Summit speakers

2018 speakers will be announced soon,

view the speakers from the 2017 IMR Summit below


 JoE Theismann

Losing his successful football career at 35 to a serious injury, Joe Theismann learned firsthand how to think, analyze and reinvent in the face of adversity and change.

The most successful quarterback in the history of the Washington Redskins, Joe Theismann is also a world-class entrepreneur whose positive, high-energy presentation will provide you with strategies for handling trying circumstances and dealing with unforeseen change. Theismann inspires, showing how passion, leadership and teamwork all combine to create a comprehensive game plan for success.

A successful businessman who currently serves on the board of directors of Johnny Rocket’s Group, he always challenges audiences to recognize the potential that lies within—as individuals and as members of a team. Voted the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and twice named both the Pro Bowl’s Most Valuable Player and the NFL’s Man of the Year, Theismann led his team to the Super Bowl XVII championship. Known for his long-standing community service efforts, Theismann currently sits on the corporate board of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Theismann was an Emmy award-winning analyst for two decades on ESPN’s critically acclaimed, Sunday Night NFL broadcast and is currently an analyst for the NFL Network.


Jeff bigelow

When the great recession hit the auto industry Jeff learned firsthand how to adapt quickly in a changing market.

"Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.” Those are the words of John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, who won 10 NCAA national championships in just 12 seasons because of his ability to constantly adapt—to new players, new rivals, and new styles of play.

Having just acquired Hubbard Supply in 2007 with business partner Tim Brooks, Jeff led Hubbard through a reinvention that grew their company against a back-drop of turbulence and change.

In business, leaders are continually faced with complex changes: an aging workforce, constant technological advancement and shifting markets.  To keep their organizations relevant, CEOs and other leaders must heed the reinvention imperativeHear Jeff talk about how Hubbard was able to reinvent for success and what leadership lessons he learned along the way.

Jeff Bigelow joined Hubbard Industrial Supply in 1992 as Program Development Manager shortly after graduating from the University of Michigan.  Hubbard Supply Co, as it is known today, was founded in 1865 and is a distributor of general line industrial supplies with a core focus on industrial MRO product, commodity management and integrated supply programs.  The company is headquartered in Flint, Michigan and has locations in Saginaw and Battle Creek, Michigan. Hubbard services the Michigan market as well as northern Indiana and Ohio. 

Mr. Bigelow serves as the company’s President and CEO. In addition to being a member of the ISA Board, Jeff is a member of the supplyForce board, is the chairman of the ISD Board of Affiliated Distributors, sits on the Membership Committee for the Industrial Supply Association, is a member of the Public Policy Committee for the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is Campaign Committee member for the United Way of Genesee County.



Organizations face a daily imperative: to adapt and stay relevant, or continue the status quo and become obsolete.

In this eye-opening speech, Jeff shares how a 25,000 person special operations organization stayed relevant while facing a constantly changing enemy.

Jeff Boss is a former Navy SEAL of 13 years who completed eight deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places, receiving four bronze stars with valor, two purple hearts, two presidential unit citations and six combat action ribbons, among others. A sought-after writer on leadership, culture change, and high-performance teams, Jeff writes weekly for Forbes and Entrepreneur. Jeff co-founder of Chaos Advantage and helps leaders and their teams find clarity in chaos. 



 Edward Gerber

As business leaders we live in a constantly shifting environment and consistent business performance is not enough to ensure we stay relevant in a changing world.

Our job as leaders is to scan the horizon for signs of change and somehow try to separate the enduring trends from those that are short-lived. We must move our companies' strategic conversations beyond what we are good at to what do our customers want. We must also be willing to take short-term hits to lay the groundwork for long-term advantage. None of these steps are easy, which is why we need to be the strong leaders that our companies need.

Ed will talk about his experience helping several companies reinvent themselves successfully, as well as his plans to reinvent the ISA. No pie-in-the-sky presentation, this general session will cover the hard questions you need to be asking today to make sure you are relevant tomorrow.

Ed Gerber is the president and CEO of the ISA. Previously as EVP of Sales and Marketing for IDG, Ed Gerber lead the transition from public to private equity, ultimately leading to the company being sold to Sonepar in late 2014. Today IDG has merged with Hagemeyer North America and is now known as Vallen. Ed has worked in the industrial supply industry for over 28 years. He can be reached at or (215) 599-6635.


Jack Templin

Jack Templin is the President of Affiliated Distributors (AD) Industrial Divisions.

AD is the largest contractor and industrial products wholesale buying group in North America. In 2015, the collective annual sales of their 550 Independent Distributors, across seven industries and three countries, surpassed $32 Billion.

Jack has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining AD, he spent 11 years at Stanley Black & Decker where he held numerous roles, culminating in the VP of Sales and Marketing for the Industrial Channel.

In addition to being the President of AD Industrial, Jack also oversees AD’s newest Division, Bearings & Power Transmission.

Jack is passionate about helping industry-leading independent distributors increase market share and helping best-in-class supplier partners to preserve and build their brands. He has a BS in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University, is married with three children and resides in College Station, TX.



Jennifer Murphy is the fifth-generation President of NetPlus Alliance, a buying group for industrial and contractor supplies distributors. Leading a family industrial cooperation that began in 1885, NetPlus today unites 389 distributor members with a roster of 180 preferred product and service suppliers across North America. Jennifer drives the company's long-term strategy and vision, oversees operations and champions the NetPlus culture and core values across the organization.

A wife and mother of three, Jennifer is a St. Bonaventure graduate and also completed the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) program through the University at Buffalo School of Management. She is a proud member of the ISA's Women's Industrial Supply Executives (WISE) network, and serves on its membership and governance committees. Locally, Jennifer serves on the board of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, the University at Buffalo CEL volunteer reactor program, and the Strategic vision and planning committee for DeSales Catholic School.