Pictured above Left to Right: Front Charlie Collat, Nancy Goedecke, Wes Smith, Susie Collat, David Morgan, Scott Lawhead, Barry Carden.. Back Row: Mike Kidney, Bill Stone, Dean Tanner, Mike Lamb, Aaron Newman, Dale Sanders.
Mayer's Strategic Natural Team
Mayer’s Strategic Natural Team (“SNT”) includes the executive leaders from each business function, the commercial sales leaders for each of Mayer’s four geographic regions, and members of the ownership family. The SNT is charged with development and implementation of Mayer’s strategic objectives, and is responsible for overall company performance and sustainability.
Nancy Collat Goedecke
Chairman and CEO
Susan W. “Susie” Collat
James W. “Wes” Smith
David L. Morgan
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Barry A. Carden
Executive Vice President & Chief Digital Officer
John M. “Mike” Lamb
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Charles A. “Charlie” Collat, Jr.
Executive Vice President
Lawrence D. “Dale” Sanders
Regional Vice President – Central
Joesph A. "Aaron" Newman
Regional Vice President – West
Michael S. “Mike” Kidney
Executive Vice President & Chief Sales Officer
Terry S. “Scott” Lawhead
Regional Vice President – East
William B. “Bill” Stone
Vice President - Digital Buildings & Factories
Dean L. Tanner
Vice President – Human Resources & People Development
Nancy C. Goedecke Chairman / CEO
Nancy C. Goedecke is the Chair of the Board & CEO of her family’s 91-year old business. Prior to her role as Chair/CEO she served as Vice Chair. Nancy also serves as a member of Mayer’s Advisory Board, Executive Leadership Team and Strategic Natural Team. Other Mayer experience includes Telemarketing and Inside Sales. Nancy is the oldest of the four children of Charles Collat and the late Patsy Weil Collat. Nancy, her siblings and their spouses make up what is known as the G3 (Generation 3) Group. G3 has been meeting consistently for the last 30+ years with Dr. Craig Aronoff of Kennesaw State University. Nancy was the first leader of that group.
In addition to being involved in the business, Nancy has spent a great deal of time volunteering in the community. In 2018 and 2019 she served as the chair of the board of directors of the Birmingham Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and was also the 2019 Chair of the Birmingham Business Alliance. She continues to serve on the Board of the Birmingham Business Alliance as well as the board of directors for the Birmingham Zoo (Chair 2021 & 2022), McKinney Capital and United Way. In 2021, Nancy joined the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation Board as well as the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2015, Nancy was chosen to be the first woman in the 93-year history of United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) to chair the organization's annual fundraising campaign. She has served other non-profits as well: American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Collat Jewish Family Services, Girl Scouts, Junior League, Pathways and YWCA. Nancy has received several local and national award recognitions. She has received the Yellowhammer Women of Impact Award (2017), Momentum’s Woman of Leadership Award (2016), Girl Scout’s Mildred Bell Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), AL.COM’s Women Who Shape the State Award (2015), and the National Philanthropy Day United Way of Central Alabama Outstanding Civic Leader Award (2014). She is also a recipient of the Central Alabama Women’s Business Center Alabama Roses Award; Girl Scout Women of Distinction Award and Junior League Shining Star Award.
Although her business and civic involvement are important to Nancy, her real passion is her family… sons David and Scott, daughters-in-law Jayna and Lauren, granddaughter Ava and grandson Alex.
Wes Smith serves as President of Mayer. An Associate since 1987, Wes has worked in numerous roles throughout the company and developed a unique perspective on how to build on Mayer’s rich history to ensure a bright future. His career at Mayer began as a warehouse associate and progressed forward with roles in internal auditing and quality assurance. In 2000, Wes became Mayer’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO). In 2005, he moved into the role of Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. He advanced to his current appointment as President in 2008.
Wes is a member of Mayer's Board of Advisors, Executive Leadership Team and Senior Management Team. He is active in the industry and serves on multiple boards and councils. He has had or currently holds key leadership positions on multiple boards including the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) Chairman 2020-2022; IMARK Group Board (Chair-Elect 2020); Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) Past Chairman and multiple distributor advisory councils. Wes was awarded the Distinguished Distributor Service Award by the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) in 2014.
In addition to his industry involvement, Wes is currently serving on the Board for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Education Foundation and the President’s Leadership Cabinet for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He has also served as a Board member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's National Alumni Society where he was President in 2015. He led the Athletics Assessment Task Force for UAB, resulting in the return of the school’s football program. In 2018, he was a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and was also honored as a member of UAB’s Excellence in Business Top 25 class. He was named The Outstanding Alumnus of the UAB School of Business in 2006 and the Volunteer of the Year in 2015.
Current Chairman Emeritus of Mayer, Charles A. Collat, Sr., is one of Alabama’s most respected business leaders. He is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Mayer.
Charles was born in Savannah, Georgia. After graduating high school, he entered the University of Georgia where he graduated with an accounting degree and then joined the United States Air Force where he served in Japan during the Korean War. When Charles returned home, he moved to Birmingham to be close to his sweetheart, Patsy Weil. He began his career at Mayer as an associate in 1953 which is the same year he and Patsy were married.
During his early tenure at Mayer, Charles’ work ethic and excellent strategic decision-making helped to catapult him quickly into leadership roles at the company. He eventually took over as owner and President of the company in 1979. The company has grown to be one of the largest electrical distributors in the nation, expanding from about 20 associates to over 1,200 today. Currently, Mayer has 75 plus locations and has exceeded $1 billion in sales.
Realizing the need for education in the distribution industry, Charles and Patsy established the Ben S. Weil Chair of Industrial Distribution at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Charles feels very fortunate for his success and enjoys sharing the results of his success with others. Today, UAB has built a new facility to house the newly named Collat School of Business formerly known as the UAB School of Business.
In addition to his leadership within the company, Charles is an extremely active member of the community and the industry, budgeting his time and resources to support a number of worthy causes, including Temple Emanu-El (President 1979-1981), Temple Emanu-El Endowment (President 1979-1997), National Association of Electrical Distributors(NAED) (Chair 1986-1987), Rotary Club of Birmingham (President 2003-2004 ), the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, United Way and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Charles' contributions to the community culminated in his selection to help carry the Olympic Torch to Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics.
Charles has received numerous awards and honors including: Philanthropist of the Year by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives(1998), Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award for Leadership, National Conference of Community and Justice Award (1999), NAED Distinguished Distributor Award (2001), NAED Arthur Hooper Award (2008), University of Alabama at Birmingham Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree conferred (2009), Birmingham Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), Birmingham Business Journal Hall of Fame Inductee (2012) , University of Alabama at Birmingham President’s Award (2015) , Alabama Subcontractor’s Lifetime Achievement (2017), Vulcan Award for Lifetime Achievement (2018) and Alabama Business Hall of Fame Inductee (2019).
His personal philosophy is “Do Good and Be Better” which is something he has strived to do all his life. Family is important and the associates at Mayer are all part of his family. One of his greatest desires is that all Mayer associates achieve their business and personal goals.
Charles was married to Patsy Weil Collat for 62 years when she passed in January, 2015. He and Patsy were devoted to the upbringing of their four children, Nancy Goedecke, Caki Mendel, Susie Collat and Charles (Charlie) Collat, Jr. Charles has ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is currently married to Joanna Gotlieb Collat.