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Victor R. Jury Jr. co-founded Summit Electric Supply with his late father Victor Jury Sr. and business partner David Meredith. They launched the company on August 15, 1977 in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a single service center and five employees.
Jury Jr. became president and chief executive officer in 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 serves as a leader in various professional and community organizations, including IMARK Group, a marketing group of independently owned electrical distributors in the U.S., and 16:15, a nondenominational Christian ministry, of which he’s also a co-founder. In 2016, Jury was elected to a four-year term on the board of directors for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW). As a committed evangelical Christian, he is also a lifetime member of the Gideons International.
Jury was chairman of the board for IMARK Group from October 2004 to October 2006 – an organization comprised of more than 900 independently owned U.S. electrical distributors, making it the largest member-owned, member-governed cooperative in the U.S. electrical industry.
Jury also supported the efforts of NAED by chairing the organization's Education and Research Foundation. He served on the board of directors for the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA), as well as numerous other committees and electrical manufacturer advisory boards.
Jury’s industry efforts earned him recognition as a “Gem Rising Star” award winner by Electrical Wholesaling Magazine in 1992. He was also a two-time finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award – a 2016 finalist in the Mountain Desert Region and a 2007 finalist in the Utah Region. EY's Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is one of the world's most prestigious business awards for entrepreneurs. In 2012, Jury was also named a Top Performing CEO by the Albuquerque Business First.
As an active member of the community, Jury has served on numerous boards and committees to support and further the efforts of cause organizations, including the Rio Grande Chapter of the American Red Cross, Accion New Mexico, March of Dimes, and many others. Jury is also active with the National Leadership Council of World Vision, the largest faith-based NGO in the world.
Jury maintains a personal philosophy of philanthropy and advocates that actively serving community organizations, both financially and through good works, contributes to the quality of life in our communities, builds stronger relationships in the work place, and offers balance between work and life.
Kevin Powell was named as Summit’s President in 2017. After obtaining his degree in Industrial Engineering from Marquette University in 1989, Kevin 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 a Midwestern electrical distributor before assuming the role of President at Summit.
Kevin 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. Companies under his leadership have been recognized as “Best Place to Work” and “Coolest Place to Work” numerous times.
In addition to his degree in Industrial Engineering, Kevin also holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin. An outdoor enthusiast, Kevin also enjoys being a seasonal ski instructor and competes regularly in marathons, half-marathons and fun runs.
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 (NAED). Hernandez served for nine years on the marketing committee for IMARK Group, a national marketing cooperative of independently owned electrical distributors. She is a Gold Level graduate of NAED's Electrical Products Education Course known as EPEC, and holds an MBA from the University of New Mexico.
Summit's ongoing marketing efforts have earned numerous industry awards, including the Best of the Best Overall Distributor award at the 2016 and 2009 Best of the Best Marketing Awards by the Electrical Distributor (tED) Magazine.
Thomas Klemp became Summit’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance in June 2015 after nearly 20 years of finance and accounting experience at several global, publicly-traded companies. Before joining Summit, he was vice president of finance and administration for a division of Layne Christensen, a global water management, construction, and drilling company.
In his numerous financial leadership roles, Klemp has been successful at leading accounting and support teams internationally while managing divisional growth and financial infrastructures, and driving improvements in risk management, positioning strategy, and pricing. Klemp oversees Summit’s finance team and has a master’s degree in finance from Northeastern University as well as a bachelor’s in finance and accounting from Babson College.
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. 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.
With over 30 years of experience in operations and supply chain management, David Meeks oversees Summit’s central replenishment, purchasing, inventory management, rebate administration, service center logistics and the company’s quality management system - The Summit Way.
Prior to joining Summit, Meeks began his electrical and industrial distribution career in a warehouse role and quickly advanced through numerous sales positions before eventually leading branch and operations management. He has worked extensively to improve logistics, safety, and operational processes in various senior leadership roles. He’s strengthened productivity, reduced costs, and implemented successful programs and systems throughout his career, including 5S and Lean programs.
Meeks’ background also includes leadership within global ERP software conversions and processes, as well as logistics, region operations, and supply chain practices. He has cultivated his leadership, finance, and management skills through numerous respected disciplines and has broad knowledge of systems as well as business strategies and processes.
Mike Richardson 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 Victoria; and in Louisiana: Broussard, Houma, Gonzales, New Orleans, and Sulphur. He is also in charge of supplier relations.
He joined Summit in April 2016 with 17 years of experience in the distribution industry, including nine years in executive leadership positions. His diverse background includes management of operations, inside sales, supply chain, warehousing, logistics, and quotations.
Before joining Summit, Richardson served as the vice president of sales and business development for a large regional electrical distributor and previously served as the vice president of operations at the same company. He was also president of an electrical distributor in Houston, Texas. Richardson has an MBA in operations management science and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Texas, and also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.
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 led Summit's SAP implementation project. He has a bachelor's degree in Economics and an MBA 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 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 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.