Summit Electric Supply (Albuquerque, N.M.): Mike Richardson has joined the company team as V.P. of supplier collaboration, a new position at the company. Richardson was recently the vice president of sales and business development for Irby, a large regional electrical distributor owned by Sonepar USA, where he was responsible for vendor relations, sales, margin, and operating performance. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jury Jr. and be based out of Summit’s Houston, Texas offices.
In addition to working with suppliers to enhance their working relationship with Summit, Richardson will oversee Summit’s central replenishment, products and pricing, purchasing, inventory management, and rebate administration. In his most recent role at Irby, Richardson managed more than 400 associates working across seven states in 36 branches and two distribution centers. Previously, he was president of an electrical distributor in Houston, worked as director of material management and planning for WESCO Distribution, and directed purchasing and supply chain performance for a Texas supplier.
Richardson has an MBA in operations management science and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Texas, and also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.