Victor R. Jury Jr.
President and CEO
Victor R. Jury Jr. is one of three founders of Summit Electric Supply. He and his father, Victor Jury Sr., along with their partner David Meredith, launched the company on August 15, 1977 in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a single service center and just five employees.
Mr. Jury Sr. and Mr. Meredith are now retired and Mr. Jury Jr. has been president and chief executive officer since 1990. He is a Gold Level graduate of the National Association of Electrical Distributor's (NAED) Electrical Products Education Course known as EPEC and is strongly committed to the growth of the electrical distribution industry.
He is currently a member of the executive committee of the IMARK Group, a marketing group made up of over 1100 independently owned electrical distributors throughout the U.S. With over $11 billion in combined sales, IMARK Group is the largest member-owned, member-governed cooperative in the U.S. electrical industry. Prior to his current capacity, Mr. Jury served as IMARK's Chairman of the Board from October 2004 – October 2006.
Mr. Jury also supports the efforts of the NAED. He has served as the chairman of the NAED's Education and Research Foundation. Jury has also been a board member for the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA), as well as numerous other committees and electrical manufacturer advisory boards.
In 2012, Mr. Jury was named a Top Performing CEO by the Albuquerque Business First and in 2007 he was recognized as an Ernst & Young Enterpreneur of the Year award finalist for the Utah region, which is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. In 1992, he received the industry's Gem Rising Star Award for an electrical distributor from Electrical Wholesaling Magazine.
Mr. Jury is active in the community and has served on various local boards and committees. Among others, he served on the board for the Rio Grande Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was a two-term board chairman for Accion New Mexico, a microcredit lender, and now serves as director.
As a leader in professional and community organizations, Mr. Jury maintains a personal philosophy of philanthropy that was published in the New Mexico Business Weekly (now Albuquerque Business First). A committed evangelical Christian, he is a lifetime member of the Gideons International, and he co-founded and currently chairs the board of "16:15," a nondenominational Christian ministry serving churches around the world.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Summit's first business development executive, Joe Chesky is responsible for pursuing opportunities in new industries and new markets. He also oversees credit. Mr. Chesky joined Summit in 1983 and directed the company's expansion into Texas, beginning with Dallas in 1986. When Summit added 10 other locations in Texas, Mr. Chesky was named regional vice president over Texas and the Gulf Coast operations.
He was promoted to senior vice president of operations in 2003, moving to Summit's headquarters in Albuquerque. In May 2008, Mr. Chesky was tapped to oversee corporate purchasing, supplier relations and inventory/asset management before being promoted to senior vice president of business development. He is a Gold Level graduate of the National Association of Electrical Distributors' Electrical Products Education Course known as EPEC.
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance
Russ Hiller joined Summit as corporate controller in February 2005, was promoted to chief accounting officer in September 2006 and named chief financial officer in May 2008. He is a Certified Public Accountant accredited in business valuation by the American Institute of CPAs, and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Mr. Hiller was named “Top Performing CFO” in the large-business category by the New Mexico Business Weekly, Albuquerque’s leading business newspaper, in October 2008. Most recently, he was named 2010 Outstanding Member in Corporate Practice by the New Mexico Society of CPAs, in part for his involvement with the New Mexico Family Business Alliance, an agency that helps family business owners with accounting related issues.
Chief Information Officer and Vice President, I.T.
David Wascom joined Summit through the Warren Electric acquisition in 2002. His sales and operations experience include automation specialist and service center leader in New Orleans. He was appointed to his current position in 2007 and lead Summit's SAP implementation project. He has a bachelor's degree in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University, as well as a Master of Science degree in Economics from Louisiana State University.
In 2010, the Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG), the world's largest community of SAP professionals, recognized Mr. Wascom with the group's Volunteer Service Award for his service as chair of the wholesale distribution special interest group. ASUG also recognized Summit's SAP efforts, led by Mr. Wascom, with the group's Impact Award. The award is given based on implementation and effective use of SAP solutions. His efforts were published in an interview with SAP Insider magazine in October 2010, and he was featured as one of CRN.com's CIO 40 list of "IT Executives You Should Know," a recognition to honor IT executives for their influence and ability to collaborate with integrators and vendors.
Regional Vice President, Southwest Region
Scott Cogan oversees sales and business growth of Summit's locations across the Southwest Region. Summit service centers in this region include Arizona: Phoenix; New Mexico: Albuquerque, Farmington and Santa Fe; Texas: Abilene, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Pearsall and San Antonio.
He began his career at Summit in 1983, moving up through the company from the Albuquerque warehouse to various sales positions before being named the Phoenix service center leader in 1996. He held that post until being promoted as one of two regional vice presidents in September 2009. Mr. Cogan is a Gold Level graduate of the National Association of Electrical Distributors' Electrical Products Education Course known as EPEC.
Regional Vice President, Gulf Coast Region
Dan Ferrari oversees sales and business growth of Summit's locations across the Gulf Coast area of Texas and Louisiana, including, in Texas: Beaumont, Clute, Corpus Christi, Houston, La Porte and Kenedy; and in Louisiana: New Orleans, Gonzales and Broussard.
He has been involved in the electrical industry since 1979. He worked for national switchgear manufacturers and an independent distributor before joining Summit in January 2007 to head a commercial construction account group at the Houston service center. Mr. Ferrari was promoted to service center leader in May 2008, and again to regional vice president of the Gulf Coast Region in September 2009. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Michigan State University.
Vice President, Operations
Cole Harrison joined Summit in 1998 after graduating from Texas A & M University with a bachelor's degree in industrial distribution. He began in the Albuquerque service center's warehouse and worked his way up to various sales positions, including Dallas account manager. He was promoted to Houston service center leader in 2003 before being tapped as regional operations manager in January 2008. He was promoted to his current position later the same year. Mr. Harrison is a Gold Level graduate of the National Association of Electrical Distributors' Electrical Products Education Course known as EPEC.
Vice President, Marketing
Sheila Hernandez joined Summit in 1987. She served as Summit's first marketing coordinator, then marketing director, before being promoted to vice president in January 2004. She has served on a number of committees, panels and task forces of the National Association of Electrical Distributors. Ms. Hernandez served for nine years on the marketing committee for IMARK, a national marketing cooperative. She is a Gold Level graduate of NAED's Electrical Products Education Course known as EPEC. Ms. Hernandez holds an MBA from the University of New Mexico.
Vice President, Associate Resources and General Counsel
An employment and labor relations lawyer prior to joining Summit in 2007, Dan Long now works to recruit top talent and provide the best training in the industry. He is also responsible for developing and evaluating programs and performance evaluation systems to manage Summit's current and future leadership. Mr. Long is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the New Mexico Human Resources Management Association, the New Mexico Bar Association and the Navajo Nation Bar Association.
Vice President, Asset Management
Electrical distribution industry veteran Drew Ott, who joined Summit in April 2006, directs Summit's inventory, pricing and supplier relations. His past professional experience includes 15 years in the electrical distribution industry as a branch manager, district manager and regional vice president. He has had direct supervision of a major, multi-location electrical distribution team. Ott holds a degree in economics from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.