SYCAMORE, IL, November 6, 2006 — Paul Burton, Sales Training/Development Manager for IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., died peacefully at home on September 24.
A well-known and respected member of the electrical industry, Mr. Burton trained the majority of IDEAL's current sales force, instilling a high level of professionalism and product knowledge. He was instrumental in launching the company's offsite merchandising seminar program that increased accessibility of merchandising training to a wider group of IDEAL distributors. In addition, he helped organize the annual National and Top Ten sales meetings.
"Paul worked very long hours, traveling around the country, often away from home four nights a week, putting the success of his sales people as a top priority," said Bob Pignatelli, Senior Area Sales Manager, IDEAL. "Paul was a very caring and good person, always treating others kindly and with respect. He always had a smile on his face and I've never met anyone with such a positive, can-do attitude. He will be missed."
Mr. Burton began his career with IDEAL in 1990 when he was appointed Alabama Sales Manager after selling a successful lawn service business he founded. He was promoted to National Sales Trainer/Development Manager in 1997 and traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.
Traveling was a lifetime passion, from his childhood trips to Europe and backpacking around the world in his 20's to his recent visit to Tahiti.
A committed member of his local community in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Burton served as a Boy Scout leader for seven years.
Mr. Burton is survived by his wife of thirty years, Deborah Martin Burton, and his sons Barry Burton of Los Gatos, CA and Brett (Havilah) Burton of Birmingham, AL.
IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.