AD’s owner/members elected three directors to its board of directors. AD’s newly elected director is François Deschênes, president & CEO of Deschênes Group. Chrissy Nardini, president, American Metals Supply, and Donald D. Slominski, Jr., executive chairman of the board, McNaughton-McKay Electric Co., were reelected by AD’s owner/members.
Deschênes leads Deschênes Group, a Quebec-based distributor-wholesaler of plumbing and heating products. He joined the family business in 2000, and has served as VP, Operations for the province of Quebec; VP and general manager for Deschênes & Fils Ltée, a subsidiary of Deschênes Group Inc.; VP, marketing & business development; as well as VP, procurement. He had also been chairman of AD Plumbing & Heating – Canada and of the buying group Canaplus Limited Partnership. He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the Cercle des présidents du Québec and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH).
Nardini leads American Metals Supply, Co., a third-generation family business headquartered in St. Louis with nine locations throughout the Midwest and Southwest. American Metals Supply is a wholesale distributor of galvanized steel and HVAC supplies. Nardini has been with the company since 1997 and has served as president since 2006. Nardini is a past president of HARDI (Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International), where she was the first female president of the group. She joined the AD board in 2019 and currently serves on the AD audit committee.
Slominski, Jr. leads McNaughton-McKay Electric Co., which operates over 40 electrical distribution locations in the United States and Germany. Prior to his appointment as executive chairman in 2023, he was CEO since 2005 and previously served as CFO. He began his employment with the company in 1996. Slominski served on the board of directors of EDGE Investment Partners from its formation in 2012 through 2017. EDGE was created by several electrical distribution companies to invest in distribution opportunities outside of North America, primarily in emerging markets. He joined the AD board in 2013. He currently serves as the chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee.
After having served on the AD board of directors since 2016, Martin Deschênes, vice-chairman of the board, Deschênes Group Inc., is departing his post on the board. The members of the 2023 AD LLC Board of Directors are:
- François Deschênes, president & CEO, Deschênes Group Inc.
- Steve Drummond, president, Source Atlantic
- Clay Geary, owner/manager, Interior Exterior Building Supply
- Karla Neupert Hockley, president, Consolidated Supply Co.
- Tim Horsman, president & CEO, E.B. Horsman & Son & AD Organizational Development Committee Chair
- Dr. Don McNeeley, chairman & CEO, Chicago Tube & Iron
- Chrissy Nardini, president, American Metals Supply Co.
- Donald Slominski, Jr., executive chairman, McNaughton-McKay Electric Company & AD Audit Committee Chair
- Bill Weisberg, chairman & CEO, AD
- David White, CEO, Border States Electric & AD Board Lead Directors
- John Wiborg, president & CEO, Stellar Industrial Supply & chair of the AD Nominating & Governance and Investment Committees
Each year, the AD Board’s Nominating & Governance Committee holds an open nomination and voting period, during which AD members select members to its board of directors. Currently, more than 140 of AD’s 850-plus member companies provide leadership on corporate and divisional boards and committees.
In discussing this year’s board of directors elections, AD chairman and CEO Bill Weisberg said in the press release, “The annual election process ensures that each member has the opportunity to choose who serves on our corporate board and our board clearly understands its responsibility to represent the interests of all our divisions and countries. I look forward to working closely with François as he joins the board of directors.”