Industrial Supply Association Launches New Emerging Leaders Channel Certification (ELCC) to Develop Next‑Gen Talent

On April 18 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the ISA23 convention, the Industrial Supply Association (ISA) announced the launch of its new Emerging Leaders Channel Certification (ELCC) — a multi-layered, channel-centered certification program designed to develop the next generation to lead.

“The ELCC is a program that companies within the industrial MROP industry have needed for years. It provides the opportunity to fast-track young talent in terms of their knowledge of how the channel works as well as their connections inside it,” said Alex Ruggles, Immediate Past Chair of ISA’s Emerging Leaders Committee and Director of Customer Service at Martin Supply Inc.

“In an increasingly competitive hiring landscape, this program gives companies within the channel a leg up in terms of retaining existing talent and recruiting new talent by showing them exactly how they’ll be developed,” added Ruggles. “Giving high-potential individuals exposure to channel-specific education and each other means we’re investing in our future. Our industry is built on relationships, and helping young professionals make the right connections early on in their career sets up the company and the individual for long-term success.”

Lesson plans within the course curriculum, created in partnership with leading industry experts, develop core fundamental skills, strengthen knowledge of the channel alignment framework and create a strong industry network. Students enrolled in the program will participate in an 8-week live, instructor-led online class. They will also attend in-person events for professional development, leadership training and relationship building while gaining exclusive access to on-demand training and development content all designed to hone the hard and soft skills required to achieve growth and company success.

“While plenty of professional development programs are available to the next generation of leaders, there is no other program dedicated to the MROP industry like the Emerging Leaders Channel Certification,” says Kayla Jane McLaughlin, Chair of the Emerging Leaders Committee and Director of Digital & Development at Surpless Dunn.

“ELCC offers a targeted curriculum, focused relationship building and increased accessibility to an already invaluable network. Our community of manufacturers, distributors, IMRs, and service providers alike are fortunate to have such a unique program exist,” McLaughlin added.

Enrollment for the Emerging Leaders Channel Certification is now open. The course starts July 13, 2023, with a limited class size.

Learn more about the ELCC program and enroll at

Questions about the ELCC program? Contact, Christina Bertino, ISA Director of Marketing & Communication and Staff Champion of the Emerging Leaders Network, at

About the Industrial Supply Association (ISA)
Founded in 1902, the Industrial Supply Association (ISA) is the channel association for the industrial MROP industry — Leading the Channel Forward®. As the only trade association that connects all partners within the industrial supply channel, ISA provides the networking opportunities, education, strategies, analytics and tools for companies to stay relevant — and competitive — throughout industry change. Members comprise Industrial Manufacturer, Distributor and Independent Manufacturers’ Representative (IMR) companies around the world.

About the ISA Emerging Leaders Network
The ISA Emerging Leaders Network is a community of young professionals and high-potential individuals looking to develop their leadership skills, build a strong professional network and bring more value to their company and industry at large. This energetic group spans the entire industrial MROP channel, bringing together manufacturers, distributors and IMRs from companies large and small. This winning combination exists nowhere else in the industry. Learn more about the Emerging Leaders Network at

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