Team

Drew

Drew cut his teeth in the electrical industry in high school selling load centers and Romex at the local hardware store in Longview, WA. After college, he joined a management trainee program with a national electrical distributor and spent five years in sales, projects and management in eastern Washington and north Idaho.

Moving to Seattle in 2006, Drew joined GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions team and worked with OEM and industrial accounts in the Puget Sound for the better part of four years. It was this experience that heightened his knowledge of gear and controls. After a short stint out of the electrical world, Drew joined the team at Access Electric Supply in 2013 due to their reputation as a leading provider of gear solutions. He focuses his time on solving problems of industrial users and OEM’s in the greater Puget Sound area.

Outside of work, Drew’s hands are pretty much full with three young boys. When time permits you might find Drew on the links or slopes, but more often than not, he’s at the park with the boys.

Howard

Access Electric would not be what it is today without the wisdom, mentorship, and drive of Howard Benzel who passed in 2020. His bootstrapping, “We can do that” attitude is at the heart of Access and is embedded in our culture. When Howard merged his successful Smith & Benzel Company with Access in 2001, it added fuel to the fire of growth in the company, and expanded Access into major industrial projects while cementing Access as an essential supplier at Boeing. Content with his own success, Howard turned his eye toward the future in his later years at Access by recruiting Shad and Drew to take what he had established and grow it. All of us here at Access are grateful for the years we got to work with him. He was a true friend and mentor who we miss tremendously.

Scott

Scott graduated from the University of Washington in 1982 with an engineering degree. Fulfilling a desire to begin a career in technical sales, Scott joined General Electric in their Technical Marketing program which led to field assignments in PLC’s, Motors and Controls. After six years in Sacramento as a GE Sales Engineer, Scott moved into management with GE Supply in Seattle.

Within two years, the entrepreneur in Scott started Access Electric Supply in 1991. As business grew with Boeing, local industrials and OEM’s, Access Electric became a distributor for GE and Siemens along with dozens more, specializing in gear and control solutions. Partnering with Howard, the two purchased their Renton building in 2005.
In his spare time, Scott enjoys playing golf at Tumble Creek with his beautiful wife Tauni and two children, Shelby and Shane.

Shad

Shad began his electrical career in 2000 shortly after moving to the Seattle area from Iowa. He worked for the then “GE Industrial Systems” focusing on gear solutions for both electrical distributors and contractors. During his 5 years with GE, Shad was given many diverse and wide reaching responsibilities. This broadened his account base and led to him developing relationships across the contractor spectrum, in addition to key industrial accounts.

In 2005, one of those accounts – Access Electric Supply – gave Shad a chance to move one step closer to these contractor and industrial accounts and he jumped at it. Using his background and gear focus to serve these customer directly, Shad had developed a reputation as a problem solver for all his customers gear needs. In 2010, Shad joined the ownership group at Access.

Aaron

Aaron started his career at a clean-tech start-up where he led the charge in product development for ultra-capacitors and other energy storage systems. From there he moved into a technical sales role where he helped grow the Company’s customer base, as well as provide technical consulting to prospective and existing customers.

In 2016, Aaron joined Access Electric Supply with the intent to help strengthen project management and business development efforts. Over the past four years, he has helped develop internal and external processes to improve efficiency. Aaron enjoys working with customers and fulfilling their needs of all variety and scope.

Aaron holds a BA in Chemistry from Seattle Pacific University, as well as an MBA from the University of Washington. When he’s not working, you will find him working out and spending time with his beautiful wife Jessica and their two Chocolate Labs Luna and Sully.