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 Robert Eberhart, a 2012 honoree.
What is your current position?
Director of Construction Sales, The Hite Company
What has been the reaction from co-workers and people in the industry to your “30 Under 35” award?
I received a lot of positive feedback after people read about the award in Ted Magazine. Others from our company have since received the award and many are excited about the opportunity.
What advice would you give young professionals about electrical distribution?
Step up and do what you can to take on additional responsibility. There is potential for an exciting and rewarding career in this industry!
What recruiting advice would you give companies when it comes to hiring great, young talent?
Do some research regarding the multi-generational workforce and understand that the specific generations may be looking for very different types of reward systems and work environments.
How important was your mentoring (and reverse mentoring) when it comes to furthering your career?
Our company is full of great mentors and they have been a tremendous help for me and other young people in this organization.
What advice would you give to company leaders (c-suite) about working with Millennials?
With the aging workforce and upcoming retirements, we are going to need millennials that are capable and willing to fill the gaps. We need to be thinking about how we attract the right potential employees and how we retain the good ones when we find them.
What do you see in the future of electrical distribution when it comes to technology and business practices?
We need to be thinking about the millennials when it comes to our customer base as well. They are going to shop and communicate differently than our traditional customers so we will need to make sure our company’s resources and branding are appropriate.
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