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Electrical People: Franey to develop energy business for Crescent in southwest

Oct. 3, 2014
Also, new VPs of Central region sales and IT at NSi Lighting; new Midwest VP at Barron Lighting Group and more...

Crescent Electric Supply Co. (East Dubuque, Ill.): Dan Franey is now the energy business development manager for the company’s Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso markets. A native of Minnesota, Franey brings more than 30 years of industry experience to the position where he will primarily identify and secure new commercial and industrial business opportunities within each of the three markets. Prior to joining Crescent Electric, Franey spearheaded the lighting rebate department within the Salt River Project commercial rebate program. Franey resides in the Phoenix area and holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Atlantic International University.

NSi Industries (Huntersville, N.C.): The company has appointed John Watson as regional V.P. of sales-Central Region reporting to the executive V.P. of sales.  Watson brings over 20 years of experience developing successful sales organizations that focus on creating demand and bringing value to partners in the industry.  Recently, Watson was the director of sales for PEPCO out of Eastlake, Ohio, and prior to that, spent 17 years with Panduit Corp.  At NSi, he will be responsible for aligning and driving the national sales strategy throughout the Great Lakes and Midwest regions.

In other news, Allen Ustianowski has been added to the NSi Industries Application Sales Team reporting to the regional V.P. Central Region with dotted line responsibilities to the executive V.P. of marketing and business development.  Ustianowski brings over 15 years of electrical industry experience as the former senior product marketing manager for Intermatic with a background that includes product management, product design engineering, OEM sales and training.  As the Midwest Regional application sales engineer, he will call on specifying engineers and end users to drive demand in the marketplace and will have additional product management responsibilities for NSi’s recently enhanced lighting offering.

Also, Eric Zuehlke has been hired as V.P. of information technology for NSi Industries reporting to the CFO. Zuehlke brings over 17 years of experience having spent 8 years with Tyco International and nine years with USLEC. Charged with leading the IT department and establishing strategies for technology and efficiency improvement, Zuehlke will focus on e-commerce, EDI capabilities and increased reporting capabilities. Additionally, Buddy Shah has been promoted to V.P. and general manager of Tork operations for NSi Industries reporting to the CEO.  Shah will be responsible for manufacturing, engineering, production and business operations at the Mt. Vernon, N.Y., facility.  Having joined Tork in 1983 as a design engineer, Shah held several positions in the company, most recently as director of engineering. 

Electrical Equipment Co. (EECO) (Raleigh, N.C.): Tradd Bazemore, Diane McClure and Cheryl Roebuck, inside salespeople for the company, have earned the Certified Electrical Professional–Inside Sales (CEP-IS) credential. EECO currently has seven sales professionals at the company who hold this certification, which is part of a program administered by the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), St. Louis. Previously certified include Theadora Ammon, Mandy Bell, Chappell Hawthorne and Mendy O’Connor. The CEP–Inside Sales designation has only been awarded to 817 individuals from 143 companies nationwide.  The certification program for distributors, manufacturers and others in the electrical distribution channel shows that the holder has demonstrated expertise and professionalism in areas such as product knowledge, customer service, sales skills, and communication skills, giving them added credibility in the electrical industry.

System Sensor (St. Charles, Ill.): Jeff Klein has been appointed general manager for System Sensor Americas, a global manufacturer of fire and life safety devices, specializing in smoke detection, carbon monoxide detection, and notification technology for world-wide applications. Klein succeeds Tom Potosnak who after six years as leader of System Sensor Americas was appointed to a new role at Honeywell. Klein was most recently V.P. of marketing for System Sensor Americas, a role he held for the past six years. He joined Honeywell in 2001 as director of marketing for System Sensor and went on to roles of increasing responsibility within the business.

Barron Lighting Group (Glendale, Ariz.): Jerry Perkowski is now Midwest Regional V.P. He brings over 20 years of experience and has worked both on the distribution and manufacturing sides of the business. Most recently, Perkowski was with Crescent Electric Supply as a lighting application account manager. Previous to that, he spent several years with Acuity Brands Lighting as a specification sales manager. He will be based in the Milwaukee, Wis.

WAGO (Germantown, Wis.):  Jesse Cox has been promoted to field applications engineer for the Pacific Northwest region. Cox has served as WAGO’s regional sales manager for Oregon, Washington and Idaho since 2012. Cox previously held positions in application support and sales at Platt Electric and Kinetic Solutions.

TÜV Rheinland AG (Boxborough, Mass.): The Supervisory Board of this global provider of independent testing, inspection, and certification services, has appointed Dr.-Ing Michael Fübi as the new chairman of the executive board. Fübi, 47, will assume his new position on January 1, 2015. Since 2012, Fübi has served as chief executive officer for Germany-based RWE Technology, the RWE Group’s arm responsible for project development and power plant construction. Fübi began his career at RWE Technology in 2002, where his various roles included management of climate protection at RWE Power for a four-year period.

Prior to RWE Technology, Fübi held key positions at Babcock Borsig AG, also in Germany. He completed his studies at Dortmund University and Aachen Technical University and obtained a doctorate in engineering from RWTH Aachen, Jülich Research Center, all in Germany. He also currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors at VGB Power Tech, a European technical association for power and heat generation, headquartered in Germany.

Summit Electric Supply (Albuquerque, N.M): Greg Pickens is has been hired as director of learning and development, where he will support key training for associates across the company. Pickens has advanced as a technical trainer and training manager in the learning and development field for over 15 years. He’s designed, implemented and managed numerous training initiatives and custom courseware, and has conducted training on various hardware and software technologies, most recently for Dell Inc.