Kent Hampton joins GBS Enterprises as senior VP of sales
David Perry -- Furniture Today, November 20, 2012
SUTTON, Neb. — GBS Enterprises has hired industry veteran Kent Hampton as senior vice president of sales and announced several other staff changes designed to position the company for growth.
Hampton most recently was vice president of sales, western United States, for Tempur-Pedic. He has more than 25 years of experience in the furniture and mattress industries, including work at retailer Gabbert's Furniture, Simmons and Feizy Rug in merchandising and executive sales positions.
"Kent brings great integrity and solid senior business experience to our GBS team and will be instrumental in our ongoing business development and growth process in our mattress and furniture protection categories," said Jeff McWey, CEO of GBS.
Added Dave Powers, GBS president, "We have been patiently searching for the past year or so for the perfect senior sales executive fit for our fast-growing company and believe Kent covers all the bases. His all-around industry experience and especially his retail experience will be paramount in our every-day engagement with our retail partners."
Hampton's immediate responsibilities will be sales representative management and business development in the western U.S., including the Southwest.
GBS has also hired Larry Mandras as executive vice president of operations/chief technology officer and chief financial officer. Mandras has more than 25 years of experience in the technology, financial, data and consumer services industries, including senior positions with UPS, National Data Services, Global Payments, Accenture and as chief technology officer for Royal Bank of Scotland World Pay.
In related moves, GBS also announced the promotions of Vince Mendez and Dayton McEwen to vice president posts. Mendez will handle East Coast activities and McEwen will focus on business development.
In addition, John Marbach has rejoined the company as senior account executive/alternate business channels.
"We feel these moves solidify our ‘bench strength' for the foreseeable future and position us for continued aggressive growth," said McWey.
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