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 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.
The Power and Pleasure of Mentoring
Teaching younger employees the ropes is more than just a fulfilling way to pay back the time your mentors spent with you. It’s also good business.
2016 Regional Markets At a Glance 2
Here's a quick look at major economic trends and largest construction projects on the local and regional level across the United States.
Top News Stories of 2015 
As is the case in most years, the top news story in 2015 was the economy, which by many measures was a bit of a dud that lost steam as the year went on.
Top 10 LED Products for December 2015
Electrical Wholesaling's Top 10 New Product Picks are in for December. Check out what's now out in the market from WAC Lighting, GE Lighting, Philips Lighting, Nordeon USA, Holophane/Acuity Brands, Lighting Science Group, JESCO Lighting, Nora Lighting, Osram Sylvania and SEPCO.
2016 National Factbook 

The decline in the industrial market segment over the past two quarters seems to have a cast a shadow over any optimism for the overall 2016 electrical market.  And that’s a shame, because the construction market should more than pull its weight in 2016 with some steady if unspectacular growth forecast for the commercial building segment and big-time growth expected in the single-family construction market.  The construction outlook for 2016 definitely has a “Tale of Two Cities”  flavor  to it, with a select handful of local markets like Boston, New Yor

Top 10 Housing Markets for 2016
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Washington, D.C., is expecting big things for the residential market in 2016 with a 23% national increase to 877,000 housing starts.These metros will be amongst next year's housing hotbeds.
Times & Trends: Learning from Growth 
If you look behind the numbers in this year’s Market Planning Guide that highlight the nation’s fastest-growing metros, you can learn quite a bit about what makes this industry tick.
2016 Market Planning Guide 
The early national forecasts for single-family residential construction in 2016 call for some impressive double-digit growth from a comparatively low level of homebuilding activity over the past few years, but many local markets won’t see anything near that type of residential growth.
Times & Trends: Long Live the BHAG 
A distributor of reconditioned electrical equipment believes a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) will revolutionize his business niche.
Times & Trends: Delivering the Goods 
In addition to the ubiquitous box truck, the delivery function has taken many different forms in this industry over the years.
A Closer Look at EW’s Electrical Pyramid - Specialists and Hybrids 
In this article, we will take a look at the distributors that supply a package of products and installation services and wrap up our discussion of hybrid distributors.
A More Latin Beat
The sluggish world economy, and in particular the fall in oil prices, has put a bit of a damper on the short-term growth prospects for Mexico and the rest of Latin America, but long-term this region of the world will provide good growth opportunities for companies with the patience to wait on their investments in the region.


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