Posted November 9, 2017

IBC recognizes distributors and suppliers

IBC recognized distributors and suppliers for outstanding growth and engagement with the group at its recent national meeting.

The 2017 Supplier of the Year was given to Radiac Abrasives, A Tyrolit Company, Oswego, Illinois; the 2017 Distributor of the Year award went to Haggard & Stocking, Indianapolis; the 2017 ISA Golden Eagle Recognition Award for Suppliers went to Ho-Keun Song of YG-1 Tool Company, Seoul, Korea, while the 2017 ISA Golden Eagle Recognition Award for Distributors was awarded to Chuck Gray of Machinery & Factory Industrial Supply, Racine, Wisconsin. All Industrial Tool Supply, Huntington Beach, California, received the 2017 Pedal to the Metal Award, which is awarded for rapid acceleration in the IBC Rewards Program. The 2017 Knowledge is Power Award for the individual with the most IBC University course completions went to Julie Raines, RMP Industrial Supply, Fort Worth, Texas, and the 2017 Knowledge is Power Award for the distributor with the most IBC University course completions went to Haggard & Stocking, Indianapolis.

Ron Nuñez, IBC’s president and COO, said the theme of this year’s meeting – All Systems Go – underscored IBC’s mission to help its members build successful businesses by providing the scale, resources, and innovation they need to compete in an evolving marketplace.

“When I think about what will happen in the upcoming year, the one constant I can anticipate is the way all of us do business will continue to change. From the big box competitors and Amazon to new e-commerce players, competition will remain fierce. We are united, not just as members of IBC, but as entrepreneurs, business owners, and people wanting to forge their own paths in the world. As group, it means we don’t have to go it alone,” Nuñez said.

Nuñez outlined how the group’s latest initiative, a central billing platform, will enhance its ability to better analyze member purchase data, allowing IBC to work more strategically with preferred suppliers and members to ensure sales growth and profitability. “Central billing is a best practice used by the most successful buying groups around the world. It was a natural next step for complementing our growing training and education, marketing, and national accounts programs. With central billing running at full throttle, our stakeholders will become more strategically aligned and well positioned for long-term growth and success when working together,” Nuñez explained.