Turtle & Hughes (Linden, N.J.): Long-time employee Richard (Rick) Reffler has been appointed president. Reffler joined the company in 1996 and since then has served in several leadership positions, most recently, as executive V.P. of the executive committee.
Reffler joined Turtle & Hughes as manager of its Plainfield, N.J., branch, after serving as officer and part owner of Northern Electric Supply Co. in South Plainfield, N.J. He grew the Plainfield branch into one of the company’s first successful construction and counter sales operation. Soon after, he assumed the additional responsibilities of branch manager for the Bridgewater, N.J., branch, where he merged the company’s electrical and industrial operations. He then developed and managed the Bridgewater Central Distribution Center, including Logistics and Purchasing, and renovated the large facility to better service customers in the Northeast.
He also helped create several of the company’s technical groups, including Data Communications, Green Energy Solutions, New York Lighting, and Marketing. He also took part in guiding the company’s growth through acquisition and branch expansion with a focus on national accounts. Since 2001, Reffler has also served as a network delegate for Affiliated Distributors Electrical Supply Division.