Steve Thiel, an account manager at Crescent Electric Supply’s distribution facility in Madison, Wis., has won the 2013 Titus B. Schmid Founders Award of Excellence Award, given to salespeople for outstanding sales performance of GE Lighting products, one of Crescent Electric’s oldest supplier partners. Crescent Electric was first appointed a GE Lamp agent in 1925.

Thiel previously won the award in 1997 and is only the second person in the award’s history to earn the honor twice since it began in 1995. As recipient of the award, he received $5,000 worth of GE stock, a personalized plaque, and his name is inscribed on a master plaque displayed at Crescent Electric’s corporate office in East Dubuque.

Titus B. Schmid, the award’s namesake, founded Crescent Electric in 1919 with a single warehouse in Dubuque, Iowa. Nearly a century later the company operates 141 locations in 27 states, and employs more than 1,700 people.