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Upon graduating from College in 1976 Jay Lawrence began his career in the electrical industry working for Ahrens-McCarrons an HVAC/ Electrical distributor in Columbia Missouri. Jay started in the warehouse, worked on the counter and held positions in both inside and outside sales.
In 1978 Westinghouse Electric recruited jay and he worked in their Underground Distribution Transformer plant in Jefferson City Missouri as a purchasing agent. During his tenure in Jefferson City Jay completed his MBA at Lincoln University. In 1981 Westinghouse relocated Jay and his family to Ft. Worth, Texas and he became a Sales Engineer calling on the utilities in North and East Texas.
In 1983 Jay left Westinghouse and went to work for the ITT Blackburn Company in St louis and became the Product Line Manager for Utility products. Prior to leaving Jay held the position as the Western Regional Utility Sales Manager.
In 1987, Jay along with 4 key management people with Blackburn left and purchased Circle AW from Siemens. Jay and his family relocated to Portland, Oregon where he assumed the position as Vice President Sales & Marketing. In 1993 Circle AW was sold to B-line and he assumed the position as the National Sales manager working in this role until he started Pro-Lines- Sales in Oregon in 1996.