1/1/2013 to 12/31/2014
Paul Nielsen is currently the President and owner of Brainard-Nielsen Marketing, Inc. located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Brainard-Nielsen Marketing specializes in the sale of electro-mechanical components. Its territory covers northern Illinois and eastern Wisconsin. As a rep firm, Brainard-Nielsen Marketing sells electronic components direct to OEMs and in partnership with distributors. After attending various schools and spending five years in the Air Force as a Special Electronics Engineer, Paul joined B&K Precision Test Instruments in 1978 as a Field Applications Engineer. Paul performed in various sales management positions at B&K joining Brainard – Wilson Marketing in 1984 as Sales Manager. He bought the company in 1987 and changed the name to Brainard Nielsen Marketing in 1991. Since he purchased the company, Brainard Nielsen Marketing Inc. has grown steadily over the years. This growth included establishing, and ten years later selling, a separate Security / Consumer Systems Sales division. Throughout his career, Paul has served on numerous rep councils, been a member of best practices rep groups, and won various awards. Notably, he was the proud recipient of the Ray Hall ERA Spirit Award in 2008. Currently, Paul is the National President of the Electronics Rep Association, (“ERA”), and is on the Board of Directors for the Electronics Components Industry Association, (“ECIA”). Previously, he has participated in the local chapter of ERA and served six years on the board of the Electronics Distribution Show (“EDS”). Additionally, Paul achieved his Certified Professional Manufacturer’s Rep, (“CPMR”), certification in 1995. Through continued hard work, creativity and dedication to his customers and principals, Paul hopes to, someday set the standard for the industry.