Our Best-in-Class Management TeamBringing consolidated solutions to hospitality distribution
The CHS leadership team is made up of hospitality executives with diverse professional skills and backgrounds. They are invested in streamlining all aspects of the hotel distribution network to reduce costs and maximize value for every CHS customer and partner.
Chief Executive Officer
Tom’s distinguished career of more than 30 years spans both B2B and B2C experience and includes influential roles at high-achieving companies in consumer goods, food and beverage, waste disposal, and air cargo handling. Prior to joining CHS, he was Senior Vice President, Commercial Leader for the Americas, at Worldwide Flight Services, where he helped drive $1.3B in sales as the leader of its cargo and ground handling business. Previously, he spent five years as Chief Customer Officer for Republic Services, where he was responsible for delivering $10.5B in sales. His key successes in that role included increases in margin performance and customer retention and acquisition. Tom also served as Executive Vice President at US Foods and was Vice President of Strategic Alignment with The Coca-Cola Company.
In his leadership positions at top publicly traded companies and his work in the private equity environment, Tom built a track record of profitable revenue growth, advanced operating margins, strategic market share expansion, improved employee retention, and increased employee engagement. This formidable blend of expertise and experience is integral to our company’s focus on maximizing productivity and profitability.
Originally from Chicago, Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at the University of Arizona. He is based at our corporate headquarters in Vernon Hills, Ill.
COO, SVP, Supply Chain
In his 30 years at Essendant Inc., North America’s largest business products distributor, Ron held a wide variety of leadership roles within Supply Chain and Business Transformation. As Senior Vice President, Inventory Management, he was responsible for managing $1 billion in inventory assets across Essendant’s three largest business units. His achievements included successfully planning and executing the inventory strategy to support the integration of 31 distribution centers onto a new IT platform, resulting in $20 million of inventory savings and broader product assortment to all customers. Additionally, Ron led the effort to align the company’s stocking strategy with their service proposition to improve the overall customer experience.
A graduate of Upper Iowa University, with a B.A. in Business Administration, Ron has made a career of demonstrating consistent success in sales and profit growth, operational excellence, and financial discipline. His high integrity and distinct expertise make him an invaluable voice on our Executive Leadership Team.
VP, Human Resources
Julie is a natural connector and effective communicator, which is vital to her ability to help CHS promote and maintain an employee first culture focused on diversity, employee well-being, and purpose-driven collaboration. She is truly a personal resource to associates and is continually working to advance associate training and learning opportunities.
For more than two decades, Julie has held roles of increasing responsibility spanning various aspects of human resources, including Human Resources Manager, Director of Compensation and Benefits and, ultimately, Vice President of Human Resources.
Julie holds a BA from Trinity International University and is a member of Society for Human Resource Management. She‘s a leader, a partner, and an advisor, and she’s integral to the everyday success of the CHS team.
Having joined American Hotel Register in 2013 as Director of Finance, Dan has routinely expanded his responsibilities in financial planning and analysis. From pricing and data governance to program management and sales support, he has applied his insight to virtually every aspect of operations over the last several years. He was also instrumental to a digital transformation that included a far-reaching system upgrade. More recently, Dan was a critical resource in the structural formation of CHS and the integration of its brands, American Hotel Register and Amtex.
Dan’s 20-year career in finance and accounting spans healthcare, hospitality distribution, real estate, and biotechnology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA in Marketing Management from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
With a unique analytical skill set and wide range of professional experience, Dan’s proven leadership is key to our continued strategic progress and market growth.
Sujay 'Jay' Wadher
VP, Merchandising & Global Sourcing