Jay’s Biography

Jay Thompson’s years in sales began out of college working for Dixie/Marathon Paper, a division of American Can Company. Jay remained at Dixie/Marathon in various sales positions through the James River acquisition but then transitioned over to Wisconsin Tissue.

He held various sales roles at Wisconsin Tissue including Regional Sales Manager in New England and then director and vice president of national accounts for WT. Jay ran the department for five years, growing the business dramatically. He expanded the department to include ten national account managers across the country in food service and sanitary products. The department grew to $125 million in sales during this time. Jay left Wisconsin Tissue soon after its acquisition from Georgia Pacific. He spent two years successfully developing the food service sales at American Tissue before leaving to finally start his own company. Jay formed Pro Rep Sales in February of 2002, with the idea of creating a national non-food brokerage network company. Twelve years into the mission, Jay is proud of the accomplishments of Pro Rep Sales, LLC. Already one of the premier brokerage firms in the Midwest, PRS now spans over ten states.

Roger’s Biography

Roger is a long time Michigan resident and a graduate of Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a degree in Food Service Technology. Having lived in Japan with his parents in his younger years, he moved to Michigan to finish high school. Then in 1980 he began working for the original Lily Tulip Cup Company. After a decade of increasing sales responsibility with Fort Howard (since they bought Lily), he worked for Solo Cup Company where he was quite active with corporate accounts and also was instrumental in training the sales force on computer work when they made a significant sales automation conversion.

Roger left Solo to continue his work with building a corporate account department at Anchor Packaging working across all segments of the company to interface with large and small customers in the paper and food service segments. With Anchor, Roger was Regional Manager and then Director of Corporate Accounts. When they sold their vending business to Form Plastics in 2002, he became the National Sales Manager and moved to the Chicago area. He moved back to Michigan two years ago to be closer to family.

Roger’s fields of expertise include national accounts, distribution sales and processor businesses. He enjoys playing golf, traveling and being close to his grandchildren. He is also secretary-treasurer of an organization of World War II veterans that his father was active in.

John’s Biography

John has worked in the janitorial industry for his entire career.  He owned a contract cleaning company in Kansas City for 15 years.  Cleaning office buildings, retail and industrial facilities as well as specialty work such as floors, carpets and windows provided an education in using cleaning products and equipment.

The next 15 years were spent working for national and regional distributors of cleaning chemicals, supplies and equipment.  John worked as a Retail Manager, Territory Manager and Janitorial Product Manager while in the distribution channel.

For the last 10 years, he has worked as a Regional Business Manager for 2 international manufacturers of cleaning products and equipment.  Covering the Midwest working with distributors, rep agencies and national buying groups added more knowledge and contacts.

Working from Kansas City, he covers Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas representing cleaning chemical, equipment and supply manufacturers to the sanitary supply, industrial and food service distribution markets. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Carroll.

Rick’s Biography

Rick graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a BS in BA with emphasis in sales and marketing. Over 25 years of sales experience selling non-food and food products to the food service and retail grocery industry. Types of accounts currently selling and calling on: Retail Grocery Distributors, Food Service Distributors, C-Store Distributors, Janitorial Distributors, Mass Merchandisers (Walgreens, Wal-Mart) Clubs Stores (Sam’s, Costco), Food Processors, Retail Grocery Stores, C-Stores. Products sold to these accounts are Food Packaging (Plastics, Aluminum), Jan San (Paper Goods, Chemicals). Territorial coverage includes: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, and southern Illinois.