Cape Electrical Supply (Cape Girardeau, Mo.): John Horgan is the company's new CFO. He joined the firm on Oct. 1 after completing seven years at Amdoc. Prior to that he was employed at Olin Metals, Trendmasters and Pretium Packaging in a variety of senior financial and operational roles. He began his career with Ernst & Young in St. Louis and spent more than 12 years in public accounting. Horgan is a CPA and holds a BSBA from St. Louis University, where he is presently completing his MBA.
EGS Electrical Group (Rosemont, Ill.): Jean-Baptiste Trolle has been promoted to V.P. of marketing and business development for the ECM business segment. Trolle has been with the EGS organization since its acquisition of ATX in 1998, serving the company in various sales and marketing roles. In this new role, he will manage the Appleton and O-Z/Gedney product marketing team, the sales and marketing integration of the newly-acquired Nutsteel business, and the acquisition activity supporting EGS.
The company also announced several other promotions. Kerry Nedic has been promoted to director, pricing and technical support; Jason Overbey is being promoted to director of marketing; and Dan Douglass is being promoted to director of marketing responsible for sales support and business development.
In other personnel changes at Emerson, Craig Morris has been promoted to the newly-created position of V.P., global accounts. Kevin Jacks, currently director of global accounts, will replace Morris as director of sales, Southwest Region.
Jim Gibson has been appointed to area manager, Canada, for Appleton, O/Z-Gedney and SolaHD. A 15-year veteran of the electrical and automation industries, he joined EGS in 2005 and has held positions of ascending responsibility within SolaHD, most recently Northeast Region manager.
Halco Technologies (Norcross, Ga.): Sarah Kulesza was hired as marketing associate. She recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BS in mass communications and a concentration in public relations. Kulesza will be reporting to Deby Forster, marketing manager, and contributing to the company's business-to-business marketing operations.
Connexion (Buffalo Grove, Ill.): Brian Earl is now V.P., electrical sales and general manager of Connexion Energy Solutions. In his dual role he will be responsible for growing revenues and margins while expanding Connexion into new markets and geographies. Earl began his career nearly 30 years ago at WESCO and has had sales leadership roles at Bryant, Leviton, and most recently as V.P. of distribution sales at Actuant.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) (Rosslyn, Va.): Joel Spira, founder, chairman and director of research of Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, Pa., received NEMA's 2010 Bernard H. Falk Award at the association's annual conference in Palm Beach, Fla. Spira formed Lutron Electronics in 1961 to market his invention of the first electronic solid state dimmer for incandescent lighting and is credited with 266 design patents and 226 utility patents.
NEMA also presented Kite and Key Awards to recognize individuals from NEMA member companies who have advanced the interest of the electroindustry through active and sustained involvement in NEMA activities.
This year's recipients are John Goodsell, V.P. of research and engineering, Hubbell Electrical Systems; Helen Harris, financial analyst, Schneider Electric; Frank Kitzantides, who has held various positions at NEMA, including senior vice president and chief technical officer; Vince Saporita, V.P., technical sales at Cooper Bussmann; and Harry Solomon, interoperability architect at GE Healthcare. In other news at NEMA, the association elected the following individuals to its board of governors during its recent annual meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.: Susan Graham, Elantas PDG; Luis Ramirez, GE Energy; Kenan Sahin, TIAX; Gabriel Garza, Prolec; and Greg Sebasky, Philips Electronics North America.
Border States Electric (BSE) (Fargo, N.D.): Gerald “Poke” Buck has been named V.P. of sales and Jason Stein has been named V.P. of the Northwest region. Buck has been with Border States since May 2003 and has served as a supply chain services specialist, business development specialist, Northwest region manager, and V.P. Northwest region. He has been a member of the company's executive council since November 2005. Prior to coming to BSE, Buck worked for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. for more than 20 years. Stein joined BSE in May 1995 as a part of the company's management trainee program. He has worked in various positions including product manager, automation account manager, Northwest region industrial sales manager and director of sales. In April 2010, he was named V.P. of sales and to the company's executive council.
ConEdison Solutions (Valhalla, N.Y.): James Dixon, vice president of energy services, was named chairman of the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO), Washington, D.C. As chairman, Dixon will direct the activities of NAESCO's board of directors, oversee the organization's committees, coordinate with NAESCO staff on advocacy issues and help plan national and regional industry conferences. In addition to his position with ConEd Solutions, Dixon is an attorney and professional engineer in New York, and a retired major in the U.S. Army Reserves.
IEWC Global Solutions (New Berlin, Wis.): Kyle Spader will become U.S. Division president, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Filling this position will allow corporate president and CEO David Nestingen to focus on the company's broader global initiatives, while Spader will lead the U.S. operations. Spader joined IEWC in 2000 after having served as a manager with the accounting firm Deloitte in its Milwaukee office.
Lunera Lighting, Inc. (Redwood City, Calif.): Former Hewlett Packard and Lumileds executive Karen Owyeung has joined Lunera as its new CEO. Owyeung brings with her nearly 20 years of marketing, operations and general management experience in the LED industry. Owyeung began her career in LED technology at Hewlett Packard's Optoelectronics Division. She held executive management positions in marketing and worldwide manufacturing operations at Hewlett Packard prior to becoming the general manager of the division.
Universal Electric Corp. (UEC), (Canonsburg, Pa.): Graham Tester has been appointed to Northern European region sales manager and Bruce Moore was appointed Asia Region sales manager. Tester was formerly with Telecom Technologies in the U.K., where he served as sales director. He brings more than a decade of sales and customer relations experience to UEC developing and growing new business sectors for a number of European companies and products. Moore joins UEC from Belden Singapore Pte, Ltd., a global provider of copper/fiber cable and wireless signal transmission solutions for industrial applications. Universal Electric Corp. is a manufacturer of power distribution systems.