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Everyone at Ernest is a leader in their own way. When you’re committed to customer service to the extent we are, it comes naturally. Get to know the people who are dedicated to your success.

 
Corporate Leadership

A. Charles Wilson

Chairman, CEO

LOS ANGELES, CA

You always know when Charles is in the office. It starts when you hear the receptionists sing out “Good morning, Mr. Wilson. How are you today?” Then you'll see him on his rounds. Few company chairmen take the time to stop by every employee's desk to check in and say hello (and maybe to pick up a piece of candy or two), but Charles does. He knows how important it is to make those personal connections. Since joining his brother in business after serving in World War II, this recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star has always put people first. It takes a lot of energy to mentor so many individuals, but even after almost 70 years in the business, Charles makes it a priority. The candy helps, but mostly it's the love he has for our company and all the people here that keep him going.

Tim Wilson

President

LOS ANGELES, CA

Spending time with family is at the top of Tim's list of favorite things to do. That's an especially good thing as the president of a family-owned business because with over 450 employees, his definition of family is a bit broader than most. He prides himself on the people he has on his team — their passion, the dedication they have to their work, and their willingness to collaborate to help find the best solutions for our customers. In fact, some of his greatest joys come from celebrating the professional successes and personal milestones of his extended family.

Brian Porter

Vice President of Client Relations

LOS ANGELES, CA

Keeping up with Brian is tough. He’s so full of life, you never know what’s coming next. We think his previous jobs working on a cruise ship, serving as president of his city’s Little League, and managing rock bands perfectly prepared him for his life today — as father to two great boys, stepfather to two more, dedicated husband, keeper of the family animal menagerie, and Vice President of Client Relations. Brian consistently puts his incredible energy to work for everyone here at Ernest Packaging Solutions. With his great ability to make customers comfortable, his commitment to understanding their needs and objectives, and his ability to always have fun in the process, Brian is a great asset to his clients and to us. We look forward to many more years of trying to keep up with him.

Mike Pichotta

Vice President of Operations

LOS ANGELES, CA

Mike was a part of the Ernest Packaging Solutions family long before he joined the team as an employee. In his work for a number of our suppliers, he saw firsthand what a difference that family feeling makes. Now he’s doing his part to demonstrate our strong commitment to service on a daily basis. Mike does that by looking at things from all perspectives to help our clients and his coworkers succeed. That passion for success probably comes from his love of sports. He’s a big Miami Dolphins fan, and when he’s not rooting for them, you might find him riding dirtbikes in the desert, waterskiing and jet-skiing, or hitting the slopes on his snowboard.

Karri Wolten

Vice President of Finance

LOS ANGELES, CA

Karri is dedicated and committed to everything she does. Whether it’s cheering on her son at all of his soccer games or solving challenges for our clients and employees, she’s in it 100%. She has proven herself over and over again during the past 16 years as part of the Ernest Packaging Solutions family. Her experience in accounting, HR, and as our Operations Manager in Los Angeles has given her the day-to-day perspective that helps her shine as our VP of Finance. Or maybe it’s her annual trips to recharge in the surf and sun in Costa Rica that do the trick. Either way, her future looks bright.

Vince Vincent

Vice President of Talent

LOS ANGELES, CA

With a record like Mickey Mantle, the charisma of Joe DiMaggio, and the heart of Lou Gehrig, we think if Vince ever decides to retire from us, he has a bright future as a coach. His passion for nurturing success in everyone around him — from his family to our leadership and especially his new recruits — brings new life and energy to Ernest Packaging Solutions every day. Since 2008, Ernest has been the house that Vince built. Vince is not only getting top talent to join our Ernest family, but as keeper of the culture, he is making sure that we maintain the perfect climate for them to prosper and succeed. It's really too bad that his favorite team, the Yankees, haven't discovered him. Their loss is definitely our gain.

Scott Gardner

Chief Marketing Officer

LOS ANGELES, CA

Both professionally and personally, Scott has a special talent for rallying people. Whether he's coaching his kids' baseball and soccer teams or bringing all the Ernest offices together under a compelling new brand, he knows the power of a strong, confident message. He's a firm believer in the company's commitment to Moving Packaging Forward and takes the idea to heart even in the way the company markets itself. He attributes this passion for our brand to the fact that the family culture at Ernest makes you always want to do your best. We know it's really because he's a savvy marketer who truly loves his work.

Pallet Guy

Ambassador of Woodshop Facilities

LOS ANGELES, CA

When it comes to our wood solutions, Pallet Guy is the resident expert here at Ernest Packaging Solutions. Whether you’re pining for the perfect crate or super committed to sustainable foresting, this guy knows everyone and everything there is to know. Pallet Guy is a tree of knowledge. He even has clout at the White House, thanks to his days spent on the front lawn! With strong roots in the Sequoia National Forest, Pallet Guy had to start his career at the bottom. The view from below gave him a different perspective that branches into his work every day here at Ernest. With a vision and purpose that helps him see the forest from the trees, he and the Ernest team are passionate about designing the perfect crate or pallet.

 
Regional Leadership

Garry Bettencourt

General Manager

FRESNO

Garry is a big-picture guy if ever there was one. When San Joaquin Supply became part of Ernest Packaging Solutions, Garry was thrilled at the opportunity. For him, it brought together the best of both worlds – a family atmosphere and an industry leader. He saw it as an opportunity to grow both individually and as a company. It's that kind of vision and team focus that makes him great at his job.

Nancy Weaver

Director of Operations

FRESNO

Having two boys at home has taught Nancy to appreciate every opportunity for growth and learning and she definitely takes advantage of all of them. She has played a critical role in maintaining the janitorial/sanitation expertise in our Fresno location while actively partnering with our packaging vendors to grow in that area. Every day brings new challenges, and Nancy tackles each opportunity with a commitment to doing her best and a smile.

Eddie Canales

General Manager

HOUSTON

If you ask Eddie what he thinks makes Ernest Packaging Solutions so successful, he would tell you it's the people. When people work together, great things happen. This belief in teamwork and his ability to build relationships with everyone around him make him a huge asset and a great leader. He says it comes from lessons he learned on the college basketball court. We think it's just part of his balanced, good-natured approach to life. Whatever the case, we're learning new things from Eddie every day and are thrilled to have him on our team.

Dan Klawer

Director of Client Relations

HOUSTON

Dan has big dreams for the teams he leads here at Ernest Packaging Solutions. Always ready to take action to make things happen, Dan is the man with the plan. He's dedicated to equipping our people with the new tools and approaches that help us serve our customers better. When he's not obsessively looking for ways to reduce customer costs and improve their experiences or studying sales presentations to learn how to tell a better story, he's enjoying time with his wife and teaching his three young children how to live life to the fullest. As an avid golfer, movie lover, and someone who appreciates a good cigar, he seems to be working toward that perfect balance.

Bill Evans

General Manager

LAS VEGAS

Little did Bill know that when Ernest Packaging Solutions bought the company he was working for in 1998, it would change the direction of his life. As part of the Ernest family, he loves that he has the freedom to make decisions and a team of colleagues that he calls “the hardest working and most dedicated people I have ever seen.” And that’s quite a complement from someone with his experience. It’s also why he’s committed to finding the best ways to do things, striving to help his staff work smarter, and always looking at the details. Being part of Ernest’s success is just his way of giving back.

Sarah Budz

Director of Operations

LAS VEGAS

Who says you can’t learn anything from TV? Not Sarah! She adapts many of the problem-solving skills she’s learned from her favorite TV show “House” to deliver better custom corrugated solutions for her customers. Luckily, she has much better people skills than the show’s cranky leading man. For Sarah, every quote is an opportunity to ask herself if there’s a better style or process for her customers. Finding those solutions makes her job fun!

Kenny Briggs

General Manager

LOS ANGELES

Kenny loves a good competition, both personally and professionally. So it makes sense that he would return to Ernest, the company that launched his packaging career, after a decade of working for a competitor. As our General Manager, he is keeping his competitive nature on the golf course and has become passionate about sharing his years of knowledge and experience with the younger members of our sales force. And if you ask Kenny what day was his favorite day at Ernest, he'll tell you it was the day he came back. We have to agree and couldn't be happier to have him.

Eric C. Sander

Director of Client Relations

LOS ANGELES

You might call Eric the ultimate fan. Whether it's his family, his favorite sports teams, or his fellow coworkers, he's always cheering people on and showing his support. Maybe that's why he's such an amazing mentor for our Customer Relationship Managers and our customers, too. Whether you're talking about new ideas, individuals, or our customers' businesses, he loves seeing things move forward. And anywhere he can make a contribution, he will.

Kevin Young

Director of Client Relations

LOS ANGELES

When you ask Kevin what he loves about working at Ernest, he'll tell you, “The company vision and reputation can't be beat, but it's the people, their energy and capabilities that make all the difference.” With his can-do attitude and powerful enthusiasm, he's a perfect match. Plus, he's fun to be around. He loves good movies like The Godfather or Goodfellas, is a big football fan, and enjoys a great book The DaVinci Code and Red Storm Rising are two favorites. What more can you ask for in a colleague and a collaborator?

Larry White

Director of Client Relations

LOS ANGELES

One of the things that Larry loves most about being part of the Ernest Packaging Solutions family is that he’s on a team that wants to win! Working with people that are forward thinking and always out to do their best gives him great pride and feeds his passion for competition. As a lifelong sports fanatic, Larry understands the effort that goes into making great things happen, and he does it every day for our clients at Ernest. His competitive nature combined with his team player attitude is a perfect match for Ernest’s goal of moving packaging forward.

Scott Crutchfield

Director of Operations

LOS ANGELES

If there’s one thing Scott specializes in, it’s fresh perspective. He’s always helping our teams find new ways to strengthen relationships with our vendors and uncover unexpected solutions for our customers’ toughest packaging challenges. Scott has made it his personal mission to find opportunities to improve operations here at Ernest Packaging Solutions in whatever way he can. And that’s no small feat when you’re already working for a world-class organization! Good thing Scott takes plenty of time in the great outdoors, where he fly fishes, golfs, and mountain bikes with his family to refuel. All that fresh air is his secret weapon.

Travis Smith

General Manager

PORTLAND

Travis does everything he can to set himself and the Ernest Packaging Solutions family apart. He uses every opportunity to seek advice, expertise, and perspective from vendors and consultants to cover all angles for his customers. It's this kind of attitude and proactive approach that has helped him and the team excel. Outside of Ernest he takes advantage of all that Portland has to offer. You'll often find him with his wife and three young kids fishing, camping, crabbing, and enjoying the great outdoors. And when the weather doesn't cooperate, you'll find him inside shredding the guitar playing Rock Band with the family.

Howard J. Hoyt

General Manager

RALEIGH-DURHAM

Howard considers himself a blessed man! He's got a wonderful wife, four beautiful children, and a job that he loves. Not only does it allow him to provide for his family, but he also gets to work with people that he likes and do great things for customers. If he's not in a meeting or working with his staff, you might just find him in our on-site woodshop, sleeves rolled up, helping to put the finishing touches on one of our custom crates. What can we say? When it comes to his work, he's a hands-on manager.

Duncan Jennings

Director of Client Relations

RALEIGH-DURHAM

When it comes to service, Duncan likes the fact that at Ernest Packaging Solutions, management makes it easy to say "Yes" to customers. Duncan actively takes advantage of all the resources and programs Ernest has available and is tireless in his efforts out in the market. His commitment and dedication also extend to his free time with family, his church, and the great outdoors. You'll often find him reading, landscaping, or playing in the yard with his two kids, Lewis and Isla, and his wife, Ashley. And if he's not there, he might be on the back nine, out for a long run, or watching football with friends.

Judi Westerfield

Director of Operations

RALEIGH-DURHAM

Judi is all about high performance. Whether she's taking care of business at Ernest or on the racetrack, she's always ready to step it up. Her ambitious attitude drives everyone around her to keep up and keep moving forward. If you want to know the coolest things in packaging today, she's always on top of the latest and greatest, and she's happy to share her knowledge. With this enthusiasm and her commitment to progress, we know she'll continue to steer her team in the right direction.

Laura deJong

General Manager

RENO

Just like a fine wine, Laura believes that the best partnerships develop over time. That's why she dedicates much of her time to strengthening and deepening her relationships with Ernest clients. She loves a challenge and finds it all the more rewarding when she's helping her clients reach their long-term goals. Whether it's an innovative new package or looking at different processes and materials to help them be “more green,” she helps her customers tackle some of their toughest challenges with good cheer. Perhaps that great attitude comes from another of her passions in life — wine tasting. Whether it's a velvety glass of cabernet or a customer with a critical packaging problem, Laura always brings expertise and an inviting spirit to the table.

Clint Howard

General Manager

SACRAMENTO

According to Clint, when someone else improves, we all improve. That's why he's "all in" when it comes to helping make a difference. He's passionate about furthering others' success and isn't one to settle for doing things a certain way just because that's how it's always been done. By striving to learn more and finding creative ways to solve challenges, he actively helps his clients and coworkers create a better tomorrow. His belief in continuous improvement makes him a motivational force at Ernest Packaging and very busy at home. Whether it's working in the yard, playing sports, or camping, he loves anything he can do to share great times with family and friends.

Ross Johnson

General Manager

SALT LAKE CITY

For Ross, hopping on his motorcycle is a great way to relax and unwind. With a big job at Ernest and a family that includes a lovely wife and four kids, we understand why it might be nice to get out on the open road every now and then. But Ross isn't the type to spend too much time away. He loves taking on challenges and even reports getting a little adrenaline rush when he knows he's given a customer exactly what they need.

Ryan Reid

Director of Client Relations

SALT LAKE CITY

When it comes to solving challenges for our clients, Ryan is our go-to guy. His growing reputation for leaving a positive impact everywhere he goes is making Ernest the most relevant business partner for our customers. He claims the key to success is being willing to put other's needs above his own. For Ryan, sometimes that means working diligently with his Wagner team members to provide the best solutions for our customers, and sometimes that means happily watching "America's Funniest Videos" with his wife and three kids. Either way, he’s getting the job done!

Brian Theodore

General Manager

SAN DIEGO

When you've got an appetite like Brian, you have to be ready to work hard. He balances his serious love for sushi, hot wings, and tacos with peaceful surfing sessions and heart-pumping runs. His appetite and drive don't stop at his stomach, though. He is always willing to challenge himself and the status quo to help move packaging forward and contribute to the progressive environment here at Ernest Packaging Solutions. Offering him that slice of homemade pie on his first day of work here was a really great idea.

Tony Maturani

Director of Client Relations

SAN DIEGO

Just like his favorite beach game, Over-the-Line, Tony is an original San Diegan with a sunny attitude that can brighten anyone’s day. Even though he’s a laid-back kind of guy, he loves a good challenge. His ability to connect with his clients and really understand their needs, combined with his strong sense of family, makes him a great fit for our Ernest family. Whether he’s helping design a better packaging solution, connecting with customers, or enjoying time outdoors with his kids, it seems he always has something to smile about.

Mary Smiles

Director of Manufacturing

SAN DIEGO

For Mary, there couldn't have been a more fitting and perfect last name. Everyone that she has come in contact with over her 24 years at Ernest Packaging Solutions has walked away with a smile. Her warmth and genuineness are what make her such an integral part of her own family and the Ernest family, and they're probably a good reason why she is an amazing photographer. She has been with Ernest as we’ve grown and expanded, and she has never lost her caring touch. We know it’s that commitment and concern that make many of her clients think of Ernest as home.

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