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Board of Directors

You are our Board of Directors, Literally.

IDEA is proud to have a Board that shares a common vision with our Management Team—to anticipate and deliver innovative applications that help connect the supply chain and make business processes efficient, easy and enjoyable for people every day. IDEA was created by the industry, for the industry. When you say jump - we jump.


Board Officers | Voting Directors | Non-Voting Directors

Board Officers

  • President Robert Gaylord President and CEO, IDEA Brigadier ­General Robert Gaylord (retired) has been president and CEO of IDEA since December 2007. For the first time since the inception of IDEA, Gaylord and the B­oard of Directors rigorously analyzed IDEA's value and purpose in the channel. full bio
  • Chairman John Burke President, COO, Kirby Risk Electrical Supply John Burke is President, COO of Kirby Risk Electrical Supply, a Midwest distributor of electrical products and services with 38 locations in Indiana, Central and Southern Illinois and Northwest Ohio. full bio
  • Vice Chairman Vernon Nagel Chairman, President and CEO, Acuity Brands Inc. Vernon J. Nagel is Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Brands, Inc. Acuity Brands is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with operations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. full bio
  • Treasurer Brian Herington Brian Herington, President, U.S. & Latin America Electrical, Thomas & Betts, Thomas & Betts Brian Herington is President of Thomas & Betts U.S. and Latin America Electrical and LDM of ABB LP US. In this position, he is responsible for all sales, marketing, finance, manufacturing and distribution activities for electrical products. full bio
  • Secretary Wes Smith President, Mayer Electric Supply Wes Smith is President of Mayer Electric Supply, a company he started with as a warehouse associate in 1987. He then moved into internal auditing and to quality assurance. Smith was Vice President and CIO, then Executive Vice President and COO before his current appointment as President. full bio

Voting Directors

Non-Voting Directors

  • Evan Gaddis, President and CEO, NEMA
  • Tom Naber, President and CEO, NAED

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