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People On the Move - October 23, 2020 Update

Oct. 22, 2020
Sam Petty is now president at Power/mation and Chris DeCesare was promoted to engineering manager at Bridgeport Fittings.

Power/mation (St. Paul, MN): Sam Petty (see photo) became the company’s president on Oct. 5. He served most recently at ABB as director of channel management for industrial automation, and had previous roles at Hirschmann (Belden), Rexel, Roxtec and Swagelock. As new president, Petty will continue to develop Power/mation’s current initiatives including partnering with top suppliers and cultivating new talent with Power/mation’s long-running Technical Sales Associate (TSA) program.

Power/mation is an industrial automation specialists serving Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Power/mation Solutions Group serves as the custom solutions provider for Power/mation, offering complete enclosure modification, kitting and custom fencing services.

Eurofase (Toronto, Ontario): Nathen Bliss joined this lighting manufacturer as national sales manager. Bliss is an experienced sales manager who joins Eurofase as part of what the company says is the “reasonably new” upper management team, which they say has a renewed customer-centric focus. For the past 30-plus years, Eurofase Lighting has provided showrooms, designers and architects lighting fixtures for both residential and commercial applications.

WAGO (Germantown, WI): Daniel Ondik was hired as the new regional sales manager for the company’s Chicago region. Prior to joining WAGO, Ondik worked for Rockwell in the Nashville area for three years as a sales engineer before moving back to Illinois and working at Rittal for four years as an account manager. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in electrical engineering.

Bridgeport Fittings (Stratford, CT): Chris DeCesare was promoted to engineering manager and is now responsible for the development and design of Bridgeport’s new products, product maintenance and manufacturing support. His previous position was marketing manager. A graduate from the University of Connecticut in 2007 with a degree in mechanical engineering. DeCesare began work at Bridgeport in 2010 as a product engineer and was promoted to product manager in 2012 and to marketing manager in 2017.  

Electro Federation of Canada (EFC) (Toronto, Ontario): EFC appointed Mike Smith from Ideal Supply, Listowel, ON, as Ontario regional chair for the 2020-2022 term. Zack Cvitak from Prysmian Group finished his term at this post at the recent Ontario Gala Night. EFC represents more than 220 Canadian electrical manufacturers, electrical distributors and independent reps that employ more than 42,000 employees in 1,300 facilities across Canada.