Congratulations are in order for Josh Willits, CEDIA’s Young Professional of the Year for 2016.
Willits, whose background includes his startup Invenshare and his current, innovative work with Portal, the rebranded SupplyStream, was nominated by no less than three of his peers in the home technology industry. A 2002 graduate of Grove City College with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Josh cut his teeth in the telecommunications business before turning to project management in the integration field.
One testimonial from Willits’ earlier career accomplishments reads, “Josh took his clients to a new level and implemented software platforms and standards to help the subcontractors, staff and client always be in touch with the progress, to-dos and direction. He had a difficult task of running projects and staff in three to four different countries but he did it well. It was fantastic.”
His work led him to the founding of Invenshare in 2012, “a private shared business-to-business marketplace which combines members inventory online … where dealers can easily and quickly post out-dated, trade-in, repaired (B-stock) products and excess inventory [which] can be purchased by similar companies to fulfill orders and satisfy client requirements.”
Josh had a vision that he was able to implement within our industry to address a pain point of excess inventory.
One of Josh’s nominators expanded on the Invenshare idea: “Josh had a vision that he was able to implement within our industry to address a pain point of excess inventory. With his development of a unique B2B design, he allowed all integrators to share inventory as needed on a simple unique platform, rather than watch it sit and die on their shelves."
After seeing his startup take off, Willits was then hired as a VP by SupplyStream, “a service that aggregates all products, manufacturers and suppliers in order to provide a streamlined and consistent marketing avenue for manufacturers as well as a simple research and buying experience for dealers.”
His work at SupplyStream has generated rave reviews from his peers.
“The growth of SupplyStream is directly relative to the forward thinking and implementation of new features and benefits which Josh has been directly responsible for.”
“Josh is invaluable to SupplyStream. He is currently VP of Dealer Happiness. He takes pride in his role and is anxious and willing to take on any role that is needed to help out both SupplyStream and the dealers they service."
“Josh operates at a level of efficiency with which most don't and can't comprehend. He manages the moving parts and operations of SupplyStream that require constant attention and detail. No aspect or task of the company is too big and none are below him to ensure the company is helping our industry better themselves.”
Even as SupplyStream demands more and more of Willits time, though, Invenshare is still running – and Josh even finds room in his calendar to put in volunteer efforts. Josh, a Crestron certified specialist whose experience includes work on everything from design to network troubleshooting, is widely admired in the CEDIA universe. As one of his colleagues sums up: “After 23 years of doing this myself, I can't think of a better candidate for this award. He truly deserves this!”
About the Award:
The CEDIA Young Professional of the Year Award was designed to celebrate a young professional who is making an impact on the residential electronics industry and exemplifying innovative leadership. This award, open to any individual from a CEDIA member company who is under the age of 40, recognizes an individual who is achieving a successful career in the residential electronics industry, has made innovative contributions to their company/project(s), and has distinguished themselves as a future leader within the industry.