People: June 10, 2011

June 10, 2011
Ideal Industries Inc. (Sycamore, Ill.): Jeff Kellermann was hired as V.P./general manager of the company’s Tool Group and will manage all aspects of the operation of the Ideal’s retail and industrial sales groups

Ideal Industries Inc. (Sycamore, Ill.): Jeff Kellermann was hired as V.P./general manager of the company’s Tool Group and will manage all aspects of the operation of the Ideal’s retail and industrial sales groups, as well as its SK Hand Tool and Western Forge business units. He will report directly to Jim James, Ideal’s president and CEO. Kellerman was president of ITW Metals Group Fleetwood-Signode for the past 18 years, both prior to and after ITW acquired the organization, then known as Fleetwood Packaging Company. Before his tenure with Fleetwood, Kellermann worked for fine paper distributor LaSalle Whitaker in roles of increasing responsibilities, eventually rising to V.P. of marketing and operations. He began his career with the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse and graduated from the University of Rhode Island.

Epicor Software Corp., (Livermore, Calif): Pervez Qureshi is now CEO. Since 2006, Qureshi has served as CEO and president of Activant Solutions Inc., which was combined with Epicor following the recent acquisition of both companies by funds advised by Apax Partners.

Qureshi also served as Activant’s COO and executive V.P. since 2004. Prior to joining Activant, Qureshi was president and founder of a management consulting company. He has also held senior positions at Harvest Software, Metaphor Computer Systems, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. Qureshi has an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BSEE degree from the University of Lowell.

In other news at Epicor, Kathy Crusco was appointed executive V.P. and CFO and George Klaus, former Epicor chairman, president and CEO, will retain the role of chairman and continue to play an important part in the company’s strategic development. Crusco joined the former Activant in May 2007 and brings over 20 years of experience serving in a variety of financial roles at Documentum Inc., Adaptec and Price Waterhouse LLP. Previously, Crusco served as V.P. of worldwide finance for Polycom Inc. She graduated from California State University of Chico with a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in accounting.

Fulham North America (Hawthorne, Calif.): Patrick O’Neal is now regional sales manager for the Southeastern United States. He is a 25-year industry veteran with extensive rep, regional sales management and electrical distribution experience working for Graybar, Hubbell, Leviton, O-Z Gedney and the Bailey/Martin sales agency. O’Neal will be responsible for all Fulham activities with full-line and specialty distributors in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas and Florida.

Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc. (Melville, N.Y.): Peter Kleinman is now director of marketing for Leviton’s distribution channel and will report to William Marshall, the company’s senior V.P. of sales and marketing. Kleinman will lead the marketing, branding and advertising for the company’s full line of products across the distribution sales channel.

In a career spanning more than 20 years with Leviton, Kleinman has served as senior designer for the marketing communications department where he produced the company’s first electronic catalog in 1992; manager of creative and production services for the commercial/industrial division where he named and help market the launch of the Evr-Green Electric Vehicle Charger line; and marketing communications manager for distribution. Before joining Leviton, he worked for Esquire and National Lampoon magazines; and served as V.P. of marketing at Sekani Inc., where he built and ultimately sold a company that provided web content.

MaxLite (West Caldwell, N.J.): Pat Treadway has been appointed product marketing manager for MaxLite. For the past five years, he has been in product management for outdoor lighting, Energy Star, and residential lighting products. Previously, Treadway was principal at Design Point, a consulting firm in the sports and construction industries.

Wiseway Supply (Florence, Ky.): The company has made the following new hires to its sales team. New outside salesperson Mike Quatman spent most of his career with Murphy Electric Supply and a short time with City Electric; Brian Childs, also now in outside sales, worked for companies such as Lebanon Electric, City Electric and Mesco Electric and has years of experience in commercial lighting; Nick Sarakatsannis joined Wiseway’s electrical outside sales team after working with Graybar Electric and Rexel; and Steve Rizkallah is now an outside salesperson with Wiseway after working for WESCO and Edison Electric. In addition, Tony Faulkner has rejoined the company after working for City Electric for a year and is now working in the company’s inside sales department.

comCables (Denver): Carin Avila-Darr has joined comCables as the regional sales manager for the Western region, bringing 26 years of data and structured cabling experience. John Orosz was also hired as an inside sales rep after installing low-voltage special systems for 15 years. Avila-Darr has worked for major brands like Hitachi Cable, Accu-Tech Corp. and ran her own company, Global Green Technologies, LLC, which focused on abandoned cable removal. Before starting at comCables, Orosz was an installer of security, fire alarm and other special systems for more than 15 years. These two additions to the sales team follow the promotion of David Buchanan from director of sales to V.P. of sales. Buchanan joined comCables in May 2010.