Dealerscope 40 Under 40 Profiles: Moon, Moreno, Muller, Nicholson, Ochs, Orsini, Posa, Rench
Shawn Nicholson, 33, Retail Sales Manager, D&H Distributing Co., Harrisburg, Pa.
Twitter Handle: @3211nicholson
Background: Grew up in Camp Hill, Pa.; now live in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Education: Millersville University, Millersville Pa.—Business Management
Years in Industry: 11
Description of Role: Manage and guide retail sales team, oversee the implementation, maintenance and growth of key retail and e-tail customers. Collaborate with vendor partners for placement and product breadth to offer into the channel.
Industry Accomplishments/Proudest Achievements: Instrumental in launching national housewares brand into big-box retail partners.
Awards: I am so very honored to accept this, my first big award in the channel.
What I Like Best About My Job: Arriving each day to something new, and the positive atmosphere that each co-owner creates.
Favorite Pastime/Hobby: Collecting baseball cards
Last Book I Read: The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood
Favorite Movie: Field of Dreams
Best Concert Ever Seen: Journey at the Boston Garden (now TDGarden)
Who’s My Hero: My family, as they sacrificed so much for me and my sister… I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for them.
Favorite CE Product of the Year: Samsung 4K Curved TV
If You Could Be Anyplace Else Right Now, Where Would it Be and What Would You Be Doing?: On a nationwide road trip with my wife and kids to visit every major league ballpark!
Chris Ochs, 38, Director of Retail Sales, Core Brands, Petaluma, Calif.
Background: Grew up in London, England; now live in Minneapolis
Education: Carroll College, Helena, Mt.; B.A., Sociology.
Years in Industry: 12
Description of Role: Oversee direct sales to national retailers, manage rep firms across the U.S. for regional retailers.