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Loeb Electric Announces Leadership Changes

Adam Becker

Erin Ryan

Loeb Electric in Columbus, Ohio recently announced the appointment of Adam Becker as chief operations officer (COO) and Erin Ryan as director of accounting and finance. Both positions report directly to President Charles Loeb.

“Our number one focus is always on meeting our customers’ needs and being an essential part of their success,” said Loeb. “I’m confident the addition of Erin and Adam to our leadership team and business will continue to elevate the success of our customers through operational and process improvements. We’re committed to continual investments in people, innovation and processes to remain a trusted, independent electrical distribution leader.”

Becker is focused on driving operational excellence, across Loeb Electric operations. He joins with 20 years of operations and continuous improvement experience, working with Kraft Foods, U.S. Foods and Walmart, to name a few. He holds an industrial engineering degree from Purdue University and an MBA in operations management from DePaul University.

Ryan is focused on delivering greater efficiency and innovation, bringing fresh perspective from her 17 years of accounting and finance experience. She was previously with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Columbus Crew Soccer Club and Crawford Hoying and holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Ohio Dominican University.

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Eric Wyzykowski

Lindsey Cropper

United Electric Adds Two Vice Presidents to Executive Team

United Electric Supply in New Castle, Delaware has promoted two employee-owners to the executive team and Board of Directors.

Eric Wyzykowski, CPA, has been named vice president, finance, and elected to the Board of Directors. Wyzykowski has more than 15 years of accounting experience, most recently as United’s corporate controller for eight years. He is responsible for the accounting, credit, purchasing and pricing departments.

Lindsey Cropper, SHRM-CP, has been named vice president, human resources, and elected to the Board of Directors. Cropper has been with United for five years, most recently as manager of talent acquisition. She manages benefits, talent acquisition, talent development and employee relations. With SHRM Certified Professional certification and more than 15 years of experience, she offers a unique perspective to United’s leadership team.

“We have always had a focus on our succession planning, it’s crucial to our continued business growth and culture,” said George Vorwick, president, CEO, United Electric Supply. “I could not be more proud of Eric and Lindsey as they join the executive team and Board of Directors. The experience and leadership styles they offer align well with our culture and will be impactful on our business growth in the future.”

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Walters Wholesale Announces Leadership Changes

Bill Durkee

Steve Valcourt

Andy Salz

Walters Wholesale Electric Co. in Brea, California recently announced that Bill Durkee, president since 1997, has become chairman of the board and will focus on growth opportunities for Walters.

Steve Valcourt, vice president of sales, has become president of Walters and will assume operational control of the company.

Before joining Walters, Valcourt was president of Electrical Wholesalers in New England for 10 years and has been in the industry for 38 years.

In other company news, Andy Salz, vice president of sales and business development at Walters Wholesale Electric Co., announced his retirement at the end of 2021.

Salz spent his entire career in the industry, serving at AMFAC, CED, WESCO and GE Supply Co. before joining Walters in 2003. While at Walters, Salz occupied a seat on the senior staff, managing many aspects of the business including branch operations, mergers and acquisitions and customer and vendor relations.

Durkee said, “Any person in the industry could call Andy with an opportunity or a problem and know that they would be treated in a friendly and professional manner. He is a fabulous coach and mentor and earned the respect of everyone he touched. He always negotiated with a smile and a whimsical story that put people at ease. His reputation for honesty and integrity are unquestioned. All of us will greatly miss Andy.”

Walters Wholesale Electric Company is a region of USESI.

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FSG Announces New Executive Appointments

FSG announced the creation of four new executive-level positions along with the leaders who will fill them, as part of a plan to strategically promote growth and operational synergy across the company.

In accordance with the company’s long-term institutional plans, the new roles at the company will help guide the business as it expands into new markets and establishes new and exciting service verticals.

The company’s new chief revenue officer will be Robert Graham, who currently serves as the chief business development officer for FSG’s National Accounts division. He joined FSG in 1985 and created the company’s Dallas-based National Accounts operation. Moving forward, he will continue to head up business development for NAC while serving the company in his new role by focusing on driving better integration and alignment between all revenue-related functions.

Another new position created in 2022 is the chief marketing officer role. The company has tasked Bernie Erickson, FSG’s current director of innovation based out of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, with the job. In his new position, he will oversee a unified national marketing vision and strategy for the company. In addition, Erickson will continue to serve as the company’s director of innovation.

A new chief sales officer position will be filled by David Attardi. Attardi takes on this role after successfully building the ESCO group and Utility Services Division at FSG into national providers of energy efficiency solutions. Attardi will formulate and implement a national sales strategy to unify efforts and deliver a standardized sales approach to our customers across the country.

FSG has also created a new chief operating officer of distribution position to be filled by Leon Mowadia. Following his success in building FSG’s New York City operation, he will now be focused on building FSG’s distribution business, creating a strategic vision for the company’s lighting business and insuring that FSG remains one of the nation’s leading distributors of lighting and controls.

Another important development for the company involves the creation of a new service vertical designed to address the needs of the rapidly expanding Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) business sector. To lead this effort, the company has named Chris Hinshaw to serve as director of horticulture. Hinshaw joins the company to lead this new vertical after a successful career working in the CEA and horticultural lighting sector.

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Summit Electric Supply Expands Marketing Role

Ed Gerber, president and CEO of Summit Electric Supply, recently announced that industry veteran Sheila Hernandez has been named to lead the company’s marketing efforts, which have been expanded to include category management, supplier relations, digital presence and customer lifecycle.

Sheila Hernandez

“Sheila’s industry experience is second to none,” said Gerber. “Coupled with her 25+ years of supplier collaboration, broad range of business experience and deep company/industry knowledge, there’s no question that Sheila will be successful in building marketing into a growth engine for both Summit and our supplier partners.”

Hernandez joined Summit in 1987 as a part-time student intern while working on her undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico. After completing her MBA, Hernandez proceeded to take on increasing levels of responsibility, covering a wide range of roles within the company. She joined the senior leadership team in 2005 and her areas of responsibility have included marketing, e-commerce, master data management, information technology and most recently customer experience, which also encompassed learning and development and quality.

Active in the industry, Hernandez spent nine years on the IMARK Electrical Marketing Committee and Futures Group Task Force for IMARK Electrical. She was elected to the Board of Directors for IMARK Electrical in 2018, making her the second female board member in IMARK’s history. She is currently serving her second three-year term. Hernandez was one of 14 inaugural mentors in the Empowering Women Mentorship Program. She has served on numerous committees and task forces for the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) and has been a panelist for Modern Distribution Management, NAED, IDEA and IMARK Group. Hernandez is a Gold Level graduate of NAED’s Electrical Products Education Course (EPEC) and Dare to Lead™ trained.

As vice president, marketing and supplier relations, she will continue to be based in the company’s Albuquerque headquarters and report to Gerber. Team leads will include David Chapman, director, marketing and Dusty Mathis, product category manager.

“I’m very excited to have David and Dusty on our team and am confident that together, we will deliver significant value to our suppliers and to Summit,” said Hernandez.

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Samantha Moore

Gordon Electric Appoints Marketing Coordinator

Gordon Electric Supply recently announced the addition of Samantha Moore to the Kankakee branch as the new marketing coordinator.

Moore completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in digital marketing at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb and brings a wealth of graphic design experience to her new role. Previously, she worked as a freelance marketing coordinator in the food and beverage processing industry.

“Samantha’s design and marketing skills are a wonderful asset to our marketing team, and her enthusiasm for the coordinator position is valuable to everyone working with her,” said Kristine Weller, marketing associate.

Outside of the office, Moore is a devoted hockey fan, who enjoys spending time with her family.

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Scott Teerlinck

Scott Teerlinck Named ‘CEO to Watch’

Crescent Electric Supply announced that Scott Teerlinck, president & CEO, earned the distinction of a CEO to Watch from Family Business Magazine.

Teerlinck is the second non-family member CEO of Crescent, a company founded in 1919 by Titus B. Schmid. He joined the company in May 2020, and immediately began leading through the pandemic and a company transformation.

With the investment and support of Crescent shareholders and backing of the Board, Teerlinck and his leadership team are transforming the company to provide customers the right products where and when they need them. Crescent is creating a strong network of new distribution centers plus existing branches, a consistent and robust line of value-added services, and innovative digital solutions to save customers time and money. The company emphasizes the important role its employees play in this transformation.

“Scott has created a culture of doing things with our teams collaboratively,” said fourth-generation family member Nick Rhomberg, a Crescent area vice president. “This has achieved strong levels of engagement and produced even stronger business results. Crescent Electric is on a strong trajectory of growth because of Scott and the senior leadership he’s surrounded himself with.”

Family business owners, advisers and colleagues nominated chief executives for recognition as Family Business CEOs to Watch. Non-family as well as family CEOs were eligible. Honorees were selected by Family Business Magazine’s editorial team based on the nominees’ exceptional leadership and balancing of family and business interests. In the end, Family Business Magazine selected only 28 CEOs for this honor.

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ECHO Group Acquires Electric Wholesale

IMARK Electrical member ECHO Group Inc. in Council Bluffs, Iowa has acquired IMARK Electrical member Electric Wholesale Co. Inc. in Ames, Iowa.

Electric Wholesale Co. Inc. will become a branch of ECHO Group Inc. and will operate under the same name.

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USESI Walters Wholesale Electric Acquires Village View Lighting

IMARK Electrical member USESI Walters Wholesale Electric Co. in Brea, California has acquired IMARK Electrical member Village View Lighting in Simi Valley, California.

Village View Lighting will become a branch of USESI Walters Wholesale Electric Co.

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Inline Electric Supply Acquires The Lighting Gallery

IMARK Electrical member Inline Electric Supply Co. in Huntsville, Alabama has acquired IMARK Electrical member The Lighting Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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United Electric Supply Launches OnPoint Automation

United Electric Supply recently launched its OnPoint Automation Team. This group encompasses building and industrial automation services and expertise.

OnPoint Automation provides customers with local, in-house product experts, certified technicians and engineers to support all automation needs. The team has many certifications and specialties, including Schneider Electric EcoXpert®, Tridium Niagra 4® Certification, Schneider Electric Drives Start-Up Authorization Program Partner and NQLCP Lighting Certified control technicians and consultants.

“These teams are central to United Electric Supply’s services category strategic growth plan,” said George Vorwick, president and CEO, United Electric Supply. “You can expect our services teams will continue to innovate, increasing their value, focused on our customers’ and their strategic objectives.”

"The capabilities this team now has to offer have been a long time in the making; there is a very high level of expertise required across many different competencies to provide the cohesive service package we now offer,” said Tony Buonocore, director of client services and business development, United Electric Supply.

OnPoint Automation supports United Electric Supply’s full repertoire of electrical products and services that also include advanced logistics, on-site services and training.

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Warshauer Announces New Website, Inaugural Graduation, Green Energy Division is live. Warshauer Tech, established in 1999, is a New Jersey state-accredited and certified continuing education provider where professionals can receive state-approved continuing education units for electrical contractors, architects, inspectors, interior designers and green professionals.

The new website offers a login for existing customers and access for new users, provides a digital tour of the new state-of-the-art training facility in Lakewood, New Jersey and access to online video resources.

Warshauer Trade’s inaugural eight-week 96-hour NJDOL-accredited course completed its final class on Nov. 15, 2021.

The class was hosted in the Lakewood, New Jersey facility at 700 Vassar Ave. The first class guided students through all of the aspects of electrical contracting via classroom instruction and hands-on training in the company’s custom “stick room.”

All graduates received a certificate of completion, basic tools to start their new careers and full-time job placements.

Warshauer Tech will continue offering Electrical Contractor CEU classes in Parsippany, New Brunswick, Tinton Falls and Lakewood, New Jersey and ASID classes in Tinton Falls and Lakewood, New Jersey. The new facility in Lakewood will also be home to a new Generator Sales & Service training center.

In other company news, Warshauer has formed a Green Energy Division, which will focus on all green technologies and energy saving initiatives. Warshauer Energy Solutions will officially roll up under the Warshauer Green Energy Division, with Gene Fey still leading the charge on solar energy and associated balance system sales. Jason Gumbaz, formerly of JAG Electric, joins as the new director of green technology. A licensed electrical contractor since 2007, he has worked more than 23 years honing his skills in the electrical industry and has shifted his primary focus to EV and other green technologies. His experience led him to the design and installation of various electric vehicle charging systems throughout the state of New Jersey. He is also a certified instructor and will be teaching Basics of Electric Vehicle Charging Systems CEU classes in Parsippany, Lakewood, and New Brunswick, New Jersey during the March Warshauer Tech schedule.

The Green Energy Division will be responsible for the design and sales of EV charging systems and will provide turn-key opportunities for the company’s existing client base.

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Coburn Supply Co. Honors Long-Serving Retiree

Bill Geyser

In October 2021, Coburn’s honored General Manager Bill Geyser who retired after 46 years of service with the company.

After receiving his MBA from TCU, Geyser started as an outside salesman at the Galveston, Texas, branch. With hard work and dedication, he became the Galveston branch manager before taking over the Beaumont distributorship. From there, he went on to become the first general manager for Coburn’s East Texas region and a member of the executive team.

Executive Vice President Michael Maloney said, “Bill traditionally leads the company in sales, but that’s not what we value most about him. Bill’s colleagues say that he always shows his fellow employees love, commitment and dedication. It’s especially touching to me that so many use the word ‘mentor’ to describe him. After 46 years, it’s hard to say goodbye, but we are grateful for all his service to Coburn’s.”

He will enjoy his free time with his wife, Susan, his family and grandchildren.

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Parrish-Hare Recognizes Jackie Parks, David Hoover

Jackie Parks has retired from Parrish-Hare after more than 50 years in the electrical industry.

Over the years, Parks was involved in multiple aspects of the industry and touched many lives. From manufacturing to manufacturer’s representative to assisting in supply distribution, he was instrumental in offering his knowledge and experience to both the next generation of sales personnel and customers.

Parrish-Hare would also like to recognize the accomplishments of team member David Hoover, part of the PHE Local division, who has earned his journeyman’s electrician license through the IEC apprenticeship program.

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Ross Jeffries Joins IM Supply Team

IM Supply, a premier North American solution provider for electrical MRO products for multi-site industrial companies, has announced that Ross Jeffries has been hired as national account manager.

In his role, Jeffries will be working to support our Strategic Account Manager in growing our existing business. He will be responsible for connecting the local customer facilities with our local distributor branches. The National Account Manager will also handle day-to-day questions regarding accounts and handle all cost savings documentation with our distributor partners. Based in Charlotte, NC, Ross is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He has account management experience in a variety of industries.

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Mike Holt Presents First-Ever In-Person Code Seminar in South Carolina

Atlantic Coast Electric Supply (ACES) in partnership with the Charleston Electrical Contractors Association (CECA), both headquartered in Summerville South Carolina, hosted a 2020 NFPA NEC electric code seminar on March 21 highlighting Mike Holt, a nationally recognized expert on the NEC standards as the in-person instructor. Nearly 250 participants attended the seminar, which lasted eight hours, and qualified for continuing education credit hours in multiple jurisdictions.

John Marshall, president and CEO, opened the event proudly announcing that this was the first time Holt had appeared for this type of event in the history of South Carolina. He went on to explain that Holt would be doing the entire presentation and would also be appearing for additional questions at the tradeshow that would follow this event.

The event was held at the Lowcountry Conference Center in Summerville South Carolina and occupied all of the 15,000-square-foot space available for classroom and meeting space. Participants enjoyed a breakfast buffet, a luncheon reception, and course materials including a personal copy of Holt’s Illustrated Guide to the Change to The National Electrical Code.

When asked why to conduct such an event at this time, Jack Smith, human resources and IT manager for ACES responded, “Education is a major priority in our industry today. Technology is advancing at a pace never experienced before in our industry. We at ACES believe that we have a responsibility to offer educational opportunities that equip our customers to have the valuable knowledge that enables them to adapt and meet current market requirements. This is a significant part of our strategy both for our associates and customers moving forward.”