Roanoke executive gets Trump administration appointment

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A bit of the Old Dominion will be represented on a U.S. Department of Commerce advisory committee related to renewable energy.

Roanoke-based TMEIC’s Don Samsa was among the 39 members recently appointed to the Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC). Samsa is TMEIC’s general manager of renewable energy business in North America.

TMEIC stands for Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp. The company’s North American operations are based in Roanoke. The company designs, develops and engineers advanced automation, large AC and DC motors, photovoltaic inverters and variable frequency drive systems.

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee advises the secretary of commerce on the development and administration of programs and policies to increase the export competitiveness of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services. The committee was established in 2010 and most recently was renewed in June.

Wilbur Ross, the U.S. secretary of commerce, made the appointments to the committee.

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