syndication; and adding more value to product data, including rebate management

The 2022 IDEA Board of Directors and Officers

  • Larry Stern, IDEA Chair, President & CEO, Standard Electric Supply
  • Frank Kulaszewicz, IDEA Chair Elect, Senior Vice President, Rockwell Automation
  • Brian DiBella, IDEA Past Chair & Treasurer, President, Data, Power & Control, Legrand North America 
  • Phil Hale, IDEA Secretary, Chief Information Officer, Elliott Electric Supply
  • Mary Derrick, Board Officer, Vice President, Channel Strategy & Digital Enablement, Schneider Electric
  • Rick Gigliotti, Board Officer, Vice President, Business Process Management, WESCO Distribution, Inc. 
  • Paul McCool, Board Officer, President & CEO, Revere Electric Supply 
  • Bill Waltz, Board Officer, President & CEO, Atkore International 
About IDEA

The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) is the technology service provider and eBusiness standards body endorsed by the electrical industry. IDEA helps hundreds of manufacturers and distributors efficiently exchange transactional and eCommerce digital content and automate Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) documents. IDEA was founded in 1998 through a partnership formed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED). It’s applications, IDEA Connector and IDEA Exchange, also bring value to vertical markets such as industrial, retail, and consumer-packaged goods. IDEA is headquartered in Arlington, VA (idea4industry.com).

Media Contacts

Dena Barrett
IDEA Marketing & Digital Operations Director

Sonia Coleman
IDEA Marketing