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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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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.
We 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.
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 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.”
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.