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Don Nowak is NFDA's 2020 Fastener Professional of the Year

The National Fastener Distributors Association’s is pleased to announce the 2020 recipient of its Fastener Professional of the Year award is Don Nowak of Falcon Fastening Solutions (Charlotte, North Carolina).

The Fastener Professional of the Year award was created by NFDA to honor individuals and companies that make a substantial positive impact on people’s lives. The inaugural award in 2017 was presented to Robbie Gilchrist of Capital Marketing (High Point, North Carolina). In 2018 Jim Ruetz of AIS (Franksville, Wisconsin) was honored and in 2019 Kevin Queenin of Specialty Bolt & Screw, Inc. (Agawam, Massachusetts) received the award.

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2020 Sales Professional Training Camps

Don Buttrey's popular Sales Professional Training Camps return in 2020 with four sets of dates:

  • March 3-5
  • May 19-21
  • August 4-6
  • November 10-12

Click here for details and to register

Kevin Queenin Awarded NFDA’s 2019 Fastener Professional of the Year Award

The National Fastener Distributors Association is pleased to announce the 2019 recipient of its Fastener Professional of the Year award is Kevin Queenin of Specialty Bolt & Screw (Agawam, Massachusetts).

The Fastener Professional of the Year award was created by NFDA to honor individuals and companies that make a substantial positive impact on people’s lives. The inaugural award in 2017 was presented to Robbie Gilchrist of Capital Marketing (High Point, North Carolina). In 2018 Jim Ruetz of AIS (Franksville, Wisconsin) was honored.

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Doug Ruggles Elected NFDA President for 2019-2020

Doug Ruggles of Martin Fastening Solutions (Florence, Alabama) has been elected as the 2019-2020 president of the National Fastener Distributors Association. Adam Derry of Field (Machesney Park, Illinois) will serve as vice president, Kelly Charles of Sems & Specials (Rockford, Illinois) as associate chair, and Kelly Cole of Hayes Bolt & Supply (San Diego, California) will remain on the Board as immediate past president.

Three new Board members have been elected to serve on the NFDA Board: Don Haggerty of Lindstrom/Stelfast (Edison, New Jersey), Craig Penland of Eurolink FSS (Greer, South Carolina), and Jodie Thinnes of Copper State Bolt & Nut (Phoenix, Arizona).

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NFDA awards four new scholarships for Fastener Training Week

The National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA) recently awarded four scholarships for Fastener Training Week, an advanced fastener technical training program produced by the Fastener Training Institute.

  • Patrick Garvey, mechanical design engineer, Shamrock International, Itasca IL
  • Mason Smith, sales/customer service, Empire Bolt & Screw, Spokane WA
  • John St. Onge, incoming inspector, Specialty Bolt & Screw, Agawam MA
  • Carola Zabawa, sales and marketing support, Fuller Metric Parts, Surrey BC

Applicants were evaluated based on the recommendation from their employer, personal achievements, work experience, and an essay. Identifying information was redacted, so that the team evaluating the applications did not know the names or employers of those applying.

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Jim Ruetz Awarded NFDA’s 2018 Fastener Professional of the Year Award

The National Fastener Distributors Association is pleased to announce the 2018 recipient of its Fastener Professional of the Year award is Jim Ruetz of AIS (Franksville, Wisconsin).

The Fastener Professional of the Year award was created by NFDA to honor individuals and companies that make a substantial positive impact on people’s lives. The inaugural award in 2017 was presented to Robbie Gilchrist of Capital Marketing (High Point, North Carolina).

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NFDA awards three new scholarships for Fastener Training Week

The National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA) has awarded three scholarships for Fastener Training Week, an advanced fastener technical training program produced by the Fastener Training Institute.

  • Brian Goolie,inside sales/customer service, Empire Bolt & Nut, Spokane, Washington
  • Laura Lamanna, engineering/quoting, Buckeye Fasteners, Cleveland, Ohio
  • David Pawletki, senior applications engineer, Shamrock International, Itasca, Illinois

Applicants were evaluated based on the recommendation from their employer, personal achievements, work experience, and an essay. Identifying information was redacted so that the team evaluating the applications did not know the names or employers of those applying.

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NFDA awards five new scholarships for Fastener Training Week

The National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA) has awarded six scholarships for Fastener Training Week, an advanced fastener technical training program produced by the Fastener Training Institute.

  • Alexander Broadworth, Mid-States Bolt & Screw (Flint, Michigan)
  • Dan Fordham, NSK Industries (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
  • Danette Gralfs, Empire Bolt & Screw (Spokane, Washington)
  • Megan Somers, Mid-States Bolt & Screw (Flint, Michigan)
  • Chris Trifari, Fastener Supply Company (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Applicants were evaluated based on the recommendation from their employer, personal achievements, work experience, and an essay. Identifying information was redacted, so that the team evaluating the applications did not know the names or employers of those applying.

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NFDA to Partner with Caliper Corporation To Support Hiring and Talent Development Efforts

National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA) and Caliper, a New Jersey-based firm that helps businesses to select talent and develop their workforces, have announced a business partnership designed to make personnel decisions – from hiring to succession planning – more seamless and precise for association members.

Through the relationship, Caliper will support association members with their hiring and employee-development solutions. Specifically, NFDA members will receive exclusive access to, and discounts on, Caliper’s pre-employment assessment tools and other services that have been shown to align talent with strategy, hire better people faster, and develop leaders, teams and mission-critical employees.

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