Nationwide Marketing Group promotes key executives

 Image of Robert WeisnerRobert Weisner Image of Jeff KnockJeff Knock
 Image of Les KirkLes Kirk Image of Dave BilasDave Bilas

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nationwide Marketing Group is promoting Les Kirk, formerly chief operating officer, to co-CEO, sharing the top post with longtime president and CEO Robert Weisner.

In addition, North America's largest furniture, electronics and appliances buying group will name Dave Bilas, former executive vice president, to president and chief operating officer. Jeff Knock, former senior vice president of appliances will become executive vice president.

The changes are effective Jan. 1, and a new leader for the appliances division will be announced early next year, the group said.

"Les has played a pivotal role in the success of our company during his 25-plus years here," Weisner said in a release. "I am very excited to move forward in this partnership with him."

Kirk, in turn, noted that Bilas' "leadership qualities, fundamental understanding of the business and his intimate relationships with retailers across the country will be key in his new role here at Nationwide."

"His experience in both the (consumer electronics) and major appliance categories enables Dave to remain a huge resource for our independent retailers." Bilas has been with Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Nationwide for three years.
Knock, who will take the executive vice president post and has been with the group just short of three years in the top appliances division post, "has developed foundational relationships with our vendor partners and has a strong background in the merchandising business, as well as the implementation of marketing strategies for our retailers," Bilas said.

"From the integration of ‘Draw-Escape-Sell' (a marketing and sales strategy) and Nationwide's tablet initiative to being instrumental in the acquisition of several of our larger members, we are excited that Jeff will be overseeing the group's merchandising and marketing initiatives."

Nationwide Marketing Group has more than 3,500 members with more than 10,000 store and combined annual sales of $14 billion.

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