Board of Directors
Jim Murray Jr. | President
Jim Murray grew up in the battery business and fondly recalls helping his father the day Mickey Mantle retired. So it was no great surprise that after college, Scranton University class of ’85 and a brief stint in the re-insurance marketplace, that the siren song of lead & acid called him back into the family battery business. Since rejoining Electro in 1987, not long after its humble rented 40′ container beginnings in 1981 when Electro would only sell car batteries, he has seen it grown to one of the largest family owned independent battery distributors with 4 locations in the NY/NJ/PA area. Today, Electro, one of BESA’s founding 13, is selling multiple battery chemistries across multiple markets.
Jim lives in northern New Jersey with his wife Carolyn and their three children.
Dwayne Ellis | Vice President
I was born and raised in the hills of south east Missouri. In 1978 our neighbor started a Interstate Battery systems of Eastern Mo. I became good friends with the family and started doing odd jobs around the warehouse and got hired on full time after I graduated high school in 1988. Worked in the warehouse for 8 months and a route opened up so my boss gave me a shot at it. He was nervous for good reason. I was only 18 years old. In those early days is when I learned what commission meant, WOW the more you sell the more you make, sales took off on my route. 10 years later my boss wanted to sell his franchise and IBS of Dallas bought it out and I was offered a management position but I wanted to buy it, they said no, but I thank them now. I talked my brother into a crazy idea of becoming a battery specialist and in 1998 Ellis Battery was born. Lesley my wife was always very active in the business and wanted to open our first full retail all battery store in 2005 and it took off… since then we have built the company to 6 locations and # 7 coming this spring 2018! Here is a picture of the battery boys: my 2 nephews Dylan and Ben and 2 sons Elijah and Alex… all in the business.
Mike Moeller | Secretary/Treasurer & Founding Member
Mike Moeller, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is a third generation battery specialist who started his career in the industry in 1990 with Johnson Controls, Inc. In 1992 Mike returned to the family business, Remy Battery Co., Inc., and now has a shared ownership in the company and is acting President for Remy Battery. Mike has been involved with BESA since 1999 and has acted as the organization’s Secretary/Treasurer since the organization’s inception in 1999.
Board Members At Large
Rosanna Best Corbin | Board Member at Large
Rosanna Best Corbin graduated from The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in 1998 with a B.A. in International Studies. She also received an M.B.A. in Management from Loyola University. Rosanna has a seasoned background in the consumer goods segments in Business Development and Management. Since 2008, she has worked as the Executive Vice President of The Best Battery Company, Inc., and is proud to represent the 3rd generation in her family business.
In addition to her work, Rosanna is a member of JHU’s Alumni Council, and is also an Alumnae Board member of The Roland Park Country School, both in Baltimore. Rosanna lives with her husband, Steve, and her two children in Maryland.
Mark Jenkins | Board Member at Large
Battery Mart is a family owned business that’s been working with customers for over 30 years. In those 30 years we’ve shipped over 1 million batteries to 8,885 cities across the US and Canada.
Accredited by the Better Business Bureau and certified by Bizrate, Battery Mart is one of the largest online resellers of batteries, chargers, and related accessories. Our retail locations give us practical knowledge to help solve your battery and charger problems.
Rudy Smith | Outgoing President
Paul Kramer | Outgoing Vice President
Paul Kramer has been in the battery business for 39 years. After graduating from the University of Florida with a BSBA degree, be began his battery career with Chloride, Inc as a branch manager and area sales manager. In 1986, after ten years of experience and developing a highly respected reputation within the industry, Paul started his own business, Battery Distributors Southeast, Inc. As one of the original thirteen members of BESA, he has held several leadership positions since the inception of the buying group.
Paul has been married for 36 years and has been blessed with three beautiful daughters. His wife, a former high school math teacher, has been an integral part of the operation and growth of Battery Dist SE. Paul and Melinda currently reside in St Augustine, FL where they enjoy relaxing on the beach.