Jim Lucy

Chief Editor,
Electrical Wholesaling Magazine

Jim Lucy has been wandering through the electrical market for more than 30 years, most of the time as an editor for Electrical Wholesaling, Electrical Marketing newsletter and CEE News. During that time he and the editorial team for the publications have won numerous national awards for their coverage of the electrical business. He showed an early interest in electricity, when as a youth he had an idea for a hot dog cooker. Unfortunately, the first crude prototype malfunctioned and the arc nearly blew him out of his parents' basement.

Before becoming an editor for Electrical Wholesaling magazine and Electrical Marketing, he earned a BA degree in journalism and a MA in communications from Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ., which is formerly best known as the site of the 1967 summit meeting between President Lyndon Johnson and Russian Premier Aleksei Nikolayevich Kosygin, and now best known as the New Jersey state college that changed its name in 1992 to Rowan University because of a generous $100 million donation by N.J. zillionaire industrialist Henry Rowan. Jim is a Brooklyn-born Jersey Guy happily transplanted in the fertile plains of Kansas for the past 20 years. 

10 Largest Electrical Distributors in the 2016 Top 200 
It's Top 200 time, and this gallery offers some great insight into the 10 largest distributors of electrical supplies in North America for 2016.
Our 10 LED Product Picks from LightFair 2016
Electrical Wholesaling spent three days walking the aisles at LightFair 2016 last week and saw an astounding array of new product development. Here are our picks for the 10 most interesting LED products and lighting system on the show floor.
5 Things I Learned at This Year’s LightFair

While the official attendance figures aren’t yet in for LightFair, many of the exhibitors we spoke with on the show floor were pretty happy with the turnout. I would guesstimate that attendance easily topped 20,000 but probably didn’t duplicate the numbers at LightFair 2015 in New York or LightFair 2014 in Las Vegas. The show floor still had plenty of buzz and the booths of some of the largest lighting companies, including Acuity, Cree and Eaton Cooper Lighting, always seems busy. There was so much to see at this year’s LightFair, but a few trends definitely stuck out.

People On the Move - April 22, 2016
Check out the industry execs from Summit Electric, Rockwell, Buckles-Smith, Nora Lighting, Anamet and Omni Cable who have taken on new roles over the past few weeks.
EW's Top 10 Product Picks for April, 2016
These electrical manufacturers have new products featured in this month's Top 10 Product Picks: Arlington Industries, Brady, Bridgeport Fittings, Burndy, Encore Wire, Ideal Industries, ILSCO, Littelfuse, Milwaukee Tool and Rack-A-Tiers.
Times & Trends: What’s Old is New Again 
As with the performance contracts energy service companies (ESCOs) sell, the big question around lighting as a service (LaaS) is where electrical distributors fit in.
Power Coffee
This Hall of Shame wiring job will make electrical inspectors cringe.
Times & Trends: The New Normal 
This month’s issue offers several articles that can help you size up the disruptive changes that will be the future foundation for the “New Normal” in the electrical business.
10 Trends Now Shaking the Industry 
The changing business world will offer transformative opportunities to the companies that adapt, but will lock out others that don’t keep up and elect to continue business as usual. Here are our picks for the trends that will impact your business most in the future.
U.S. Copper Mine Production Decreases 8% in 2015
A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey Dept. said U.S. mine production of copper in 2015 decreased by 8% to about 1.25 million tons, and was valued at about $7.6 billion.
Our World from a Different Perspective: 10 Great Images of Earth from the Space Station
Once you see these NASA images from the International Space Station, you will have a different perspective about life on Earth
Times & Trends: Don’t Mind the Noise 
Some of Electrical Wholesaling’s pet economic indicators that do the best job of measuring the health of the electrical market also point to an industry that’s doing a heckuva lot better than most of the Presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle would lead you to believe.
10 More Great Quotes to Help You Get the Year Started Off Right
Electrical Wholesaling's readers love our Today's Quote in the weekly EW Update newsletter. Here's a compilation of 10 more great quotes from business leaders, political leaders, musicians, authors and other people of interest that will inspire you -- or maybe just give you a good laugh.
Honing an Edge in LED Lighting 
At EDGReps (EDG), Mesa, Ariz., Nicole Bagozzi, company president, and her team use this approach to compete against larger reps and build their business throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, the rest of Arizona and southern Nevada.
Times & Trends: Nicely Niched  1
To compete against larger reps, more smaller firms will need to get really, really good in tight product niches.


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