Border States Elec-
tric (BSE), Fargo, N.D., has promoted
Neil Gartin to the role of director of inventory and pur- chasing. He joined BSE in 2005; prior to his promotion, he held the posi- tion of purchasing manager.
Tony Serati, who has been with the company since 2003, has been named director of sourcing and pricing. Prior to his promotion, he held the title of customer supply chain manager. Also promoted at BSE was James
Sipe, who was named vice presi- dent, strategy en- ablement. Sipe joined BSE through the company’s acquisition of Shealy
Electric in 2016. He joined Shealy in 2011 and served as its vice president of operations in Columbia, S.C.
Graybar, St. Louis, recently made three executive appointments:
Dennis DeSousa has been ap- pointed regional vice president for the Western Region. He has more than 36 years of industry experience.
William Mansfield has been named senior vice president, market- ing. A 29-year Graybar veteran, he is a member of the board of directors and currently serves as senior vice president of sales and marketing.
David Maxwell has been named senior vice president of sales. He has worked for Graybar for 30 years and is currently regional vice presi- dent for the company’s Western Re- gion. He also serves on the board of directors.
Mike Lakin, vice president of sales at
Stokes Electric, Knoxville, Tenn., is retiring after more than 45 years of service to the company. Stepping into his role is Rick
Scates. He has 25 years of industry experience, 23 of them with Stokes. He has served in many roles at the company, including warehouse, returns, sales, and key account as- signments in the residential and industrial businesses. He currently serves as key account manager.
Halco Lighting welcomes Samir Shah as vice president/general manager for J&J Electronics. He joins the com- pany with more than 25 years of gen- eral management leadership experi- ence, most recently serving as global marketing and international sales executive for Rain Bird. Prior to that, he held engineering leadership posi- tions with Anheuser-Busch, GE Appli- ance, and Ingersoll Rand.
Universal Lighting Technologies re- cently appointed David Skinner as
director of field applications engineer- ing for North America. He has more than two decades of electrical engi- neering and management experience.
Patrick Butler is now a regional sales manager for Wago in southwestern Ontario. He spent 16 years with Phoenix Contact as a district applica- tion specialist, regional sales man- ager, and regional channel manager.
Around the Industry
Mike Gromacki, president of Dixie Chemical, has been named to the NAM board of directors, and David
MacLennan, CEO of Cargill, has been named to the executive commit- tee of the NAM board of directors. MacLennan has also been tapped to serve as vice chair, international eco- nomic policy. ;
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Tom Click, president
and CEO of Patriot
Aluminum, was selected
as the Louisa County
Business Person of the
Year by the Louisa
(Va.) County Chamber
Selected by a jury
of peers based on his
involvement with the local community, Click
—and his company—supports U.S. veterans
and provides jobs for those in Louisa County.
Schmid, 65, died
April 25. In April
1977, he went
to work for the
He is survived by his wife, Carrie;
Supply, East Du-
buque, Ill., where
he spent 40 years
serving in various roles, most recently
as owner, senior vice president, and
member of the board of directors.
two sons; and three grandchildren.
Wayne Clement, 66, died April 15.
With Steiner Electric for more than 29
years, he most recently served as
branch manager of the St. Charles, Ill.,
He is survived by his wife, Dianne;
two children; and one grandchild.
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