Jan. 15, 2017 Member News

Nelson Named President as Oxarc’s Gregory Walmsley Retires

Gregory Walmsley has retired from Oxarc, the Spokane, Wash., distributor where he served as president. He started at the company while still a student, and worked at numerous positions before becoming president in the 1980s. He took retirement to travel and enjoy more time with his family.

His sister, Jana Nelson, has been appointed president. Nelson formerly served as executive vice president, secretary and treasurer at the family owned company. She has worked at the firm since 1975, first as credit manager, then as office manager before being promoted in the late 1980s when the firm took on its current form.

Also, Mike Sutley has taken the title executive vice president and Jason Kirby has come aboard as vice president and general manager.

Sutley has been with the company since 1972. He has served in inside and outside sales as well as sales manager and general manager before his recent promotion.

Kirby served in the Marines and has worked in the gases and welding industry for 15 years in the Southwest and West in both production and sales.

Jerry Walmsley, “the founding father of Oxarc,” according to a company release, will continue to have an active roll as a consultant, “sharing his 60 years of experience in this business.”

Jana Nelson

Mike Sutley

Jason Kirby

Ullman Named New Executive Director at AIWD

The board of directors and executive committee of the Association of Independent Welding Distributors announced that Pete Ullman became the organization’s executive director on January 1.

Ullman has been active in the industry for decades, including 28 years with Lincoln Electric, rising to corporate vice president and president/CEO of the Harris Calorific Division, and most recently, serving as vice president tech services and special accounts for TechniweldUSA. He has twice served as president of American Welding Society chapters and has been involved with GAWDA and its predecessor organization since the early 1990s.

“I love the industry and have been in it all my life,” Ullman says. He adds that the executive director position allows him to combine his experience as an executive with his experience as a supplier working with distributors.

Pete Ullman

Mathey Dearman Restructures Sales Organization

Mathey Dearman has restructured its sales organization, says Brandon Boyd, director of sales. The new team is made up of Boyd; Josh Wilson, area sales manager for the Western United States and Western Canada;  Mike Brace, area sales manager for the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada; Svatopluk “Sevy” Jezek, European sales manager and  Al Smith, training and product support coordinator.

Wilson joined the company in 2012 as a sales application engineer; in 2015 he was named technical sales application manager. His primary duties included organizing and heading up all aspects of training for the company, including sales people, Mathey distributors, and end-user organizations. A graduate of the Ohio State University, with a degree in mechanical engineering, Wilson has a business degree from the University of Phoenix. He has also spent time as a project manager, project engineer, and field engineer.

Brace brings more than 20 years of sales and operational experience. Formerly the welding specialist for the construction products/industrial engine drive group at Miller Electric, he is an AWS certified welding inspector and an AWS certified welding sales representative.

Jezek previously worked for a group that produced steel construction for trucks and has experience related to steel construction and heavy industry and working with welders all over Europe. He has been with Mathey since 2009, has an extensive network of contacts throughout Europe and a degree in civil engineering from Brno, Czech Republic, with more than 25 years of experience in the field.

Smith started with Mathey Dearman in 1980, as machinist building equipment on the floor and in the late 1990s moved to production manager. More recently he began working in quality control and documentation of procedures.

Josh Wilson

Al Smith

Sevy Jezek

Mike Brace