People: February 27, 2009

Feb. 27, 2009
Dale Funk, who worked on the staff of Electrical Marketing newsletter and Electrical Wholesaling magazine for 25 years and during that time was a familiar face at industry meetings, is no longer with the publications.

Dale Funk, who worked on the staff of Electrical Marketing newsletter and Electrical Wholesaling magazine for 25 years and during that time was a familiar face at industry meetings, is no longer with the publications. She is currently evaluating her future career options and can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

WAC Lighting (Garden City, N.Y.): Shelly Wang was appointed president. In her new role, Wang will oversee all operations, including WAC Lighting North America and W2 Architectural Lighting. She will coordinate all sales, marketing, development and administrative functions, including the firm’s manufacturing facility in China. Wang, daughter of WAC Lighting founders Tony and Tai Wang, joined the firm in 2004 and most recently served as vice president and general manager of WAC Lighting. She has also been active in the industry, having co-ordinated a youth initiative for the American Lighting Association, as well as being involved in the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society and the National Association of Electrical Distributors.

Williams Supply (Roanoke, Va.) Williams Supply has a new board of directors. They are: Ed Hankins, chairman of the board and the company’s drives product manager; Sam Alderman, outside sales; Fred Lewis, branch manager; Mike Robinson, senior systems solutions; and Tom Moody, company president.

Cantex Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas) Mike Kreger is now director of sales and marketing. During his 23 years in the electrical industry he has been a manufacturers’ representative and most recently a district sales manager for Pass & Seymour/Legrand. In other Cantex news, Mark Flanagan was promoted to national utility manager. He has been with Cantex for 17 years, the last seven as regional sales manager. His responsibilities will include working with sales agents to develop new products and strengthen the company’s position in the power utility and telecom industries.

Channellock Inc. (Meadville, Pa.)Ryan DeArmenthas been named director of marketing for the company His most recent positions with the company include special projects manager and director of national accounts. DeArment will have global responsibility for the marketing of Channellock products and the continuing development of the company’s brand name. Additionally, he will continue to oversee some national accounts such as The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears/Kmart, Snap-On, Mac Tools, Cornwell Tools, and Ideal Industries.

Halco Lighting Technologies (Norcross, Ga.) Jeff Kost was hired as the company’s Atlanta warehouse manager. He has twenty-five years of distribution and facilities management experience and will be responsible for increasing warehouse efficiency, cost reduction maintaining high levels of fill rate, customer service and improved turnaround times. Before coming to Halco he developed plant operations, procedures, safety programs and obtained and maintained government standards and certifications for several distribution centers and facilities, including one run by Siemens Energy and Automation.

General Cable Corp. (Highland Heights, Ky.) Stephen Roush has joined the company as vice president, North American human resources. In this role, Roush will lead the General Cable’s human resources function to leverage the efficiency of the company’s associates while assisting its leadership team in maximizing organizational development and potential. His duties with the company will also include overseeing labor, recruiting, training and compensation and benefits.

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) (Washington, D.C.) NAW’s officers for 2009 are as follows: Chairman, Chip Hornsby, group chief executive, Wolseley PLC; Chairman-elect, Robert N. Taylor, president and CEO, Do it Best Corp.; First vice chairman, Dennis G. Hatchell, president and COO, Alex Lee Inc.; Second vice chairman, Mark Kramer, president and CEO, Laird Plastics Inc.; Secretary, Robert Aiken, president and CEO, U.S. Foodservice Inc.; and Dirk Van Dongen, NAW’s president and CEO.

SIXNET (Clifton Park, N.Y.) Hilton Nicholson has joined the company as president and CEO. Nicholson brings the data manufacturer more than 25 years of management experience with networking and telecommunications equipment manufacturers. He succeeds former CEO Steve Schoenberg, who will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.