Thomas O'Connor

President & Founder

Tom O’Connor started Farmington Consulting Group, Farmington, Conn., for the distribution channel in 1982. He is nationally recognized in the distribution industry as a strategy consultant. O’Connor is also a contributing writer for Electrical Wholesaling and a best-selling author for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) with his book, “Strategic Planning for Distributors: Execution Isn’t Everything – It’s the Only Thing!”

Enhancing Profitability
In their efforts to ensure profitability, top-performing electrical distributors focus on a Balanced Scorecard when managing their company's performance.
After a decade of easy living in the business lane, many electrical distributors now face the challenges of managing a business in a slowing economy.
Making the Buy-Side Grade
Tougher economic times demand that electrical distributors take action to increase gross margin and reduce operating expenses. Electrical distributors
Keeping Top Talent
Parts one and two of this series of articles (January 1999, p. 37 and February 1999, p. 49), explored creative and proven practices to attract and hire
Splendid Service
You can differentiate yourself from competitors and avoid becoming a "distributor dinosaur" with customer-service guarantees.Chris Robbin of ABC Electrical
Performance Management via Coaching
Are the managers at your organization doing a good job coaching your MVPs? Many managers/coaches could use some coaching themselves especially those at


10 Trends Now Shaking the Electrical Industry Webinar

10 Trends Now Shaking the Electrical Industry Webinar 3

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The North American electrical wholesaling industry is being rocked by mergers & acquisitions, advances in technology, new competition from offshore and an uncertain economy. In this 60-minute webinar, Electrical Wholesaling Chief Editor Jim Lucy will discuss the changes in the electrical market now having the most impact on electrical distributors, electrical manufacturers and independent manufacturers’ reps....More
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