By Andy Collins, Business & Inside Sales Support, Circuit Breaker Sales & Repair, Inc.
Group CBS is celebrating 30 years of service from Circuit Breaker Sales and Repair’s (CBS&R) Lee Heine. Heine encompasses what it means to be a leader in the power distribution industry.
Heine got his start working summer shutdowns with a NETA testing company. In 1986, Heine attended an open house hosted by Circuit Breaker Sales, and two months later was offered a position there.
For the next 10 years, Heine worked in sales for the Group before being approached by Finley Ledbetter to lead a new Houston-based operation, Circuit Breaker Sales & Repair.
The growth of CBS&R is evident with three shop relocations due to size and a steady increase in staff to keep pace. The crew is anchored by two of Heine’s original hires: Izzy Sosa (shop supervisor) and Terri Dever (office manager).
Now in its 21st year of business, CBS&R is home to more than 25 employees. “Lee has always been very fair and compassionate,” says Dever. “His work ethic is a testament to where we stand today.” The addition of Heine’s business partner Roger Vogel in 2003 elevated the shop atmosphere and production quality.
“Group CBS has been my second family,” Heine says. “To say that Ray Kinney and Finley Ledbetter have been extremely instrumental and supportive is an understatement.”
Heine’s focus and determination these days is on growing the company as well as the Group’s newest shop, CBS Southeast in Gonzales, LA. Power distribution along the Gulf Coast region is synonymous with Lee Heine and his ability to harness safety and solutions for all.