August 27, 2007

New IDEA Officers and Directors for 2007-2008

IDEA recently announced its new Officers and Directors for 2007-2008. The IDEA Board of Directors elected Todd Kumm, President and COO of Dakota Supply Group in Fargo, ND, as the IDEA Chairman of the Board for 2007-2008. Kumm is also a member of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) Board of Directors.

Outgoing IDEA Chairman, Tim Powers, Chairman, CEO & President, Hubbell Inc., served in this position for the last three consecutive years (2004-2007).

"Tim was a highly engaged Chairman and his vision for IDEA was always one of growth and optimism," said Mike Rioux, President, IDEA. "However, with an industry leader like Todd providing insight, guidance and leadership, IDEA will continue to grow and prosper."

IDEA Officers:

• Todd Kumm, IDEA Chairman – President & COO, Dakota Supply Group

• Dave FitzGibbon, IDEA Vice Chairman – President & CEO, ILSCO Corporation

• Mike Rioux, IDEA President

• Mike Gambino, IDEA Treasurer – President & CEO, Pass & Seymour/Legrand, and Wiremold/Legrand

• Mike Ales, IDEA Secretary – VP Purchasing & Operations, Werner Electric Supply

The 2007-2008 IDEA Board of Directors are:


• John Duda, President, Butler Supply

• Todd Kumm, President & COO, Dakota Supply Group

• Deb Weis, Director E-Business, Graybar Electric Co.

• Martin Ranly, President & CEO, Kendall Electric Supply

• Peter Plough, VP & Security, Plough Electric

• Mark Daniel, VP New Business Development, Rexel USA

• Tom Cloud, CEO, United Electrical Supply

• John Forrester, President, Wabash Electrical Supply

• Mike Ales, VP Purchasing & Operations, Werner Electric


• Ray Huber, VP IT and E-Commerce, Eaton Electric

• Gary Arnott, GM Channel Operations, GE Consumer & Industrial

• Bernie Westapher, Group VP Marketing & Sales, Panduit

• Mike Gambino, President & CEO, Pass & Seymour/Legrand and Wiremold/Legrand

• David Stormo, Program Executive, Global Program Transition, Rockwell Automation

• Phil Tuggle, Senior Vice President, Southwire Company

• Bill Snyder, Vice President Channel Development, Schneider Electric NA

• Dave FitzGibbon, President & CEO, ILSCO Corporation

Other Organizations:

• Tom Naber, President, NAED

• Evan Gaddis, President, NEMA

• Milos Jancik, President, Electro Federation Canada

• Hank Bergson, President, NEMRA

• Mike Rioux, President, IDEA

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