Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anniversaries of Two Key Staff Members

Sheri Gorman, VP Marketing/A&D with 10 years of service, and Bernard Vargas, Sr. Project Manager with 15 years of service.

Since joining RD Weis, Sheri has single handedly put a face on the company in the A&D arena an area that always remained elusive for us in years past.  Sheri's deep personal and business connections with the design community, has given us a pathway to success in this segment.  RD Weis through Sheri has been an impressive force with manufacturers who brought new products to market to test out the concepts and in some cases, gave RD Weis an exclusive for product launches, Stile and Surface Supply to name a few.  Our most successful relationship, which was developed under Sheri's leadership, is our over five-year relationship with Stile, the Italian wood line that we represent and continue to sell worldwide.  Other manufacturers like Avaire, ASM, and many more, have come to Sheri to assist in product launches.

Outside of our day to day business, Sheri has been a leader in the business community by heading up Starnet's "Specifier" group as it's committee chair, and has served for many years on the board of CARE, the carpet industry's leading organization promoting the reclamation of carpeting.  When Starnet members look at whether they should go into the A&D specifying arena, many times they reach out to Sheri to find out what her success formula is.  With Sheri, it is a mix of knowledge, integrity and in many transforming those business relationships into personal friendships.   We are grateful to have Sheri on our team.

In addition to her busy and important role at RD Weis, Sheri also excels in her most important role as mother to 13-year-old Brett, the tour de force in their household.

Bernard Vargas started out in our carpet care division as a carpet cleaner, and quickly distinguished himself as mature beyond his years. Bernard was our pick to head up teams at some of our most important accounts.  He could always be relied on to be the leader of his group, and leadership came naturally to him.  When we secured a floor care contract at JP Morgan Chase some seven years ago, Bernard was the pick to run the building and become the key contact with JPM executives.  Political shifts at JPM caused us to lose the floor care contract at that location and it came at a time when we needed to expand our project management capabilities in the NY area.  Bernard was a perfect fit for the job, and we just needed to teach him the mechanics of estimating and project management. Very quickly Bernard was running some of the highest profile jobs in the company.  Today, not 30 minutes go by when we do not hear of a reference to a job that Bernard is involved in, helping the sales team put together proposals and monitoring ongoing jobs.  We are fortunate to have Bernard for the past 15 years, and he is still growing and making us all look good.

Bernard is also challenged with balancing fatherhood against his busy schedule but does find time to be a good father and husband while stay current on all sports - depending on the season. And he sill makes time for taking calls from customers and sales people seven days a week.

Both Sheri and Bernard epitomize the textbook RD Weis associate who has ambition, drive, and does their best to make the whole company successful. On Thursday, January 19, 2017, RD Weis hosted an appreciation luncheon the Elmsford, NY La Quinta Inn honoring both Shari and Bernard. Congratulations to these two pro's.

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