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National Association of Wholesale-Distributors (NAW) elects 2008 officers

Members of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) have elected as Chairman of the NAW Board of Directors Chip Hornsby, Group Chief Executive, Wolseley PLC, headquartered in Theale, England. Mr. Hornsby succeeds Raymon A. York, CEO, Ewing Irrigation Products, Phoenix, AZ. Mr. York will remain active on the NAW Board as Immediate Past Chairman. Says Mr. Hornsby of his new post, "I am very honored to be elected and to serve NAW as Chairman. I look forward to working with NAW in the coming year and to contributing to its ongoing valuable work."

Wolseley PLC is also a member of the American Supply Association, Heating Air conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International, Industrial Supply Association, and Water & Sewer

Distributors of America.

The following industry leaders also were elected NAW Officers for 2008:


Randy Lindberg
President, Western Region
United Natural Foods, Inc.
Rocklin, CA

First Vice Chairman

Robert N. Taylor
Do it Best Corp.
Ft. Wayne, IN

Do it Best Corp. is also a member of the International Sanitary Supply Association.

Second Vice Chairman

Dennis G. Hatchell
Alex Lee Inc.
Winston Salem, NC

Alex Lee Inc. is also a member of the General Merchandise Distributors Council.


Mark Kramer
Laird Plastics, Inc.
Boca Raton, FL

Laird Plastics is also a member of the International Association of Plastics Distributors.

Dirk Van Dongen
President and CEO
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
Washington, DC

Completing the 2008 NAW Board of Directors are Chairman of the NAW Association Executives Council (AEC), Robert Renkes, Executive Vice President of the Petroleum Equipment Institute; Chairman-Elect of the AEC, M. Robert Weidner III, President/CEO of the Metals Service Center Institute; and Past Chairman of the AEC, G.A. Taylor Fernley, President and CEO of Fernley & Fernley.

NAW comprises individual wholesale distribution firms and a federation of national, regional, state, and local associations and their members, which collectively total more than 40,000 ompanies. NAW represents the $3.9 trillion merchant wholesale distribution industry, which oves to market virtually every kind of product in the U.S. economy and employs 5 million eople.