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Desert Southwest District


Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell

President

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.

(See entry under Executive Team)


Greg Carpenter

Greg Carpenter

Albuquerque Service Center
Santa Fe Service Center

Greg Carpenter got his industry start working in Summit’s Albuquerque, New Mexico warehouse in 1986. He followed Summit’s career path through positions in counter sales, customer service, project quotations and automation sales, and soon became a top-performing account manager for the company. In January 2015, Carpenter was promoted to service center leader for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico locations.


Kenny King

Kenneth King

Farmington Service Center

Launching his career with Summit in February 1991, Kenneth King started in the Farmington, New Mexico warehouse, then worked as a customer service representative, supervisor, and account manager before becoming service center leader in August 2001. He is a Gold Level graduate of the National Association of Electrical Distributors' (NAED) Electrical Products Education Course known as EPEC.


Gene Mendez

Gene Mendez

El Paso Service Center

Gene Mendez started his electrical distribution career in 1995 and progressed through numerous roles before specializing in industrial sales and projects. He joined Summit in 2010 to lead the projects department at the El Paso, Texas service center. With his broad knowledge of operations and sales, Mendez was promoted to El Paso service center leader in January 2015.


Craig Rusk

Craig Rusk

Phoenix Service Center

A graduate of Arizona State University, Craig Rusk joined Summit in 1993, becoming a consistently top performing industrial account manager in the Phoenix, Arizona market. His experience and knowledge of the market, combined with his strong sales performance record, made him a natural choice for service center leader. He was promoted in September 2009.



North Texas District


Todd Bockenfeld

Todd Bockenfeld

Vice President, North Texas District

Irving Service Center
Waco Service Center

Todd joined Summit in February 2014 as service center leader of the Irving, Texas location. He began his distribution career in 1998 and has achieved proven performance across numerous leadership positions, including sales, operations, and finance. He brings strong market knowledge of the North Texas area and a commitment to customer service to his Summit leadership role. Bockenfeld has an MBA in finance from the University of Texas, Arlington. Todd operates out of the Irving service center.


Richard Efurd

Richard Efurd

Fort Worth Service Center
Waynoka Service Center

Richard Efurd joined Summit in 1978 and opened the Fort Worth, Texas service center in 1989. He has remained that location's only service center leader. He completed the Gold Level of the National Association of Electrical Distributors' (NAED) Electrical Products Education Course known as EPEC. Efurd also holds a bachelor's degree in business administration/marketing from Texas Tech University.


Brian Luckenbach

Abilene Service Center
Midland Service Center

Brian Luckenbach joined Summit in 1996 after receiving his degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University. Brian began his career in the Albuquerque service center working his way up through the warehouse to account manager. In 2012, Brian returned to his native Texas to lead the start up of Summit’s new Abilene service center. Brian also oversees the operations of the Midland, TX service center.



South Texas District


Richard Landry

Richard Landry

Vice President, South Texas District

Corpus Christi Service Center
Victoria Service Center

Richard joined Summit in May of 2017 as the leader of the South Texas District. With a strong track record in sales management, personnel development, vendor relations and operational logistics, Richard leads a diverse team of professionals representing a broad spectrum of expertise. Richard holds a degree from Louisiana State University and is based out of the Houston service center.


Tim Carr

Tim Carr

Beaumont Service Center

Tim Carr began his career in the industry in 2002 as a customer service representative for an electrical supplier in Beaumont, Texas. After almost a decade, he transitioned into account management and was hired as an area sales manager for Summit in 2013. His proven sales experience and strong relationships in the market earned him the service center leader position in Beaumont in 2015. Carr has a bachelor's degree in general studies from Lamar University.


Rodney Ilseng

Rodney Ilseng

Houston Service Center
La Porte Service Center

Rodney Ilseng has been involved in electrical distribution since 1983. He joined Summit in April 2003 and served as both a service center leader and as Summit's regional strategic accounts manager in the Gulf Coast area. He was promoted to Houston, Texas service center leader in October 2009. Ilseng holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.


Cole Knuth

Bryan/College Station Service Center

Cole Knuth gained experience in sales and branch management working for a large electrical supplier in several markets across Texas. Success in those positions led him to join Summit in 2015 as service center leader of the Bryan, Texas location. Knuth has a bachelor's degree in University Studies with a business concentration from Texas A&M University.


Steve Lincoln

Steve Lincoln

Clute Service Center

Steve Lincoln joined Summit in 2003 with the acquisition of Warren Electric, where he had worked for 13 years as a customer service representative. He continued that role for Summit before being promoted to operations manager in January 2009. Lincoln maintained both sales and business operations in Clute, Texas during a transition period and was promoted to service center leader in January 2010.


Allen O'Dell

Allen O'Dell

Austin Service Center
San Antonio Service Center

Allen O'Dell launched his career in the electrical distribution industry with Summit, rising quickly from his first position as a customer service representative in October 2004 to quotations manager by December 2005 and operations manager in November 2006. He was promoted to service center leader of the San Antonio, Texas location in July 2008 and now also leads the Austin service center.



Louisiana District


Chip Shows

Chip Shows

Vice President, Louisiana District

Gonzales Service Center

With over 25 years of experience in the Baton Rouge-Gonzales, Louisiana market, Chip Shows joined the Summit team in 2013 as service center leader of the Gonzales location. After establishing himself in both inside and outside sales positions in the electric supply industry, Chip then moved up to work in supervisory and sales management roles. A familiar face to Louisiana electrical professionals, Chip brings years of excellent customer service and leadership to the Gonzales location.


Ed Dowey

Ed Dowey

Marine Division Director

Houma Service Center
New Orleans Service Center

A marine industry veteran since 1991, Ed Dowey joined Summit in August 2004 and was named director of the Marine Division in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2008. He is also service center leader of the New Orleans and Houma, Louisiana locations. Dowey holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Alabama.


(See entry under Marine Division)

Leland M. Sonnier

Broussard Service Center
Sulphur Service Center

Leland M. Sonnier has more than 20 years of sales and management experience in the electrical wholesale industry. Sonnier began his career as an industrial outside sales representative focused on MRO contracts and providing full service solutions for industrial end users. He joined Summit in January 2010 and was promoted to service center leader for the Broussard location in March 2011.



Strategic Accounts

Dave Armstrong

Director of Strategic Accounts



Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers

Director of Strategic Accounts

Mike Rogers has a strong track record of growth and success and joined Summit in February 2013 as service center leader of the Irving, Texas location. He was promoted to regional sales director in February 2014. With more than 20 years of experience in the electrical distribution industry, he’s held positions of increasing responsibility in all facets of the business, including counter, inside and outside sales, branch management, and executive leadership.



Divisions


Ralph Mouret

EP&C Division

Ralph Mouret

Director of EP&C Sales

Ralph Mouret has worked in the electrical distribution industry for nearly 40 years, most of which as an engineering, procurement, and construction specialist in the oil and gas industry. With extensive expertise in domestic and international sales and project-based engineering, purchasing, and construction, he began his Summit career in 2009 as director of business development. Mouret is now director of the EP&C division based out of Houston, Texas.



Saul Gonzalez

Export Division

Saul Gonzalez

Export Division Director

Saul Gonzalez, the son of an electrical contractor, began working in the industry as an electrical apprentice while still in high school. He went on to earn an engineering degree from the University of Houston and continued his education by earning his Masters degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University. Following several years of industry success in sales and management, Saul joined Summit as the Director of the Export Division in 2015. Saul is based out of the Houston location.



Will Gonzalez

International Division

Will Gonzales

Director of International Sales

Will Gonzalez has 20 years in sales and marketing with demonstrated performance managing and growing business in Latin America and the Middle East. He joined Summit in April 2013 as international sales director of the Houston, Texas-based international sales team, which focuses on expanding Summit’s global presence. Gonzalez now oversees the Dubai, UAE service center. He has a master’s degree in international business from Florida International University and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Rutgers University.



Chip Shows

Marine Division

Ed Dowey

Marine Division Director

A marine industry veteran since 1991, Ed Dowey joined Summit in August 2004 and was named director of the Marine Division in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2008. He is also service center leader of the New Orleans and Houma, Louisiana locations. Dowey holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Alabama.