JCL is doing business the way it should be — with friendship, honesty, and a genuine love for customers.
We're here to prove that by caring and serving our family of customers, we can change the world.
That's how we are rebuilding the American community.
Jim Landino grew up understanding the value of a job done right, an ethic dyed into the blue-collar fabric of his western New York hometown.
Starting out as a sales leader for Sunbelt Transformer, he worked his way up through the company to the highest office—CEO and President, a position he held until the company was acquired in 2014.
After the sale of Sunbelt, Jim refocused his energy into helping with the rebuild of Sharon, Pennsylvania, a town whose economic fortunes suffered greatly with the collapse of American steel. Seeing Sharon rise again has become a consuming passion for Jim and his wife, Jen Krezeczowski.
Today, the couple lives in the heart of Sharon in the restored Oddfellows Lodge and oversees the management and restoration of several downtown enterprises. Jim is the proud father of Alex and Olivia, and stepdad to Jen’s daughter, Kira.
John Whalen is an experienced veteran of the electrical distribution business with a career that began in Sunbelt Transformer nearly two decades ago.
In those years, John worked his way up from service technician to plant operations manager in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and in the last four years of his career with Sunbelt, John served as National Director of Operations while simultaneously earning a Bachelor of Science in Business and Operations Management certification.
While John currently holds the title of JCL’s Chief Operating Office, he is often on the floor, working alongside team members wherever needed.
John and his wife Sarah have been married 25 years, and with their two children, they take an active role in their community. When he isn’t solving problems, John can be found on the golf course or behind the grill.
Director of Operations
Sarah Doughton got her start in the transformer industry by helping customers solve problems, quickly earning a solid reputation for her quick and cheerful work. She climbed the ranks to become one of the industry’s most respected voices, always keeping service at the heart of her mission.
A decade later, the team at JCL Energy recruited her for the key position of Director of Operations, charging her to ensure every member of the customer family receives the highest standard of care.
While Sarah considers her JCL Energy teammates a second family, she’s a wife and grateful mom to two lovely daughters.
Purchasing & Sales
Born and raised in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Matt is a 14-year veteran of the electrical industry. After his first career post in Las Vegas, he came home to the Shenango Valley to serve in the leadership ranks of Sunbelt Transformer.
As a founding member of JCL, he’s driven by working with those who share a passion for people and for building a culture that treats co-workers and customers like family.
Matt and his wife Sandra are the proud parents of 3 young children and make their home in Sharpsville, PA. On Wednesday nights, you’ll find Matt working alongside his in-laws at Aldo's Pizza Shop—a small, family-owned enterprise in the heart of Sharon, PA. Matt loves his family and is proud to be part of transforming the community he calls home.
Chad Wilkinson doesn’t go halfway on anything. After earning an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, he began his career in the electrical field in 1999, drafting and designing for Sunbelt Transformer’s electrical engineering department.
For the next 20 years, he continued to earn greater responsibilities in the company’s operations, purchasing, and sales departments before joining JCL Energy in January 2020. Chad is driven when he is serving customers and co-workers but always makes time for after-hours passions like shooting, bowling, and home remodeling.
Chad and his wife, Julie have one son and make their home in Brookfield, Ohio.
Sales & Marketing
Chris Kloepfer’s career path has been a zig-zag of varied successes. For two decades, he served as an advisor with Tech Chem as well as the principal and co-founder for North Coast Engineered Products and North Coast Engineered Lighting, both positions that widened his influence on a range of cutting-edge technologies.
Chris also pioneered the crypto currency market, founding the Crypto Power Group, before serving as Director of Business Development for Sunbelt Transformer where he led a highly-successful network of sales representatives across North America. As a leader, Chris believes the untamed and wild path offers the most interesting journey.
He currently resides in Bay Village, Ohio where he balances his career with his three children and a good sailboat.