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Independent Suppliers Group Announces New President & CEO


Rosemont, IL – September 13, 2023 – It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that the Independent Suppliers Group Board of Directors announces that Mr. James Rodgers has been chosen to succeed Mike Gentile as the next President & CEO of ISG when Mike steps down on December 31, 2023. James will be joining ISG on October 2, 2023.

Prior to accepting his new position as ISG’s President & CEO, James spent the last four years ascending from Director of Sales and Operations to Vice President of Supplier Development at Network Distribution, one of the Jan/San industries largest buying groups. No stranger to the Office Products channel, prior to joining Network, James held various marketing, sales, and sales leadership positions supporting the Office Products Channel during his ten-year tenure with Essendant.

James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the fastest growing adjacent market that most ISG members have been expanding their reach into. ISG is greatly looking forward to the new opportunities that James will enable the ISG membership to embrace. 

James will be attending the ISG Board of Directors Strategic Planning Meeting, September 19-21. He will also be attending Industry Week ‘23 in New Orleans in October. We hope everyone attending Industry Week ‘23 will use this opportunity to welcome James to the ISG family.

During the next few months, Mike Gentile will be working closely with James to help facilitate a smooth transition, which should provide comfort to all stakeholders of ISG. 

About Independent Suppliers Group 
Founded in 1977, Independent Suppliers Group is a leading global organization providing sales, marketing support, and purchasing power for the community-based independent office products dealer. The organization’s members are located throughout the U.S. and in 6 foreign countries. Collectively, Independent Suppliers Group members produce $7 billion in end-user sales. For more information, contact Independent Suppliers Group headquarters (Phone: 847-699-3330); or visit the Independent Suppliers Group website at