L&W Supply makes branch manager moves
L&W Supply, the building products distributor and subsidiary of ABC Supply, has made a trio of management moves.
The Chicago-based company has named Gary Barnson as branch manager of its North Las Vegas location.
Barnson is a Las Vegas native who comes from a long line of contractors in his family. He retired from the Laborers Union in 2000 and moved to the distribution side of the business in 2003. He has spent the past 16 years of his career in several positions focused on supplying projects in Las Vegas, giving him a perspective on the market.
“With his background as a contractor, Gary brings a lot of knowledge and a strong work ethic to this new position,” says Chad Cutlip, L&W vice pesident for the West Region. “The entire team in Las Vegas is happy to welcome him on board.”
As branch manager, Barnson will be responsible for overseeing the North Las Vegas Branch. This position involves managing deliveries and customer relationships.
L&W also announced that Nick Jansen has accepted the position of branch manager for its Columbus, Ohio location.
For the past two years, Jansen has progressed through the roles of inside sales representative and branch supervisor at L&W Supply. In November of 2019, he completed the Branch Manager Training Program.
Jansen comes from a family with deep ties to the drywall and construction industry, with his father, Joe Jansen, currently working as a managing partner for L&W Supply Indianapolis. Prior to joining L&W Supply, Jansen also served as a helper, trim carpenter, and project manager for two years.
“Nick has exactly what it takes to be a strong leader here at L&W Supply,” says John McLaughlin, vice president of the Northeast Region. “His experiences working both in the trades along with the distribution side helps give him a wealth of knowledge and insight into the position.
In Allentown, Pa., Phil Orapello has been appointed branch manager. He replaces Gary Huster who retired in late March.
Orapello brings with him years of experience spent working in the roofing, millwork and door industries, before eventually joining the distribution side of the business. Since then, his career has taken him through several different positions, including branch manager and district manager.
“Phil is a strong worker and one of the best possible candidates for the position,” said Bill Guiliano, Mid-Atlantic district manager. “Allentown is a unique market with challenges and opportunities that are not found in other places.”
L&W Supply distributes wallboard, suspended ceiling tiles, steel studs, joint treatment, insulation, fasteners, and related building products. The company operates about 175 locations in 35 states.