Associate Spotlight - Matt Stern


Matt Stern, Fourth Generation Owner of Standard Electric Supply Co. Promoted to COO

Milwaukee, WI – Effective January 1, 2024, Matt Stern will become the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Standard Electric Supply Co. family of companies. As COO, Matt will play a more pivotal role in driving the continued growth and success of the company.

While still in school, Matt worked at the company gaining invaluable experience in various departments, including warehouse operations, marketing, and purchasing. After his graduation from college, Matt worked with Schneider Electric for several years, to better appreciate supplier expectations for successful distributor partnerships. His growth continued when he rejoined the company and worked as an account manager in our Chicago market for several more years, obtaining additional knowledge of our customers and products. Currently, Matt is the Director of Quality Assurance, responsible for maintaining the company’s quality systems and services.

“Matt has gained considerable knowledge and experience during his journey within our company and industry and is clearly ready for his new responsibilities,” said Larry Stern, company President, “there is no doubt in my mind that the company will continue to grow and flourish under Matt’s exceptional leadership.”

As part of this transition, the company’s current Southern Wisconsin Sales Director, Dan Knapp, will also be promoted to Senior Sales Director as of January 1, 2024. Dan will be responsible for the sales and marketing teams and report directly to Matt. In addition, Penny Mingerink, who was promoted to Senior Director of Warehousing in spring of 2023, will report to Matt as well. This strategic shift will facilitate a stronger alignment of our warehouse and sales operations.

“I am excited to take on these new responsibilities,” Matt noted, “these changes will position the company well for future long-term success.”