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Electrical People: New President at IEWC

Aug. 25, 2017
Also new faces and positions at Nicor, Summit Electric Supply, Barron Lighting, Wago, Universal Lighting Technologies

NICOR Inc. (Albuquerque, NM): John Daly has joined the company’s leadership team as vice president of sales. He was recently principal of R&D Lighting & Controls, an Illinois-based lighting agency specializing in commercial and industrial lighting and control solutions. Previously, he served as vice president of international sales for Cree Lighting. He has also held executive leadership roles for Lightech (GE), Color Kinetics (Philips), Rig-A-Lite and GE Lighting.  Daly will report to NICOR’s President and CEO Rocklan Lawrence and be based out of Atlanta, GA.

Summit Electric Supply (Albuquerque, NM): Ryan Oehring has joined Summit and will lead the company’s Desert Southwest District. Oehring was previously an integration solutions director for an international industrial supplier. He will report to President Kevin Powell and be based out of Summit’s Phoenix location. He will be responsible for the development and execution of sales initiatives in the company’s newly created Desert Southwest district. The district includes service centers located in Phoenix; El Paso, TX; and three New Mexico locations in Farmington, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.

Barron Lighting Group (Glendale, AZ): Steven Ellsworth joined the company as director of marketing and will lead marketing and creative initiatives for the company as well as all four of its specialty brands. Most recently he was presales creative director at Bazaarvoice, where his focus was on supporting global marketing and sales initiatives with custom creative materials. Prior to Bazaarvoice, Ellsworth worked for 12 years at Hubbell as marketing communications manager with the controls divisions.

WAGO (Germantown, WI): The company added Andy Chesla to its sales force to cover southern Minnesota and South Dakota. Chesla graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Following graduation, he worked for Power/mation where he held a technical sales role for four years and a sales associate position for six years.

Universal Lighting Technologies Inc. (Nashville, TN): Freddy Preston recently joined the company as a regional sales manager in its Southeast territory. He will work with energy service companies, lighting management consultants, energy specialists, distributors and agents to specify Universal’s lighting solutions in projects across the region.

IEWC (Milwaukee, WI): The company’s board of directors named Mike Veum as corporate president.  This is a step in a strategic succession plan to transition the leadership responsibilities of David Nestingen, who has served as CEO and corporate president since January 1999.   In his new role, Veum will immediately join the IEWC board of directors, and over the next year to eighteen months assume the role and responsibilities of CEO. At that time, David Nestingen will shift over to chairman of the board. This appointment is an internal promotion for Veum, who joined IEWC in April 2016 as president of IEWC’s North America OEM division. Prior to IEWC, he gained over 20 years of progressive general management and commercial experience at Brady Corp. Veum holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Marquette University, is a certified Six Sigma practitioner and has continued his executive education at the University of Michigan. Veum will assume his new position immediately and continue working out of IEWC’s offices in New Berlin, WI. He will report directly to David Nestingen and the two will continue to work closely to execute a strong transition of leadership duties.