Mr. Pokluda was appointed President in May 2011 and assumed the role as Chief Executive Officer and Director effective January 1, 2012. Previously, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2007 to 2011. From 1995 to 2007, Mr. Pokluda held multiple senior leadership and management positions in general management, merchandising, supply chain, acquisitions, marketing and sales. Mr. Pokluda joined the Company in 1987 as an Account Manager.
Over the past 31 years, 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 and add-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), a graduate of the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.