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Long Career in Business

During a 37 year career with Western Merchandisers / Anderson Merchandisers, I lived in many locations and was fortunate to experience many different job responsibilities.

Wholesale music distributor Western Merchandisers was founded by Sam Marmaduke in Amarillo along with the Hastings retail chain which most residents of this area are very familiar with. Working with Sam, John and Steve along with all of the other great Western associates was a great education in business, leadership, and working with team members to accomplish common goals. In 1994 the company was sold and became Anderson Merchandisers.

  • Sales Merchandiser out of the Irving branch in a territory that included all accounts in the Fort Worth area

  • District Manager of the Austin area which began my management career

  • Branch Manager/District Manager of the Denver area

    • Responsible for all Branch activities as well as the sales reps in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming

By now, we were doing business with Walmart, the world's largest retailer. Anderson distributed music, books, and video to the stores and our merchandisers serviced them. As an account executive, I participated in many meetings at the Walmart corporate level as well as in retail stores as I traveled extensively. Public relations was a big part of our success and we excelled at taking care of our retail partner. Walmart has very high expectations and it made all of us at Anderson better business people. I gained a thorough knowledge of budgeting, P& L analysis, strategic planning, inventory management  and goal setting.

  • Promoted to one of two Regional Managers in the company based in Irving

  • Field Operations Manager which involved moving to Amarillo; in this position I was responsible for all of our District Managers and Sales Merchandisers

  • Director of Training where I instituted classroom training and was charged with getting all managers and merchandisers educated in providing quality service to our customers


Accomplishments as County Commissioner

My career with Western and Anderson gave me a great foundation to serve Randall County as Commissioner Precinct 1. Appointed in March of 2021 I ramped up quickly to increase my knowledge of the best way to support our citizens while becoming a good steward of county finances. This has been a rewarding experience of working with County Judge Christy Dyer along with Commissioners Buddy DeFord, Bob Robinson, and Mark Benton.

  • Worked closely with the AEDC to bring more industry into the county to support our tax base and offer quality employment to our citizens

    • Cacique cheese processing facility which will provide up to 200 new jobs is now under construction​

    • Caviness meat processing facility is now under construction and will employ up to 200 people

    • Long time business Owens Corning is remodeling and updating equipment which should maintain good jobs for Randall County

  • A complete budgeting cycle in 2021 enabled us to keep the county property tax rate for 2022 the same as it was last year

  • With companies and families attracted to Randall County, new housing subdivisions are abundant throughout the area

  • 4-H and FFA programs continue to be strong and the current Commissioner's Court frequently recognize them at our meetings

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