AD Selects IBT as “Member of the Year” for 2016

AD Selects IBT as “Member of the Year” for 2016

IBT Industrial Solutions was selected by Affiliated Distributors (AD) as the 2016 Member of the Year for their Bearings and Power Transmission Division.

Chosen by Popular Vote

IBT was chosen by popular vote from 32 supplier members of AD.  The company was selected for “going above and beyond in organizing and structuring a program to support AD suppliers” and for their “organization and commitment to making the new division work,” said Anila Vangjeli, Marketing Coordinator at AD.

“We are proud to be the first recipient of this prestigious award,” said Tim Zerger, Group Director of Bearings and Power Transmission at IBT.  “We feel that AD will help us continue to be a world-class distributor, supplier, and partner—and will help our customers to be more successful.”

New Division for AD

The Bearings and Power Transmission Division is the newest division at AD, founded in 2015.  IBT is a founding member, and also participates in AD’s Industrial Division.

“IBT has been very active since joining AD,” said Tom Blue, the Vice President of Member Relations and Marketing for the Industrial Division of AD.  “They’ve been instrumental over the past 2 years in building up this new division.”

Award Ceremony in Orlando

AD Award

The award was given at the 2nd annual AD winter meeting for the Bearings and Power Transmission Division, held in Orlando, Florida in February.  More than 100 attendees participated.  The award was accepted on behalf of IBT by Tim Zerger and Jeff Cloud, the Vice President of Marketing for IBT.

“It means a great deal to IBT—and to me personally—that we were selected for this award,” Cloud said.  “AD’s new Bearings and Power Transmission Division is filled with the best independent distributors in the country.  It’s great to be recognized among that group, and to be selected by our trusted supplier partners.  It shows our commitment to AD and our goal to grow that division, year over year.”

About Affiliated Distributors (AD)

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AD is the largest contractor and industrial products wholesale buying group in North America.  It provides independent distributors and industrial product manufacturers with support and resources to accelerate growth.  With 550+ independently owned members across 7 industries and 3 countries, AD has annual sales of over $34 billion.  Visit

About IBT Industrial Solutions

IBT Industrial Solutions is a leading, full-service industrial supplier. Since 1949, IBT has been helping customers maintain efficient, productive, and safe workplace facilities through quality industrial MRO supplies, products, and services. Top-notch industrial expertise and superior customer service set IBT apart. IBT has nearly 40 stocking locations throughout the United States, and is headquartered in the Kansas City suburb of Merriam, Kansas.  Visit


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