Warren Brooks Classic Wire Cable 1025
Warren Brooks Classic Wire Cable 1025
Warren Brooks Classic Wire Cable 1025
Warren Brooks Classic Wire Cable 1025
Warren Brooks Classic Wire Cable 1025

People On the Move - June 24, 2022 Update

June 23, 2022
Executive appointments, rep news and an obituary for Howard Butcher, former NEMRA president.

Classic Wire & Cable (Virginia Beach, VA)

Warren Brooks (above) joined the company as inside sales representative. He will be based in Classic Wire & Cable’s new Perris, CA, warehouse and will be the focal person for a select group of manufacturers’ sales representatives, supporting, training and assisting them in developing sales for the company.

Hubbell Wiring Devices (Shelton, CT)

Troit Freeland joined the company as VP of sales, according to a post on LinkedIn.

Chelsea Lighting (New York)

Michael Toolis was named CEO by Kinzie Capital Partners. Toolis currently serves as an operating partner at Kinzie and maintains his seat on Chelsea Lighting’s board of directors.

He is an architect and entrepreneur who led the growth of VOA Associates, an international architecture and design practice headquartered in Chicago and brings decades of expertise to his new position.

Toolis received his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where he earned a B.S. in architecture, a master’s degree in architecture and an MBA. He continues to be involved in the university’s architecture program as an advisor.

Over the past year, Chelsea grew nationally with a new office in south Florida. The company provides full-service project management to fit its customer needs, offering specialized consulting services related to lighting procurement, lighting controls and Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting.

WESCO International (Pittsburgh, PA)

Theodore Dosch, executive VP and chief transformation officer, will retire effective Aug. 5. Dosch has served in this position since June 2020 upon the completion of WESCO’s transaction with Anixter. He previously served as Anixter’s executive VP– Finance and CFO.

Rep News

Electri-Flex Co., Roselle, IL, appointed Mountain States Agency, Bernalillo, NM, as its new representative in Colorado. The agency will continue to represent Electri-Flex in New Mexico and El Paso, TX as well. Mountain States was established by Mark Delaney in 2012.


Howard Butcher, a past-president of the National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA), passed away on June 7 at the age of 95.

Before going to work for the George E. Anderson Co. rep firm in 1957, Butcher served in the Air Force during World War II and during the Korean conflict and attended Southern Methodist University. He was NEMRA’s president from 1989-1990 and the CEO of the George E. Anderson Co. until his full retirement in 2016.

According to his obituary at the website of Jaynes Memorial Chapel, Duncanville, TX, Butcher is pre-deceased by his wife, Anne Louise Phillips and is survived by his three children, Pamela Butcher Baker; Philip Howard Butcher; daughter in law, Sherry Mayo Butcher; and Keith Edward Butcher. Howard was also the grandfather to Courtney Butcher Sanquinetti, Lauren Baker Watson, Natalie Baker Gaither and Zach and Julia Butcher. Butcher was also the brother of Randolph Butcher, Margaret Butcher Munse and Francis Butcher Griswold.