WASHINGTON — Members of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), during the association’s first-ever Digital Summit, elected as chairman of the NAW board of directors, Michael Medart, president and CEO, Medart Engine & Marine.

Medart succeeds Douglas W. York, president and CEO of Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply. York will remain active on the NAW board as immediate past chairman.

"I am proud to serve as the 2021 Chairman of NAW,” said Medart. “After receiving the benefits of NAW membership for 30 years, it is my honor to give back to the organization that has helped Medart Engine & Marin...Medart Engine & Marine has gained much knowledge and enjoyed the networking and benchmarking opportunities, educational events, best practice thought leadership, and business services that NAW offers. I have also been fortunate to develop deep business connections with other distribution leaders through NAW. I look forward to working with this association and our members in 2021 and contributing to NAW’s ongoing important work for our industry.”

Medart Engine & Marine is also a member of the National Marine Distributors Association and the Outdoor Power Equipment & Engine Service Association Inc.

The following wholesale distribution industry leaders also were elected as NAW Officers for 2021:

Jeff McLendon
President and CEO
U.S. Lumber
U.S. Lumber is also a member of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association Inc. and the World Millwork Alliance.

First Vice Chairman
Michael DeCata
President and CEO
Lawson Products Inc.
Lawson Products, Inc. is also a member of the Industrial Supply Association and the International Sanitary Supply Association.

Second Vice Chairman
Larry Stoddard
President and CEO
RelaDyne LLC

Kevin Short
President and CEO
ORS Medco

Eric Hoplin
President and CEO
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

Completing the NAW 2021 board of directors are treasurer and chairman of the Subcommittee on Budget and Finance, George Pattee, chairman of the Board of Parksite Inc.; chairman of the NAW Association Executives Council (AEC), Kenyon Gleason of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers; chairman-elect of the AEC, Brian McGuire of the Associated Equipment Distributors; and past chairman of the AEC, Rick Long of the Petroleum Equipment Institute.

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