Summit Electric Supply, Albuquerque, NM, named Kevin Powell as its president. Powell joins Summit after serving as CEO and president for an employee-owned regional electrical distributor, Van Meter Industrial, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jury Jr. and be based out of Summit’s Albuquerque, NM, corporate headquarters.
“I’ve respected Kevin, and his achievements in our industry, for many years. I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with him at Summit” said Jury in a release. “I am confident that, with Kevin’s leadership, Summit will continue to be an industry innovator and the preferred partner for our customers, associates and vendors.”
Powell has served on the boards of Supply Force, Vanguard National Alliance, and several non-profit organizations as well as on the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) Strategic Planning Committee. The companies he ran won “Best Place to Work” awards seven times and “Coolest Place to Work” awards twice.
Powell holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Marquette and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin. He began his career as a senior sales engineer for an international manufacturer before entering the distribution field as an inside salesman, then rose through positions in outside sales and branch management before moving up to executive roles at Van Meter.