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Barrett to Manage Central Region for Ideal Industries

January 23rd, 2014

Matthew BarrettNIU alumnus Matthew Barrett, a veteran electrical industry sales executive, has been promoted from national account manager to central region manager at Ideal Industries in Sycamore.

Barrett, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at NIU, has worked in sales and marketing for 18 years and provided sales and technical assistance to top distributors as national account manager for Ideal.

In his new position, he will lead the Ideal central region field sales team in its pursuit of aggressive market share growth, while ensuring quality customer service and support for its extensive network of electrical distributors. The role is considered critical to grow sales in the recovering residential, commercial, and industrial construction markets.

“Matt’s experience at Ideal as a national account manager, as well as his prior management experience at both Panduit and IBM, give him the skills needed to lead the central region into the future,” said Terry Stevens, Ideal’s vice president of sales for the North American electrical division. “As our industry landscape changes in the future, Matt clearly understands what is needed to meet the market needs we face. And I am confident he will be successful meeting this new challenge.”

Ideal, which has manufacturing and sales facilities throughout the world, provides products for the electrical, data communications, telecommunications, and wire processing markets.