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Salem Distributing Co. appoints new president

Post Time:Jul 09,2010Classify:Industry NewsView:98

The 47 employee-owners of Salem, Winston-Salem, N.C.,announced the appointment of Michael Willard as the company’s new president, according to a July 9 release. Willard brings 25 years of glass sales management experience, the last 11 years as Salem’s national sales manager and executive vice president, to his new position.

As EVP, Willard directed 23 field sales people located through out the U.S. and Canada, and managed the company’s strategic diversification throughout the past decade. His efforts as a member of the management team were instrumental in successfully steering Salem’s transition from a privately owned company to a 100 percentemployee-owned company.As president, Willard will focus on nurturing the ESOP ownership culture to harness the internal resourcefulness and energy unique to an employee-owned company in expanding existing markets, developing new markets as well as new products. He believes the commitment of individual employee-owners is vital to maximizing the opportunities of the company for its future success, according to the release.

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