Company News: Moving On Up!

We are excited to announce the promotion of four Gordon team members this summer.

Rodney Ponton

Rodney Ponton has been promoted to Inside Sales Representative. Rodney began working at Gordon in 2019 as a part-time warehouse associate while attending Governor’s State University for a bachelor’s degree in computer science, which he completed this spring.

“Rodney will be a great addition to the team. I am really excited to see Rodney grow in his new role. He is smart, caring, and enthusiastic,” said Nelson Gowler, Operations Manager. These traits and his prior experience are a key asset to the inside sales team, who work directly with customers, fulfilling orders and forming relationships with daily customers.

You can read The Daily Journal news brief about Rodney’s promotion here.

Ernie Martin

Ernie Martin has been promoted to the Returns and Purchasing Coordinator position at Gordon Electric Supply. He will be working with the purchasing and warehouse teams to manage inventory accuracy and coordinating returns.

Previously, Ernie worked as a warehouse associate at the Kankakee branch where he helped ship and receive orders. His familiarity and experience with inventory management “should make for a smooth transition,” said Kim Boswell, Purchasing Manager at Gordon, adding that “Ernie’s promotion to the purchasing department is a natural fit and we’re very excited for him to join our team.”

News of Ernie’s promotion is featured in tED Magazine’s newsletter and website here.

Rob Burgess

Rob Burgess has been promoted to Team Leader of Web Order Management for Gordon Electric Supply. He began working at Gordon in 2016 as an eCommerce Sales Representative, bringing years of previous customer service experience.

In the past few years, Rob started leading the training of new web team members. These leadership and mentoring abilities will be key assets in his new role, which will include monitoring order processing productivity to ensure all orders meet established deadlines, developing and modifying procedures to improve efficiency and accuracy, and training team members to guarantee consistency of service.

“I’m excited for this new chapter in my career and eagerly await the challenge,” said Burgess, adding that he is “grateful to work for such a supportive company that has given me every opportunity to succeed.”

News of Rob’s promotion is featured in tED Magazine’s newsletter and website here.

Justin Routson

Justin Routson has been promoted to the position of Receiving Specialist. With seven years of experience and knowledge of Gordon logistics, Justin will be a vital resource for the sales and warehouse teams.

His hard work and positive attitude have made him a valuable part of the Gordon family through the years, according to Dave Brza, Warehouse Manager. Justin has often helped with the training of new warehouse associates and is familiar with the procedures for shipping and receiving as well as proficient moving stock with the forklift.

Gordon Electric Supply, a distributor of electrical and lighting supplies, is located at 1290 N. Hobbie Avenue in Kankakee. For more information, call 815-936-4700 or visit www.gordonelectricsupply.com.

Company News: Cat Buckley Joins the Team!

In mid-May, Cat Buckley joined the Gordon Electric Supply team as a new e-commerce customer service representative where she will connect with online customers, handling customer service inquiries and processing orders.

Longtime customer service representative, Margaret Lamb said, “Cat is truly proving to be a great addition to our team” and that she is impressed with “how quickly she has become a valuable asset.”

It is no surprise that Cat settled into the position with the experience she brings from previous roles in customer service and management. We look forward to seeing her growth in the months to come.

A news brief about Cat’s hiring was featured in the July 7th edition of The Daily Journal.

~Kristine

Company News: Rob Midvale Joins the Gordon Team

Rob MidvaleWe are excited to announce the hiring of Rob Midvale as the new Returns & Procurement Coordinator at Gordon Electric Supply, where he will work with our purchasing and warehouse teams on updating inventory management accuracy, purchasing, and coordinating order returns.

Rob brings years of experience to his new role that will be a benefit to the  company. He previously worked as a Production Scheduler and ISO Quality Coordinator. These positions enabled Rob to assist in the development of manufacturing processes to improve quality, materials procurement, and production repeatability.

Kim Boswell, Materials & Purchasing Manager, adds that “we are very excited to have Rob join us in the purchasing department. He’s enthusiastic with a positive attitude.”

Recently, The Daily Journal published a news brief about Rob’s hiring that can be read here.

EDIT: He is noted as the Returns & Purchasing Coordinator in the article while his actual title is Returns & Procurement Coordinator.

Company News: Brad Robbins joins the Gordon team!

Gordon Electric Supply recently hired Brad Robbins as an e-commerce customer service representative.

Brad brings both customer service and sales experience from years working in the retail industry. Previously, he was a business owner and worked in the music industry where he enjoyed traveling to multiple countries. In his free-time, he enjoys cooking and listening to music.

In his current position as an e-commerce representative, Brad’s responsibilities will include building relationships with online customers, processing orders, and handling customer service calls. We are excited to have Brad as part of the Gordon team and utilize his experience. “Everyone has been great and very welcoming from day one,” Brad said and added that it is a “great feeling to be a part of something bigger than one’s self–that you actually have an impact on the outcome.”

Gordon Electric Supply is located at 1290 N. Hobbie Avenue in Kankakee. You can read the Daily Journal’s news brief about Brad’s hiring.

#138 And Feeling Great!

Gordon Electric Supply made Electrical Wholesaling magazine’s list of top 200 electrical distributors for 2020, coming in at #138 on the list. The 2020 list is comprised of large franchised and independent distributors, created from 2019 data yet updated sometimes to reflect acquisitions and new trends.

According to an analysis from Electrical Wholesaling, the backlog of contractor projects helped the electrical distribution industry sail into 2020 with momentum despite a slowing in the nonresidential construction sector. The disruption caused by COVID-19 also provided trends as responses and data was analyzed for the creation of the list. These trends showed that the resilience and versatility of our industry cannot be underestimated as many distributors rise to the challenge and continue to grow during this time.

As Gordon CEO, Cara Gordon Potter, stated earlier this year in an interview with IMARK Electrical, “Our biggest takeaway is an appreciation of the resilience and team spirit of our workforce and the importance of diversification of our customer base…Once again, I was thankful to be a participant in a strong, essential industry.”

The full list can be accessed on the Electrical Wholesaling website.

Company News: Samantha Barone Joins Gordon!

Samantha Barone has been hired by Gordon Electric Supply as the new e-commerce customer service representative. She will be working with the web sales team in support of our customers by providing helpful information and answering questions.

Samantha’s computer skills will be an asset to the team from her experience working on inventory management at a local train yard as well as the completion of Computer Applications courses. She is excited to join Gordon after learning about “how everyone works together and the opportunities to grow,” Samantha said, adding, “I knew I wanted to be a part of that.” In her free time, she enjoys reading and trying new foods.

A news brief about Samantha’s hiring was published in The Daily Journal on October 28, 2020 and can be read here.

Company News: Gordon Gives Back

The Core Values Award was introduced to the Gordon team back in March 2020 as a new way to recognize employees who embody the company core values–reliability, compassion, teamwork, resourcefulness–as well as supporting local charities. The Core Values Award winner, announced at our semi-annual meeting, chooses a charity and Gordon Electric Supply will then donate $1000 on behalf of the employee.

The purpose for the Core Values Award, according to Gordon CEO Cara Gordon Potter, “is to recognize an employee’s exceptional contribution and reward them with the honor of supporting our community with a donation from Gordon to the nonprofit of their choice.” Rob Burgess, an e-commerce sales representative, was recognized by coworkers for his dedication to teamwork and to training new employees on company culture as well as systems and procedures. He chose the Iroquois County Animal Rescue (ICARe) to receive the $1000 donation for their commitment to the welfare of local animals.

On Saturday October 24, Rob Burgess and his family joined Sheri Ritchie, human resources manager, to represent Gordon Electric Supply and award ICARe with the donation check in a small ceremony at the shelter in Iroquois, IL. The Burgess family had previously adopted a cat from ICARe, so they have firsthand knowledge of the hard work that the shelter does for the community. They were excited to return and look to give another cat a good home!

Congrats to Rob Burgess and the ICARe team!

Company News: Welcome Tony Mays!

Gordon Electric Supply is excited to announce the addition of Tony Mays.

Tony, a native of South Wilmington, brings ten years of sales experience to his role as an e-commerce representative. He earned an associate’s degree in cinematography from Columbia College in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from the University of Phoenix.

Tony’s responsibilities as an e-commerce representative include building relationships with online customers, processing orders, and handling customer service calls. “We are excited to have Tony join the Gordon sales team with his impressive experience and work ethic,” said Dan Korthauer, vice president of sales and marketing.

A news brief celebrating the hiring of Tony was published in the Daily Journal on Saturday September 5, 2020.