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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2019 / Vol 42 No2

88 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

88 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK NEW ENGLAND FASTENER DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION PO Box 151, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 TEL 847-370-9022 FAX 847-516-6728 EMAIL nancy@nefda.com WEB www.nefda.com NEFDA HONORS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES by Nancy Rich The New England Fastener Distributor Association inducted two new members into its Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 7, 2019. BILL DONAHUE SR. Bill Donahue Sr. and Tim Cleary, both of Arnold Supply Incorporated in Wallingford, Connecticut shared the honor during the Association’s Spring Dinner at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford. Board President Michael Lentini, National Distribution Sales Manager at Spirol International Corporation welcomed the 50 guests assembled thanking members of the Board for their work on behalf of the Association. Rick Rudolph, President of Rudolph Associates shared remarks on both honorees. He noted Bill Donahue Sr.’s more than 40 years of work in the industry beginning his career at Eckart & Finard in (Hartford, CT). Rudolph told the story that on a flight to Atlanta for Eckart, Donahue coincidentally met Fred Shuman of Arnold Industries from Canton, Massachusetts. That fateful meeting led Donahue to open Arnold Supply of Connecticut operating out of his Waterbury (CT) garage until he moved the company to its current home in Wallingford, CT. Rudolph continued his remarks recognizing Tim Cleary as a “lifer” in the fastener industry. His early career began at Eckart & Finard where he worked until Donahue Sr. offered him a role in Purchasing at Arnold Supply. Cleary’s career spans some 50 years. ASSOCIATION ARTICLE TIM CLEARY Rudolph presented both honorees with plaques recognizing their unselfish devotion and distinguished service to the NEFDA. Donahue addressed the guests thanking the Association for the honor commenting on the growth of the organization since his career began. He gratefully attributed his career to key relationships that he formed beginning with Dan Sullivan at Danco Supply Inc., Bill Butcher at Eckart & Finard, and Fred Shuman from Arnold Industries. Donahue recognized his son Bill Jr. and his granddaughter Katie who work alongside him today. Cleary expressed his appreciation to the Association for the Hall of Fame honor. In his remarks, he commented on his many years of service, the many changes that have taken place as the industry has evolved, and the many individuals that he’s met throughout his career. The event concluded with a show by nationally headliner comedian Michael Petit of Plainville, Massachusetts who toasted both honorees and left guests roaring with laughter. Congratulations to Tim and Bill who have joined the list of our distinguished Hall of Fame Members. Upcoming Events in 2019 June 13th Golf Outing Oak Ridge Golf Club Feeding Hills, MA October 3rd Fall Fling Golf Juniper Hill Golf Course Northborough, MA December 4th Holiday Party Check www.nefda.com for an updated calendar. NEFDA New Member Beacon Fasteners & Components, Inc. NEW ENGLAND FASTENER DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION

THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK 89 NEFDA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES DINNER WALLINGFORD, CT - MARCH 7, 2019

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