COLUMBUS, Ohio — Talbot Gee, HARDI executive vice president and COO, has accepted a position on the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) Institute board of directors. According to HARDI, the association looks forward to being part of an organization that regularly conducts research in distribution, and is eager to use this research to improve member business practices and ultimately give members the tools they need to successfully evolve in the future.

"The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence has a very similar mission to our own HARDI Research Foundation, though obviously not focused on the HVACR industry, so I’m excited to be a part of this excellent institution of higher learning for progressive wholesale distributors," noted Gee.

The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence’s mission is to conduct research into strategic management issues affecting the wholesale distribution industry. Much of this research stems from distribution industry executives who seek to discover practical solutions to real-world problems. Major current research revolves around trends in wholesale distribution, profit, pricing, operations improvement, financial management, supply chain management, warehouse and inventory management, and more.

“We’re delighted that Talbot will be joining the NAW Institute Board,” said Dirk Van Dongen, president and treasurer of NAW. “He’ll bring innovative and creative thinking to a board made up of some of wholesale distribution’s best strategists. Talbot is a strong industry leader. He’ll make many contributions as the Institute continues its work to help wholesaler-distributors remain the most effective and efficient distribution channel.”