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New Networking

for IMARK Members—Connected Peers

Jerry Knight president, IMARK Electrical
Steve Ruane vice president, Marketing
Steve Wright Vice President of Supplier Relations
Jill Baker Chief Financial Officer

Over the years, IMARK Electrical has facilitated hundreds of networking sessions for member owners and senior executives.

Before the pandemic, we often heard people say that their networking group was the most beneficial part of the meeting. The opportunity to share best practices, gather new ideas and identify solutions to common challenges can have a positive and material impact on a company.

Historically, the opportunity to participate in structured networking groups has been limited to IMARK Electrical member business owners and senior management.

That is about to change.

IMARK Electrical has teamed up with The Distribution Team to provide a virtual networking platform for a wide variety of member executives including:

  • Credit and Receivables Managers
  • Finance Managers
  • HR Managers
  • IT Managers
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Operations Managers
  • Outside Sales Managers
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Showroom Managers
  • Training Managers
  • Webstore Managers
  • All networking groups consist of no more than 17 executives who work in the electrical, plumbing and HVACR distribution industries. Care is taken to avoid competitive conflicts in each networking group.
  • All meetings are conducted via the Zoom platform.
  • Meetings are held once a month for one hour and are pre-scheduled months in advance to aid participant planning purposes.
  • In between meetings, all participants have access to a virtual Community Platform—24-hour access to an online network where peer execs can share questions and resources between meetings.

Professional Meeting Facilitators Lead the Way

Solid, experienced leadership is crucial to an effective networking experience.

Each Connected Peers networking meeting is facilitated by a principal of The Distribution Team, a leading consultant to the wholesale distribution industry.

Jason Bader is the managing partner of The Distribution Team, specializing in strategic business coaching, inventory management training and technology utilization for the wholesale distribution industry. Jason grew up in his family distribution business and has more than 30 years of experience working in the distribution field including 10 years of experience in an executive management capacity before leaving to pursue a teaching and coaching career. He has been a regular speaker at industry events and contributes articles to several trade publications including IMARK Electrical Now magazine.

Marshall Jones is a senior advisor at The Distribution Team, specializing in strategic business coaching, inventory management training and technology utilization for the wholesale distribution industry. With more than 35 years of working, studying and leading in the distribution field, Marshall has performed and managed roles such as outside sales, branch operations, purchasing, recruiting and senior leadership. He bought, built and successfully sold a regional construction products distributorship. Studying under industry pioneers Don Rice and Mike Workman, Marshall earned a B.S in industrial distribution from Texas A&M.

All IMARK Electrical member companies employ people who will benefit from the opportunity to network with other wholesale distribution executives.

Get started today! For more information and/or to register to join a group, log on at and go to the “Networking. Connected Peers” section.