People June 27, 2008

June 26, 2008
IDEA (Arlington, Va.) The IDEA board of directors elected David FitzGibbon, president and CEO, ILSCO Corp., Cincinnati, as the IDEA Chairman of the Board for 2008-2009.

IDEA (Arlington, Va.) The IDEA board of directors elected David FitzGibbon, president and CEO, ILSCO Corp., Cincinnati, as the IDEA Chairman of the Board for 2008-2009. FitzGibbon served as the IDEA Vice-Chairman from 2007-2008. The other 2008-2009 IDEA officers are: IDEA Vice Chairman — Ron Schlader, V.P. Operations and Quality, Crescent Electric Supply; East Dubuque, Ill.; IDEA Treasurer — Larry Stern, president and CEO, Standard Electric Supply, Milwaukee; IDEA Secretary — Del Nickel, president and CEO, Hoffman Enclosures, Anoka, Minn.; and IDEA President — Robert Gaylord, president and CEO, IDEA.

In addition to these executives the following IDEA members are serving on the organization’s 2008-2009 IDEA board of directors: Phil Barrios, corporate director eBusiness, Hubbell Inc., Orange, Conn.; Valerie Jones, manager, national customer service center, Osram Sylvania, Danvers, Mass.; Todd Kumm, past IDEA chair, and president, Dakota Supply Group, Fargo, N.D.; James Tinker, manager, master file maintenance officer, Rexel Inc. Dallas; Joe Wallace, pricing manager, Van Meter Industrial, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Bernie Westapher, group V.P. marketing and sales, Panduit Corp., Tinley Park, Ill. The 2008-2009 non-voting directors are Tom Naber, president, National Association of Electrical Distributors, St. Louis; Evan Gaddis, president, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Rosslyn, Va., and Gaylord.

Wohner USA, the North American operation of Wohner GmbH & Co. KG (Hampton, N.H.): Kevin Saunders has joined the company as vice president of marketing and sales. Prior to joining Wohner, Saunders worked for Pass & Seymour/Legrand and Ferraz Shawmut. Most recently, he was principal of a manufacturers’ representative company focused in the industrial MRO and OEM market segments in New England.

Border States (Fargo, N.D.): David Thomson has been named South Central Region Business Development Manager for Border States. Thomson will participate on the company’s South Central Region management team and provide direction for new and expanded business opportunities. Before joining BSE, he was the field sales representative for Hoffman Enclosures in Dallas.

Summit Electric Supply (Albuquerque): Joe Chesky is taking the reins of corporate purchasing, vendor relations and inventory/asset management for all 20 Summit locations across five states. Chesky directed Summit’s expansion into Texas, beginning with Dallas in 1986. As regional vice president, he helped direct operations in Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, San Antonio, Austin, Killeen and the Gulf Coast. In 2003, he was named senior vice president of operations, moving to Summit’s headquarters in Albuquerque. Cole Harrison, regional operations manager, has been promoted to vice president of operations. Harrison now oversees day-to-day operations of all Summit locations. Harrison joined Summit in 1998. He began in the Albuquerque service center as a warehouse associate and worked his way up to counter and inside sales positions before becoming an account manager in Dallas. He was promoted to Houston service center leader in 2003 and became regional operations manager in January 2008.

WinWholesale Inc. (Dayton, Ohio): The company has appointed three company veterans to fill leadership positions in its Eastern, Central and Western regions. Ron Bohannon, a former Western Region area leader in Plano, Texas, was appointed vice president of the Eastern Region to oversee sales and operations in 18 states. Bohannon has been with WinWholesale since 1991, when he joined Paducah Winnelson in Kentucky.

In the Central Region, Kent Best was named an area leader, overseeing operations for WinWholesale companies in Kansas, Wisconsin and parts of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. Best joined WinWholesale in 1973 at N.O. Nelson in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and was president of Grandview Winnelson in Missouri before becoming area leader. Steve Coen was named an area leader in the Western Region for New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. He was previously president of Stillwater Winnelson in Oklahoma. He’s been with WinWholesale since its acquisition in 2000 of Central Plumbing Supply, Oklahoma City, where he was general manager and part owner.