Company News: Kathy Popik Promoted At Gordon

We are excited to announce that Kathy Popik has been promoted to the Returns and Procurement Coordinator position. Kathy has worked as a warehouse associate since September 2021, where she was an integral part of our receiving and shipping team.

In her new position, Kathy will manage our inventory making sure that returns are correctly handled. She will work closely with our purchasing managers to learn the procurement process and our operations managers at each location to evaluate the disposition of returned items. Kathy’s firsthand knowledge of how our warehouses operate is a valuable insight brought to this position.

“We are very excited about Kathy’s promotion to the purchasing department,” says Kim Boswell, Materials & Purchasing Manager at Gordon Electrical Supply, “She has the initiative and positive attitude needed to help her succeed in this position. She will be a great asset to our team.”

You can read about Kathy’s promotion in the Daily Journal and tED magazine.

Company News: Welcome Ashley & Congrats Mary!

Congratulations, Mary Fontaine!

Gordon Electric Supply is excited to announce the promotion of Mary Fontaine to Account Assistant. She began working at Gordon in December 2020 as an office assistant at our Kankakee location and had previously worked as a lab tech at various medical facilities and as an administrative assistant for a transit equipment company. Mary holds an associate degree in Paralegal Studies from KCC.

In her new role, Mary will focus on aiding the accounting department’s invoicing efforts. “Mary has proven herself to be a valuable part of our team,” says Kathy Rudin, Controller, “so we are thrilled to see her support the accounting department in this new capacity.”

A news brief about Mary’s promotion was published in The Daily Journal, which you can read here.

Welcome, Ashley O’Connor!

Ashley O’Connor joined the accounting team at Gordon Electric Supply in Kankakee this April as an Accounts Payable Specialist. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and brings years of experience in various roles to her current position.

In her role at Gordon, Ashley is in contact with our sales team and many of our vendors to make sure that invoices, purchase orders, and freight information are correct and are timely paid.

“We are excited for Ashley to join the accounting team,” says Kathy Rudin, Controller at Gordon, “Her years of experience will be a great asset.”

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

A news brief about Ashley joining the Gordon team was published in The Daily Journal. You can read it here.

Company News: Growth At Gordon

It has been a busy March and April with the addition of new team members and promotion of current colleagues. We are thrilled to share some of our recent good news.

Mark Weaver

Gordon Electric Supply is excited to announce the addition of Mark Weaver as Inside Sales Representative at our Kankakee location. Mark brings twenty-six years of experience in electrical sales and management to the Gordon team.

“I look forward to building a relationship with Mark,” said Nelson Gowler, Operations Manager, “With his knowledge and experience, he will make a great addition to our company.” His prior experiences and industry knowledge are a key asset to the inside sales team, who work directly with customers, fulfilling orders and forming relationships with daily customers.

Read The Daily Journal’s Business Briefcase feature on Mark Weaver here.

Christian Ellis

Christian Ellis has been promoted to the Customer Service Representative position at Gordon Electric Supply. Previously, Christian worked as a warehouse associate at the Kankakee branch where he helped ship and receive orders.

His familiarity and experience with inventory and the purchasing process will be a benefit to the customers and the customer service team. “Christian is customer focused and solution driven, making him a great fit to our team,” Cat Buckley, Supervisor of eCommerce Customer Service, said, “We are very fortunate to have Christian’s background in warehouse and customer service experience.”

Read The Daily Journal’s Business Briefcase feature on Christian Ellis here.

Warehouse Additions: Javier Garduno & Lucas Glazik

The two newest team members of the warehouse team at our Kankakee branch are “sure to be part of the strong foundation of Gordon Electric Supply,” said Dave Brza, Warehouse Manager. Javier Garduno joined the Gordon team in late March while Lucas Glazik joined shortly after in early April. Both men bring previous forklift experience in warehouse settings.

“Javier has a willingness to get involved and get the job done while Lucas is eager to take on new challenges,” said Dave Brza, adding that their “teamwork first mentality is refreshing to our warehouse staff, and we feel ready for the challenges coming our way.”

Lucas comes to Gordon with an associate’s degree in chemistry from Kankakee Community College while Javier has previously worked in inventory management.

We look forward to seeing the Gordon team grow!

Showing Off The Show Rooms

If you’ve stopped by a Gordon location, you’ve probably seen the variety of displays in the show room. From tools to breakers to tape, each location highlights some of the products you need for the job.

Recently, we added some new displays and moved a couple favorite displays around at each location. We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been up to!

We’ve updated the display table with some Keystone lighting and Legrand favorites just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

The display table at our Mokena branch greets you at the door with some great information on Legrand applications.

 

The Schneider Electric/Square D breaker display is getting a little sun in its new spot at our Kankakee branch.

Pontiac Electric Supply is feeling the luck of Legrand with a variety of wall plates and receptacles.

Company News: Cat Buckley Promotion

Catherine “Cat” Buckley has been promoted to Supervisor of e-Commerce Customer Service and Returns for Gordon Electric Supply, a distributor of electrical and lighting supplies. She began working at Gordon in the summer of 2021 as an eCommerce Customer Service Representative, bringing years of previous customer service and management experience.

In her new role, Cat will be overseeing the quality and timeliness of answering customer inquiries to provide them with the most up-to-date information for their orders. Her previous management experience will be an asset to guide the customer service team.

“I’m excited to utilize our new system to its full potential, showing how we are able to work better as a team and communicate with the customer faster than ever,” said Buckley, adding that she is interested in “new techniques in which we can better serve our customers with monitoring their order and working together with the sales team to provide the best customer service possible.”

Her promotion announcement can be viewed in tED Magazine.

Company News: Samantha Moore Joins Gordon!

Gordon Electric Supply is excited to announce the addition of Samantha Moore to the Kankakee branch as the new Marketing Coordinator. She completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Digital Marketing at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL and brings a wealth of graphic design experience to her new role. Previously, she worked as a freelance marketing coordinator in the food and beverage processing industry.

“Samantha’s design and marketing skills are a wonderful asset to our marketing team, and her enthusiasm for the coordinator position is valuable to everyone working with her,” said Kristine Weller, Marketing Associate.

Outside of the office, Samantha is a devoted hockey fan, who enjoys spending time with her family.

You  can read about this exciting news in the recent post from tED magazine.

Company News: Buddy Check 22 Core Value Award

On Saturday October 9, representatives from Gordon Electric Supply awarded a $1,000 donation to the local chapter of the Buddy Check 22 organization at their sixth annual Veteran Suicide Awareness Golf Scramble held at the Oak Springs Golf Club in St. Anne.

The donation was part of a semi-annual company program that rewards a peer-nominated employee for their embodiment of the company’s core values:  reliability, compassion, teamwork, and resourcefulness. The winner chooses a charity to which Gordon Electric Supply will donate $1,000. 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.”

The most recent employee honored with the Core Values Award is Nelson Gowler, Operations Manager at Gordon’s Kankakee branch, who was recognized by coworkers for his resourcefulness and reliability to find solutions and motivate his team. He chose Buddy Check 22 for their dedication to supporting local veterans’ mental health. “I want to get the word out that the men and women who served our country need our support in return,” Gowler noted, “and calling a veteran you know to check in with them” can have a positive impact on veteran suicide rates.

Pictured at the donation ceremony is Kelly Frey and Don Ball of Buddy Check 22 along with Nelson Gowler and Dan Korthauer representing Gordon. At the completion of the award presentation, a veteran ceremony preceded the team golf scramble that Nelson Gowler was among the participants.

**UPDATE** You can read about this in The Electrical Distributor and The Daily Journal.

~Kristine

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