This year’s National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) National Meeting at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona in May was particularly noteworthy for CANTEX for numerous reasons. With over 450 senior level and national account executives, distributors, manufacturers, allied partners and manufacturer representatives from across the industry connecting for 4 days, there were great opportunities to review and plan business strategies. Key industry representatives met for strategic planning booth sessions, receptions, and training sessions.
The NAED National Meeting also included the Chairman’s Awards Banquet, where industry leaders were honored. This year’s Chairman’s Awards Dinner was a definite highpoint of the national meeting for CANTEX. At the meeting, Dave Merker, President of CANTEX, accepted a posthumous award for Don Wirtanen, the former President of CANTEX, who passed away unexpectedly in 2019. This honor clearly demonstrates how Wirtanen, a much-loved president at CANTEX, was also truly admired by his many associates throughout the industry. Wirtanen’s decades of accomplishments within the industry included his 33 years at CANTEX that were marked by years of record sales and great growth in the production of PVC electrical products.
“Working with Don was always eventful and we never knew what to expect next---But we could always expect to be pushed to exemplify his strong work ethic, his dedication to serving others with first-rate quality and service, and to value the network of industry professionals he had grown to love,” said Merker about Wirtanen, while accepting the prestigious award on Wirtanen’s behalf.
For CANTEX, another momentous occasion at this year’s NAED National Meeting was the chance to not only sponsor, but also to plan, this year’s 505 Club Ice Cream Social Event for over 350 distributors and affiliate suppliers after the Chairman’s Awards Dinner. Highlights of this year’s exciting 505 Club Event included a live old Hollywood jazz band, dessert and beverage bar stations, and memorable lighting displays that fashioned an old-style Hollywood atmosphere. This year’s sponsors for the 505 Club Event included CANTEX, Encore Wire, Intermatic, Mersen, and Western Tube.
“NAED National Meetings are a great place to make better industry connections. We had a great time while we definitely picked up on some ways that CANTEX can improve our PVC electrical distribution network. This year’s national meeting was truly memorable for CANTEX with Don Wirtanen’s well-deserved award presentation and with CANTEX getting the chance to put together such a great networking event for our distributors and affiliate partners,” said Dave Milius, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CANTEX.