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. 

Electrical Wholesaling's Top 10 LED Picks for June 2015
Check out our Top 10 LED Product Picks for June 2015. This month we are featuring LED products from Acuity Brands, Eaton Cooper Lighting, Cree, EYE Lighting, Forest Lighting, GE, Hubbell Lighting, Lutron, Nora Lighting and Osram Sylvania.
The 2015 Top 200: Analysis 
Along with providing data on the size of their operations, many respondents take the time to answer questions about business conditions, their internal investments and plans for expansion. One of the more interesting areas of commentary in this year’s responses was the variety of views on exactly where the electrical economy is at right now.
Times & Trends: Baby Steps Big and Small 
While analyzing the 150 responses to Electrical Wholesaling’s 2015 Top 200 survey, I was struck by how many of this year’s respondents are investing in their companies in many different ways big and small, despite the uncertain economic climate.
Times & Trends: 95 Years Strong
What do you say about a magazine that has survived two World Wars, a depression and several recessions? One word comes to mind: resilient.
Electrical Wholesaling’s 95th Anniversary Salute

To celebrate our magazine’s 95th year, Electrical Wholesaling’s editors decided take a multi-pronged approach that reflects on the past, answers questions about some of today’s most pressing concerns, and looks forward to the future.

Eye on Acquisitions: More Electrical Distributor Mergers Ahead 
Burk Burkhardt has worked on acquisitions of electrical distributors for more than 20 years at HT Capital Advisors. The company is an investment banking firm with a major focus on the electrical wholesaling industry, and over the years it has represented the owners of many electrical distributors in mergers and acquisitions.
The Numbers Tell Our Story: Economics and the Electrical Industry
Herm Isenstein has analyzed the electrical wholesaling industry’s economic cycles for 30 years as president of DISC Corp. We recently got Herm’s take on the economic cycles that have the most dramatic impact on the electrical market.
FutureView 2015 
Some of these changes will be fueled by technology and others by more efficient ways of bringing electrical products to market. Following is wish list Electrical Wholesaling’s editors put together of the technological improvements we think could have the most impact on the electrical market.
Times & Trends: The Way We Were 
This being Electrical Wholesaling magazine’s 95th Anniversary Year, I thought we could all learn something about M&As in our industry by taking a look back at EW’s first-ever listing of the electrical market’s largest distributors. That first list, published in 1970, had 100 distributors ranked by number of employees because sales volume was unavailable for so many of the companies. Following are a few things I learned from that first listing.
What Other Local Company Presidents Have to Say About the WinLectric Way

Note: This article is a sidebar to the March 2015 profile of WinWholesale, "The Will to Win."

The Will to Win: Profile of WinWholesale 
Winlectric has grown steadily, too. It now has 64 locations, and another 11 WinWholesale companies carry electrical supplies to round out their core product lines.
Times & Trends: At the Very Root of It All 

One of the great things about the electrical wholesaling industry is that when you get right down to it, the vast majority of entrepreneurs who founded electrical distributors, independent manufacturers’ reps, electrical manufacturers  and electrical contractors are living the American Dream.

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.


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