Posted January 31, 2020

NAW elects 2020 officers 

Members of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) elected new officers during the association’s Executive Summit in Washington, D.C.

George Pattee and Douglas York
Douglas W. York, president and CEO, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply (right), receives the chairman’s gavel from NAW 2019 board chairman George Pattee, chairman of the board of Parksite Inc., to become NAW 2020 chairman of the board.

Douglas W. York, president and CEO of Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, was elected chairman of the NAW Board of Directors.

York succeeds George Pattee, chairman of the board of Parksite Inc., Batavia, Illinois. Pattee will remain active on the NAW board as immediate past chairman.

“I am honored to serve as the 2020 chairman of NAW. After receiving the benefits of NAW membership for more than 45 years, it’s my time to give back to the organization that has helped Ewing, the largest family-owned supplier of landscape and irrigation products in the country, to grow and achieve its goals," said York. "Our team has benefited greatly from the networking and benchmarking opportunities, educational events, best practice thought leadership, and business services that NAW offers. I’ve also developed wonderful business connections with other distributors through NAW. I am eager to work with this association and our members in 2020 and contributing to NAW’s ongoing important work for our industry.”

Ewing is also a member of the Irrigation Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Association of Landscape Professionals and other state and local landscape associations.

The following wholesale distribution industry leaders also were elected as NAW officers for 2020:

Chairman-elect, Michael Medart, president and CEO, Medart Engine & Marine, St. Louis, Missouri. Medart Engine & Marine is also a member of the National Marine Distributors Association and the Outdoor Power Equipment & Engine Service Association Inc.

First vice chairman, Jeff McLendon, president and CEO, U.S. Lumber, Duluth, Georgia. U.S. Lumber is also a member of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association Inc. and the World Millwork Alliance.

Second vice chairman, Michael DeCata, president and CEO, Lawson Products Inc., Chicago. Lawson Products is also a member of the Industrial Supply Association and the International Sanitary Supply Association.

Secretary, Larry Stoddard, president and CEO, Reladyne LLC, Cincinnati.