Promotions and New Appointments

At Genlyte Thomas Group LLC, Louisville, Ky., a new lighting joint venture company co-owned by Thomas Industries, Inc., and The Genlyte Group, named Timothy C. Brown chairman. He remains chairman, president and chief executive officer of Thomas Industries. Larry K. Powers was named president and chief executive officer. He will also remain president and chief executive officer of The Genlyte Group. Richard J. Crossland was named executive vice president and chief operating officer. He was corporate vice president of Thomas Industries.

At the Cooper Lighting division of Cooper Industries, Elk Grove Village, Ill., Mike Bauer was named vice president, U.S. sales. He was director, marketing and product development, for Lumark Lighting and McGraw-Edison, Cooper Lighting's HID brands. Tom Benton succeeds Bauer in that position. Benton was marketing and sales manager in the utility market for Cooper Lighting.

James F. Noonan was named senior marketing communications manager, ED division, for Leviton Mfg. Co., Inc., Little Neck, N.Y. He has held marketing positions at Bryant Electric and Hubbell.

Paul Fagerber was named sales manager of the Region One sales staff for Power/mation Division, Inc., St. Paul, Minn. He will work with sales representatives in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. He was the district manager at Warner Electric.

Neal B. Ebert has been named senior vice president, chief information officer, for General Cable Corp., Highland Heights, Ky. He will lead the company's information technology efforts and be a member of the company's leadership team. He was senior vice president, Risk Management, for Banc One's information technology organization.

Kelly Christiansen was named marketing coordinator for IMARK Group, Oxon Hill, Md. She was marketing communications manager for Leviton Manufacturing, Little Neck, N.Y.

Richard Diehl has been named national sales manager for the lighting services arm of Osram Sylvania, Danvers, Mass. He most recently served as manager of corporate accounts for the Industrial and Commercial Lighting group.

At BICC Cables, Willimantic, Conn., Donald P. Aiken has been appointed president of the BICC Brand-Rex and Industrial Cable divisions. He succeeds George N. Benjamin, III, who was named president and CEO of BICC Cables in August. Aiken was president of ABB Industrial Systems, Inc.

Marvin V. Schylling, former president of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), St. Louis, Mo., died Nov. 19 after suffering a stroke. In 1946, Schylling began a 40-year career in the electrical industry when he entered the Westinghouse Electric Supply Co.'s management training program. In 1948, he joined the lamp division of Sylvania, becoming the company's youngest vice president. He was later named group vice president and general manager-international operations for GTE Electrical Equipment Group. During his tenure at GTE he received the Award of Merit from NAED, then left GTE Sylvania in 1978 to head the NAED's Education Foundation. He later was appointed president of the association. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, their three sons, Tom, Jack and David; six grandchildren and his sisters, Loretta and Peggy.

Larry Belote, inside sales/customer service specialist with Stoneway Electric Supply's Spokane, Wash., branch, died Dec. 12. Belote's career in the Spokane electrical industry began in the 1960s. He joined Stoneway in 1982 as part of the team that built the Spokane branch into the company's largest single operation. Belote is survived by his wife Margaret; three sons, Frank, Chris and Jeff; and a daughter, Amanda, who works in Stoneway's accounts payable department.

Leonard Bleiman, co-founder of Wm. B. Bleiman & Sons, Philadelphia, Pa., died Oct. 5 after a long illness. Bleiman and his father started the business in the early 1940s. Bleiman continued to work at the business until a couple years ago. His son Jeffry is now principal of the agency. Leonard Bleiman is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons Jeffry and Lewis; and four grandchildren.

Frank T. Condren, former vice president of finance for NAED, died Nov. 6. Condren worked for NAED for 18 1/2 years. He served as vice president of finance until his retirement on Oct. 1, 1997. Survivors include a son, Sean; a daughter, Patricia M. Rauccio; and four grandchildren.

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