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: 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.
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.


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