Tony Jones has been promoted to vice president of finance and controller for Westlake Ace Hardware. He replaces the retiring Pam Samulcek, who has held the post since 2006.
In his new role, Jones leads all finance and accounting functions for Westlake Ace, including budgeting, acquisitions, and financial planning and reporting. He also manages the company’s accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and banking teams.
“This is truly an exciting time to be associated with Westlake Ace and I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity,” said Jones. “The growth Westlake Ace has gone through during the past several years has been nothing short of phenomenal. Each and every day, we create employment opportunities, aid in our associates’ professional growth, support communities, and show our customers how we live the Ace Helpful Promise by delivering reliable service, helpful advice, and the products they need to help them get their projects done right.”
Since joining Westlake in 2016 as senior director of financial planning and analysis, Jones has led Westlake Ace’s monthly business reviews and oversees the financial model the hardware retailer uses for evaluating growth opportunities. Additionally, during the past four years, he implemented a system to enhance the company’s pricing analysis platform.
Prior to joining Westlake Ace, Jones was director of financial planning and analysis for DineEquity – parent company of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and International House of Pancakes (IHOP). Before that, he held management-level finance positions with Applebee’s and YUM Brands.
“Tony has made a positive impact at Westlake since he joined the company in 2016,” said Joe Jeffries, president and CEO of Westlake Ace, added. “His skills and insights are invaluable as Westlake Ace continues its growth trajectory, expands its footprint, and enhances the lives of store associates and customers in the communities we serve.”