Doug Ruggles Elected NFDA President for 2019-2020

Doug Ruggles of Martin Fastening Solutions (Florence, Alabama) has been elected as the 2019-2020 president of the National Fastener Distributors Association. Adam Derry of Field (Machesney Park, Illinois) will serve as vice president, Kelly Charles of Sems & Specials (Rockford, Illinois) as associate chair, and Kelly Cole of Hayes Bolt & Supply (San Diego, California) will remain on the Board as immediate past president.

     Three new Board members have been elected to serve on the NFDA Board: Don Haggerty of Lindstrom/Stelfast (Edison, New Jersey), Craig Penland of Eurolink FSS (Greer, South Carolina), and Jodie Thinnes of Copper State Bolt & Nut (Phoenix, Arizona).

     Continuing on the NFDA Board are Keven Simmer of Wurth DMB Supply (Des Moines, Iowa), Scott Somers of Mid-States Bolt & Screw Company (Flint, Michigan), and Bryan Wheeler of Star Stainless Screw (Wood Dale, Illinois).

     The new Board was introduced at the NFDA 2019 Annual Meeting, held June 10-11, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The annual meeting also included programs on data analytics by Brian Friedle of MITS, supply chain transparency by Heather Stewart of Wurth Industry North America, industrial marketing by Matt Johnson of Spinstak Growth Agency, and an economic update presented by Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics.

     Tribute was paid during the NFDA annual meeting to retiring Board members Rich Megliola of Vertex Distribution (Saint Charles, Illinois), Kevin Miller of Bamal Corporation (Charlotte, North Carolina), Dan Zehnder of Trinity Logistics Corporation (Waukehsa, Wisconsin), and Jun Xu of Brighton-Best International (Santa Fe Springs, California).

     Upcoming NFDA events include:

 Executive Summit

November 3-5, 2019

Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples, Florida

Joint Conference and Tabletop Show with the Pacific-West Fastener Association

March 4-7, 2020

Westin Hotel, Long Beach, California

Executive Sales Planning Sessions ®

June 23-24, 2020

Embassy Suites Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota

     For more information about NFDA and its activities, visit or contact Vickie Lester, , telephone 562-799-5519.

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