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Management & Directors

Management & Directors

Management

G. Michael Callahan Jr.
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
G. Michael Callahan, Jr., our Chief Executive Officer, President and member of our board of directors, joined us in 1993. Mr. Callahan has served as our Chief Executive Officer since May 2015 and as our President since 2013. Mr. Callahan directs all corporate and administrative staff and coordinates acquisitions and expansions as well as all legal, banking, real estate and credit relationships. From 1993 to 2013, Mr. Callahan served as our Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining us, from 1974 to 1993, Mr. Callahan served as a Senior Vice President and Group Manager at C&S National Bank and Nations Bank. Mr. Callahan earned a B.A. in Economics from Georgia State University.
H. Douglas Goforth
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
H. Douglas Goforth, our Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, joined us in 2014. Prior to joining us, Mr. Goforth served as a Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at BlueLinx Holdings Inc., or BlueLinx, from February 2008 until June 2014. From November 2006 until February 2008, Mr. Goforth served as Vice President and Corporate Controller for Armor Holdings Inc., which was acquired by BAE Systems in July 2007. Previously he served as Corporate Controller for BlueLinx from May 2004 until October 2006, where he played a key role in BlueLinx’s initial public offering. From 2002 until 2004 he served as Controller for BlueLinx (formerly Georgia- Pacific, Building Products Distribution Division). Mr. Goforth has over 25 years of combined accounting, finance, treasury, acquisition and management experience with leading distribution and manufacturing companies including Mitsubishi Wireless Communications, Inc., Yamaha Motor Manufacturing, Inc. and Ingersoll-Rand. Mr. Goforth is a North Carolina State Board Certified Public Accountant and earned a B.S. in Accounting from Mars Hill College in North Carolina.
Richard Alan Adams
Senior Vice President of Operations
Richard Alan Adams, our Senior Vice President of Operations, joined us in 1996 and has served as our Senior Vice President since December 2016. The Company's divisional vice presidents report to Mr. Adams in this role. Mr. Adams joined the Company in 1996 and served as the Company's Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Chief Technology Officer from August 2014 to September 2016 and as the Company's Vice President and Chief Information Officer since September 2016. Mr. Adams served as the Subsidiary Accounting Manager of the Company's predecessor and wholly owned subsidiary, Gypsum Management and Supply, Inc., from March 1996 to May 2000, as its Controller from May 2000 to November 2013, and as its Chief Financial Officer from November 2013 to August 2014. Prior to joining us, Mr. Adams held various positions with Colonial Pipeline Company. Mr. Adams is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Georgia and earned a B.B.A. from Emory University and a Masters of Taxation degree from Georgia State University.
Craig D. Apolinsky
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Craig D. Apolinsky, our Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, joined us in July 2015. Prior to joining us, Mr. Apolinsky was a corporate and mergers and acquisitions attorney with the law firm of Taylor English Duma LLP from December 2014 until July 2015. From September 2008 until May 2014, Mr. Apolinsky served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Alere Health, LLC. Previously he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Merge Healthcare Incorporated from April 2007 until August 2008. From 2005 until 2007 he worked for Gold Kist Inc., most recently serving as its Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Prior to joining Gold Kist in 2007, Mr. Apolinsky was a partner at Alston & Bird LLP, where he practiced in the areas of corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions for eleven years. Mr. Apolinsky received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.
Thomas L. DuMay
Director of Risk Management
Tom DuMay, our Director of Risk Management, joined us in January of 2000. Prior to being named Director of Risk Management, Mr. DuMay served as our Assistant Director of Risk Management from January 2000 to December of 2014 where he was responsible for overseeing the property casualty claims and associated litigation. From July 1996 to January 2000, Mr. DuMay was with Crawford & Company the world’s largest independent provider of claims and risk management solutions where he served as a Senior Claims Examiner, and held GMS as one of his clients. Mr. DuMay holds a Bachelor of Science from Southeast Missouri State University and also has his Senior Claim Law Associate (SCLA) designation from the American Educational Institute.
G. Travis Hendren
Vice President, Corporate Development / M&A
Travis Hendren, our Vice President of Corporate Development and M&A, joined us in June 2014. Prior to joining us, Mr. Hendren served as a Managing Director at Algon Group, from December 2008 until May 2014. Previously he served as a Director in Wachovia Securities Corporate and Investment Bank (with First Union prior to the acquisition) from 1997 until 2008 where he was responsible for the firms building materials practice. Mr. Hendren has over 18 years of experience working with leading building materials manufacturers and distributors as well as real estate development, construction and investment companies. Mr. Hendren earned a B.S.B.A with distinction from the University of North Carolina.
Khara L. Julien
Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer
Khara L. Julien, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer, joined us in October 2014. From March 2011 to October 2014, Ms. Julien worked for Novelis, Inc. the world’s largest aluminum rolling and recycling company, where she served as the Director, Global Human Resources. Prior to joining Novelis in 2011, Ms. Julien spent 11 years with Owens Corning, where she held various positions, including Global Human Resources Manager and interim Head of Human Resources for India. Ms. Julien holds a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan and also has her Global Professional Human Resource (GPHR) certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute.
A. Lynn Ross
Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller
A. Lynn Ross, our Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, joined us in 2015 and has served as our Chief Accounting Officer since September 2016. Prior to that, she was the Corporate Controller. Before joining the Company in January of 2015, she served as the Corporate Controller for Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc., a retailer of floor and wall coverings. From 2004 to 2011, Ms. Ross worked for Georgia-Pacific LLC in various accounting and finance positions. Prior to 2004, Ms. Ross was an Audit Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP, an international accounting firm. Ms. Ross holds a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Appalachian State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia.
Eric Sundby
Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Eric joined GMS in April 2017.  Prior to joining GMS, he served as Vice President of Corporate IT and Shared Services at Genuine Parts Company (GPC) where he was responsible for the overall IT strategy and implementation of security and technology for GPC. Prior to joining GPC in October of 2002, Eric was the National Vice President for Diversified Computer Consultants, where he built a practice from the ground up to sell technical solutions to all levels of technical managers and CIO’s.  Eric has also had experience as an Infrastructure Architect and Team Lead for Price Waterhouse and before that he was the Manager of Technical Services for Medaphis Corporation.  Eric also served in the United States Army where he received several medals and certificates of achievement exemplifying his commitment to excellence.

Board of Directors

Richard K. Mueller
Richard K. Mueller, the Chairman of our board of directors, co-founded our Company in 1971. Mr. Mueller served as our Chief Executive Officer from 1990 until May 2015, and as our President from 1990 until 2013. Mr. Mueller is responsible for long-term strategic direction and establishing relationships with suppliers, financial institutions, professional organizations and strategic acquisitions. Prior to these roles with us, Mr. Mueller was a sales representative for USG. Mr. Mueller earned a B.S. in Physical Education and an M.S. in Education from the University of Illinois.
G. Michael Callahan Jr.
G. Michael Callahan, Jr., our Chief Executive Officer, President and member of our board of directors, joined us in 1993. Mr. Callahan has served as our Chief Executive Officer since May 2015 and as our President since 2013. Mr. Callahan directs all corporate and administrative staff and coordinates acquisitions and expansions as well as all legal, banking, real estate and credit relationships. From 1993 to 2013, Mr. Callahan served as our Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining us, from 1974 to 1993, Mr. Callahan served as a Senior Vice President and Group Manager at C&S National Bank and Nations Bank. Mr. Callahan earned a B.A. in Economics from Georgia State University.
Peter C. Browning
Peter C. Browning has been a member of our board of directors since 2014 and has served as the Managing Director of Peter C. Browning & Partners, LLC, a board advisory consulting firm, since 2009. Mr. Browning served as Lead Director of Nucor Corporation, or Nucor, from 2006 to 2012, and as Non-Executive Chairman of Nucor from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Browning was the Dean of the McColl Graduate School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2002 to 2005. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Browning was President and Chief Executive Officer, from 1996 to 1998, President and Chief Operating Officer, and from 1993 to 1996, Executive Vice President, of Sonoco Products Company, a manufacturer of industrial and consumer packaging products. Before joining Sonoco, from 1990 to 1993, Mr. Browning was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Gypsum, a manufacturer and supplier of building and construction products. Mr. Browning currently serves on the boards of directors of Acuity Brands, Inc. and ScanSource, Inc., and previously was a director of Wachovia Corporation until 2008, the Phoenix Companies, Inc. until 2009, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. until 2014 and EnPro Industries, Inc. until 2015. Mr. Browning earned a B.A. in History from Colgate University and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Justin de La Chapelle
Justin de La Chapelle has been a member of our board of directors since 2014 and serves as Principal at AEA. Mr. de La Chapelle joined AEA in 2006 and focuses on AEA’s investments in the Value-Added Industrial Products and Services sectors. Mr. de La Chapelle was involved in AEA’s investments in Henry Company, SRS Distribution Inc., or SRS, Behavioral Interventions Inc., RelaDyne, Inc., and of our subsidiary, Gypsum Management and Supply, Inc. Prior to joining AEA, Mr. de La Chapelle worked at Brera Capital Partners, a global private equity firm based in New York. Prior to Brera Capital Partners, he worked at Banc of America Securities in both the mergers and acquisitions group and the leveraged acquisition finance group. Mr. de La Chapelle earned a B.A. in English and Mathematics, cum laude, from Georgetown University.
John J. Gavin

John J. Gavin has been a member of our board of directors since 2014. Mr. Gavin serves as a Senior Operating Advisor with LLR Partners, a growth-oriented private equity firm. Prior to LLR Partners, Mr. Gavin was Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Drake, Beam, Morin, Inc., or DBM, an international career management and transitions management firm. Before DBM, Mr. Gavin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Right Management Consultants, Inc., a global provider of integrated consulting solutions across the employment lifecycle. Mr. Gavin was employed from 1979 to 1996 and also served as a partner at Andersen Worldwide 96 Soci´et´e Coop´erative, or Andersen, from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Gavin currently serves on the boards of CareerMinds Group, Inc., Strategic Distribution, Inc., and AmeriQuest Business Services, Inc. In the past, Mr. Gavin has also served on the boards of DFC Global Corp., Tribridge, Inc., Right Management Consultants, Inc., Opinion Research Corporation, Catholic Health East, DBM, Interline Brands, Inc., GCA Services Group, and CSS Industries, Inc. Mr. Gavin earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from Temple University.

Theron I. Gilliam Jr.
Theron I. Gilliam has served as a member of our board of directors since 2014. Mr. Gilliam is currently the Chief Executive Officer of NES Global Talent, a global solutions company specializing in recruiting and deploying engineering talent to meet client needs in more than 65 countries, since November 2014. Mr. Gilliam was previously a Managing Director and Operating Partner of AEA, from November 2013 to November 2014. Prior to joining AEA, from March 2007 until July 2012, Mr. Gilliam was the CEO of Adecco Group North America, a multi-brand specialty staffing and workforce solutions company. Mr. Gilliam spent twenty years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, or PwC, and then IBM Business Consulting Services when it acquired PwC Consulting in 2002. Mr. Gilliam led the global supply chain management consulting services business, as well as the Americas consumer, wholesale distribution and software industry practices. Mr. Gilliam is an independent director for Lennar Corporation, one of the nation's leading homebuilders and a public company listed on the NYSE. Mr. Gilliam is also an independent director for Work Market, Inc., a technology and marketplace platform for enterprises to manage external labor. Mr. Gilliam earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Brian R. Hoesterey
Brian R. Hoesterey has served as a director of our Company since 2014. Mr. Hoesterey is a Partner with AEA, which he joined in 1999, where he focuses on investments in the specialty chemicals and value-added industrial products sectors. Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Hoesterey was with BT Capital Partners, the private equity investment vehicle of Bankers Trust. Mr. Hoesterey has also previously worked for McKinsey & Co. and the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley. Mr. Hoesterey is currently a director of At Home Group Inc., Evoqua, and Swanson Industries. Mr. Hoesterey was previously on the board of CPG International, Houghton, SRS, Henry Company, Unifrax, Pregis and Noveon. Mr. Hoesterey currently serves on the Oversight Committee for Patagonia Sur, a for-profit venture that invests in, protects and enhances scenically remarkable and ecologically valuable properties in Chilean Patagonia. Mr. Hoesterey earned a B.B.A. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Texas Christian University and received a M.B.A., with honors, from The Harvard Business School.
Ronald R. Ross
Ronald R. Ross has served as a member of our board of directors since 2014. Mr. Ross is currently the Chairman and CEO of SRS, one of the largest roofing distributors in the U.S. For more than the last 24 years, Mr. Ross has served as either the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, or as a member of the board of directors for several leading platforms in the building products distribution industry. Prior to joining SRS, Mr. Ross partnered with Brazos Private Equity Partners in 2002 to acquire Shelter Distribution, Inc., or Shelter, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. After growing Shelter’s revenue and completing multiple acquisitions, Mr. Ross assisted in the sale of Shelter to Beacon Roofing Supply in 2005. Prior to his time at Shelter, Mr. Ross served as interim Chief Executive Officer for MMI Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of building products. From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Ross served first as President and Chief Executive Officer, and from 1994 as Chairman of the board of directors and as Chief Executive Officer of Cameron Ashley Building 97 Products, a publicly traded building products distributor on the NYSE. Mr. Ross has served on the board of directors of both the Builders Suppliers Corporation and the North American Building Materials Distributors Association, the leading building products distribution industry trade association. Mr. Ross received an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University as well as a B.S. from Husson College.
J. Louis Sharpe
J. Louis Sharpe has served as a member of our board of directors since 2014. Mr. Sharpe joined AEA in 1998 as an Associate and became a Partner in 2010. Mr. Sharpe focuses on AEA’s investments in the Specialty Chemicals and Value-Added Industrial Products sectors. Mr. Sharpe currently serves on the board of RelaDyne, Inc. Mr. Sharpe previously served on the boards of Henry Company and SRS. Prior to joining AEA, Mr. Sharpe was in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley. Mr. Sharpe earned a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.
J. David Smith
J. David Smith has served as a member of our board of directors since 2014. Mr. Smith has been a member of the board of directors of Nortek, Inc., or Nortek, since February 2010 and was appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Nortek’s board of directors in April 2012. Mr. Smith has also served as the Chairman of the board of directors at Siamons International, Inc. since 2008, and as a member of the board of directors of Commercial Metals Company since 2004, and DiversiTech, Inc. since 2010. Mr. Smith served as President of Alumax Fabricated Products, Inc. and as an officer of Alumax, Inc. from 1989 to 1996. Mr. Smith held the positions of Chief Executive Officer and President of Euramax International, Inc. beginning in 1996 and also served as the Chairman of its board of directors from 2002 until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Smith served as a director of both Houghton International Inc. and Air Distribution Technologies, Inc. until 2014. Mr. Smith has extensive operating and management experience in private and public international metals and building products companies. Mr. Smith received a B.A. from Gettysburg College.