Posted March 5, 2023

Turtle & Hughes names vice president

Turtle & Hughes' Integrated Supply (THIS) division has promoted Blake Varbero to vice president of business development, responsible for leading the division’s national sales efforts.

Blake Varbero–Turtle & HughesVarbero has spent his entire 13-year Turtle career at THIS, which provides MRO supply chain services to Fortune 100 companies operating nationwide, and in Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. 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,” said Kathleen Shanahan, CEO. “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 life-long Turtles.”

“Over the years, Blake has worked in several areas across THIS, including operations, account management and business development,” said Scott West, divisional president. “Since 2019, he has served as sles 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 include: program manager for THIS’ largest customer and director of national accounts. He was then promoted to national account manager where in 2013-2014, he was responsible for top line sales growth at unmanned customer sites in three countries and 20 states across diverse industries that included medical device, automotive, and general industrial manufacturing.  Varbero started at THIS in Hamden, Connecticut, as an inside sales representative for centralized procurement, supporting the division’s national accounts.