At Wholesale Electric Supply Company of Houston, Inc., we recognize that our greatest assets are our employees. We start with a strong leadership team and strive to build an organization comprised of motivated and talented individuals, who consistently bring their unique talents to the table so that we may serve our customer base in a way that exceeds their expectations. Our hope is that our support team is here to build a career and we offer many development opportunities to help them advance and succeed.
Our employees consistently demonstrate remarkable achievements. Some are recognized by promotion. Others qualify them for some of our award programs. Other actions are just worthy of recognition for exemplary behavior.
We are tremendously proud of our employees here at Wholesale Electric. We invite you to meet just a few of them.
Operations Manager – Sulphur
Ashley joined Wholesale Electric Supply in September 2023 as Operations Manager at the Sulphur Branch.
Ashley was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and grew up in Southeast Texas. She moved to Orlando, Florida right out of High School to attend college and pursue a degree in Business, Accounting and Bookkeeping. She loves the outdoors and traveling … the beach, hiking, canoeing, camping … anything adventurous. Ashely attended The Culinary Arts School for baking and pastry and spends what little time she has left after work and traveling to bake custom art pieces that taste just as delicious as they look.
Cash Application / AR Associate
Sharon joined Wholesale as a temp in May 2023 and transitioned to full time status in August 2023. She serves as a Cash Application/AR Associate in the Accounts Receivable Department.
Sharon comes to Wholesale with 25 years experience in accounting. She recently retired from Shell/Motiva after working as a Financial Analyst and in Reporting for 24 years. She is a mother of three (her late daughter and two sons), and a grandmother of three young men. Sharon loves fishing, sports, and cheering for our Houston Astros!
Charlene joined Wholesale Electric Supply in July 2023 as a Senior Accountant. She has over 15 years of accounting experience with diversified training in oil & gas, private equity, joint venture, government, and technology, spending the last 3 years as Senior Accountant in Shared Services & OTC.
Charlene grew up in Louisiana, settling in the neighboring state of Texas in 2007. She enjoys learning new things and most recently took Spanish classes, guitar lessons and is learning to garden. She loves indoor cycling, riding horses, ATVs and traveling internationally alongside her husband and two sons.
Documentation Control – Corporate
Monique York joined Wholesale Electric Supply in June 2023. She is responsible for managing internal documents and customer/vendor software systems, ensuring compliance and accuracy. Key responsibilities include developing and implementing internal document control processes, collecting and reporting customer requirements to ensure supplier compliance.
Monique was born and raised in Northwest Houston, TX. She received her start in the oil & gas industry as call center support for rig down scenarios. From there, she progressed to Documentation, working as a Documentation Specialist for 10 years. She enjoys learning new things, gaining new skills, and strives to approach tasks with an open mind and positive, can-do attitude.
Training and Development Specialist
Eddie joined the Wholesale Human Resources Team in March 2020 as a Human Resources Specialist. During his time with the organization, he has primarily served as branch support for Beaumont and Louisiana as well as analyst for the HR team. In his new role as the Training and Development Specialist, Eddie will be responsible for identifying opportunities for employee development that pertain to the Human Resources functional areas. He will also work with organizational leaders to create and subsequently roll out new trainings, NAED offerings, and product training to the branches, departments, and individuals who can benefit from them. Eddie is also leading the implementation of our new Learning Management System.
Eddie is a SHRM Certified HR Professional and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans in 2019. More recently, he earned his Master of Business Administration in 2022 from LSU – Shreveport. When he isn’t working, you can find Eddie spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and their 4 children. He also enjoys reading science fiction and playing Xbox during his leisure time.
Human Resources Specialist
Daniel joined Wholesale as a temp in March 2023 and transitioned to full time status in June 2023. He serves as a Human Resources Specialist taking over for Eddie Jimenez as Eddie moves into his new role as the Training and Development Specialist.
Daniel was born in Houston and grew up in Stafford. He graduated with a BBA from the University of Houston Downtown in 2022. Throughout college, he worked as a supervisor at Starbucks for approximately 4 years. During his senior year, he participated in an internship program in the HR department at BDG International. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, Bonita, and his dogs, playing video games, and enjoys comic books and anything Star Wars.
E’rica joined Wholesale in June 2023 as a Senior Accountant. She brings to her position a well-established background in accounting with over 25 years working in both corporate and franchise accounting.
E’rica has been serving the accounting needs of the Houston community for the past 15 years. She started as a degreed franchise accountant in 2013. In her last role as a Senior Accountant, she worked at Enterprise Products for several years in the oil & gas field. There she served on several committees such as Gender Alliance & First Team Safety.
Director of Supplier Relations
Mitch Edwards joined Wholesale Electric Supply in May of 2023 as the Director of Supplier Relations. Prior to Wholesale, he spent 12 years at Wesco Distribution in various sales and leadership roles, most recently overseeing their Oil, Gas, & Petrochemical Global Accounts team. Mitch has a passion for our business and sits on the Board of Directors for the Houston Electrical League, a nonprofit industry organization.
Mitch graduated from Texas A&M University and currently lives in Kingwood, TX with his wife Sarah and two children, Elijah & Genevieve. During his free time, Mitch enjoys playing golf, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends.
Director of Procurement Houston
James Killen joined Wholesale Electric Supply in February 2023 as the Director of Procurement at the Houston office. He began his career as a driver for the Texas Electrical Wholesalers in 1977 and spent his childhood in small towns in East, Texas, becoming a Houstonian at the age of 12. He studied business management at University of Houston in night school and became an avid Gordon Graham inventory management advocate in the 80’s.
James joined Winn Lange Electric in 1983 and stayed with them through various acquisitions, while helping grow the business from 6 million the first year to 135 million in 1998. During that time he moved through warehouse positions to counter sales, inside sales, and finally settling into purchasing and inventory control. He left what was HD Supply, by that time, in 2015 to become Regional Purchasing Manager for Summit Electric.
In 2018, James was asked to take over inventory control for First Source Electric Supply to help create profitability and make it ready for sale, which occurred in 2022. He states that he is excited to join Wholesale Electric to put his experience to good use working with this industry leading team.
Operations Manager Houston
Michelle Trejo started her career at Wholesale Electric in December 2012 as a Switchboard Operator, was promoted shortly after to Direct Billings, and then to Rebates Coordinator a year after that. As Rebates Coordinator, Michelle was initially operating the Houston Branch where she got the opportunity to develop and improve the rebates process which quickly led to acquiring rebates from other branches as well.
In January 2022, Michelle was promoted to the Rebates Manager position and continued to support the Rebates team throughout the year by helping enhance rebates processes to improve profitability for the Texas branches. Michelle is excited to start her new role as Operations Manager Houston as of January 2023. She will work closely with Branch Manager Rodney Ilseng to develop strategies to keep growing Houston’s success.
In her spare time, Michelle is an avid music lover and loves listening to music, going to concerts as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Hitachi Energy announced Wholesale Electric as the recipient of Hitachi Energy’s Industrial Distributor of the Year award for 2022.
With Hitachi Energy and the JD Martin Sales Agency, Wholesale Electric had a year of record-breaking sales growth with a particular focus in the Midland / Odessa market. Hitachi Energy and Wholesale’s long-term partnership is established to grow for years to come.
Photo Credit: Hitachi
Wholesale Electric Co. Of Houston Inc. announced that it has been named a Diverse Supplier of the Year at the @MarathonPetroleumCorporation 7th Annual Supplier Recognition Awards. The Supplier Recognition Awards is a program designed to honor suppliers who positively impacted the business throughout the previous calendar year.
Photo Credit: Marathan
2019 @Bechtel Supply Chain Awards
This year at the 2019 @Bechtel Supply Chain Awards, Wholesale Electric Supply CMMS was recognized as a top supplier for our work on the Cheniere program. Companies were evaluated on multiple factors including: overall performance, ability to deliver quality services, and meeting or exceeding expectations in aspects of safety, performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance. Our team definitely stepped up to deliver and receiving this award means our hard work has been recognized. Thank you to our Wholesale Electric Supply CMMS team and Bechtel!
Photo Credit: Bechtel
Employee Appreciation Day at the Houston Branch!
We were thrilled to reminisce on the incredible Employee Appreciation Day we had at the Houston Branch, where fun and appreciation were the highlights of the day! It was the perfect occasion to express our deep gratitude to the incredible individuals who make our company shine brightly every single day.
We had a day with lots of fun playing games, winning prizes, great food provided by Valentine Delivery Service and yummy Ice cream dessert. Thank you for all of your hard work, dedication, and the amazing contribution each of you makes to create a thriving, positive work environment at Wholesale Electric!
2023 Partners Invitational
Our 2023 Golf Tournament was a great success! We could not have asked for more beautiful weather. We appreciate all the players, sponsors and volunteers who made it all happen. A wonderful tribute to our own RAM49 (Rick McKellop Sr) who shined down on us all day!
Toys for Tots
Gina Lindsay, Julissa DeLeon and Emlynn Jones represented the Wholesale Electric Credit Department at the 2022 Annual NACM Gala – Toys for Tots Fundraiser. Photo taken with the Marines whom they turned in the donations. Thank you ladies! You make us all look good!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Although rare, men can get breast cancer too. It is important that we remain aware of these statistics and get checked annually. Early detection is huge! There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we encourage all employees of Wholesale to wear pink.
BEAR – a Non Profit Organization
Wholesale was able to sponsor 60 children in 2022! As we continue in the holiday season, it is important to really reflect on what a difference we made to these children of all ages. Because of your incredible generosity, these children will have something to celebrate and have joy into their hearts.
All of our branches came together for the common good of giving back to our community. We are truly humbled and proud of what we were able to accomplish, together as a great team!
2019 Partners Invitational
Monday, September 16th at The Clubs at Kingwood. Over 400 golfers enjoyed a fun day full of friendly competition!
A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors—we could not have done this without your support!