ELM GROVE, WI — Members of the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) elected 2017 officers and directors shortly before their 40th Annual Convention & Trade Show, November 6-8, in Atlanta, GA.

Tom Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Border Construction Specialties, Phoenix, AZ, was elected president of the Association. Leahy’s responsibilities include managing facilities, assets, insurance, supply chain, safety, and sales teams at their 12 locations. He has over 28 years of sales, marketing, operations, human resources, and purchasing experience. Border has been a STAFDA member since 2008.


STAFDA’s new vice president, Michelle St. John, is president of Industrial Bolt & Supply (IBS), Auburn, WA. IBS was founded by her parents, Jack and Linda Butcher, in 1977 as a distributor focused on the MRO market. They have sales operations in eight western states. IBS joined STAFDA in 1978.

Serving three-year terms are two new members of STAFDA’s Board of Directors: Jeff Brown, president/owner, Brinker-Brown, Ft. Myers, FL and Greg Hughes, president/owner, Kinnunen Sales & Rentals, Stillwater, OK. They replace outgoing Board members Rod Gowett, Acme Gonstruction Supply, Milpitas, CA and Ronnie Mann, Mann Tool & Supply, West Columbia, SC.

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