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Some of Our Leaders


Nancy Collat Goedecke - Chairman and CEO

Nancy Collat Goedecke, Mayer Chairman and CEO, serves as the principal executive officer of Mayer and presides over all official meetings of the Board of Directors and stockholders. She is a member of the Senior Management Team and the Executive Leadership Team.

Mayer has always been a part of Nancy’s life. Her grandparents, Ben and Rosyln Weil, founded the business in 1930, and her mother and father, Patsy and Charles Collat, accepted leadership roles in 1979. Nancy began her work at Mayer during her high school summers. After her college graduation and marriage to Glenn Goedecke, her career in electrical wholesale distribution began – a career that carried Nancy and her family to Grand Rapids, Michigan and Tampa, Florida, where her first child, David, was born, and, finally, back to Birmingham. The family’s return to the city where the company first began saw the arrival of a second son, Scott. At this stage in her career, Nancy's time was devoted to her family, volunteer activities and in Mayer leadership roles. In 2005, Nancy was named Vice-Chair of the Board, and, in 2008, Chair of the Board & CEO. Throughout the following years, Nancy’s family continued to grow, welcoming her daughter-in-law (Jayna) in 2011, her granddaughter (Ava) in 2013 and her grandson (Alex) in 2016, marking the beginning of the fifth generation of Mayer’s family ownership.

In addition to her role as Chairman & CEO of Mayer, Nancy is an active member in the community, serving on the boards of the Directors for the Alabama Productivity Center, American Red Cross, Birmingham Business Alliance, Birmingham Zoo, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama, the Emmett O'Neal Library Foundation, Federal Reserve Bank, Leadership Birmingham, Rotary Club and UAB Leadership Cabinet. She was the first woman chosen in the 93-year history of the United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) to chair the organization's annual fundraising campaign. She has also served as Campaign Chair for American Heart Association's Go Red for Women and has served in various capacities with Collat Jewish Family Services, Girl Scouts, Junior League, Pathways and YWCA.

Wes Smith - President

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 CIO. He then accepted the role of Executive Vice President & COO in 2005, and advanced to his current appointment as President in 2008.

In addition to his role on Mayer's Board of Directors and Leadership Team, Wes also serves in leadership roles on several industry boards and councils, including as Chairman of the Board of the Industry Data Exchange Association, Director and Secretary/Treasurer of IM Supply, Eaton Corporation Distributor Advisory Council and GE Lighting Distributor Advisory Council.

Wes was awarded the Distinguished Distributor Service Award by the National Association of Electrical Distributors in 2014. He has served as a Board member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's National Alumni Society for the past nine years, and as President beginning in 2015. He led the recent Athletics Assessment Task Force for UAB, resulting in the return of the school’s football program. He was named The Outstanding Alumnus of the UAB School of Business in 2006 and the Volunteer of the Year in 2015. In 2018, Wes was honored as a member of UAB’s Excellence in Business Top 25 class.

Charles A. Collat, Sr. - Chairman Emeritus

Charles Collat and his family have been full owners of Mayer since 1979. Through the years, the Collats’ leadership has played an indispensable role in establishing the foundation of success that Mayer enjoys today.

A Mayer Associate since 1953, Charles helped build the company’s nationally-established reputation of excellence.

In addition to his leadership within the company, Charles is an extremely active member of the community, budgeting his time and resources to support a number of worthy causes, including the United Way, Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Leadership Alabama and the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he and his family have funded the Ben S. Weil School of Industrial Distribution (named in honor of Mayer's founder). In 1996, Charles' contributions to the community culminated in his selection to help carry the Olympic Torch to Atlanta.