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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer Issue 2012 / VOL 35 / NO.3


86 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK NFDA - 10842 Noel Street #107, Los Alamitos CA 90720 • Tel: 1-877-487-6332 • Email: • NATIONAL FASTENERS DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION NFDA RETAINS VICKIE LESTER TO PROVIDE EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT On April 26, 2012, the Board of Directors of the National Fastener Distributors Association voted unanimously to retain Vickie Lester (Lester Management Services) to provide executive management for the Association. The transition of the NFDA office from SmithBucklin in Chicago, Illinois to the Lester Management Services office in Los Alamitos, California will occur during the next few months. “NFDA has received high quality, professional services from SmithBucklin since 2005,” said Matt Ulrich of Assembled Products (Des Moines, Iowa), NFDA 2011- 2012 President. “However, the NFDA Board believes it is time to head in a different strategic direction, and we feel Vickie Lester’s background and abilities will help us achieve our vision.” Vickie Lester is no stranger to the fastener industry, having started her association management company in 1986 with the Western Association of Fastener Distributors as her first client. Later that same year she brought in the Los Angeles Fastener Association to her company. In 2009 those two associations unified into what is now known as the Pacific-West Fastener Association. In addition to Pac- West and its Fastener Training Institute, Lester and her team also provide management services to other organizations from her Southern California office. “As the new Executive Director of the NFDA, Vickie will assist the Board in providing our members with exciting new professional development opportunities, networking experiences and a national policy voice,” said incoming NFDA President Jay Queenin of Specialty Bolt & Screw Inc. (Agawam, Massachusetts). “In addition, we believe that Vickie is uniquely positioned in the fastener industry to advance the NFDA’s strategic vision of coordinating more closely with other fastener associations,” said Queenin. For more information about Vickie Lester’s professional experience, visit her LinkedIn profile at NFDA ANNUAL SPRING MEETING CHATEAU ELAN, BRASELTON, GA - MAY 2-4, 2012 more photos on page 91


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