We Are Member Governed.
From our Corporate Board, composed of member representatives from each division setting budgets and establishing policy, to the Divisional Boards with representatives from each AD Network who set strategy and approve programs, every member has a voice.
Part of the process of being on the divisional board is that we deal with issues that affect the membership. When an issue is brought to the board, we discuss it; if there's a vote needed, we vote. It's a very collaborative process with everyone's opinion taken into consideration, and those opinions represent our membership across the country.Member since 2000
Succession planning is important in any business. I think AD has an excellent succession plan. Bill announced several meetings ago that AD would be owned by the members. As a member, that makes complete sense to me. We would like to know exactly what that plan is, and Bill laid that out several years ago. It's very clear, and I know the membership appreciates it.Member since 1985
I believe it's the best of private company governance with the transparency of public company governance. The Board discusses and votes on every critical decision for the company. I’m often asked by AD members, ‘Do you know what's happening to the money, and do you know how it's being spent?’. Any board member can honestly answer ‘yes’, – we have complete financial transparency and oversight.Member since 1993
The AD Corporate Board is composed of members across our divisions. They are responsible for establishing AD’s budget and policies, and for corporate governance. There are a number of functional committees on the board, including the audit committee and the formal compensation committee. Majority vote rules on our Board and term limits are generally seven years.
Each division has its own Divisional Board comprised completely of members from that division. Divisional Boards are responsible for approving all strategic and programmatic decisions for their division. Additionally, there is at least one Divisional Board Member in every AD Network, which ensures that every member has a voice and strong representation within the Divisional Board.
Councils & Committees
From Supplier Advisory Councils to Product Committees and Membership Committees, there is no shortage of volunteer opportunities at AD. AD supplier partners and members give their time to provide recommendations on divisional strategic trends, opportunities to grow, which new members and suppliers to recruit, and methods to generate reductions in channel costs. There are many other councils and committees in each division depending on their divisional priorities.
The AD Executives carry out the programmatic and strategic decisions made at the Board level. They lead talented teams of industry professionals who are dedicated to helping our members and supplier partners grow. Learn more here.