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New VP of electrical distribution for company approaching 100 years

Michael Vitiello, a 13-year veteran of Eaton Corp., has joined Turtle & Hughes as Vice President, National Sales Manager of its Electrical Distribution division. In his new role, he is responsible for the entirety of the company's distribution sales leaders across the country. Vitiello will work to advance Turtle's technical solutions with national partners and its commitment to ESG leadership (Environmental, Social, Governance), the company said in a press release January 18.

Mike Vitiello—Turtle & Hughes photo

"We are very fortunate to attract top talent like Mike Vitiello as we look to our second century of excellent service to our customers," said Kathleen Shanahan, CEO of the Linden, N.J.-based Turtle & Hughes. "In addition to his technical acumen, Mike is passionate about building a strong customer-focused culture to achieve financial and operational excellence, and deliver on our mission of sustainability, which has long been at the core of our business strategy."

The appointment adds a cherry on top to the centennial for Vitiello's new company. Founded in 1923, Turtle & Hughes is celebrating 100 years of market experience and ranks among the top 20 electrical distribution companies nationwide in terms of customer base and revenue. It is a fourth-generation, independent, certified woman-owned business servicing the industrial, construction, commercial, electrical contracting, export and utility markets.

"Mike has a strong record of success in technical leadership positions at Eaton with expertise in engineering, sales, operations, supply chain, and manufacturing processes, consistently exceeding goals. His diverse experience makes him an invaluable resource to our internal sales staff and distribution customers who rely on us to provide sustainable solutions, in power distribution, lighting/energy, and industrial infrastructure consulting," added Luis Valls, President, Electrical Distribution division.

Vitiello spent his entire career at Eaton, a multi-national leader in power management, most recently serving as Business Operations Manager responsible for the financials, production, marketing, and sales of a New Jersey facility manufacturing electrical distribution equipment. In this role, he developed and executed new supply chain, engineering and manufacturing processes to overcome material headwinds. As a result, his location was named Eaton's Top Performing Satellite Plant in 2021.

Before that, Vitiello was Area Sales Manager in New Jersey, where he "set a positive culture around strategic selling that brought value to Eaton's customers leading to a top share position in the market," per a Turtle & Hughes statement. His earlier technical positions at Eaton included Hartford (CT) CMSC Engineering Manager, NYC Construction Lead Sales Engineer, NYC Residential/Light Commercial Sales Engineer, and LDP Technical Sales.

Vitiello earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and an MBA in Operations and Human Resources from Baruch College in New York City. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State. He resides in Branchburg, NJ, with his wife and three young children, who were all warmly welcomed to the Turtle family.

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