April 2013 - National Tube Supply (NTS) proudly announces a newly created Chief Operating Officer (COO) position and the promotion of four internal staff members.
Brian Kluge, of Lemont, Ill., is the new COO for NTS, bringing to the nation’s leading distributor of mechanical tubing more than 20 years of supply chain experience. He is proficient in driving operational change in multi-site environments – involving distribution, procurement, manufacturing and logistics.
Prior to joining the NTS team, Kluge served as a consultant to distribution and manufacturing companies and was corporate director of operations for Ryerson, Inc. He holds an MBA in business strategy and marketing from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Michele Markowski, Chief Financial Officer at NTS for the past two years, will add to her responsibilities, Chief Information Officer (CIO). Markowsi was vice president of finance/human resources at Business Office Systems before joining the NTS team. She is a financial controller with extensive experience in accounting, operating systems and project management.
Gary Chess, president of NTS, said Markowski was a key performer in a recent implementation of an IT strategy, in which some hardware was moved off site as part of a disaster recovery plan. “We’re currently implementing a VoIP platform with the same disaster recovery focus, and we’re in the final stages of a new software evaluation,” Chess added. “Michele’s new CIO recognition will allow her to take these initiatives farther toward more efficient and secure technology.”
Terry Flanary has been promoted from director of Sales and Marketing, to vice president of the department. Flanary left Allied Metals to become a member of the NTS team in August 1999, bringing with him 14 years of sales experience in diverse settings. He has been instrumental in increasing sales by expediting orders and providing value-added service to the NTS client base.
Mark Biolchin is now vice president of Merchandising for NTS. Prior to joining the company, he spent most of his career at Keystone Tube, a family owned tube distributorship. He was president of Keystone from 1990-97 before selling the company to Castle Metals. He stayed on at Castle for five years, followed by a two-year stint at Team Tube in Chicago Heights, then on to NTS.
Rob Smaron has been promoted from West Coast Sales Supervisor to branch manager of NTS Moreno Valley in California. In 1994, Smaron joined NTS’ inside sales team in University Park, Ill. He moved to Los Angeles in 2002 where he served as a remote inside sales person until the Moreno Valley plant opened nine years later.
Chess said: “The goal of these changes was to increase responsibilities departmentally, realigning some of the structure beneath each, making us more efficient as we move forward.”