Herm Isenstein


Since founding DISC Corp. almost 30 years ago, Herm Isenstein has become the premier economist in the electrical wholesaling industry  He worked for 10-plus years with General Electric in market planning and analysis assignments and before that spent more than four years in Tehran, Iran as an economic advisor to the Iranian Oil Operating Companies. His educational background is in economics and econometrics and he holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

If you have any questions about DISC's subscription-based data services, contact  Herm at 203-799-3673. 

Not Yet Out of the Woods
While 2010 should be an improvement over this year, it's going to be a tough climb to what may very well be a solid growth environment in 2011 and beyond.
Gut Check
The overall economy continues to be in dire straits and it is taking its toll on the electrical distribution industry. Because industry performance this
A Painful Dose of Reality
While the government's stimulus plan will pump dollars into the U.S. economy, the electrical market probably won't see any economic relief until 2010
Stay Calm in Scary Times
DISC Market Forecast: Looking into the teeth of a widespread economic downturn requires some guts -- and perspective.
A One-Two Punch
With the U.S. financial system under extreme duress, we are overlooking another issue of major concern to the electrical industry.
A Time of Contraction
Electrical distributors, manufacturers and reps have heard the word so frequently in the last few months that they are beginning to expect it to occur
Expect a Change
As we wind up the first quarter, many vendors, reps and distributors are not yet seeing much of a downturn in sales, despite the ominous sounds from Wall
A Tougher Year Ahead - Electrical Wholesaling 07 Nov
Comparing today's economic picture with the previous downturn reveals more differences than similarities
An Uncertain Future for Electrical Distribution
The stock market is on a roller coaster, Wall Street is nervous, and Jim Cramer is second guessing the Fed and Ben Bernanke. So where does that leave
2007 Economic Update
With the year's second quarter recently completed, it's clear distributor sales are not what they were just four quarters ago. According to forecast data
Enjoy It While It Lasts
Electrical distributors can expect a mixed bag of economic results in 2007. Almost everything came up roses last year, especially if you were not deeply
Economic Update
National sales forecasts by DISC Corp. and Electrical Wholesaling's Market Planning Guide look similar for 2006. For this year, both EW and DISC forecast
Enjoy the Ride
Electrical manufacturers and electrical distributors are enjoying a continuation of the strong growth that began in 2004 after a three-year downturn.
Booming First Quarter
As a result of strong construction and manufacturing activity, in first-quarter 2006 the electrical industry enjoyed one of its best quarters in more
Smooth Sailing
Distributors had two good back-to-back years in 2004 and 2005, with total industry sales up 6.3 percent and 7.2 percent respectively. It's clear the electrical


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