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NAW elects new chairman

By HBSDealer Staff - 03/02/2020
The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) has elected Douglas York as chairman of its board of directors.

York is president and CEO of Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply based in Phoenix, Ariz. The move took place at the NAW’s recent Executive Summit held in Washington, D.C.

York succeeds George Pattee, chairman of the Board of Parksite Inc., headquartered in Batavia, Ill. Pattee will remain active on the NAW Board as immediate past chairman.

 “I am honored to serve as the 2020 Chairman of NAW,” York said. “After receiving the benefits of NAW membership for more than 45 years, it’s my time to give back to the organization that has helped Ewing, the largest family-owned supplier of landscape and irrigation products in the country, to grow and achieve its goals. Our team has benefited greatly from the networking and benchmarking opportunities, educational events, best practice thought leadership, and business services that NAW offers.”

“I’ve also developed wonderful business connections with other distributors through NAW. I am eager to work with this association and our members in 2020 and contributing to NAW’s ongoing important work for our industry,” York added.

Ewing is also a member of the Irrigation Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Association of Landscape Professionals and other state and local landscape associations.

The following wholesale distribution industry leaders also were elected as NAW Officers for 2020:

  • Chairman-Elect, Michael Medart, president and CEO of Medart Engine & Marine

  • First Vice Chairman, Jeff McLendon, president and CEO of U.S. Lumber

  • Second Vice Chairman, Michael DeCatapresident and CEO Lawson Products, Inc.

  • Secretary, Larry Stoddard president and CEO of Reladyne LLC

  • Dirk Van Dongen, president and CEO of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

Completing the NAW 2020 Board of Directors are Treasurer and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Budget and Finance, Joseph Nettemeyer, president and CEO of Valin Corporation; Chairman of the NAW Association Executives Council (AEC), Rick Long of the Petroleum Equipment Institute; Chairman-Elect of the AEC, Kenyon Gleason of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers; and Past Chairman of the AEC, Ralph Suppa of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating.

NAW comprises individual wholesale distribution firms and a federation of national, regional, state, and local associations and their members, which collectively total more than 30,000 companies. NAW represents the nearly $6-trillion merchant wholesale distribution industry.


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