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Turtle & Hughes Promotes Three to Vice President

March 13, 2020
Jeff Smith, Brian Fitzgerald and John Donohue (left to right) are all industry veterans who have spent many years in the electrical wholesaling industry.

Turtle & Hughes (Linden, NJ): The company promoted three of its branch managers to VP -- Brian Fitzgerald, Jeff Smith and John Donohue. Fitzgerald joined Turtle & Hughes in 2008. He manages one the company’s largest electrical distribution branches located in Bridgewater, NJ, as well as the New York City location. In addition, he directs the company’s Data Communications specialty group, which provides network design, architecture and support. In his first five years managing the New York City location, he doubled sales. Under his leadership, the Bridgewater branch has experienced 15% sales growth over the last five years with significant growth at its busy counter. Fitzgerald is also leading the company’s CRM integration.

He started his career at Turtle & Hughes a branch manager of two other New York-area locations. Prior to joining Turtle & Hughes, he served in several technical sales and management positions at GE, rising to VP of GE Supply. His graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering.

Jeff Smith was named branch manager of the Hauppauge, NY, location on Long Island in 2019. In addition to maintaining all of his original sales accounts, he also co-manages the company’s New York Lighting department. Smith joined Turtle & Hughes following the company’s acquisition of Mid-Island Electrical Supply in 2013, where he had been an employee for 10 years and served in an outside sales role. Previously, he spent five years at Graybar. He started his career as an electrician for IBEW Local 25.

At Turtle & Hughes, Smith is credited with directing several sizable lighting projects, including the largest lighting rebate job on Long Island in 2019. His expertise also expands to switchgear, and he has been involved in multiple large projects for commercial, industrial, government, and educational and institutional customers.

 Smith graduated from Suffolk Community College. He is a member of the Suffolk County Electrical Contractors Association (SCECA). He partners with the local chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA) and the IBEW national joint apprenticeship program.

In each of the three years that John Donohue has managed the Turtle & Hughes Levittown, PA, branch, it has experienced double-digit growth. The branch services the greater Philadelphia area and offers full-service capabilities to the market.

Donohue joined Turtle & Hughes in 2015 as Levittown sales manager and was named branch manager in 2016. He had previously spent over a decade in outside sales at Valley Power Lighting Center and Electric Supply, where he rose to VP. Before that, he was co-owner and operator of his family’s business, Mohawk Electric, which was founded by his father in 1969.  Donohue is a member of the Electrical Association of Philadelphia.

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