George Pattee, chairman at Parksite Inc., takes helm at NAW

George Pattee, chairman of the board of Parksite Inc., receives the NAW 2019 Chairman’s Gavel from Joseph C. Nettemeyer, president and CEO of Valin Corporation.

Washington, DC — Members of the National Association of Wholesaler- Distributors (NAW), during the association’s Executive Summit in Washington, DC, elected as chairman of the NAW Board of Directors, George Pattee, chairman of the board of Parksite Inc., headquartered in Batavia, Ill.

Pattee succeeds Joseph C. Nettemeyer, president and CEO of Valin Corporation, headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Nettemeyer will remain active on the NAW board as immediate past chairman.

“On behalf of the 650 employee-owners of Parksite, I am honored to serve as the 2019 Chairman of NAW. After receiving the benefits of NAW membership for almost 25 years, it’s my time to give back to the organization that has helped Parksite grow and achieve its goals. Over all these years, 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 look forward to working with this association and our members in 2019 and contributing to NAW’s ongoing important work for our industry,” said Pattee.

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Parksite Inc. is also a member of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association Inc., North American Building Material Distribution Association, and the Associated Building Material Distributors of America.

The following wholesale distribution industry leaders also were elected as NAW Officers for 2019:

Chairman-elect: Douglas W. York, Ewing Irrigation Products

First vice chairman: Michael Medart, Medart Engine & Marine

Second vice chairman: Jeff McLendon, U.S. Lumber Group

Secretary: Kevin Short, Polymershapes

President: Dirk Van Dongen, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors Washington, DC

NAW comprises individual wholesale distribution firms and a federation of national, regional, state, and local associations and their members, which collectively total more than 30,000 companies. NAW represents the nearly $5.7-trillion merchant wholesale distribution industry, which moves to market virtually every kind of product in the U.S. economy and employs 5.9 million people.

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