People Jan. 9, 2004

Jan. 9, 2004
Rexel (Dallas): Peter Schiller has been appointed president of the Mid-Atlantic Division for Rexel Inc. With more than 65 branches, the division is based

Rexel (Dallas): Peter Schiller has been appointed president of the Mid-Atlantic Division for Rexel Inc. With more than 65 branches, the division is based in Upper Marlboro, Md. Schiller joined Rexel in 1992; he moves from his post as North East Division president. Succeeding Schiller, Mark Daniel has been appointed president of the North East Division. Located in Hudson, Ohio, the division has 24 branches in New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. A 19-year electrical distribution industry veteran, Daniel most recently served as regional manager for Northeast Ohio.

Electrical Wholesaling/EC&M (publications of PRIMEDIA Business Magazines & Media, Overland Park, Kan.): David Miller has been promoted to associate publisher of EC&M and Electrical Wholesaling magazines and all their ancillary print and online advertising properties. He has spent almost 20 years in sales, marketing and management positions for manufacturers of electrical equipment and supplies. Additionally, Diane Mason will increase her sales role for EC&M and Electrical Wholesaling. In addition to selling all classified advertising for the magazines, directory listings and enhancements, Mason will assume responsibility for a number of Midwest display advertising accounts. She has sold classified ads for the magazines since 1993.

National Association of Electrical Distributors (St. Louis): NAED has named Bruce Leff as the incoming vice president-elect for NAED’s Eastern Region (formerly Region 3). The NAED Eastern Council appointed Leff by majority approval. Leff is president and CEO of The H. Leff Electric Co., Cleveland. The NAED Eastern Region is currently led by Rick Smith, president of Gettens Electric Supply in Fitchburg, Mass. In May 2004, John Spoor, president of State Electric Supply Co. in Huntington, W.V., will become Eastern Region vice president for the 2004-2005 year.

Bodine Electric (Decatur, Ill.): Kent Peterson has been named wholesale division manager. Peterson will be responsible for overseeing the company’s warehouses; wholesale division personnel; and sales of motors, controls and electrical distribution equipment. In his 18 years with Bodine, Peterson’s previous positions included inside sales, inventory control, purchasing, operations manager and, most recently, outside sales engineer.

Cooper Industries (Houston): Clifford Grum has been named deputy chairman of the board of directors, replacing Ralph E. Jackson, who retired. Grum has been a board member since 1982. He is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Temple-Inland Inc.

Super Vision International Inc. (Orlando, Fla.): Carina Betts has been appointed Super Vision’s representative for Canada. Betts has a proven track record with Super Vision, having introduced fiber optics to the U.S. death-care industry. As owner of Afterlite Inc., Betts combined fiber-optic lighting with bronze lamps to develop memorial lighting systems for cemeteries across the U.S. and Canada.

North American Lighting Spectrum (Danbury, Conn.): Robert “Bob” Newton joins North American Lighting Spectrum (NALS) as co-owner and managing principal. For many years he was the vice president of sales for the industrial division of Luxo Corp., the U.S. distribution arm for Luxo ASA of Norway, and most recently company president and chief executive officer. Founded two years ago, NALS is the exclusive agent in the United States and Mexico for the Foscarini, Oluce and Luxit brands of contemporary floor, table, ceiling, pendant and wall lights.

Penn-Union Corp. (Edinboro, Pa.): Timothy Althof has been appointed regional sales manager for the central United States, bringing several years experience in distribution channel business-to-business sales. Jennifer Lipps has been appointed general accountant. She brings several years accounting experience, most recently with the United States Postal Service.