June 24, 2009

IDEA Consultant Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

John Wilson, IDEA consultant and active IDEA Standards Committee (ISC) member, was awarded the Equity/EDN Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Annual Meeting in Dallas Texas. Wilson is a former employee of OSRAM SYLVANIA where he served for over 30 years before retiring as the Manager, eCommerce & Business Development.

Wilson thanked Equity/EDN and management team Bob Snyder, Dick Noel, Matt Roos and Ted Havel in his acceptance speech. He also thanked IDEA and encouraged manufacturers and distributors to make data completeness and accuracy a priority.

“To all the manufacturers, you need to supply all of the transactional, extended and catalog data that you have on your products to Industry Data Warehouse (IDW). To all Distributors, be resilient in your demand for data from your manufacturer trading partners so that you can better serve your customers. Extended and catalog data will help everyone expand sales opportunities both in person and electronically,” said Wilson.

While at SYLVANIA, Wilson grew electronic orders for the Industrial Commercial channel from < 30% to 85% and electronic claims (ship & debits) to 88% via EDI, Flat Files and the web. He also represented OSRAM SYLVANIA for the IDEA initiative, which helped form Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) and Industry Data Exchange (IDX). OSRAM SYLVANIA is a Founding Member of IDEA.

Wilson accepted past industry awards including the Richard Buzun Award for Leadership and Innovation in eCommerce (2007) and the TED Magazine Best of the Best Award for company website (2003, 2004, 2005) on behalf of SYLVANIA and received Electrical Wholesaling GEM Rising Star Award (1994).

He received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and MBA from Northeastern University. He is also a graduate of the US Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and is a decorated veteran having served our country in Vietnam. Congratulations!