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. 

Times & Trends: Towering Potential? 
Whether it’s a high-profile downtown office tower like New York’s Freedom Tower or a more modest building in a suburban office park, office construction provides big dollars for distributors, manufacturers, reps and contractors.
2015 National Factbook
Few countries on the planet now enjoy such a perfect storm of positive economic indicators. Indeed, one of the few negatives in the 2015 U.S. economic outlook is that key trading partners are wrestling with reduced growth rates (China), or are worried about falling back into recession (Europe). It really is pretty amazing how far the overall U.S. economy has come back since the Great Recession of 2007-2009.
Times & Trends: Fresh Signs of Change in the Electrical Market

Some news stories that hit the street over the past few weeks illustrate just how fast things are changing in the electrical wholesaling industry. Some of the news presents sales opportunities for electrical distributors, electrical manufacturers and independent manufacturers’ reps, while other stories are very definitely challenges that could eventually impact sales. Let’s take a look at them.

Electrical Wholesaling's Top Ten News Stories of 2014 
On the M&A front, 2014 will be remembered not for an overwhelming number of acquisitions or the size of any of the deals, but for the tight focus many acquirers had on industries like oil and gas, lighting, automation, electric utilities, security and safety products.
Times & Trends: Why Microgrids May Power Real Change 
NEMA’s report on modernizing the electrical grid offers some sound advice to legislators on ensuring a more dependable power supply, and we applaud the association’s efforts for representing the electrical industry’s energy interests in Washington, D.C.
Masters of the New York Minute 

Electrical distributors who thrive in Manhattan are a different breed. They are first and above all survivors. In the past 15 years, they survived Hurricane Sandy, which shut off power to an estimated 200,000-plus customers in Manhattan, and many times that number in the city’s four other boroughs. They survived the horrors of 9/11 and a recession that decimated Wall Street’s financial industry with mass layoffs.

Times & Trends: Fueling a Perfect Storm for Expansion 
When you look at the growth numbers for cities like Boston, New York, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Raleigh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., you realize just how fast they are growing compared to other U.S. cities.
2015 Market Planning Guide  1
As you develop your market forecast for 2014, factor in another year of steady growth. Pump the growth up a point or two if Congress gets its act together and business owners start investing in their businesses again.
Times & Trends: The Internet of Things and You
For applications in the electrical market, having internet-addressable components provides energy managers, property owners, C-suite execs and anyone else who has to sign off on a facility’s electrical bill with actionable data in customized reports, such as the potential for future energy savings and early warnings on operational issues.
Times & Trends: The Roots of Change 
Whether manufacturers are making acquisitions, moving into new markets, launching new products, appointing new executives or reorganizing their operations, they are often making the moves because of opportunities or challenges in five areas.
10 Electrical Manufacturers to Watch - Gallery
By watching how these 10 manufacturers are recalibrating their companies to adapt to the new realities of the electrical market, you can see where this industry is headed in the future.
10 Electrical Manufacturers to Watch - Points to Ponder
The largest electrical manufacturers are all recalibrating their companies to adapt to challenges and opportunities, and those challenges may also have an impact on your company. EW’s editors have provided “points to ponder” for each of these areas. Can you come up with additional questions for your sales and management teams?
10 Electrical Manufacturers to Watch 
By watching how these 10 manufacturers are recalibrating their companies to adapt to the new realities of the electrical market, you can see where this industry is headed in the future
THE TOP 200 
The industry’s largest distributors believe 2014 will be a solid year, and they are investing in their companies now to handle the future growth.


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