Board of Directors
Mr. Sheffield is a corporate director and serves on the boards of directors of Ontario Power Generation Inc., Canada Post Corporation and Velan Inc. and served on the board of Corby Distilleries Limited until 2009. Mr. Sheffield served as Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Fine Paper from 2001 until 2003. With his knowledge of complex issues surrounding global companies and his understanding of what makes businesses work effectively and efficiently, Mr. Sheffield provides valuable insight to our board and offers particular expertise in labor relations, critical end user markets and board governance issues. He holds an MBA and a BSc, and is recognized as both a Governance Fellow and a Certified Professional Director by the National Association of Corporate Directors in the United States and the Institute of Corporate Directors in Canada.
Mr. Campbell serves on the Board of Directors of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc., and the Board of Advisors of Lee Truck Equipment, Inc. (d/b/a Casper's Truck Equipment). He performed project work as a financial and accounting consultant both individually and with Resources Connection from January 2003 to December 2005. Mr. Campbell served in the technical support department of the National Office of Deloitte & Touche LLP, and he was the lead technical accounting and auditing partner in the Denver office prior to his retirement in June 2001. Mr. Campbell is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy. As a result, he has significant expertise with the financial reporting issues facing the Company, including SEC reporting and internal control design and implementation. Mr. Campbell also has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets transactions. Mr. Campbell is recognized as both a Governance Fellow and a Certified Professional Director in the United States by the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Prior to his retirement in April 2008, Mr. Farwell held various positions at Rheem Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of central heating and cooling products, including President of the Water Heater and HVAC Divisions, Chief Operating Officer and most recently President & CEO. He is now currently active in the area of strategic business consulting services. His prior experience also includes serving on the board of various trade associations and Chairman of the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association. With more than thirty years’ experience in global manufacturing and distribution operations, including of products with a high copper content, Mr. Farwell provides critical insight into the operational requirements of our company and its end user customers and, in particular, managing the risks presented by fluctuating commodity prices. Mr. Farwell is recognized as a Certified Professional Director in the United States by the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Pokluda was appointed President in May 2011 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2012. From 2007 until 2011, he served as Vice President Sales and Marketing. During his 27 years with the Company, Mr. Pokluda has a demonstrated history of substantial contributions to the Company including the construction and leadership of our long-term growth plan, implementation of the National Service Center, the commercialization of our private branded products, co-leadership of the initial public offering in 2006, follow-on offering in 2007 and acquisitions. Mr. Pokluda served on the Board of Directors of Houston Electrical League (HEL) for several years, is an affiliate member of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), and a graduate of the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 2012, Mr. Pokluda completed the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business Executive Education Advanced Management Program. As the only management representative on our board, and someone with experience in all aspects of our business, Mr. Pokluda provides an insider's perspective in board discussions about our industry and the business and strategic direction of the Company.
Mr. Ruelle has served as a director and President of Westar Energy, Inc., the largest electric utility in Kansas, since May 2011 and as chief executive officer since August 2011. From 2003 to 2011, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Westar Energy and between 1997 and 2002 served in various executive positions at Sierra Pacific Resources, Inc., the owner of the largest electric utilities in Nevada. Mr. Ruelle is currently on the Board of Directors of Westar Energy. He currently serves as a director of the Edison Electric Institute, an association of shareholder owned electric companies, as a board member of GO Topeka Economic Development Partnership, and as a trustee for the Stormont-Vail Foundation, a non-profit organization, located in Kansas. Mr. Ruelle’s broad experience, including as chief executive and, previously, chief financial officer of Westar Energy, gives him an understanding of the managerial, operational and financial issues faced by a public company. His intimate knowledge of electric utility construction, operations and maintenance activities provides an exceptional understanding of an important segment of the Company’s end user market and valuable insights into customer needs and concerns.
Mr. Yetman served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Coleman Cable, Inc from 1999 until his retirement following the sale of Coleman Cable earlier this year. Prior to that, Mr. Yetman held various senior management positions with Coleman Cable’s predecessor and within the electrical industry. Mr. Yetman’s extensive experience and proven track record within the electrical wire and cable industry make him an excellent addition to HWCC’s Board of Directors. Mr. Yetman holds an M.B.A. degree from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a B.S. degree from West Virginia University.