ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Summit Electric Supply announced Paul Jeffries as President and Chief Operating Officer, a new position within the company. Jeffries was previously a group vice president and general manager for a publicly-traded international distributor. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jury Jr. and be based out of Summit’s Houston, Texas offices.
“Paul’s perspective and skills will significantly contribute to Summit’s next phase of growth. I’m confident he’ll help refine and execute Summit’s strategic vision and continue to build on the successful business practices we’ve established as a private, independent company,” says Victor Jury Jr., Chairman and CEO of Summit. “Adding Paul to the Summit team reflects our commitment to planning for Summit’s future success as part of a broadly implemented, companywide succession planning process.”
Jeffries will be responsible for aligning Summit’s vision with solutions that drive growth and market share across the company. He’ll oversee Summit’s sales, operations, corporate credit, marketing and talent management. He’ll also direct Summit’s international sales division, plus have indirect oversight of the marine division; engineering, procurement, and construction; and the strategic accounts team.
“Summit is well-respected in every market it serves and across the industry. As a private company, it operates strategically and has a progressive, forward-thinking vision that gives it the ability to drive complete solutions. I knew Summit and the values the company represents would be a natural fit for me,” says Jeffries, President and Chief Operating Officer for Summit. “I’m eager to use my experience and business knowledge to deliver value-added solutions to our customers and further the company’s growth.”
Jeffries has worked in electrical distribution for nearly 25 years running various sized businesses from $10M to over $800M in annual sales, and he most recently managed the global sales and operations of an integrated supply group for a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 distributor. In that role, he managed 700 people in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. Jeffries has broad experience in sales, marketing, operations, and technologies, including nine years as owner and president of his own electrical supply company. Since 1991, he has continuously advanced in the industry and exhibited proven success in numerous leadership roles with increasing responsibilities in strategic planning, finance and compliance, and sales and operations.
Jeffries has an MBA from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and a bachelor’s in engineering sciences from the United States Air Force Academy. He also served as a Captain in the United States Air Force.