William J. Chowanec is president and owner of the California-based Young & Co., an independent manufacturers' representative of electric utility equipment that focuses on the sale of electrical apparatus, materials, tools and test equipment as well as products used to control, build and communicate with bulk electric power systems. The company also provides engineering services that include training, project engineering, installation and maintenance of equipment. Mr. Chowanec began his career with MIF Industries in Branford, Conn., which was sold in 1971 to Stanley Flagg of Pottstown, Penn. Mr. Chowanec worked for the company until 1976, when he left to join Young & Company. He moved to California in 1984 to manage Young & Company's California operations, taking ownership of the firm in 1989.