IDEAS, an acronym for "Industrial Distribution Education Association Sales" was founded in South Bend Indiana by three former employees of Dodge Manufacturing; John Gyorgi, Bob Grundtner and Lee VanStone.
The objective of the company was to provide generic training relevant to the identification, selection and maintenance of Fluid and Mechanical Power Transmission components to A) Industrial Distributor Personnel and B) Industrial End Users.
The first class was conducted in the fall of 1972 on the campus of Notre Dame. The actual length of the first PT Workshop was six weeks. Students attended class for two weeks of training, returning to their jobs for two weeks and returned for another two weeks, repeating this sequence until all 6 weeks of the curriculum had been completed.
In April of 1993
Ron Whistler purchased IDEAS from then owner Bill Pitcher.
In January of 2015
Ron Whistler suspended NEW IDEAS, INC.'s training initiatives and his two sons; Parrish and Chadd joined the company as principals and Senior Vice Presidents.
The primary MISSION was and is to explore new opportunities within new markets and to continue to implement new ideas using
INNOVATIVE EDUCATIONAL TECHNIQUES AND NEW
TECHNOLOGIES TO MAXIMIZE A LEARNING EXPERIENCE
A CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF EVENTS LEADING TO THE January 2015 CHANGE IN NEW IDEAS, INC. IS AS FOLLOWS
In June of 1998
Ron Whistler suspended regularly scheduled training programs offered by NEW IDEAS, INC. (formerly IDEAS) to pursue Long Term Contractual Training and Development opportunities.
From June 1998 until January 2015, NEW IDEAS, INC./Ron Whistler provided customized training, development and implementation, of training programs, on a contractual basis, for Industrial Manufacturers, Training companies and major trade Associations.
In April of 1993
Bill Pitcher, because of personal reasons decided to discontinue his association with NEW IDEAS, INC.
Ron Whistler purchased the company from Bill Pitcher (including all rights to the IDEAS curriculums) except for the "PST" (Professional Selling Skills) program.
Bob Baker retained the IDEAS PST curriculum
Ron Whistler added Soft Skill and Predictive Maintenance training curriculums to the IDEAS product line.
June of 1992
THIS BEGAN A TRANSITION PERIOD FROM IDEAS TO NEW IDEAS, INC.
Bill Pitcher REORGANIZES IDEAS After Bob Baker announced his intentions to retire from IDEAS.
Bill Pitcher asked Ron Whistler to take over the general management of IDEAS.
A new company was formed under the name of NEW IDEAS, INC.
All rights to IDEAS and its products were transferred to NEW IDEAS, INC. and the operations were moved from South Bend, Indiana to Kansas City, Missouri.
January 1990 - IDEAS
Bill Pitcher contracted Ron Whistler as a part time instructor for IDEAS.
Ron Whistler left IBT as their Corporate Training Director and formed his own training company WHISTLER & ASSOCIATES offering Bearing Maintenance and Lubrication Maintenance training seminars to industrial manufacturers and educational facilities.
1988 - IDEAS
Bill Pitcher is appointed Director of Training for Motion Industries. Due to his schedule with Motion, he is forced to resign his position as President with IDEAS.
Bill Pitcher maintains his involvement with IDEAS as owner and silent financial partner until 1993.
1986 - IDEAS
Bill Pitcher buys the rights to the IDEAS curriculums from Bob Grundtner's estate.
Bill Pitcher becomes the owner and President of IDEAS.
1986 - IDEAS
Bob Grundtner served as the President of IDEAS until his untimely death in January of 1986 at the age of 56.
Many of the initial concepts and curriculums that influenced the organizations
goals and objectives of IDEAS are due to Bob Grundtner's insights.
1980 - IDEAS
Bob Grundtner hires Bill Pritcher as a part time instructor specifically for the Hydraulics curriculum offered by IDEAS.
Bill Pitcher at the time was the director of the Hydraulics training program for Motion Industries.
1977 - IDEAS
Bob Grundtner hires Bob Baker in the fall of 1977 as General Administrator and Principle Instructor.
Bob Baker maintained this position with IDEAS until announcing his retirement in June of 1992.
1975 - IDEAS
John Gyorgi left IDEAS to accept an offer from the Masten Bearing Division of Eagle-Pitcher Industries as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
John Gyorgi held a number of challenging positions including; Chairman and CEO of Bunting Bearing Corporation in Holland Ohio.
1973 - IDEAS
Lee VanStone left IDEAS to accept an offer from Motion Industries, Inc. to manage their Fluid Power Division in Birmingham, Alabama.
Lee VanStone stayed with Motion until 1987.
He resigned his position with Motion and moved to Coldwater, Michigan.