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As the obituary in this issue notes, Gary Buffington gave much of himself to this industry and the many friends he made throughout the years. He was always generous in his time and knowledge about the industry, and a diligent student about the increasingly rapid and complex change taking place in industrial MRO distribution channels. He was extremely perceptive about the sometimes complex relationships between people, companies and associations in this industry, and had a unique ability to find common ground to move the industry forward.
In that vein he would certainly want the association he so ably guided for many years to focus on the future, and the strengths of I.D.A. as a forum for improvement, education, leadership and business success. His most recent endeavors have helped build a strong platform for the association and its member companies for the future.
Gary's many efforts through the years were critical to the development of many conferences, seminars and educational training sessions that have helped improve the careers of many people and the bottom lines of many independent distributors and their suppliers.
On a personal note that many, many people reaching well outside the daily activities of I.D.A. can attest to, Gary was a valuable sounding board and good friend. His impact on the larger industry and stewardship of I.D.A. will be felt for a long time. The future looks brighter for his contributions.