12.9 Industry Associations


Affiliated Distributors (AD) is a dynamic community of independent distributors and manufacturers of construction and industrial products. It’s the largest wholesale marketing group in North America.


The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is the voice of wind energy in the United States, promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger country.


The Association for Operations Management (APICS) is the global leader in operations management and provides improvement solutions trusted by a worldwide network of industry professionals.

ELECTRI International

ELECTRI International is globally recognized as an independent organization that provides unbiased, cutting-edge information for the electrical construction industry. The foundation works with industry leaders and uses its resources to commission and disseminate collaborative and innovative research, education and technology solutions that advance the future growth and prosperity of the electrical construction industry.


IDEA is an e-commerce provider owned by the electrical industry that’s designed to drive costs out of the electrical supply chain by setting standards and synchronizing data.


The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) is the recognized technical authority on illumination — advancing knowledge and disseminating information for the improvement of lighted environments.


The Industrial Supply Association (ISA) is a leading trade association for the maintenance, repair, operations and production (MROP) supply channel, which helps members improve through performance initiatives and knowledge sharing.


With a global membership of over 400,000, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology.


The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) is a worldwide, nonprofit association that provides scientific information on electric power and energy for the betterment of society.

The interNational Association of
Lighting Management Companies

The interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies delivers services and information, forms industry relationships and offers certifications to enhance the lighting industry.


MEA Energy Association (MEA) empowers the energy industry through education, leadership development and industry connections. Energy companies, contractors and suppliers around the country benefit from summits, roundtables, webinars, 400-plus online technical courses, safety assessments, evaluator training, operator qualification compliance tools and leadership courses for field personnel.


The MPMSDC provides America greater access to minority-owned businesses and help firms increase in size, scale and capacity to create and retain jobs. Its mission is to provide corporate America and government entities with greater access to the goods and services of minority-owned businesses to develop lasting and mutually beneficial business relationships. The council is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.


The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) provides networking opportunities, training and research to its members in the electrical distribution industry.


The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) encompasses over 100 national line-of-trade associations — helping members network and benchmark their success.


The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) supports businesses that bring power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities.


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides and advocates consensus codes and standards, research, training and education to reduce fire hazards and increase quality of life.


Members of the North American Association of Utility Distributors (NAAUD) share information and promote the newest ideas and best concepts for the electric utility industry.


The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) is the largest organization to exclusively serve professionals in the global mining community, helping its members network to develop new solutions for the mining industry.


supplyFORCE is a leading organization for maintenance, repair and operation commodity management and procurement services. It delivers process, inventory and product cost savings for large industrial businesses.


The Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) is the utility industry’s source for sharing information, ideas, concepts and best practices related to procurement and material management.


The Utility Supply Management Alliance (USMA) is a multinational association that serves water, electric and gas utilities and provides skills and tools to maximize supply chain processes.



The WBDC’s mission is to support and accelerate business development and growth, targeting women and serving all diverse business owners to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy. Through its programs, services and advocacy efforts, the WBDC has helped more than 111,000 women entrepreneurs gain economic self-sufficiency through business ownership and expansion and worked to change public policy nationally and locally since 1986.