Leviton's Bill Marshall to Retire
Bill Marshall, senior vice president of distribution sales and marketing, will retire from Leviton on December 31.
Marshall has served the lighting, electrical and data communications industries in various sales and marketing roles for more than four decades, including the last 26 years with Leviton.
In his capacity as senior vice president, Marshall played a significant role in enhancing Leviton's reputation as one of the best-in-class sales and marketing teams for which the company received numerous industry awards. During his career, he received the Edison Report's Lifetime Achievement Award, presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the lighting industry over their careers and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) Associate Award for outstanding efforts on behalf of electrical distribution and NAED.
"On behalf of the Leviton family and organization, I thank Bill for his 26 years of service. His work ethic, honesty and engagement style has provided the company with leadership that helped to fuel our growth in distribution," said Daryoush Larizadeh, president and chief operating officer of Leviton. "Bill has been a mentor to many and will leave a legacy of service and excellence to the company. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Bill as we transition his successor through the balance of 2020 together."
For more information, visit leviton.com.
Cerrowire Adds Two Sales Directors
Cerrowire recently announced the addition of two sales directors.
Kevin Watkins recently joined Cerrowire as director of sales for the eastern United States, reporting to Vice President of Sales Toby Robin. In this role, Watkins will focus on the eastern region as he helps the company's electrical distribution customers grow in the changing construction industry.
Watkins has developed a diverse background over the course of 20 years. From his time as an electrical journeyman, he understands what is important to on-the-jobsite electricians. His experience in estimating, project management and wire sales gives him the unique perspec-tive of how both sides of the electrical distribution channel works and allows him to work with customers to create win-win relationships.
Prior to joining Cerrowire, Watkins worked as the northeast regional manager for Kris-Tech, with a primary focus on the electrical distribution sales channel. He also spent eight years with Billows Electrical Supply in roles of commodity manager and inside construction sales.
Cerrowire also announced the addition of Chris Marlow as the director of strategic accounts for the company's electrical distribution channel. Marlow has 18 years of experience in the electrical manufacturing arena in sales and business development roles.
Marlow is a technical sales leader known for his ability to cultivate new markets and customers, including successes in North and South America. He is experienced in leading teams through change management and business transformation.
For more information, visit cerrowire.com.
Intermatic Appoints New VP of Sales, Fills Sales Roles
Intermatic Inc. recently announced the promotion of Senior Director of Sales Steven French to the position of vice president of sales. Additionally, the manufacturer filled three new sales roles: Tommy Lato, zone manager; Dennis King, zone manager and Matt Leonard, OEM national sales manager, refrigeration.
French joined Intermatic in 2007 and has held a variety of sales leadership positions within the organization, including senior director of sales, national account manager and southeast regional sales manager. French now oversees all company sales activities within North America, including the electrical distribution channel.
Lato serves as zone manager and is responsible for building customer relationships within the Louisiana market. A veteran of the electrical industry, Lato manages the electrical distribution channel in the territory, as well as municipality and utility, pool and spa, HVAC and channels. Before joining Intermatic, he held positions at Signify Lighting (Philips), Curtis Stout and Professional Lighting Sales.
King serves as zone manager and is responsible for developing customer relationships throughout the California market. He brings extensive technical experience and expertise in a variety of industry topics, including California Title 24. Prior to joining Intermatic, King held roles with American Auto Matrix, West Coast Power Solutions, Siemens and Novar Honeywell.
Leonard serves as OEM national sales manager, refrigeration, overseeing all OEM refrigeration accounts as well as sales of the LAE by Intermatic product line. He brings more than 20 years of HVAC/R experience and a strong working knowledge of the industry. Before joining Intermatic, Leonard held roles at GHSP and Schneider Electric.
For more information, visit intermatic.com.
NSI Appoints Rzeczkowski as Regional Sales Manager
NSI Industries LLC has appointed Al Rzeczkowski as the company's regional sales manager for the Great Lakes region.
Rzeczkowski has more than 30 years of successful sales and management experi-ence in the electrical industry and will be responsible for driving NSI Industries' sales strategies and accelerating market growth in the region.
Rzeczkowski's focus will be to build end-user relationships, identify distributor opportunities and support agents in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio.
Prior to joining NSI, Rzeczkowski worked at Illinois-based All Current Electrical Sales Inc. as a Midwest regional man-ager and Electri-Agency as the vice president of industrial sales. He also worked at Edwards Signaling as a national industrial account manager. Most recently, he was the vice president of sales for Casey Electrical Sales located in Illinois.
For more information, visit nsiindustries.com.
OmniCable's Jim Saffery to Retire
Omni Cable LLC recently announced that Jim Saffery, OmniCable's Boston regional manager, has decided to retire. Victor Lewis, currently Boston's senior account manager, will serve as the new regional manager.
Saffery began his career in the electrical industry when he joined OmniCable in January 1990. During his tenure with OmniCable, Saffery has been an integral component in the growth and success of the company and played critical roles in many aspects of the business operation.
"I will cherish the time I had with the company and will miss the many employees, customers and friends who supported me and OmniCable," said Saffery.
In his new role, Lewis is responsible for the day-to-day operations and leadership of OmniCable's Boston branch, which services electrical distributors in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Lewis brings more than five years of electrical distribution experience and has held several positions at OmniCable, most recently Boston senior account manager.
For more information, visit omnicable.com.
Southwire Appoints Southwire Canada President
Southwire recently announced that Tim King has accepted the role of president of Southwire Canada. In this role, he will lead the company's Canadian-based organization located at Southwire Canada's headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. Kelly Hanson, who previously held the role, will be relocating her family back to Atlanta, Georgia.
Most recently, King served as director of finance, human resources and administration for Southwire Canada. Prior to joining Southwire, he held several senior leadership positions in finance, operations, marketing and sales with Eaton Corp. and PPG Industries.
For more information, visit southwire.com.
BlueVolt Names New Leadership, Direction
BlueVolt has appointed Benjamin Ertischek as its new president. In this role, Ertischek will be focused on enhancing the customer-centric approach that is a core to BlueVolt's solutions.
Ertischek comes to BlueVolt as an industry veteran with more than 25 years of strategic, financial management and executive experience including roles at Deloitte, Xerox Corp. and Viewpoint Construction Software.
BlueVolt has also added Gaven Singh as vice president of strategy and business development. Singh joins the team as an innovative and goal-oriented technologist with more than 20 years of experience planning, developing and implementing creative, customer-based, value-driven solutions within a variety of industries.
Internally, Janet Rosenthal has been pro-moted to director of worldwide sales and customer success. She has been with the BlueVolt team for more than two years and is a proven, experienced and engaging sales professional who will continue to drive the sales and customer success team to provide a world-class service experience.
For more information, visit bluevolt.com.
Mike Wentz Rejoins IDEA as VP of Sales & Marketing
The Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) recently announced the appointment of Mike Wentz to vice president of sales and marketing. Wentz returned to IDEA on July 31 to serve on IDEA's management team. In his new role, Wentz's primary responsibilities will encompass driving growth and service expansion within the electrical channel.
Wentz previously served with IDEA from 2009 to 2019 in a similar capacity. During his previous tenure, he was able to grow the client base significantly, facilitate industry advisory groups and rebrand IDEA's products. Wentz's dedication to the company and industry has driven him to return to his longstanding role and reaffirm this pursuit.
For more information, visit idea4industry.com.
Current Reinforces Global Sales Organization
GE Current, a Daintree company, is strengthening its global commercial sales organization to ensure custom-ers are successful in their mission. The company iselevating proven leaders to drive more positive business outcomes for customers and partners alike.
In March, with the appointment of Donald "Chip" Taylor as chief commercial officer, Current renewed its commitment to providing channel partners and agencies the strategic thinking that delivers the best results. Taylor brings more than 25 years of electrical industry experience to the company and an enthusiasm for building a team of differ-ence-makers. In recent weeks, Current has optimized its roster of experts tasked with creating customer value.
Tom Scherzer will serve as vice president, national distribu-tion. His vast knowledge will help distributors and buying groups navigate a new era of possibilities with excellent growth potential. He joined GE in 1982 and most recently served as central region vice president for Current. Those who know him applaud his ability to work collaboratively across organizations while engaging stakeholders to move projects to completion.
Larry Smith will serve as vice president, key accounts. He has built strategic relationships with Fortune 500 companies for 25 years and comes to Current from Acuity Brands Light-ing. He leads a newly formed group that strives to transform indoor and outdoor environments with digital tools. His win-ning attitude has always been an asset to his customers.
Mike Doss will serve as vice president, specialty LED. He will lead opportunities to bring high-value LED lights to specialty market segments, including horticulture and signage. He joined GE in 2005 and has served as a product and program manager who combines a strong technical background with a passion for selling. His energy and creativeness are admired by many highly satisfied firms.
Mark Lovdahl will serve as central regional vice president. A 26-year GE veteran, he is well regarded within the central region and is excited to reconnect with agency and distribu-tion partners. He is celebrated for managing large sales teams and exceeding expectations even in times of turbulence.
Mike Adams will serve as northeast regional vice president. He has a 15-year career in sales and revenue growth in the lighting, engineering and the electrical industry. His strengths include engagement with agency and distribution partners, and cultivating relationships with architects, engineers and contractors to promote and sell controls and lighting products. Through his 12 years with Current, he has continued to excel and this new role will be no exception.
Sara Tabacchi will serve as west regional vice president. She returns to Current after building her experiences with LSI, Telensa, Orion Energy Services and Grainger. Since rejoining the team 10 months ago, she's been instrumental in expanding key relationships and driving a renewed focus in the west region. She brings a level of energy, expertise, discipline and spirit that we can all aspire to achieve.
Derek Publicover will serve as south regional vice president and Nabil-J. Salem will serve as Canada regional vice president and will continue to spearhead efforts in their respective regions.
Rounding out Current's global commercial sales team is RJ Darling, vice president, U.S. roadway, and Pablo Blancas, general manager, Latin America. Both were appointed in January 2020—as well as James Fleet, sales general man-ager, Europe (March 2018) and Jacky Shen, sales general manager, Asia (January 2013).
For more information, visit gecurrent.com.