July 10, 2020

IDEA Announces Inaugural Honorees for the IDEA Connector Stars Award

This Award Recognizes the Industry’s Top Achievers in Master Data Management Training and Execution

The IDEA Connector Customer Star program is an award created to honor and acknowledge the industry’s top achievers in IDEA Connector Master Data Management training and execution. IDEA has identified users who exhibited exceptional proficiency in completing their associated training modules and invested significant time working in the new IDEA Connector platform test environment. IDEA’s Client Services team has found that users who leverage IDEA’s Learning Management System (LMS) and focus on master data management training actually adopt industry best practices at a higher rate than nonparticipants.

An additional benefit of extensive participation in the IDEA LMS is a fuller understanding of the IDEA Connector platform’s capabilities and a corresponding greater capacity to provide thoughtful insights when recommending new functionality to improve the platform and help their organizations operate more efficiently.

IDEA is excited to announce the inaugural IDEA Connector Stars Award winners. These manufacturer and distributor recipients completed all the LMS course training, logged the most time in the training environment, and participated in all the IDEA Connector training webinars.

  • Barbara Addison, TPI
  • Camille Crouch, Siemens
  • Fran Cunningham, Rexel
  • Carol Fiorillo, STI, Specified Technologies
  • Erik Guhl, Lutron Electronics
  • Karen Gwin, Steiner Electric
  • James Hartsfield, Wholesale Electric Supply
  • Cale Howard, Kendall Electric, Inc.
  • Debbie Smith, Rumsey Electric
  • Barbara Spadaro, Bridgeport Fittings

“It’s important to recognize the dedication of professionals who are improving eBusiness every day behind the scenes,” said Sherri Thorne, IDEA director of Product Content Services. “These individuals are diligent and knowledgeable; they are working hard and putting in the time to improve their performance on the new IDEA Connector platform. We value their efforts and appreciate their support of our mission to foster an efficient and secure supply chain.”

The IDEA Connector Star recipients will be acknowledged with a letter of achievement sent to their company president and a personalized award certificate. IDEA will further recognize the awardees in our monthly newsletter and on IDEA’s social media platforms.

As a Master Data Management (MDM) platform, IDEA Connector enables manufacturers and distributors to share trusted electrical product content, eCommerce attribution, and pricing information. IDEA Connector has 2.5+ million products, over 4 million digital assets, more than 7,000 distributor locations, and 700 manufacturer brands. The IDEA Connector roadmap includes API integration, microservices, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), language translation, and global syndication.

For more information on IDEA Connector training and involvement, IDEA recommends that all distributor and manufacturer customers have at least one representative participate in the IDEA Connector User Group. In addition to sharing ideas, experiences, knowledge, and solutions, the user group community provides feedback on IDEA Connector features and functionality. Email ideaconnectorusergroup@idea4industry.com to join.

Training materials like reference guides, videos, templates, and system documentation are also available in the IDEA Learning Portal.

For more information on the IDEA Connector platform, go to IDEA4industry.com.


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 the day-to-day business. Its applications, IDEA Connector and IDEA Exchange, help connect the supply chain, and make business processes more efficient. IDEA was founded in 1998 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED). IDEA is headquartered in Arlington, VA (idea4industry.com).