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VP of GE Named New Executive Vice President of Nationwide Marketing Group

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Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG), a premier buying and marketing organization for independent appliance, electronics and furniture dealers, has named David Bilas as their new Executive Vice President.

“David brings with him years of executive and management experience in highly respected companies within the retail industry such as GE, Whirlpool and Hitachi,” said Robert Weisner, CEO of NMG. “He has demonstrated considerable strength in areas particularly critical to the independent dealer and understands the challenges they face which will only enhance our ability to service our membership.”
David Bilas, current Vice President of Appliance Sales with GE Appliances and Lighting, is no stranger to the independent dealer. Growing up, his father owned TV sales and service stores in Southern California.

“I have always been a strong advocate of the independent dealer throughout my personal life and professional career,” said Bilas. “I am very excited to join Nationwide to continue serving this channel and enhancing their position in the market.”

Previous to GE, Bilas held positions at Whirlpool and Hitachi including VP Sales of Warranty Management Group, GM Retail National Accounts, Area Manager-Western US, and GM Retail Sales.

As Executive Vice President of NMG, Bilas will be responsible for overseeing their appliance and electronics marketing and merchandising divisions. He will fully transition into this new position by midsummer.

Earlier this year, NMG announced the retirement of their Co-founder and President, Ed Kelly. At that time, Robert Weisner assumed responsibilities as the Chief Executive Officer together with Les Kirk, Chief Operating Officer; working closely with other senior merchandise leaders Adam Thomas, Mike Decker, Richard Weinberg and Doug Schatz.

“We have a very committed and highly experienced senior leadership and executive staff at Nationwide from our merchandising and marketing divisions to our field team,” said Les Kirk, COO of NMG. “David is an excellent addition to our organization and I am certain is the right person to continue strengthening relationships with our vendor partners and providing quality service to our member dealers.”

To learn more about Nationwide Marketing Group including an invitation to the next Nationwide PrimeTime! buying show and strategic conference on August 21-24, 2011 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas call (336) 722-4681 or visit www.nationwidemarketinggroup.org

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