Mayer Electric Announces Leadership Changes

Aug. 29, 2008
Mayer Electric Supply Co. Inc., Birmingham, Ala., has named West Smith, Mayer’s new president to succeed Jim Summerlin, when he retires at the end of 2009.

Mayer Electric Supply Co. Inc. (Birmingham, Ala.): The company has announced some leadership changes following Jim Summerlin’s planned retirement at the end of 2009. Wes Smith will be Mayer’s president, succeeding Summerlin. Jim Summerlin will become vice chairman. Nancy Collat Goedecke will succeed Charles Collat Sr. as chairman, and Charles Collat Sr. will become chairman emeritus. Smith started as a temp working in Mayer’s Montgomery, Ala., branch 20 years ago. He became a part of Mayer’s internal audit staff and led Mayer’s work to become the first electrical distributor in the U.S. to receive ISO certification back in 1993. After that, as chief information officer, Smith led Mayer through the very trying period when their new ERP computer system was implemented 2000. With his recent experience as chief operating officer, he has worked closely with each of Mayer’s operating divisions. Jim Summerlin has been with for more than 30 years. Summerlin will help in transitioning the company for another 16 months.