I want to give a big thanks to all of the sponsors and our
members who attended the 2011 National Electrical Leadership Summit in San
Diego. If you weren’t there, you missed out on an exceptional event.
During the general sessions, we heard about the major trends
that will define the advance or retreat of globalization and how leaders should
go about merging new technologies into their company culture. The valuable
education sessions covered everything from the smart grid to the process of
business exit planning. There were also several great group discussions via the
Alternative Energy Solutions Panel, the U.S. Economic Forecast Panel
Discussion, and the Manufacturers Annual Forum.
Everyone enjoyed a lot of great opportunities to catch up
with old friends and build new business contacts. During the Reception &
Closing Awards Dinner, several of our industry’s leaders were recognized for
their service, including John Duda of Butler
Supply Company, who was presented with the 2011 Arthur W. Hooper Achievement
Additionally, 2010-2011 NAED Chair Jack Henderson of
Hunzicker Brothers passed the gavel to Bob Reynolds of Graybar, who officially
began his term as 2011-2012 NAED Chair. I want to thank Jack for all of his
efforts over the last year; the association has really benefitted from Jack’s
enthusiasm and vision for the future of electrical distribution. We are excited
to have Bob as our new chair; he truly has a passion for the people in the
industry and a tremendous business sense.
For those who attended this year’s Summit, we would like to
hear about what you enjoyed and where you thought we could make improvements,
so feel free to leave a comment on this blog. I invite everyone to save the
date for next year’s Summit, April 25-28, 2012, in Washington, D.C. In the meantime, watch this video to see more of what you missed in San Diego.