Turtle & Hughes names seasoned employee as vice president, business development

Turtle & Hughes Integrated Supply, a division of Turtle & Hughes, on Thursday said it promoted Blake Varbero to vice president, business development, where he will be responsible for leading the division’s national sales efforts.

Varbero has spent his entire 13-year career at Turtle & Hughes Integrated Supply, which provides maintenance, repair and operations supply-chain services to Fortune 100 companies operating nationwide, and in Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Linden-based Turtle & Hughes is one of the nation’s largest independent electrical and industrial distributors, with 100 years of servicing customers.

“Blake is a great example of our attention to developing and promoting talent from within the organization,” CEO Kathleen Shanahan noted. “We hire the best people who share in our common core values. We provide them with the tools and resources they need to develop and advance in their roles and become lifelong Turtles.”

“Over the years, Blake has worked in several areas across THIS, including operations, account management and business development,” Scott West, THIS divisional president, said. “Since 2019, he has served as sales director. When presented with an opportunity to lead, he has consistently risen to the challenge. He took ownership and grew one integrated customer’s unmanned locations, has successfully led national customer implementations and, this past year, he effectively stepped into a principal role for business development.”

Varbero joined THIS in 2010. Most recently, he served as sales director responsible for new customer acquisition and business development. His previous roles also include program manager for THIS’ largest customer and director of national accounts. He was then promoted to national account manager.