Now in its 14th year, Electrical Career Specialists, Inc. (ECS) is a niche recruiting firm specializing in the electrical wholesale distribution industry. Click here to view a list of our industry specialties in which we recruit.
The CEO and Lead Recruiter, Wayne John, has been in the wholesale distribution industry since 1981. As an electrical industry specialist, he continues to write his popular Staffing Trends column; offering professional advice and views to both jobseekers and hiring companies.
A familiar sight at many industry functions, he attends national and regional meetings and trade shows, such as NAED, NECA, NEMRA, LIGHTFAIR, Automation Fair, Solar Power International, IEEE, among others. In 2012, Wayne was invited and accepted a membership into the Ben Franklin Electric Club of Northern California. He travels from his office in Southern California multiple times a year to attend functions and volunteers his time for fundraising events. Wayne is also involved with other industry charity events; which help to raise money for worthy causes such as Ronald McDonald House and Make a Wish Foundation.
He began working for Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc. (CED) in Southern California and quickly rose through the ranks learning Electrical, Lighting and Industrial Automation products through Inside Sales, Purchasing, Project Management and Outside Sales.
During his CED tenure, Wayne also worked for a number of years at one of CED’s sister organizations, Royal Wholesale Electric. It was here that he garnered specialized training, knowledge and sales experience with Rockwell/Allen-Bradley and Schneider/Square D Industrial Automation products.
Always one for setting and achieving goals, his ultimate objective was to become a Product Specialist in one aspect of the industry. After many years with CED, Wayne decided to make his next career move and joined Siemens Energy & Automation as a Switchgear Sales Engineer. After a few years with Siemens, he was recruited to further hone his switchgear skills with another major gear manufacturer – Eaton-Cutler Hammer, Inc.
In 2001, Wayne returned to CED in an Outside Sales role focusing on commercial and industrial markets. He was ultimately promoted to Profit Center Manager.
After more than 20 years working in both electrical distributor and electrical manufacturer roles, he began his greatest challenge of all, starting Electrical Career Specialists in 2005.
In his own words:
“After becoming Manager of my own store, I quickly saw the need for a hiring specialist in our field. But there was no one who could communicate with distributors, reps and manufacturers in our own language. There was also no one who had the real-life experiences in all aspects of our industry. Sure, there were a lot of staffing firms out there, but they were so diversified and did not concentrate on one industry. I knew first-hand how time-consuming trying to find, interview and hire quality people was. So, I made the decision to create a recruiting firm exclusively for our industry, help clients find the best people available and help candidates find the next step in their career. Here we are 13 years later and we are proud of our reputation. We have never wavered from our original slogan: ‘Integrity and Confidentiality’.”