“For me Door County has always been part of my life.”
For several years, Jeff spent his summers at his family’s cabin in Peninsula State Park. In fact, he had the last privately owned property in the park. Later in life, Jeff lived in Door County full time and owned a small business for eight years. After selling the business and moving in 1983, he kept a cottage in Fish Creek and visited as often as possible.
Jeff’s career took him around the country, and after taking a position with World Supply Corp., relocated back to the Chicago area. World Supply was an automotive aftermarket warehouse distributor serving Northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. WSC merged with General Parts, Inc. in 1991, where Jeff was the Vice President & General Manager. General Parts sold wholesale and retail under the banner of CARQUEST.
Jeff went on to become the President of the Midwest Region encompassing eight warehouse locations in 20 states. He was subsequently promoted to Vice President, Market Development nationally out of the corporate office in Raleigh, NC. He led the merger and acquisitions team nationally working on hundreds of acquisitions and bringing the store count to over 3,000 outlets.
General Parts was an employee-owned company with over 27,000 employees and was acquired by Advance Auto Parts in 2013 by a publicly NYSE company. At that time, Jeff retired and opened an automotive aftermarket consulting company and subsequently accepted the President position of a client, Kinetic Fuel Technology for four years. Since that time, he has continued working on various merger and acquisition opportunities.
Distribution and Wholesale
Companies in this sector distribute nondurable or durable goods, typically specializing by product category. The wholesale distribution industry in the US includes about 415,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual sales of about $7.8 trillion.
The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient inventory management and order fulfillment operations.
Retail is a for-profit industry in the service sector that employs multiple distribution channels to sell consumer goods to the public in relatively small quantities.
Retail businesses include brick-and-mortar shops, stores, mail order businesses and Internet companies who sell directly to the end customer.