NAED In America

Electrical distributors association holds annual conference

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) held its annual conference and national meeting this week in San Francisco. A number of awards were distributed to familiar individuals and companies.

While a comprehensive list and individual photos can be viewed on NAED’s twitter feed, here are some of the highlights:

Molly Murphy, vice president of sales and marketing at Eaton Corp., is the recipient of the 2019 Trailblazer award! Murphy has over 13 years of experience at Eaton, currently working out of the company’s Pittsburgh area facility. She is “passionate about digital marketing & focused on customer experience,” as well as an avid water skier & paddle boarder. Molly (pictured, below right) will be honored and receive her award at NAED’s Women In Industry Forum next month, which runs June 25-27 at the Omni in Nashville.

Molly Murphy of Eaton Corporation, recipient of this year’s NAED Trailblazer award.—Twitter photo

The association’s 2019 Arthur W. Hooper Achievement Award goes to Glenn Goedecke, a former NAED chair and Mayer Electric Supply executive who announced he is leaving the electrical distribution industry after 32 years to pursue a new career in the metals industry. Goedecke’s recognition runs wide; he has been featured on TED talks, praised for his entrepreneurial capability, and honored in the past within the industry. During his time at Birmingham-based Mayer, he specifically touted the development of LED technology as one of the most promising forces in the industry.

ABB was the recipient of the Industry Award of Merit.

Steve Antenucci, vice president and general manager at Hubbell Incorporated, the Connecticut-based electronics manufacturer, was honored with NAED’s Associate Service Award. Mr. Antenucci has held his current position at Hubbell since 2015, and “demonstrates an in depth understanding of the electrical and industrial distributor market,” according to the company. He is described by colleagues as a “personal, professional, strategic and astute leader with an engaging communication and leadership style that inspires direct reports and teams to achieve.” Antenucci is currently seeking an Advisory Role or Board of Director position in 2019, per his LinkedIn page. Hubbell, despite being a sprawling international outfit, has remained in the Connecticut area where it was founded for over 115 years.

Dan Dungan, of Springfield (IL) Electric Supply, was this year’s recipient of the Distributor, Distinguished Service Award. Dungan (pictured, below, in center) has held the position of executive chairman at the company for 36 years (!) and is also currently a NAED chair.




Rockwell Automation received the 2019 Manufacturer Excellence in Talent Development Award (see below):



Standard Electric Supply Co., the Chicago area distributor, made it clear in recent years it sells more than parts, hence the slogan. This year, it was honored by NAED, receiving the Distributor Excellence in Talent Development Award. The company has long covered switches, controls, cables, and the like since its founding in 1919 as Standard Light Co. It has expanded continually over the years to offer enclosure modifications, inventory management services that can help reduce ordering costs, and extended customer assistance programs. Standard Electric now has 14 locations, from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania.

Eaton was the big winner of the event when you factor in another longtime employee of the company—David Bucklew—received the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from NAED this year. Senior vice president of the Americas sales region, operating also out of Eaton’s Pittsburgh location, Mr. Bucklew has been at the corporation for 25 years now. He began his career at Westinghouse prior to that.


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