Summit Electric Supply Names Chad Eschete as Vice President, Louisiana District

Summit Electric Supply announces that Chad Eschete has joined the company to lead the Louisiana District. He will report to President Kevin Powell and be based out of Summit’s Gonzales, Louisiana location.

Eschete has 24 years of experience in electrical distribution. He has strong knowledge of industrial, marine and commercial markets. Most recently, he was the Director of Sales for a global industrial/electrical distributor, where he led sales programs for large national contractors and EP&Cs.

“Chad is a veteran Summit associate, having spent over three years in our New Orleans service center earlier in his career,” said Kevin Powell, Summit President. “We are thrilled to have him join our team in a leadership position where he will excel at increasing sales, building teams and strengthening customer and vendor relationships.”

Eschete will be responsible for the development and execution of sales initiatives in the company’s Louisiana District. The district includes service centers located in Broussard, Gonzales, New Orleans and Sulphur.

“I’m very excited to be part of the Summit team. I know firsthand that Summit is a first-class organization that focuses on the success of its customers and associates,” said Eschete. I am looking forward to leading the sales efforts of the Louisiana District and growing market share.”

A New Orleans native, Eschete earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and has spent his entire career based in Louisiana.

LED Lighting Considerations

LED lighting has many advantages, such as energy efficiency and (increasingly) design flexibility. But various factors can undermine these advantages and/or create additional problems. Here are some things to consider:

  • With incandescent, fluorescent, and many other types of lighting, you typically put as many fixtures on a circuit as is practical within the ampacity of the branch circuit. But take care with LED. Because their energy draw is so much less, you can fit many more LEDs within a given ampacity. The extra circuit length from maxing this out may result in voltage drop problems. This approach can also compromise other things, such as lighting control flexibility.
  • LED lamps run much cooler than other types of lamps. Thus, an LED system may be unsuitable in conditions where the lamp is exposed to possible icing. Incandescent lamps run hot, and self de-ice. LEDs can become entombed in ice, which shades them.
  • LED power supplies don’t run cool. Most of the energy used in an LED system goes toward providing the solid state voltage for the lamp. If you install a retrofit kit in recessed lighting, use a tall can wherever possible. If there’s insulation around the can, a tall can is required.
  • LED above-ceiling systems need air space. Use all three dimensions of space to make as much airflow space around the driver as is practical. For example, rather than resting it on a ceiling tile, suspend it from (or mount it to) a (noncombustible) frame member.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection

Define Productivity

Productivity is defined as unit of output per unit of resource (e.g. labor hour). If Jim terminates 43 connections per hour and Janet terminates 39 connections per hour, it appears Jim is more productive than Janet. But if Jim isn’t using the proper torqueing tool and Janet is, he’s producing a much higher percentage of defective connections.

Jim is working faster, but he is not working more effectively. If Jim’s company warrants its work, those bad connections will have to be redone. That rework drags down the efficiency of the overall operation.

So how can you increase productivity without falling into a speed trap like the one Jim set for his company?

Think hard on your definition of productivity. Those who want good productivity numbers will follow the definition that management uses and communicates to the work force. If it’s simplistic, such as units per person per day, you’ll get more units out but the work quality will slide. Your definition must address the quality of the work.

Then standardize your work methodologies so they support the kind of productivity you’re after. Grade people on how well they follow those methodologies, not on some misleading metric.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection