Michael C. Conwell has been promoted to director of distribution at Galco Industrial Electronics, Madison Heights, Mich. He will be responsible for product management, and purchasing and marketing operations of the company. His previous positions include product manager and materials manager.

Mike Bauer has been named vice president, U.S. sales, at Cooper Lighting, Elk Grove Village, Ill. He will be responsible for domestic sales of all Cooper Lighting brands. He most recently served as director of market and product development for Lumark Lighting and McGraw-Edison, the company's HID brands.

At United Copper Industries, Denton, Texas, Alejo Peralta Teran has been named president. He served as director of the wire and cable business for United Copper's parent company, IUSA, Mexico City, Mexico. Carlos Peralta Quintero has been named chairman of United Copper. He has been a member of the board of directors of IUSA since October of 1988. Upon the death of his father in 1997, he became chairman of the board. J. Dean Brown has been officially named company general manager. Brown has been the acting general manager of the company since its first attempt to enter the U.S. market in 1994. Brown's career embraces four years of experience with Southern Engineering Co. of Georgia and 20 years with Southwire Co, Carrolton, Ga.

Thomas S. Latanision has been named channel marketing manager at Hoffman Engineering, Minneapolis, Minn. He is the son of industry veteran Tom Latanision who works at Thomas & Betts Corp. Latanision will be responsible for developing marketing programs and supporting the company's initiatives through its distribution channel. Among other responsibilities, Latanision will coordinate NAED activities, manage distributor authorization and develop new distributors' agreements. Prior to joining Hoffman, Latanision was regional sales manager for Thomas & Betts Corp., covering the Minneapolis market.

At EPI Electrical Enclosures Corp., San Antonio, Texas, Rudi R. Rodriguez has been named president for the year 2000 and has become the major stockholder of the corporation. He has been with the firm since 1975 and will continue to be responsible for the marketing, new product development and engineering units. Sam Cortez has been named sales representative. He has extensive electrical industry experience with positions held at Summers Electric Supply, Dealers Electric Supply and Watson Electric Supply. Michelle Dean has been named customer service and marketing rep. She will be responsible for marketing development and research in the electrical and electronics industry. She was previously with American Airlines and Montgomery Ward. Le Anne Wilks has been named accounting and vendor rep. She previously worked for Coca Cola Bottling Co.

Kurt Schaefer has been named director of marketing at Standard Electric Supply Co., Inc., Wilmington, Mass. He most recently served as the marketing director of Avery Dennison, Framingham, Mass., where he worked for 14 years.

Bruce Van Dyk has been appointed outside sales supervisor for Wolberg Electrical Supply Co., Inc., Albany, N.Y. He was previously a company sales rep.

Dave Donovan has been promoted to director of purchasing at CLS, Hartford, Conn. Previously, he was the company's purchasing manager.

The Energy Efficient Lighting Association, Princeton Junction, N.J., has elected its 1999 executive officers: Geoffrey Archibald of Lighting Systems Solutions as president; John Adams of CES/Way International , Inc., as vice president; and Tim Carnes of Lighting Management Consultants , Inc., as secretary- treasurer.

Terry Carolin has been named western regional sales manager at Daniel Woodhead Co., Northbrook, Ill. Previously, he was supplier development manager for Grainger Custom Solutions. James White, executive vice president of Pentair, Inc., St. Paul, Minn., and president of the company's Professional Tools and Equipment Group, has been named president of the Power Tool Institute (PTI), a trade association formed to promote the common business interests of the power tool industry.. He will serve a two-year term of office.

Steve Eisenbrown has been promo ted to senior vice president of the Control and Information Group at Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wis. He succeeds Keith Nosbusch who was promoted to president of Rockwell Automation Control Systems. Eisenbrown most recently served as president of Global Sales and Support, European region located in Brussels, Belgium.

Thomas Jahn has been elected vice president and general manager of worldwide energy business for Raychem Corp., Menlo Park, Calif. He has served as director of worldwide logistics and chief information officer for Raychem since he joined the company in 1986.

Linda Raynes has been promoted to executive vice president of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, St. Louis, Mo. She succeeds Bruce Benes, who resigned in January. She was previously director of member services for EASA.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA), Armonk, N.Y., presented its Thomas F. Preston Manufacturer of the Year Award to Gil Venturelli. Venturelli of Regal Manufacturing, City of Industry, Calif., was honored for his outstanding service to the electrical industry and to reps in particular. Also, during its 29th annual Conference in San Francisco, NEMRA named the following individuals to head its Manufacturers Group: John Tramontano, Penn-Union Corp., chairman; Paul Suzio, Edwards Signaling, co-chairman; Larry Fischer, ERICO, Inc., past chairman. Other members of the NMG Executive Committee include: Robert J. Brinkman, Jr., Hubbell Electrical Products, Inc.; Andy Hemmingway, American Insulated Wire Corp.; Bob Smith, Pass & Seymour/Legrand, Don Gutierrez, Lamson & Sessions; Rick Angel, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.; Jack Schuster, Engineered Products Co.; Glenn Hollister, Ideal Industries, Inc.; and Pat Stearns, Daniel Woodhead Co.

Juergen Gromer has been named president of AMP, Inc., Harrisburg, Pa. Robert Ripp resigned from his position as chairman and chief executive officer, effective April 30.

Kenneth Gauvin has been named national sales manager, telecommunications, for American Insulated Wire Corp., Pawtucket, R.I. He will be responsible for promoting the company, obtaining new business and serving the existing telecommunications customers. He has background in field sales management with the communications industry.

Donald Mosebrook has been named director of Home Systems Business Unit for Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., Lehigh Valley, Pa. He will be responsible for the manufacturing, operations, marketing and financial activities for this product area. He most recently headed the engineering team responsible for the development of two of the company's most successful dimmer product lines.

Dan Wall has been named national sales manager at Quality Lighting, Franklin Park, Ill. He was most recently with Pilipuf Grist & Associates, where he served as a specialist in outdoor lighting applications.

John Haluska, chief information officer, Thomas & Betts Corp., Memphis, Tenn., has won the Crossroads Common Sense Award from Open Systems Advisors, Inc., Boston, Mass. Inspired by the words of American revolutionary Thomas Paine in his landmark pamphlet, Common Sense, the award acknowledges a rule of reason over precedent and a vision well beyond the present day. Open Systems Advisors awards the prize annually to the individual who has bucked conventional wisdom and shown the power of common sense in action. Haluska was named the 1999 recipient of the award in recognition of his efforts in coordinating other manufacturers and distributors under a plan to develop the Industry Data Warehouse for the electrical industry. As founder and chairman of the NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) Product Descriptor Database Committee, Haluska coordinated the efforts of 40 manufacturers in developing the e-commerce standard of the future for communicating machine- and human-readable data between seller and buyer in the electrical industry. His team also designed, specified and contracted IDEANet, an industry extranet and private frame relay network to provide guaranteed, prioritized bandwith for electrical manufacturers and distributors.