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Some of Our Leaders


Nancy Collat Goedecke - Chairman and CEO

Nancy is 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 Electric Supply 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, took the helm in 1979. Nancy began working at Mayer during the summers of her high school years. After her college graduation and marriage to Glenn Goedecke, her career in electrical wholesale distribution continued in Grand Rapids, MI.  With a subsequent move to Tampa, FL, Nancy began her work as an inside sales associate at Mayer as well as becoming a mother to her first born, David. After the move back to Birmingham and the arrival of a second son, Scott, Nancy's time was devoted to her family, volunteer activities, and Mayer leadership.  In 2005, Nancy was named Vice-Chairman of the Board then in 2008, Chairman of the Board & CEO.  In 2011, she added a daughter-in-law, Jayna, and in 2013 welcomed her granddaughter, Ava, followed by her grandson, Alex, in 2016 marking the beginning of the fifth generation of Mayer’s family ownership.

In addition to her role as the Chairman & CEO of Mayer, Nancy is an active member in the community. Nancy currently serves 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 recently chosen to be the first woman in the 93-year history of the United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) to chair the organization's annual fundraising campaign. Nancy 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

A Mayer associate since 1987, Wes knows the company from "the inside out". Wes began as a warehouse associate and moved into internal auditing and then to quality assurance. Wes became Mayer Electric Supply's first CIO in 2000, then Executive Vice President & COO in 2005, before his current appointment as President in 2008. In addition to being a part of Mayer's Board of Directors and Leadership Team, Wes also serves on a number of industry board and councils, including Chairman of the Board of the Industry Data Exchange Association; Director and Secretary/Treasurer of IM Supply; Eaton Corporation Distributor Advisory Council; 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 in 2015. Wes led the recent Athletics Assessment Task Force for UAB, resulting in the return of football to UAB. In 2006 Wes was named The Outstanding Alumnus of the UAB School of Business and as the Volunteer of the Year in 2015.

Charles A. Collat, Sr. - Chairman Emeritus

A Mayer associate since 1953, Charles and his family became full owners of the company in 1979. Charles is a very active member of the community and budgets 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 carry the Olympic Torch in the nation-wide relay on its way to Atlanta.