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Thomas P. Gale, Publisher
Tom is the Publisher of Modern Distribution Management. Tom has owned Modern Distribution Management since 1993. For decades, Tom has researched and written on significant trends in independent distribution channels, including consolidation, integrated supply, e-commerce, vendor reduction and shifts in value definitions. He is the co-author of Stand Out from the Competition! Four Pathways to Differentiate Your Wholesale Distribution Company and contributed to Outlook 2009: An Executive’s Companion to Facing the Forces of Change, both from the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors. He is a popular speaker on topics affecting independent distribution channels.
Tom is also the Principal for Gale Media Inc., which publishes MDM and owns Industrial Market Information Inc. (www.imidata.com). Tom is originally from St. Louis, MO.
Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier, Editor
Jenel joined MDM as Associate Editor in 2008. While she covers a broad range of topics, she has particular interest in the impact of government policies and the economy on the wholesale distribution industry. Primary sectors covered by Jenel include power transmission/bearing, electrical and building materials.
Prior to joining MDM, Jenel spent seven years working in the banking industry and has written for various publications including the Denver Post. She has Bachelor's of Arts degrees from the University of Oregon (journalism) and Minnesota State University-Moorhead (political science) and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jenel is originally from Wahpeton, ND.
Eric Smith, Associate Editor
Eric joined MDM as Associate Editor in September 2014. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Eric is an award-winning journalist who earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rhodes College. Among his many writing stints, he has worked as a sports reporter in Alaska, and also has written for a children's hospital and major university.
More recently, he spent close to eight years as a business reporter and editor for The Daily News in Memphis – renowned as America's Distribution Center – where he covered logistics, distribution and commercial real estate. While covering a wide range of distribution-related topics, Eric is interested in warehousing, shipping and supply chain management.
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Larry Davis, President, ORS Nasco
Charley Hale, President, FCX Performance
Mary Johnston, Sales Director, 3M Industrial & Transportation Business
Julia Klein, President and CEO, C.H. Briggs Company
Doug Savage, President and CEO, Bearing Service Inc.
Burt Schraga, CEO, Bell Electrical Supply
Ted Stark, President, Dalco Enterprises