Hughes Supply (Orlando, Fla.) appointed Thomas J. Starnes to lead its Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) division. His appointment to this new position follows Hughes' November announcement of its pending acquisition of Century Maintenance Supply. Since joining Hughes in July 2001, Starnes has served as senior vice president/sales and marketing. In other news, Jeff Thiem was named manager of Hughes' Austin, Texas plumbing branch. Thiem had been assistant manager at that location.