Catching Up with the 30 Under 35: Evan Regenstreif

We’re catching up with our previous “30 Under 35” winners to see where they are now and how their perspective has changed since being named one of the rising stars of the electrical industry.

Today, we talk with Evan Regenstreif, a 2012 honoree.

Evan Regenstreif

What is your current position?

President of AllSale Electric and Regency Lighting (Regency Lighting acquired AllSale approximately three months ago).

What has been the reaction from co-workers and people in the industry to your “30 Under 35” award?

Our team and my relationships in the industry have been incredibly gracious and supportive.  They were excited for me and for our organization, as this really is a reflection of them.

What advice would you give young professionals about electrical distribution?

I think this is a wonderful industry to be a part of.  There are so many opportunities to grow in a short period of time if you are diligent in committing to learn the technology and the business.  I would encourage them to invest in training, take it seriously and find a mentor.

What recruiting advice would you give companies when it comes to hiring great, young talent?

Cast Vision and do it regularly.  The next generation wants to be a part of something special, something unique and something that provides opportunities for growth.  We are in an emerging market and that story needs to be told.  If you believe your company is or will be a great place to work, coach your hiring managers to lead with passion and vision in the interview.

How important was your mentoring (and reverse mentoring) when it comes to furthering your career?

Vital.  It has probably been the most influential part of my career.  One of the areas that I encourage my leadership team in is to constantly be training your “#2.”  This person should and will one day take your spot.  Unfortunately, if you don’t have someone that can replace you, then you most likely will not be available to be promoted.  That being said, each leader and team member should be reviewing this on a regular basis so that if they don’t have someone to partner with, they can take the initiative to recruit someone to fill that void.

What advice would you give to company leaders (c-suite) about working with Millennials?

Millennials want to hear from the C-Suite.  They want a clearly articulated vision that is regularly cast.  They desire for something that gives them purpose and passion beyond the daily responsibilities.  They also want to be known and heard.  I don’t think they require much, just a personal touch once in a while.  A phone call, email, lunch or personalized note, goes a long way in buying loyalty and partnership.

What do you see in the future of electrical distribution when it comes to technology and business practices?

I see a tremendous amount of change, which will provide opportunities for this next generation of leaders.  Technology is changing rapidly which will require us to make product simple, react quickly and become reliable.  Many of us are on an even playing field now so we have to look in to how business practice needs to change so that we can differentiate ourselves in the market.  It is our responsibility to commit to becoming the best version of ourselves.  Invest in training, find a mentor, learn about other industries best practices, read and take advantage of a market that is emerging.


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