Summit Electric Supply announces that Kevin Powell has joined the company and will serve as its President. Powell was previously the CEO and President of Van Meter, Inc. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jury Jr. and be based out of Summit’s Albuquerque, New Mexico corporate headquarters.
“I’ve respected Kevin, and his achievements in our industry, for many years. I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with him at Summit” says Victor Jury Jr., Chairman and CEO of Summit. “I am confident that, with Kevin’s leadership, Summit will continue to be an industry innovator and the preferred partner for our customers, associates and vendors.”
With responsibilities over sales, marketing, operations, purchasing and talent management, Powell will develop and execute strategies for significant, profitable growth in both existing and new markets. With a strong background in building and defining corporate culture, Powell will also work to create a market leading company that is the best place to work and do business in the industry.
“I have known Vic Jury as an industry leader and admired Summit as an innovative organization for many years,” says Powell. “I’m excited to be here and I’m looking forward to working with Summit’s dedicated associates to achieve our full potential.”
Powell has a proven track record building award-winning cultures, developing strong teams, growing sales and increasing market share. He has served on the boards of Supply Force, Vanguard National Alliance, and several non-profit organizations as well as on the National Association of Electrical Distributors Strategic Planning Committee. The companies he has run won “Best Place to Work” awards seven times and “Coolest Place to Work” awards twice.
Powell holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Marquette and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin. He began his career as a senior sales engineer for an international manufacturer before entering the distribution field as an inside salesman. He then advanced to positions in outside sales and branch management before moving up to executive roles as Vice President and President. He most recently served as President and CEO of Van Meter, Inc. before assuming his new role as President at Summit.
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