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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Stephanie Ellis, Director of Corrosion College Named to tED magazine “30 Under 35” List

Stephanie Ellis, Director of Corrosion College Named to tED magazine “30 Under 35” List

Gilmer,TX – June 4, 2013 – The Electrical Distributor (tED), the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors, has named Stephanie Ellis, Director of Corrosion College, to its 2013 “30 Under 35” list of rising stars from across the industry. Representing today’s top emerging leaders, this tED list recognizes 30 talented young professionals who have the initiative, drive, integrity and creativity to move the industry forward in the decades to come.

Photo Caption: Stephanie Ellis, Director of Corrosion College, leads a group of students through one of the hands on learning portions of the course.

Corrosion College --- a hands-on short course that provides proven solutions for the prevention of corrosion through classroom and hands-on experience grants of 1.5 CEUs or 15 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) upon successful completion of the course. Corrosion College is accredited by Purdue University and Kilgore College. The course is typically offered at least once a month.

Corrosion College was developed more than a decade ago.  This course helps aid the electrical industry in preventing product failure due to corrosion -estimated to be $1 trillion annually.  Just since 2010 more than 500 distributors, sales representatives, contractors, end users and specifying engineers have experienced the value added benefits associated with attending Corrosion College.

Distributors such as Wesco, Gexpro, Wholesale Electric, State Electric, Graybar, Reynolds, CED, Summit and others have experienced the increase in loyalty from customers who have attended the course compared to those who have not. Most distributors have acknowledged that being able to refer their customers to Corrosion College gives them an advantage over their competitors.

What has allowed a subject as potentially boring as corrosion to be evaluated as “interesting, fun and educational” all at the same time?  Corrosion College has in large part accomplished this due to the efforts of its newest leader---Stephanie Ellis. Ms. Ellis began as Corrosion College Coordinator in 2010 and was named Director in 2011. During this time she has been responsible for successfully growing the course into a high quality educational course for the electrical industry.

Ms. Ellis has led the effort to re-focus Corrosion College towards a true technical instruction course focused on corrosion-specific education independent of any product sales agenda. Due to the higher level of training, she has been able to expand accreditations through bona fide educational institutions, engineering schools, apprenticeship programs and/or industrial trade organizations.

About the “30 under 35” List:
The competition, was open to electrical professionals 34 years old or younger (at the time of nomination), drew nominations from mentors, managers and other industry leaders working in electrical distribution, manufacturing, and related technology and service organizations.

The tED editorial team blindly judged each submission, placing emphasis on such traits as dedication, innovation, leadership and people skills, commitment to training, personal integrity and work-life balance.

Circulated to more than 25,000 readers throughout the electrical distribution industry, the award-winning tED magazine serves as the industry’s primary source for trends, best practices, and news happening throughout the electrical supply chain. In addition to its monthly print edition, tED produces up-to-the minute news through, twice-weekly e-newsletters, and its LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter channels.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.

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