Coleman Cable's John Pappas Retires
Coleman Cable/Southwire (Waukegan, Ill.): John Pappas, Coleman Cable’s senior V.P.-corporate marketing, is retiring from the company after a 30-year career. Pappas joined Coleman Cable as national sales manager in 1984 and has served the company in a variety of senior leadership positions throughout the years. While overseeing Coleman Cable’s corporate marketing initiatives, Pappas also has led its electrical distribution, OEM and U.S. retail businesses for substantial periods during his career. He has also been assisting with the transition and integration between Coleman Cable and Southwire since the completion of the tender offer. Since 1992, Pappas has been an adjunct professor at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2000, 2008 and 2014. He serves as an officer on the school’s board of directors and leads the marketing faculty in his role as bench facilitator.
Steve Archangel Appointed to Senior Post at Delaware's United Electric Supply
United Electric Supply Co. (New Castle, Del.): Steve DiArchangel has joined the company as corporate V.P. sales and marketing. He comes to United with 23 years of senior level leadership experience in both sales and marketing management within the electrical distribution and manufacturing industries. DiArchangel holds a BA in economics and communication from Rutgers University, brings high level certifications in Six Sigma and Lean, served as a board member in one of the top electric leagues in the country for several years, has completed several executive level courses, and is pursuing a masters in supply chain management from Penn State University.
Stephen Hayes Joins Arlington as Southern Regional Manager
Arlington Industries (Scranton, Pa.): Stephen Hayes was hired as Southern Regional Manager and will work with the company’s independent sales representative agencies in promoting and selling Arlington’s products to distributors, end users and installers from North Carolina to Texas. Hayes has worked in the electrical industry since 1987, most recently as Southeast Regional Manager for Burndy LLC. Prior to that he spent 11 years with BE&K Engineering & Construction.
MaxLite Appoints Paul Shaskan V.P. of Operations.
MaxLite (West Caldwell, N.J.): Paul Shaskan has been appointed V.P. of operations. In this newly created position, he will oversee the expansion of assembly and production lines at the company’s West Caldwell headquarters and new facility in Anaheim, Calif., as well as manage global operations, including logistics, quality control and warranty service, at MaxLite offices in China and Korea. Shaskan will report to MaxLite General Manager Todd Kim. Prior to joining MaxLite, Shaskan was V.P. of operations at Amerlux and director of operations at Zumbotel Lighting.
Ideal Promotes John Dukes to National Account Manager
Ideal Industries (Sycamore, Ill.): John Dukes was promoted to national account manager from senior area sales manager for the Chicago region. In his new position he will be responsible for the national relationship and programs for WESCO, Rexel, Crescent and Sonepar. Prior to joining Ideal, Dukes held several positions of increasing responsibility in the consumer electronics field. He earned a BA in Mass communications/marketing from Western Illinois University.
Former Square D CEO Jerre Stead Now Leading American Writers Museum Foundation
American Writers Museum Foundation (Chicago): Jerre L. Stead, once CEO of Square D Co., is the new chairman of the American Writers Museum (AWM) Foundation. The Museum has additional electrical ties, as Malcolm O’Hagan, formerly president of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Rosslyn, Va., is its founding chairman and president. Stead is now executive chairman of the board of directors of the Colorado-based IHS Inc., a global provider of information and consulting services. He was recently named by the Denver Post as 2013 Business Person of the Year for his success as Colorado’s chief recovery officer, where he oversaw efforts to rebuild after the state’s devastating floods in September 2013.
In addition to his leadership role at Square D, Stead served as chairman and CEO of Ingram Micro Inc., as the chairman, CEO and president of Legent Corporation, chairman and CEO of AT&T Global Information Solutions, and as president of AT&T Global Business Communications Systems. He also held numerous positions during a 21-year career at Honeywell.
James Pultorak Joins Klein Tools as V.P. of Manufacturing
Klein Tools (Lincolnshire, Ill.): James Pultorak has been hired as V.P. of manufacturing, replacing Chris Hargan, current senior V.P. of manufacturing, who will retire at the end of 2014. He brings over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and operations in a variety of industries including hand tools, tool storage, printing, packaging, roofing and automotive. In his new role, Pultorak will manage manufacturing strategies and policies to guide Klein Tools in maintaining and improving its competitive position and profitability. He will be responsible for all of Klein Tools’ manufacturing functions and plants and will be located at the company’s Mansfield, Texas, facility.
Prior to joining Klein Tools, Pultorak worked at WS Packaging Group Inc. as V.P., operations He also has experience as V.P. of operations at APEX Tool Group (formerly Danaher Corp.), and as operations manager at GAF Materials Corp. Pultorak received his bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Western New England College and a MBA from Western Kentucky University.
Nora Lighting’s Boughton and Satterfield Announce Retirement Plans
Above: Nora Lighting team says goodbye to Rick Satterfield and Doug Boughton, two retiring sales staff members. (Left to right) Chris Johnston, Nora national sales manager, commercial division; Rick Satterfield, former Nora southeast regional sales manager; Jilla Farzan, Nora executive vice president; Doug Boughton, former Nora national accounts sales manager; and Fred Farzan, Nora president.
Nora Lighting (Commerce, Calif.): Company sales managers Doug Boughton and Rick Satterfield have announced they are retiring from the company. Boughton, who has worked with Nora since 2011, is national accounts sales manager.Satterfield, affiliated with Nora since 2002, is Southeast regional sales manager.
Boughton directed all national accounts sales activities. He has worked in the industry since 1970 when he joined the Westinghouse Corp. Lighting Division. Since that time he has also worked with Hubbell Lighting National Accounts, CD Controls and Liberty Lighting Associates rep agency.
Satterfield handled Nora sales activities throughout the southeastern U.S., including Puerto Rico. He has worked in the industry since 1998 when he joined Simkar. Previously he was employed with building supply firms, including Owens Corning.
Summit Electric Appoints Gene Mendez to Lead El Paso Location
Summit Electric Supply (Albuquerque, N.M.): Gene Mendez is the new service center leader at the company’s El Paso, Texas service center. Before being appointed to his new position, Mendez led the El Paso location’s projects department for four years. Mendez has 20 years of industry experience, including time spent working for an electrical contractor. He progressed steadily in his distribution career, acquiring skills and knowledge in all aspects of the business before focusing on industrial and utility sales. By 2007, Mendez had become a project specialist and soon took on a leadership role in Summit’s projects department in El Paso. Mendez plans to grow the location’s on-hand inventory of key materials.
Burndy Names Clark to Lead Sales in West Central Region
Burndy LLC (Manchester, N.H.): Steven Clark was promoted to the company’s West Central Regional Sales Manager. Clark has been Burndy’s senior sales representative in Kansas and Missouri. As of May 1, Clark now reports to Warren Jenkins, VP sales and marketing, and will lead sales in both the commercial and industrial and the utility markets throughout the company’s newly formed West Central Sales Region covering Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Steve will lead both the C&I and Utility sales force.
In a release, Burndy said Clark has been especially successful selling new products and maintains a very good reputation in the market. He has been with Burndy nearly 20 years, and was its Sales Person of the Year in 2000. Other points in his career, Clark worked for Prysmain Cable as a senior account manager and started his electrical industry career with Southwire Co. in Kansas City. Steve has a BS in Business Administration from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan.
Crescent Electric Appoints Darrin Anderson as COO
Crescent Electric Supply Co. (East Dubuque, Ill.): Darrin Anderson joins the company as senior V.P. and COO and will have P&L responsibility for company operations and provide leadership and general management for the daily operations and selling efforts of the business. Anderson comes to Crescent Electric Supply after having served as V.P. Southeast Region for HD Supply’s Waterworks Division for the past eight years. Prior experiences include sales and operational roles with Kraft Foods, Alliant Foodservice and Sirva (a relocation and logistics firm). He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he played baseball for Army and later served as a tank platoon leader during Operation Desert Storm, receiving a Bronze Star for meritorious service. He also holds an MBA degree from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. In other news at Crescent, Tyson Cremeens was hired as digital marketing manager. In his new role, Tyson will lead the development and implementation of the Company’s digital marketing strategy and manage Crescent’s online marketing presence. Working closely with other Crescent departments, he will lead a broad set of initiatives across all digital marketing mediums, including the company’s corporate websites (Crescent, BA Supply, Stoneway and IES) and social media channels, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Prior to joining Crescent, Tyson held the position of electronic channels specialist at Heartland Financial USA.
Weiss Joins Sales Team at Allied Wire & Cable
Allied Wire and Cable (Collegeville, Pa.): Jessica Weiss is now a sales rep for the company and is the first of several new hires the company plans for 2015. She will be based in the company’s Pennsylvania location and has experience in sales and customer service. Weiss is a graduate of Montgomery County Community College. In a press release the company said its recent growth created the need for sales team expansion and that many of its locations will be adding new sales reps this year.
Lecher Joins EPCO as Eastern Region Sales Manager
Engineered Products Company (EPCO) (Minn.): Timothy Lecher, a 26-year veteran in electrical manufacturing sales and management, has joined the company as Eastern Region Sales Manager. He will be working with sales agencies along the East Coast (Maine to the Gulf Coast area) and east of the Mississippi. Prior to joining EPCO, Lecher was Southeast Regional sales manager for NSI Industries for the past 11 years, where he consistently exceeded sales forecast and built the Southeast Region into one of the company’s top-performing U.S. territories. He was previously regional sales manager for Gardner Bender/Actuant, where he managed an 11-state territory of 13 manufacturer representative agencies and more than 50 field sales personnel.
Roger Vaught Joins IMARK
IMARK Group (Bowie, Md.): Industry veteran Roger Vaught has joined the buying-marketing group as V.P., Member Development. A long-time supporter of IMARK Group and the organization’s member-owned business model, Vaught has been involved with the North American electrical industry for more than 30 years. From 1982 through 2014, he retained several key management roles with B-Line Systems, Thomas & Betts Corp. and The Stanley Works, and for the last 11 years he held various positions with Atkore International; his last being V.P. of North America Electrical Sales. Vaught also served as chairman of the NAED Manufacturers Council; received the 2013 NAED Associate Merit Award given to an individual who has consistently promoted and supported the tenets and goals of NAED; and recently served on the on the NEMRA Board of Directors. He will focus primarily on the recruiting new members to IMARK Group and act as a resource for current members. In his new role Vaught will report directly to Jerry Knight.
Brummett Joins Nora Lighting’s Customer Service Dept.
Nora Lighting (Commerce, Calif.): Kevin Brummett has recently joined the Nora Lighting customer service/technical support team. With more than 30 years experience in the lighting industry, Brummett will liaison with commercial, industrial and residential lighting designers and installers, providing technical information and project assistance. He has worked as a sales account executive and manager for electrical distribution firms, lighting manufacturers and lighting maintenance companies, including CJM Lighting Services, CW Cole Lighting and Courtesy Wholesale Electric and Bell Wholesale Electric.
Halco Lighting Names David Nelkin VP of Product and Supply Chain Operations
Halco Lighting Technologies, Norcross, Ga., announced the promotion of David Nelkin to Vice President, Product and Supply Chain Operations. His most recent role was director of product development for Halco.
“We are excited to announce the promotion of David Nelkin to Vice President, Product and Supply Chain Operations,” said Kim Cook, President. “Through his hard work and dedication to Halco, David has had many successes over the years, and we are confident in his ability to continue this success.”
Nelkin joined Halco in 2006 as product development manager, where he refined his skills in product development, management and sourcing. Some of his many successes in this position include creating and growing strong relationships at manufacturing facilities and the introduction of numerous products, including the ProLume ballast category, Halco said in a release.
After he was promoted to director of product development in January 2008, Nelkin developed the ProLED product line, created the Halco Lighting Laboratory and built the entire product organization including product managers, product specialists, product analysts and lab technicians.
Now reporting to President Kim Cook, Nelkin’s responsibilities will include the entire supply chain from product inception and procurement through pricing, quality control, logistics and order fulfillment.
Paul Brann Joins Buckles-Smith’s Materials Group
Buckles-Smith (San Jose, Calif.): Paul Brann, formerly Buckles-Smith sales center supervisor in San Jose, joined the company’s Materials Group. Buckles-Smith said in a press release that Brann’s understanding of the role inventory plays in keeping the company vital to the company’s customers, coupled with his long- standing relationships built over the years with many of its suppliers, makes him a huge asset to the materials team. Founded in San Jose in 1939, Buckles-Smith is the largest independent electrical supplier in Northern California.
Nora Lighting Announces 6 New Promotions and New Hires
Nora Lighting, Commerce, Calif., has appointed six staff members to new administrative, engineering and graphics positions. Recently promoted are: Gerlie Elizaga and Evelyn Ybanez to the Accounts Receivable department; Ricky Tlapanco to Procurement and Edgar Alonso to Customer Service Support. Elizaga and Ybanez previously worked as accounting assistants and Tlapanco and Alonso were on the Nora warehouse team. New hires include Omar Ortiz-Silva, who joined the Nora Graphic Design Department, and Yonas Ghebreka as an Engineering intern.
Ortiz-Silva previously worked at American Apparel and has studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. He has a degree in graphic design and digital media from Pasadena City College. Engineering intern Yonas Ghebreka is a student at Cal Poly Pomona and works in product testing at Nora. Originally from Eritrea in east Africa, he recently emigrated to the U.S. and was granted political asylum.
Jolly to Lead West Region for Crescent
Crescent Electric Supply Co., East Dubuque, Ill., announced the hiring of Jeff Jolly as vice president of its West Region, which includes 40 branches in 14 Western and Mountain states. A native of Houston, Jolly brings 20 years of industry experience to the position and will oversee the region’s general management, business planning, sales, and operations.
“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Jeff’s caliber join the Crescent family and fill this vital role,” said Marty Burbridge, president and CEO of Crescent Electric. “With his strong credentials and solid industry knowledge, we’re confident Jeff will successfully lead our operations in the West.”
Jolly lives in the Dallas area and holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Trinity College and University.
Halco Names Johnson to New Position as Sales Operations Manager
Lamp and ballast manufacturer Halco Lighting Technologies, Norcross, Ga., said Lisa Johnson is joining the sales organization in the newly created role of sales operations manager. She has been Halco’s operations manager since 2012.
“We are excited to have Lisa join the sales team as Sales Operations Manager,” said Ed Weaver, vice president of sales. “Her history and experience with Halco makes her a huge asset to this side of the business. Her extensive knowledge of the company’s operations and information systems will bring tremendous value to the sales organization.”
Johnson joined Halco in 1998 as an administrative assistant, and has since been involved with all areas of the company with a focus in purchasing. In 2002, she was promoted to manager, purchasing/inventory control; in 2007, she she was promoted to IT manager and in 2012 became the operations manager overseeing IT, purchasing and facilities.
Reporting to Weaver, Johnson will be refining sales processes, driving technology initiatives to improve reporting and sales performance monitoring for the sales organization as well as reviewing the agent on-boarding process. As part of her new role, the Atlanta and Phoenix customer service teams will report directly to her.