Leviton Manufacturing (Little Neck, N.Y.): Dave Sanders has been appointed national sales director for Leviton's voice and data division. Sanders most recently served as national accounts director for the division and previously as district sales manager for the division's West Coast region. He is one of 81 people worldwide to achieve certifications as an RCDD (Registered Communications Distribution Designer), LAN (Local Area Network) specialist and OSP (Outside Plant) specialist.

SDi (Neptune, N.J.): Wendy Lawson joins SDi as central regional accounts manager for North America. Previously, she was financial manager with The Academy for Educational Development. Margie Bogdan has been named western regional accounts manager for North America. Bogdan has relocated from SDi's corporate headquarters in Neptune, N.J., to Southern California to establish a West Coast base of operations for SDi.

Electro-Federation Canada (EFC, Mississauga, Ontario): Milos Jancik has been appointed president of EFC, effective Jan. 1, 2005, when the current president, Doug Baldwin, will retire. Jancik joins EFC with 30 years of experience and involvement in the Canadian electrical/electronics industry, the last 13 as president of Moeller Electric Inc.

Regal Manufacturing (City of Industry, Calif.) With more than 35 years of electrical industry sales experience, Jim Dean joins Regal as national sales manager. Previously, Dean held regional and national sales positions with Ideal Industries and Red Dot.

IMARK Group (Oxon Hill, Md.): Victor Jury Jr. was elected to a two-year term of chairman of the board at the group's 2004 annual meeting held in October. Jury is president of Summit Electrical Supply, Albuquerque, N.M. Three new board members were also elected: Steve Peterson of Minnesota Electric, Willmar, Minn.; Ben Rosenthal of Madison Electric, Warren, Mich.; and Bill Walker, of Franklin Electric in Philadelphia. Each will serve a three-year term, effective immediately. Mike Barker of Springfield Electric, Springfield, Ill., was elected to a second three-year term.

Ideal Industries Inc. (Sycamore, Ill.): Jeffrey Tisdell has been appointed product manager for the company's cutting tool lines. Tisdell brings to Ideal an extensive portfolio of domestic and international marketing experience, most recently as international marketing and brand manager for Ibid brand of NewellRubbermaid in Munich, Germany.

Primedia Business Magazines & Media (Overland Park, Kan.): Bob MacArthur has been promoted to vice president, Primedia Business Magazines & Media. In his new role, MacArthur will be responsible for 14 Primedia publications, including Electrical Wholesaling, Electrical Marketing newsletter and Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) magazine. David Miller will assume the role of publisher of Electrical Wholesaling, Electrical Marketing, EC&M and Rental Equipment Register. Most recently, Miller was associate publisher of the electrical magazines.

Electrical Supplies Inc. (ESI, Miami): Jim Segal has been named president of Electrical Supplies Inc., a 28-year-old distributorship with four Florida branches. Robert DeVona and John R. Hinds were named as vice presidents. Fred Segal and Rudy Hinds, founders of the company, remain active in a consultative and advisory capacity as board chairman and vice president/secretary respectively.

NESCO (Canton, Mass.): Dennis A. Todisco Jr., an industry veteran of 18 years, joins the company's executive team as vice president and director of national account sales. He will oversee the national accounts locations in Canton, Mass.; New York; and San Francisco. In addition to its national coverage, NESCO has recently expanded its local coverage of the Boston area to four locations.

Lightolier Controls (Dallas): Jeff O'Brien has been appointed regional sales manager, responsible for the newly created South Central region and will be based out of Lightolier Controls' factory in Dallas. O'Brien has more than 20 years experience in the home automation industry. Most recently, he was sales manager for X10Pro.

Littelfuse Inc. (Des Plaines, Ill.): Gordon Hunter will assume the position of chairman, president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2005. Hunter was appointed to his current position of chief operating officer in 2003 and has served as a director of the company since 2002. Hunter will succeed Howard B. Witt, who will retire from his position Dec. 31. Witt, who has served Littelfuse for 25 years, will continue as a director as well as a consultant to the company.

Draka USA (North Dighton): Julie Pontarelli joins the company as Southeast regional sales manager for commercial and industrial markets. In her new position, she will manage the BIW Cable and Tamaqua Cable brands. Pontarelli was formerly a product manager with American Insulated Wire.

W.A.C. Lighting (Garden City, N.Y.): Sherri Holmes has been appointed marketing coordinator. Holmes most recently was project manager of strategic marketing for the DeSola Group.

Service Wire Co. (Culloden, W. Va.): The Houston sales office has announced the addition of Michael Orpen as an inside sales representative. Jessica Anderson also joins the Houston office as sales assistant.

Rockwell Automation Inc. (Milwaukee): Rockwell Automation's board of directors has elected President and Chief Executive Officer Keith D. Nosbusch as chairman of the board. The change will take effect following the company's annual share owners meeting on Feb. 2, 2005. Nosbusch succeeds Don H. Davis who will retire after a 42-year career with the company. Nosbusch began his Rockwell career in 1974 when he joined Allen-Bradley (acquired by Rockwell in 1985) as an application engineer. Davis joined Allen-Bradley in 1963 as an engineering sales trainee. Today, Davis sits on numerous educational, civic and corporate boards, and has received dozens of awards of distinction.

Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC, Alexandria, Va.): John F. Biagas, president and CEO of Bay Electric Co. in Newport News, Va., has been elected national president of the Independent Electrical Contractors. Biagas was elected by the organization's membership at the IEC's annual convention in September. Others elected were Senior National Vice President John Quebe of KenMor Electric, Houston; National Vice President David Ekmark, Ekmark Electrical Co., Memphis, Tenn.; National Vice President Gene Mini, EPM Electric, Boonton, N.J.; National Treasurer Dennis Thomas, Thomco Electric, Beltsville, Md.; and National Secretary Greg Haren, Enertech Electrical, Lowellville, Ohio.

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED, St. Louis, Mo.): Sandra Rosecrans, president and chief executive officer of City Electric Co. Inc., Syracuse, N.Y., has been appointed by majority approval as the incoming vice president-elect for NAED's Eastern Region. Rosecrans will lead the region in 2006-2007. The region is currently led by John Spoor, president of State Electric Supply Co., Huntington, W. Va. In May 2005, Bruce Leff, president and chief executive officer of the H. Leff Electric Co., Cleveland, will become Eastern Region vice president for 2005-2006.

OBITUARIES

David J. Lawless, the founder of the Lawless Electrical Sales Co., Menomonee Falls, Wis., died Nov. 6. He was 69 years old. Founding the firm in 1970, David Lawless and his firm were active participants in the National Electrical Manufacturers Representative Association (NEMRA), Tarrytown, N.Y., and the Wisconsin electrical community. David's brother Denis of LESCO, Minneapolis, is the current chairman of NEMRA.

David Lawless is survived by sons Timothy, Michael, and Patrick; grandchildren Clare, Grace, Jordan and MacKenzie; sisters Ellie Thompson and Theresa Loveall; and brothers Denis, Timothy and Paul. Memorials may be made to Three Holy Women Parish, Saint Hedwig Catholic Church, 1716 North Humbolt Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202-1623. Condolences may be sent to the Lawless family c/o LSI, West 135 North 8011 Eagle Court, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051.

Chris Lynn Huddleston, segment communications manager, Siemens Energy and Automation Inc., Norcross, Ga., died Nov. 30. He was 42 years old. Chris is survived by his long-time friend and partner, James D. Moore; mother, Alberta Huddleston of Houston, Texas; and brothers Steven Huddleston of Houston and Lloyd Huddleston of Cleveland, Okla. Chris was preceded in death by his father, Giles Otis Huddleston; and grandparents Opal and Alvin Combes.