May 21, 2010
Sea Gull Lighting (Riverside, N.J.): Spencer Bolgard, currently V.P. of sales, will assume the additional responsibility of overseeing the company's marketing

Sea Gull Lighting (Riverside, N.J.): Spencer Bolgard, currently V.P. of sales, will assume the additional responsibility of overseeing the company's marketing department, which includes the Sea Gull Lighting and Monte Carlo brands. Bolgard has been with Sea Gull Lighting since 2002 and has served in his current position for five years. In another promotion at the company, John Sena, Northeast regional sales manager and director, will become national sales manager for the Sea Gull Lighting brand.

National Electric (Albuquerque): David Durbin, a 14-year company veteran, is now the company's renewable energy specialist. He is also close to completing his NABCEP certification for renewable energy design from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). With the recent addition of its renewable energy division, National Electric now offers design, estimating and technical support to help provide renewable energy solutions for its customers and their clients.

Durbin will work one-on-one with customers at each step in the system design and pricing process and will assist with on-site surveys to help determine the best solutions for each energy system, as well as provide information and package pricing on products that meet each project's unique requirements.

Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc. (Melville, N.Y.): Frank Leicht has been promoted to business development manager for Leviton's international retail operations. He will focus on growing Leviton's global retail operations, including expansion of business opportunities with Ace Hardware, True Value, Do it Best, Sodimac and other key retailers throughout Mexico and South America. During his 13 years with Leviton, Leicht has worked his way up to the position of Northeast district manager, account manager, and most recently, Eastern regional sales manager for Home Depot. He is the key contact for Home Depot's regional buying offices.

Leicht began his career with K-Mart, where he started out as an in-store assistant manager and held positions as sales assistant, merchandise manager and store manager. He holds a B.S. degree in marketing from Florida State University.

Thomas & Betts (Memphis, Tenn.): Peggy Gann has been hired as senior V.P. of human resources and administration. She will report to Dominic Pileggi, chairman and CEO, and will be responsible for developing and directing the company's global human resources organization. Prior to joining Thomas & Betts, Gann spent 20 years with Schneider Electric's North American division, most recently as senior V.P. of human resources and administration. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of human resources positions at the Johns Manville Corp. Gann earned a Master's degree in business administration from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a B.S. from Barat College.

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) (Washington, D.C.): NAW's Institute for Distribution Excellence has announced the election of two new members to its board of directors: Ralph Suppa of the Canadian Institute for Plumbing & Heating and NAED's Thomas Naber.

Standard Electric Co. (Saginaw, Mich.): William Gray has joined the company as executive V.P. Along with Laverne Weber, president, he will oversee Standard Electric's 24 Michigan locations. A Michigan native, Gray has more than 15 years of related industry experience, including nine years at General Electric. Just prior to joining Standard he spent five years as an executive in the chemical industry in Cleveland.

Robroy Industries/Conduit Division (Gilmer, Texas): Stephanie Sipes has been appointed as executive assistant. She earned a B.A. in communications from Stephen F. Austin University.

National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) (St. Louis): At the NAED Education & Research Foundation's 40th Anniversary Awards held at this year's annual conference in Chicago, several industry leaders were recognized for their contributions to education in the electrical market. George Adams Jr., president and CEO, Electric Supply Inc., Tampa, Fla.; the late Edward Anixter, Englewood Electrical Supply, Chicago; Bill Elliott, president, Elliott Electric Supply, Nacogdoches, Texas; Arthur Griswold, inside/outside sales, Northeast Electrical Distributors (a unit of Sonepar), Salem, N.H.; Robert Lemman, chairman, North Coast Electric, Seattle; the late Arthur Loeb, Loeb Electric Supply, Columbus, Ohio; James Newton Sr., Oakes Electric (now Horizon Solutions), Holyoke, Mass.; Walter Norton Sr., CEO, Norton Electric Wholesale, Los Angeles ; the late Thomas Schmid Crescent Electric Supply, East Dubuque, Ill.; and Chuck Steiner, Steiner Family Entities, Beltsville, Md.