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Leadership2020-08-11T11:37:38-05:00

Meet Our Leadership Team

We consider ourselves very fortunate to have a tremendous leadership team to help us drive Conner’s commitment to relentlessly pursue our desire to provide you with the industrial wood and packaging solutions you can count on while maintaining our core values.

Company Management

David Dixon, Chief Executive Officer

David began his career in 1988 with Price Waterhouse where he spent 5 years in the Audit Practice working on a variety of clients in the Manufacturing Sector. David then went to Cummins Engine and held a variety of positions in Corporate Logistics, Customs and NAFTA Trade Compliance, Six Sigma Black Belt as well as Audit. David joined Goodyear Tire & Rubber as their Global Leader of Trade Compliance and later became the Worldwide Director of Internal Audit. Read more >>

Jason Smith, Chief Financial Officer

Jason joined Conner in September of 2017. Jason has over 20 years of Financial leadership experience, with more than 15 years in manufacturing. Jason has held leadership roles with Hertz, Devon Energy, GE and his most recent role as the Director of Corporate Accounting with the Crosby Group. Jason has extensive experience in Financial Reporting, Corporate Consolidation and Acquisitions. In addition, Jason has worked in private equity environments, including KKR.  Read more >>

Art Lewis

Art Lewis, Vice President of Sales

Art began his career as the Central Region Sales Manager for a company called Flexible Products in 1996.  In 2000, he moved over to Dow Chemical, where he held a variety of positions over his 8 years with the company, including National Sales Manager and Global Asset Manager of their Consumer & Building Products division, as well as POPG  Marketing Manager for the Americas.   Read more >>

Mike Huggins, Vice President of Corporate Strategy

Mike began his career at Conner Industries in 2007 as a sales representative, where he quickly understood the need for solution selling in the wood packaging industry and began working directly with some of the largest manufacturers in the HVAC, Chemical, and Oil & Gas industries.  Read more >>

Gerald Goodson

Gerald Goodson, Director of Western Regional Sales

Gerald began his career in accounting and financial analysis in 1994 with Sysco Foods in Oklahoma.  He quickly moved into management and eventually became Director of Finance for the Crosby Group, a global manufacturer of accessories used in lifting and material handling applications for industries ranging from oil and gas exploration to construction.  Gerald joined the Conner team in early 2018 as the Director of Western Regional Sales.  Read more >>

Board of Directors

Tom Rice

Tom Rice, Founder & Director Emeritus

After college (University of Texas at Austin) and serving in the USAF, Tom started his building material and lumber career in 1965 as a salesman for National Gypsum Company in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.   Read more >>

Walter Barandiaran

Walter Barandiaran, Chairman of the Board

Walter is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of The Argentum Group, a New York-based private equity firm. He has more than 25 years of investment experience, during which time he has led over 40 investments for Argentum and has served on more than 30 boards.  Read more >>

Douglas Robinson, Board Member

Douglas previously served as President, International Operations of Lowe’s Companies (NYSE:LOW); President & CEO of Beaver Lumber; and Vice President Purchasing of 84 Lumber Company.   Read more >>

Elliot Zeelander, Board Member

Elliot also serves as managing partner of an investment firm in the Los Angeles area and has strong ties in the financial sector with companies such as Crowell, Weedon & Co. and Morgan Stanley.  Read more >>

Gregory P. Taylor, Board Member

Gregory P. Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of Orion Labs, a venture-backed technology leader in collaboration solutions for frontline workers.  Greg also serves on the Boards of Harris Freeman & Company Inc. and The Everest Leadership Academy.  Read more >>

Lawrence B. Burrows, Board Member

Lawrence serves as an Independent Director of TriPointe Homes, a top-ten national homebuilder. He is a Senior Planning Fellow and the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. He is also an officer and Treasurer of the non-profit Chesapeake Multi-Cultural Resource Center.  Read more >>

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