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ST. LOUIS, MO, September 13, 2007−Controls Group North America hosted their annual Fall Members Meeting September 13th-September 15th at the Hilton St. Louis Airport. The meeting commenced with the CGNA Board of Directors Meeting, followed by a general session and semi-annual committee meetings.

The two-day meeting brought together over 40 distributor Members to address specific business issues and chart the course of action for the upcoming year. Mike Sackett, Executive Director of CGNA, presented material on the Smart Growth urban planning phenomena, especially as it pertains to CGNA’s integration and building automation distributors. Mike explored the future of the controls distributor’s role in the mixed-use development of buildings and the subsequent impact of mixed-use development on the commercial and residential buildings market.

PlantPROCORE Leslie Hoyler, Marketing Administrator for CGNA, spoke on the shift in demographics, behaviors and expectations in the 21st century workplace. Leslie focused on the importance of distributor business owners planning ahead for the retirement of the baby boom generation and, as a corollary, developing strategies to attract, retain and develop the next generation of workers.

CGNA also had the chance to introduce their newest Member, Keith Sutton, of Cumberland Trading Company in Fayetteville, North Carolina to the rest of the CGNA Members. Mr. Sutton was in attendance at his first Fall Members Meeting.

Controls Group North America (CGNA), headquartered in Brea, California, has 130 Member locations across the United States and Canada with an on-line shared inventory and over 74,000 customers, forming the largest network of independent controls distributors in North America. CGNA provides marketing programs, services and business opportunities to give their Members and Preferred Vendors a competitive advantage for local, regional and national accounts.
 

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