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Leadership Team

Chris Kempa

President, ORS Nasco

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Address:
One Parkway North Boulevard
Suite 100
Deerfield, IL 60015-2559

Chris is President of ORS Nasco, Essendant's industrial wholesale business. Prior to this role Chris was Senior Vice President Merchandising (SVP) for several Essendant businesses, including ORS Nasco. Chris is a senior executive with extensive Merchandising, Global Sourcing, General Management, Global Supply Chain and International experience in distribution. He joined Essendant in September 2015. Prior to joining Essendant, Chris spent 21 years with Grainger and has held a number of roles of increasing responsibility in field operations, distribution operations, enterprise systems, product management, global supply chain, and International.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University and his MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. In addition, Chris possesses a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He resides in Chicago and has three children.

Ben Brumfield

Vice President of Sales

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Address:
907 South Detroit
Suite 400
Tulsa, OK 74120

As Vice President of Sales, Ben leads all commercial sales efforts with complete P&L responsibilities for the sales division. He is instrumental in leading the sales organization to be consultative in their sales approach which adds additional value to the wholesale supply chain function.

Brumfield joined ORS Nasco in 2006 as a Territory Sales Manager and has held various sales leadership responsibilities including Area Sales Manager, Regional & National Sales Director. Prior to joining ORS Nasco, he spent nine years holding various sales and leadership positions with an international wholesaler of industrial machine knives serving the pulp and paper industries.

Brumfield earned his Bachelors of Science in Human Resources Management from the University of Cincinnati. He is married with two children and makes his home in Cincinnati, OH.

Mark Prox

Vice President of Business Operations

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Address:
907 South Detroit
Suite 400
Tulsa, OK 74120

Mark Prox joined ORS Nasco as Vice President – Operations in 2000. He is responsible for Pricing, Product Information, Content and Customer Care. Prox previously served as Materials Manager for General Electric, where his duties consisted of supplier negotiations and procurement, inventory control and transportation.

Prox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Western Illinois University in 1989. He is married with two children and makes his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jeff Olson

Vice President of Finance

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Address:
One Parkway North Boulevard
Suite 100
Deerfield, IL 60015-2559

Jeff is the Vice President, Finance at ORS Nasco, Essendant’s industrial wholesale business, where he oversees the finance functions. He previously served as Vice President, Finance – Office & Facilities, Essendant’s office products and jan/san distribution business.

Jeff joined the company in 2008. Prior to Essendant, Jeff's 20+ years of experience have spanned progressive finance leadership roles at other Fortune 500 companies including Brunswick and Ingredion. His career has focused on driving company performance closely partnering with business leaders. Additionally, he has led process improvement efforts, technology initiatives, and finance teams during periods of extensive business change.

Jeff holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago.

Jeff resides in the Chicago area with his wife and two children.