Buckles-Smith (San Jose, Calif.): Craig Kelsey is retiring from his position as purchasing manager at Buckles-Smith at the end of May. Kelsey has been part of the electrical industry for over 50 years and was one of three original employees of Electrical Materials Inc. (EMI), was established in Palo Alto, Calif., in 1960. By 1967, Craig became a part owner of EMI and then sole owner in 1983. EMI was an original member of Western Independent Electrical Distributors (WEID). Craig served on the board of WEID as they merged to become IMARK, and then served on IMARK’s board of directors. He also served in several regional NAED positions and on the National Board of NAED.
EMI was acquired by Buckles-Smith in San Jose, California in 2002, and Kelsey has spent the last 10 years affiliated with Buckles-Smith. After retirement he will be moving to Kansas to be closer to his family. He is grateful to have been part of the electrical industry and for all the friendships he has made over the years. Craig is looking forward to working on his golf swing.