Speakers

Bharani Nagarathnam

Associate Director & Instructional Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University

Dr. Bharani Nagarathnam is a faculty and Associate Director of Master of Industrial Distribution at the Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Industrial Distribution. He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, applied research, program management, and business development.

Dr. Nagarathnam has worked on applied industry projects, consortia and professional development programs for more than 100 industrial distributors and manufacturers. He has published books, journal articles and industry publications. He runs the Talent Development Council that works with Wholesale Distributions on Talent Acquisition, Management and Development practices.

Brandon Hagen

Director, Safety Network Division at Affiliated Distributors

Brandon Hagen has served as Director of Member Education Services at AD Safety Network for 5 years. He leads the division’s education and marketing programs, designed to enable their Member’s business development. AD Safety Network is comprised of 50+ Independent Distributor Members, covering the entire United States, all specialized in selling PPE and Safety Equipment.

While at AD Safety Network, Brandon has developed the division’s 150-hour Safety Equipment Expert (SEE) Certification. The SEE Certification program is designed to help Sales Professionals advance their skills and knowledge supporting workplace safety programs and professionals. SEE Certification currently has 1,000+ Sales Professionals enrolled across the nation. Brandon has also led the divisions development of an end-user marketing and community development initiative designed to compliment SEE Certification.

Dave Bent

President at ES Tech Group

Unleashing the potential of B2B distributors with our EvolutionX webstore and FusionPlus product content. Feature rich for the most sophisticated B2B enterprises with faster time to value at a fraction of the investment.

Matt Johnson

Vice President of Business Development at ES Tech Group

Matt is the Vice President of Business Development for ES Tech Group and the Managing Partner of Spinstak Growth Agency. He is a brand and marketing strategist with 16+ years’ experience working with industrial supply distributors in North America and beyond.

Matt Johnson and his firm, Spinstak Growth Agency, have joined the ES Tech Group family of brands dedicated to helping independent distributors grow and win online. Matt’s grandfather founded a safety distribution business in their basement which Matt and his father helped grow into a $100MM+ global supplier. He’s lived the American dream and is passionate about helping other distributors compete against the biggest brands online.

Kim Lombard

Channel Manager at APS Payments

Kim’s career dynamic is demonstrable sales success within the financial services industry as well as payment technologies. Her career achievements include a robust history of developing and acquiring new business, cultivating sustainable relationships, and securing customer loyalty while providing award-winning service in highly competitive markets.

Her career’s key strengths have been in the area of business development, strategic market planning, solutions selling, territory growth, and account management. These key strengths have allowed her to consistently qualify for performance and leaders club; both in my individual sales as well as in her leadership roles.

Hillary Heath

Channel Account Manager at APS Payments

Hillary Heath is a Channel Manager at APS Payments, a leading payment processing provider that specializes in Business to Business Level 3 processing and offers omni-channel, integrated payment solutions.

Hillary has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the credit card processing industry and strives to execute a shared, focused, and intentional strategy to continuously provide unsurpassed value to partners and mutual customers. Leveraging her experience and expertise in conjunction with that of her partners enables end users and partners to take their payment processing needs to new heights.

Lori Mata

Director at Industrial Distribution

Lori Mata has been with Norton/Saint-Gobian Abrasives for over 25 yrs. and held various positions with increasing responsibility in Customer Service, Sales, National Accounts, and Industrial Distribution, building partnerships for growth. Lori strives to mentor her employees to see business from a broader view and become great leaders. Lori makes her home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Ateesh Vankayala

Sr Director & Head at Bunzl Corp eCommerce

Ateesh is a technologist at heart and aspires to change the world through technology. He has helped fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation and loves sharing his expertise with others who are also trying to drive this difficult change. He strives to create world class products that customers love and that generate sustainable revenues and a competitive advantage.”

Evan Wright

Director of Growth, Cross-Border at Avalara

Over the past 6 years, Evan has worked with thousands of businesses to educate them on the complexity of sales tax compliance and help them identify solutions to reduce audit risk and increase customer satisfaction.

Prior to Avalara, Evan worked for Expeditors International, a Fortune 500 logistics freight forwarder, as an international operations manager. Recently Evan’s focus has been on working with companies that have a global compliance footprint and helping them grow and scale their cross border business.

Gary Smith

Strategic Partner Development Manager at Nexcess

Gary Smith is a Strategic Partner Development Manager for Nexcess. He’s worked in the eCommerce industry since the early 2000’s as a merchant, consultant and agency manager. Since the early days of Magento, he’s seen the potential in Magento’s customizable and extendable platform. He lives in Huntsville AL.

Karthik Chidambaram

Founder & CEO, DCKAP

Karthik Chidambaram is the Founder & CEO of DCKAP. He bootstrapped the company from his small apartment in Chicago, Illinois. DCKAP was started with 2 people, 2 computers and 2 desks and is now a global team with headquarters in the Greater Austin area.

He reckons industry setbacks and renders solid & practical solutions to organisations. Karthik holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Timothy Diep

Customer Success Manager at DCKAP

Tim Diep focuses primarily on generating new business. As the primary account manager, Tim would take on the entire process, ensuring that everything was carried out successfully from pre-sales to the shipment of the products. Tim graduated with an MBA Degree at the University of Phoenix campus in San Jose, CA.