Fall 2016


MANA's Board of Directors recently honored Board Chair Ken McGregor for six years of outstanding service on MANA's Board that will end April 30, and also elected John Beaver to serve as its new Chair effective May 1.

McGregor's firm McGregor & Associates, Inc. has been a MANA member since 1999. Ken was elected to MANA's Board after long service on the Board of the Association of Independent Manufacturers' Representatives (AIM/R), which is reps' voice in the plumbing industry. "Ken joined MANA's Board two weeks after I became MANA's CEO," notes MANA CEO and President Charles Cohon, "and he was a rock-solid, insightful member of the Board from the very start. He made a huge difference for MANA in a challenging time, so it was no surprise that past Chairs Tom Hayward and John Roba both actively recruited Ken to serve as Chair."

Beaver founded his firm, GSA Optimum, in 1984 and has been a MANA member since 1990. John's firm also is a member of the National Electrical Manufacturers' Representatives Association (NEMRA) and the Electronic Representatives Association (ERA). John also serves as Chair for the ERA Metro New York chapter, where, with his board, he rebuilt an inactive chapter into one that now has regular functions and a healthy balance sheet. John's rep firm consists of 32 members total across six business units, including 22 outside sales representatives and engineers.  "John has demonstrated his business acumen in the way he has grown his rep firm both organically and by acquisition. He brings a high-level strategic mindset to the Board that will stand us in good stead as we enter MANA's 70th anniversary year," said Cohon.