Young talents are making impressions in every avenue of our industry. From counter sales to marketing to management, up-and-coming leaders are growing by the day. Supply House Times asked our industry partners to identify some of these rising stars. The result is the Supply House Times Young Execs 20. Name: Michael Ardente Age: 27 Company: Ardente Supply Location: Providence, R.I. Position: Showroom manager Experience: 9 years Michael’s thoughts: “Being a fourth-generation employee, Ardente Supply has helped me flourish at my job for years. I have gained a lot of experience in all aspects of the company and industry which will help the company prosper in the years to come.” Name: Josh Berhorst Age: 29 Company: Riback Supply Location: Jefferson City, Mo. Position: Head of counter sales Experience: 7 years Josh’s thoughts: “The best thing about working for Riback Supply is that no matter how large the company becomes, each employee is never just a number.” Name: Mindy Sevinor Feinberg Age: 32 Company: Salem Plumbing Supply & Designer Bath Location: Beverly, Mass. Position: Sales consultant Experience: 6 years Mindy’s thoughts: “Salem Plumbing Supply fosters a mentality of superior customer service with an emphasis on the importance of relationships. As the third generation of Salem Plumbing, I am trying to follow in the footsteps of my father and grandfather.” Name: Jeremy Fuller Age: 28 Company: Texas Plumbing Supply Location: Houston Position: Branch manager Experience: 7 years Jeremy’s thoughts: “Texas Plumbing Supply allows me to manage the branch according to my own personal teaching style. I have the authority to make key decisions with the support to reach out for help when needed.” Name: Mike Green Age: 31 Company: SouthWest Plumbing Supply Location: Cedar City, Utah Position: President and CEO Experience: 22 years. Started with the company as a young boy. Mike’s thoughts: “I’ve learned success comes from two things, hard work and great people. Without our 96 fantastic employees, we would not be as successful as we are.” Name: AJ Benton Age: 27 Company: Smardan-Hatcher Co. Location: Fountain Valley, Calif. Position: Manager Experience: 5 years AJ’s thoughts: “The best tool to success offered to me is the exposure to operations, sales, inventory and purchasing. Not everyone is able to gain experience in so many aspects of wholesale distribution in just five years. Having that experience has been instrumental to my growth as a manager.” Name: Brian Blaushild Age: 24 Company: Famous Enterprises Location: Bedford Heights, Ohio Position: Customer service manager Experience: 3 years Brian’s thoughts: “I’ve learned very quickly that no one can bean expert in everything. Famous has so many associates with more than 10, 20 or 30 years of experience who are more than willing to share their knowledge with me. It is comforting to know that anytime I don’t know an answer, there are dozens of people who jump in to help our customers out.” Name: Justin Freedman Age: 31 Company: General Plumbing Supply Location: Edison, N.J. Position: Marketing director Experience: 5 years Justin’s thoughts: “General Plumbing Supply offers me the ability to work in many different functional areas on a daily basis. They allow me to manage many different projects and I am constantly learning about the intricacies of running a privately-held business in today’s economy.” Name: Bobby Garcia Age: 30 Company: Plumbing Wholesale Outlet Location: San Gabriel, Calif. Position: Purchasing Experience: 17 years Bobby’s thoughts: “Plumbing Wholesale Outlet has taught me the fundamentals of this industry. They provide me with all the tools I need to keep learning and thriving to achieve my goals.” Name: Brent Hugus Age: 26 Company: Splash/Nicklas Supply Location: Pittsburgh Position: Manager and designer Experience: 5 years Brent’s thoughts: “Since working here, I have been provided with abundant opportunities to meet other professionals in the field and increase my knowledge base and skill set.” Name: Ryan Kiscaden Age: 28 Company: APR Supply Location: Lebanon, Penn. Position: Business development manager Experience: 5 years Ryan’s thoughts: “APR Supply Co. is committed to excellence by investing into its young people. Being placed into APR Supply’s management training program has enabled me to flourish in a positive yet demanding environment.” Name: Rob McInturff Age: 28 Company: Modern Supply Location: Johnson City, Tenn. Position: Branch manager Experience: 1 year Rob’s thoughts: “Modern Supply provides excellent support from our corporate headquarters and branches, quality product lines, competitive pricing, and enough freedom to adapt to the ever-changing market.” Name: Claire Munch Age: 25 Company: Munch’s Supply Location: Hillside, Ill. Position: Marketing specialist Experience: 5 years Claire’s thoughts: “A key focus at Munch’s Supply is continuous improvement. They recognize ideas for improvement can come from anyone within the company. While I am expected to continually improve initiatives within my areas of responsibility, I also am given the opportunity to provide feedback and contribute to improving all areas of the business regardless of whether they fall within my job description.” Name: Laura Scott Age: 32 Company: Aqua-Draulics Plumbing Supply Location: Rockledge, Fla. Position: Showroom manager and consultant Experience: 8 years Laura’s thoughts: “My ability to communicate has drastically improved over the years in this industry. Not only do I feel confident in my interactions with clients, but I know I am providing the best customer service possible.” Name: Nathan Wachtel Age: 30 Company: Masters’ Supply Location: Louisville, Ky. Position: Marketing director and financial intern Experience: 7 years Nathan’s thoughts: “Masters’ Supply is a mature company with great people, many of whom are near retirement. Our company depends on younger associates to work at paving the future. Since being with the company, we’ve fought through some difficult economic times with very little turnover.” Name: Jennifer Lee Age: 28 Company: Lee Supply Location: Indianapolis Position: Brand manager Experience: 11 years Jennifer’s thoughts: “I am very fortunate that I am surrounded by so many talented Lee team members, vendors and customers. I never hesitate to ask for guidance. I always try to learn something from each person I meet.” Name: Aroddy Morejon Age: 33 Company: A&B Pipe & Supply Location: Miami Position: Sales manager Experience: 14 years Aroddy’s thoughts: “I am surprised by how much the company is riding on my decisions. I take every situation and every decision very seriously and put a lot of time and thought into each of them.” Name: Dan New Age: 32 Company: Mid-City Supply Location: Elkhart, Ind. Position: Marketing manager Experience: 2 years Dan’s thoughts: “It makes my job much easier to have the help and support of all 75 associates in whatever program I may be running. We all know if any one of us ever needs help with anything we can go to any of our associates and they won’t hesitate to help.” Name: Koltin Stratiner Age: 25 Company: Puget Sound Pipe and Supply Location: Kent, Wash. Position: Corporate quality assurance manager, project development Experience: 4 years Koltin’s thoughts: “Colleagues’ willingness to pass on knowledge without fear of replacement has helped me to an expedited understanding and knowledge of our industry. In addition, Puget Sound has invested time and resources into sending me to more than 10 of our suppliers a year to conduct quality audits.” Name: Jeff Wool Age: 31 Company: Wool Plumbing Supply Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Position: Executive manager Experience: 7 years Jeff’s thoughts: “I’ve been repeatedly challenged to work in new areas of the business and learn things I’ve never been exposed to. I’m extremely fortunate to be working alongside such a talented and hard-working executive team that I learn from everyday.”
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