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Huttig searching for new CFO

BY HBSDealer Staff

Huttig Building Products reported that Oscar Martinez is no longer serving as the company’s vice president and CFO.

The St. Louis-based building products distributor revealed the move, effective Jan. 31, in a SEC filing. Martinez joined Huttig as CFO and vice president in April 2016.

Company president and CEO Jon Vrabley has been appointed interim CFO by Huttig’s board of directors. A search for a new CFO is underway, Huttig said. Vrabely has served as president and CEO of Huttig since January 2007. He also served as interim CFO from June 2015 to April 2016 and as chief operating officer from Novermber 2005 to January 2007.

Additional details regarding the personnel change were not revealed. 

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Jones Stephens hires sales manager

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Jones Stephens hired Jason Kokaska as area sales manager for Illinois. Kokaska will focus on single and multi-family contractors across all product categories – including plumbing, contractor specialties and MRO products.

Kokaska, an industry veteran, brings seventeen years of related experience to Jones Stephens. From 2012 to 2017, he was business development manager for Reliance Worldwide Corp. His resume also includes sales experience at Interstate Hardware and Hutter Wholesale – both in the Denver area.

Jones Stephens is a manufacturer of plumbing specialty products. With 18,000 SKUs within 14 product categories, the distributor provides a selection of innovative, hard-to-find specialty and common plumbing products.

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Opening doors in 2018

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Memphis, Tenn.-based hardware products distributor Orgill doesn’t seek the limelight. It’s more than content to remain anonymous to consumers and allow independent hardware and building supply dealers to earn the brand equity in its community, It’s an approach that has served the company well since 1847. The company hit its first billion in sales in 2007. And last year, for the first time, it crossed the $2 billion mark. 

This year, the model remains the same. But some developments demand attention, specifically from the industry. 

The company — which long ago shed its “regional player” label and adopted a truly international presence — recently finished converting its eastern Canadian customers to its London, Ontario, distribution center. Out west, the company’s Post Falls, Idaho, distribution center turned on the lights and conveyor belts to begin serving customers in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada. 

Closer to home, the distributor celebrated a seamless transition last month to a new headquarters, moving more than 300 people from Germantown to nearby Collierville into a 92,000-sq.-ft. building. Orgill chairman, president and CEO Ron Beal told The Commercial Appeal the move was needed “to accommodate the rapid growth we’ve experienced.” 

Growth will be a focus again at the upcoming Orgill Dealer Market from Feb. 22 to 24 in Orlando, Fla. And the distributor intends to beat the drum of pricing, assortment, convenience and service. 

Orgill sales: 

  • 2014: $1.7 billion
  • 2015: $1.84 billion
  • 2016: $1.96 billion
  • 2017: $2.04 billion

(source: Orgill, Inc.)

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