Madison Electric Products (Cleveland): After 46 years in the electrical industry, Bob Starr has retired. A long-time owner of Madison Electric Products and a marathoner who has traveled the world in search of the perfect 26.2 mile race, Starr is credited with establishing the company's solid foundation and positioning it for continued growth, even during this challenging economy. Madison Electric Products also announced two new hires: Kirk Pace, who will be the warehouse operations manager, and Jackie Nelson, creative services manager. Since 2000, Pace has managed logistics and operations teams, streamlining processes, improving efficiencies and cutting costs. Nelson will provide creative direction, production and design support for the company's branding, print and online materials.
Legrand (West Hartford, Conn.): Scott Bausch is now regional V.P. of sales for the Northeast in Legrand's Electrical Wiring Systems Division. In his new role, Bausch will lead the company's sales teams for electrical wiring products in New England and the northeastern United States. Bausch joined Legrand/Pass & Seymour in 2004 as a product line manager, and he most recently served as the marketing manager for commercial and industrial products and the director of product marketing. He earned his B.A. from St. John Fisher College and his MBA from Franklin University.
Staco Energy Products Co. (Dayton, Ohio): Jim Hall has joined the company as marketing manager and will be responsible for all strategic and tactical marketing, with primary responsibility for development of a brand and communication strategy for power quality and UPS products. Prior to joining Staco, Hall served as strategic manager for IT markets for Liebert, Emerson Network Power. A graduate of GE's Manufacturing and Raytheon's Advanced Management Programs, he holds a B.S. from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from the University of Illinois.
SolaHD (Rosemont, Ill.): Gina Delgado was appointed international customer service rep. Her primary role will be to provide customer service to SolaHD distributors in Mexico and the Latin American regions. Delgado comes to SolaHD from Lamin-Art where she held the position of international customer service inside sales representative for 10 years.
Fromm Electric Supply of Reading (Reading, Pa.): Steve Peek has rejoined the company's Commercial Construction team as a lighting specialist. He returns to Fromm with more than 35 years of experience in the electrical industry. The company says Peek is recognized as one of eastern Pennsylvania's top distributor professionals in design-build projects, energy-efficient technologies and commercial lighting and control systems.
Silent Knight/Honeywell (Northford, Conn.): Jonathan Beach is the company's new regional sales manager for the U.S. Northwest territory. Beach will provide sales support to Silent Knight's Farenhyt Engineered Systems distributors and security equipment distributors throughout Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Prior to joining Silent Knight, Beach performed central station monitoring and fire-alarm service and installation work. Most recently, Beach was the sales and project management lead for the fire-alarm and new construction markets for Allied Fire and Security, an integrator in Spokane, Wash.
Atlanta Light Bulbs (Atlanta): This lighting specialist recently promoted three employees. Tresa Jones has been promoted to distributor counter supervisor; Marcus Tipton is now customer service rep at the sales counter and showroom; and Steven Jackson was promoted to customer service rep in the national sales department.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va.: David FitzGibbon, vice chairman and CEO, ILSCO, has been appointed as chairman of the 2011 Board of Governors for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). In his role as chairman, FitzGibbon will guide the organization's operations in the areas of commerce and economics, standards and conformity assessment, government relations and section affairs.
Graybar Electric Co. (St. Louis): Kathleen Mazzarella was promoted to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. With this updated title, she will continue in her role overseeing all of sales and marketing.
Northwire Technical Cable (Osceola, Wis.): Greg Reese is now Eastern regional sales manager. He comes to the company with more than 16 years of experience as a product manager, sales manager and design engineer for cable assembly and electrical connection systems. Most recently Reese was product line sales manager and regional sales manager for a New York-based original equipment manufacturer of harsh-environment electrical connection systems and custom cable assemblies for the industrial/commercial and military/aerospace markets. He has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a B.A. from Kent State University.
Quanta Services Inc. (Houston): John Wilson, president of the company's Electric Power Division, has retired. He will serve in an advisory capacity to PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc., a subsidiary of Quanta Services. Earl Austin, Jr., president of Quanta's Natural Gas and Pipeline Division, will additionally assume the oversight of the company's Electric Power Division.
Allied Wire & Cable (Collegeville, Pa.): Kevin Watkins has joined the company's sales force. His electrical industry background includes posts in the wire and cable industry and experience as an electrician, project manager/estimator and inside construction sales rep.
Barron Lighting Group (Phoenix): Christine Humphrey is now marketing director. She brings more than 17 years of electrical industry marketing experience, has won several national awards for her marketing campaigns, and holds a B.S. in marketing from Arizona State University. The company also promoted Jessica McCain to inside sales manager for Barron's Exitronix, TraceLite and SpecialtyLED product lines, and Maureen Comeau as product manager for Exitronix, Barron Lighting's emergency lighting division. Comeau has been with the company for over three years and holds a B.S. degree from the University of Arizona.
Siemens Financial Services (SFS Inc.) (Iselin, N.J.): As part of Siemens' expansion into turnkey project business, Flavio Zelaya has joined SFS Inc. as vice president, Infrastructure Finance and is tasked with spearheading this initiative. Zelaya has 15 years of structured and corporate finance experience and joins SFS Inc. from Dexia Credit Local in New York, where he served as V.P. in its project finance origination and structuring team. In that role, his principal focus was project finance and acquisition finance transactions in the transportation, social infrastructure and water and waste sectors.