AmeriPride® has recruited and retained the most talented professionals in the industry to accelerate profitable growth and strengthen market position through the execution of its new strategic plan. Bill Evans became the first non-family CEO in the company’s history in 2009 and works closely with senior leadership to enhance the customer experience through superior service.
Bill Evans, President and CEO
Bill Evans joined the company in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer and became the company’s first non-family CEO in 2009. Bill has fiscal and operational oversight over the entire company and serves on the Board of Directors. Along with his executive team, he has strengthened and solidified the company’s leadership in the market. Bill’s previous experience includes PepsiAmericas, PepsiCo and Ford Motor Company. He holds an MBA from Drake University and a BA degree from University of New Hampshire.
Curt Gray, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Curt Gray joined the company in 2006 and oversees all administrative operations for the company including Information Services, Human Resources, Communications, Legal, and Facilities Management. Curt’s prior experience includes leadership positions at Musicland, Best Buy, Payless Shoe Source and Kmart. He has an MS from Central Michigan University and a BA degree from the University of Minnesota.
Steven John, Chief Information Officer
Steven John joined the company in 2014 and is currently responsible for the overall leadership of our Information Systems (IS) group and the ongoing development the company’s information management initiatives and digital strategy. Steven has more than 30 years of information systems and technology experience and prior organizations include Workday Inc., H.B. Fuller, the Society for Information Management (SIM), First Health, CIGNA, Unisource and Transora. Steven holds a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah.
Brian Keegan, Safety and Sustainability Officer (SSO)
Brian Keegan joined the company in 2007 and is responsible for the organization’s safety and sustainability programs and the integration of these initiatives with company business objectives. He has more than 28 years of production and engineering knowledge and his previous experience includes UniFirst, Mabbett and Capaccio, Badger Energy and General Tire. Brian has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
Mark Kowalski, Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development
Mark Kowalski joined the company in 2006 and is currently responsible for the finance, corporate development and fleet and delivery operations for the company. He has more than 25 years of finance experience and prior organizations include Teleplan, Gelco Information Network, Dataserv Inc. and U.S. West. He has a Masters in Finance from the University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management and a BS degree from Moorhead State University.
Dan Lagermeier, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Dan Lagermeier joined the company in 2011 and is responsible for overall financial and accounting operations for the company. His previous experience includes leadership positions at Luminara Worldwide, Element Electronics, Polaroid Consumer Electronics, Best Buy and Target Corporation. Dan has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Dave Rotman, Vice President of Marketing and Supply Chain
Dave Rotman joined the company in 2007 and is currently responsible for marketing, product management and digital strategy, as well as supply chain management and distribution. He has more than 30 years of product marketing, project and systems management experience and has previously held leadership roles at Teleplan Wireless, Gelco Information Network, Wam!Net, and 3M. He holds a BA degree from the University of Minnesota.
Theresa Schulz, Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Theresa Schulz joined the company in 2011 and is responsible for overall legal functions for the organization. She has more than 20 years of legal experience, including as Senior Corporate Counsel with Cosentino North America, as well as with various law firms. She holds a JD cum laude from the University of Minnesota and BA degree from Indiana University.
Leo Smith, Vice President of Customer Operations
Leo Smith currently oversees the company’s efforts to increase customer satisfaction and retention, improve efficiencies and automation, and promote customer development and growth. Prior to joining the company in 2009, Smith served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at Gelco Information Network and held senior leadership roles at Teleplan Wireless and Dataserv. He studied at Dunwoody Institute and is a graduate of the Minnesota Management Institute at the Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis.
Andrew Steiner, Vice President of Canadian Operations
Andrew Steiner is a fourth generation family owner and currently has fiscal and operational oversight for the company’s Canadian operations, including 35 production facilities and service centers. He has been with the company since 2001 in various marketing, sales, service and technology roles. Prior to joining the company, he was the founder and owner of Blue Link Innovations, Inc. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago-Booth School of Management and a BSE degree from Princeton University.
John Sutherland, Senior Vice President of US Operations
John Sutherland has been with the company since 1982 and has fiscal and operational oversight for the company’s U.S. operations, including 30 production facilities and their affiliated service centers. He has more than 30 years with the company and has held numerous operations and sales management roles, including Regional Operations and Regional Manager, District Manager and General Manager. Prior to joining the company, John worked for DancoCorp and he has a BS degree from Central Connecticut State University.
Lance Westphal, Vice President of Sales
Lance Westphal joined the company in 1995 and is currently responsible for field sales functions across the company, including corporate accounts and direct sales. His previous roles at the company include VP of Regional Operations and Regional Manager, District Manager, General Manager and Market Center Manager. Lance’s past experience includes National Uniform Service and American Uniform & Linen Supply. He has a BS degree from the University of Phoenix in San Diego.
Wiz Wyatt, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
Wiz Wyatt joined the company in 2006 and is currently responsible for developing and maintaining positive and mutually beneficial working relationships with industry, community and key vendor partners. He has more than 38 years of financial and business management experience and prior organizations include Apogee Enterprises, Wellington Window, ConAgra, Merrill Lynch, and Citibank, NA, Saudi Arabia. He holds an AB cum laude from Harvard University.
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