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Tyler loves being part of the Ernest Packaging Solutions team because of our strong family culture, and the limitless opportunities. He is passionate about helping his team members hone their skills, so they can achieve their goals and live their dreams. The way Tyler sees it, the sky is the limit. In his free time, Tyler is an avid outdoorsman who loves fishing, refereeing college football, and spending time with his wife and their four kids. He’s happiest hunting pheasants on the River Bottom with his son and their dogs. You might be surprised to learn Tyler speaks fluent Spanish after spending two years in Puebla, Mexico. In Boise, he’s the jefe when it comes to packaging.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
As a firm believer in the difference the right people can make, Luke is excited to be a part of the Ernest Packaging Solutions family and the Las Vegas team. By building upon a strong foundation of rock-solid relationships, Luke is taking Ernest’s innovative approach to packaging to even more customers. He prides himself on doing things in a new way. Maybe that’s why he fits in so well around here. When Luke’s not busy connecting clients with the best packaging solutions, you can find him spending time with his five young kids, or watching the Seattle Seahawks.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Gerard Lee likes to stay ahead of the curve. As Director of Client Relations in our Los Angeles office, he’s moving packaging forward by helping his customers improve their productivity, and profitability. Gerard takes a personal approach to sales. “It’s not just about cutting a good deal on something they’re already using,” he says. “It’s about finding a better way.” He loves being part of a company that does things differently—in fact, that’s what attracted him to Ernest to begin with. He also loves our family culture, and never felt it more than when his co-workers threw him a surprise baby-shower—we love welcoming a new member! A New England native, Gerard has a religious passion for his hometown teams—the Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins. When he doesn’t have his hands full connecting customers with innovative ideas, or being a new dad, you might catch him making a trip back east to take in a game or two. Whatever the score, we think Gerard’s on a winning streak here at Ernest.
Stephen’s background in construction means he’s got all the tools he needs to build the next generation of packaging professionals. He takes prides in teaching his team about the wide range of materials and products in the Ernest catalog, and also about representing Ernest by upholding the strong brand culture that’s been an integral part our business for over 70 years. Stephen loves the sense of camaraderie at Ernest. He appreciates the support he receives to help him succeed and the freedom to make his own choices. Most importantly, he loves that people here care about life outside the company—just like a real family. When he’s not busy training his crew, you can bet Stephen’s keeping busy at home with his wife, Ryann, and their three sons. An avid builder, Stephen loves making things and his wife loves giving him projects—so it’s a win-win. Add to that his self-proclaimed geekiness (the force is strong with this one), and his boys’ penchant for wrestling, and Stephen is always having fun, whether he’s at work or at home. Sounds like a blueprint for happiness, and success.
Brian is on a mission to open doors, and close business. In everything he does, he focuses on setting Ernest apart. That means building the strongest, smartest, best equipped sales team around, and adding value for every customer. When he’s not busy bringing the best packaging solutions to new Ernest clients, Brian loves spending time with his wife and their four children. A Chicago native, he’s a huge Cubs fan and can't wait to see what his hometown team does in the next few years. With his passion for winning, we know Brian’s going to knock it out of the ballpark here at Ernest.
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.
Looking for something tasty to eat? Talk to Kiera! She’s our resident foodie and knows all the great restaurants and tasty recipes. Whether at the dinner table or at work, her passion for excellence is infectious. She loves great literature, fine design, beautiful architecture, and good people. It’s this passionate approach to life and determination that drives her every day at Ernest Packaging Solutions. What she doesn’t know is that while she looks to others for her motivation, she is inspiring and motivating everyone around her.
Ryan Harris is a people person, which makes him a great DCR for two reasons: he understands the importance of every single customer interaction and he’s an excellent motivator for his team. Whether he’s out in the field or in the office, Ryan loves watching his people grow and helping them make every day count. A highly focused leader, he gives everyone on his team the tools they need to succeed and add value for every client. Ryan loves working at Ernest because everyone shares his positive attitude, strong work ethic, and selfless approach. Plus, he loves that we do things differently. He does, too! When he’s not busy driving success at work, Ryan enjoys his role as a dedicated husband and father. He loves to read, and plays basketball and golf in his free time. At the end of the day his family always comes first, which makes him a perfect fit for the Ernest family, too.
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.
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.
When it comes to both work and sports, Greg is a serious competitor: He plays to win. As our General Manager in Reno, he’s helping his team win by finding new ways to add value to our customers’ supply chains every day. Greg believes in tackling customers’ needs with an eye on today and tomorrow to give them the full package. By looking at the process, not just the products, he’s able to deliver real Ernest advantage. Outside of work Greg is passionate about spending time with his wife and two sons, and loves having fun in the great outdoors—camping, golfing, and paddle boarding. With such a well-rounded approach to life and work, no wonder he fits in so well in the Ernest family.
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.
John is a firm believer in hard work and brings endless energy to everything he does. He’s especially enthusiastic about leading his team in a consultative sales approach, and believes a good salesperson must act as detective, doctor, and friend to help customers find peace of mind. He loves watching his team connect customers with the innovative ideas and solutions that best serve their needs. When he’s not busy sharing everything he’s learned from 20 years in distribution and manufacturing, John loves running the trails around his home, going fly-fishing in Idaho, making pizza, and writing. A self-proclaimed research junkie, John knows a little bit about everything and loves looking for answers. He recently built himself a deck full of furniture after stumbling across a DIY online tutorial. John loves Ernest’s family culture and our small-company feel. We love his can-do spirit and infectious enthusiasm. Together, it’s what Moving Packaging Forward is all about
Jamie loves to be in the middle of things, as long as she’s not in the spotlight. She has worked in just about every department at Ernest. Her broad range of experience, motivation, and endless enthusiasm make her an ideal Director of Operations. She’s always ready to share her knowledge, and advises others to speak up if they want to get ahead. An active member of the Ernest Brand Council, Jamie is an integral cog in Ernest’s well-oiled machine. When Jamie’s not tackling challenges faster than we can throw them at her, she’s keeping busy with her family. She loves to travel and is an avid nature photographer who carries her camera wherever she goes. She also loves to cook for her family, and tackle DIY projects around her home. We’re so lucky to have Jamie as part of the Ernest family. She truly is the real McCoy.
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!
Dedge brings energy, positivity, and a passion for winning to everything he does here at Ernest. He is a hands-on leader who’s not afraid to carry the bag, and is excited to get out in the field and develop his team. With his devotion to teamwork, it’s no surprise he says every day at Ernest is a great day. When Dedge isn’t hard at work building his team and working with clients, he loves spending time outdoors with his family. You’ll find him skiing in the winter, golfing in the summer, and hanging out with his wife and six kids in the outdoors anytime they can. It’s that kind of enthusiasm for everything he does that makes him a real asset here at Ernest.
When it comes to creativity, Dirk is a force to be reckoned with. In addition to putting lots of energy into providing creative customer solutions, Dirk is an avid learner of new art techniques. He’s interested in everything from photography to typography, and loves using his artistic skills to enhance the packaging design process. Dirk has helped build a culture of camaraderie in our Salt Lake City division, and is always deepening his relationships with both customers and team members to bring about the best outcomes for everyone. When he’s not busy bringing ideas to life, making customers happy, or lending co-workers a helping hand, Dirk enjoys predicting the future of the packaging industry—or at least, helping to shape it. We see a bright, creative future for Dirk and his team.
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.
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.
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.
Kelli Hacker doesn’t like being boxed in (pardon the pun). That makes her a perfect fit here at Ernest Packaging Solutions. As an innovator, a team builder, and a culture keeper, Kelli believes in accountability, action, and hands-on learning to increase speed to revenue. That’s why she’s focused on getting her reps out in the field so they can spend more collaborating with customers and building a solid sales pipeline. It also helps that she’s so passionate about everything Ernest has to offer — from boxes and supplies to groundbreaking thinking and packaging design. And Kelli doesn’t just reserve her enthusiasm for her professional endeavors. When she’s not busy working with her team, she loves spending time with her husband and two sons, watching her boys play lacrosse, rescuing animals, and reading. We haven’t figured out how she fits everything in, but we’re thrilled she can!