Allied Group Sales is an electrical and lighting manufacturer’s representative sales agency serving the Southwest for more than 20 years. Currently Allied Group Sales (AGS) employs 36 associates, led by its three Principal Partners, Tim Klei, Michael Knoblock and Michael Cunningham. With their corporate office and warehouse located in Phoenix Arizona, AGS also has resident sales offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Allied Group Sales team is united by a passion for excellence, as defined by the AGS Vision, Mission, Core Values and Key Principles. AGS started in business on July 1, 1997 with 9 employees when founders Don Kaminski and Dave Mehrer purchased Allied Geis Agency and renamed the company Allied Group Sales, Inc. In February 2006, Mick Upchurch purchased 50% of AGS stock from Dave and became Don’s partner for the next 10 years. Current President & CEO, Tim Klei, has been with AGS since August 31, 2015. He initially served as the Vice President of Sales, until becoming the sole owner on March 1, 2016. Tim leads the overall business and focuses sales time on distribution in Phoenix, Albuquerque and El Paso. Tim’s ownership structure strategy included eventually bringing on partners to help drive growth and realize the agencies full potential.
On January 1, 2017, Tim brought on partner Michael Knoblock, VP Sales Lighting & Controls, to build and lead the lighting side of the business. AGS’s plan to grow the lighting business included adding numerous lighting lines as well as a number of talented people which Michael accomplished throughout 2017.
The year culminated with an agreement to acquire another local lighting agency. On January 1, 2018 Allied Group Sales acquired Total Lighting & Control, bringing 7 new employees and many top lighting manufacturers to AGS, immediately more than doubling the size of the agencies lighting business. Michael leads the lighting & controls business and focuses most of his sales time with distributors and contractors in Arizona. On January 1, 2018 Tim brought on another partner, Michael Cunningham, VP Sales Electrical, to help drive growth and lead the commodity side of the business. Michael leads the electrical business and focuses sales time on distribution and contractors in Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas.