Leadership through action.

Most organizations are in a constant state of change. Leaders must be responsive and adaptive to changing conditions in order to thrive and grow. They must establish a clear vision of where the company is going and commit to taking the actions necessary to transform that vision into reality. Our leaders not only set direction and take action; they seek out and value the ideas of others. Their willingness to seek input, listen carefully, and continuously learn creates an environment where people are respected, energized, and committed to common goals.

David Walker
Chief Executive Officer

With a background in accounting, finance, and mergers and acquisitions, David joined EBSCO in 2000 as the General Manager of Military Service Company, EBSCO’s original business. Only a year later, then Chairman Jim Stephens asked David to lead EBSCO’s first mergers and acquisitions team, a role he held until 2010 when he became Chief Financial Officer. Four years later, David’s role was expanded to Chief Operating Officer and his additional responsibilities included providing direct strategic leadership for multiple businesses, as well as the accounting, administration, and communications departments.

Since David had experience with nearly every business and corporate service center at some point in his tenure at EBSCO, it seemed like a natural transition when David became Chief Executive Officer in September 2017. As CEO, David’s ability to create and connect business strategies at both the corporate and business-unit levels, and his commitment to the values of EBSCO, will guide EBSCO’s future success.

Bryson Stephens

Bryson has a long history with EBSCO. As the grandson of our founder, Elton B. Stephens, and son of Chairman Emeritus, J.T. Stephens, Bryson was no stranger to dinner conversations filled with sales success stories and entrepreneurial feats. Today, Bryson is Chairman of EBSCO’s Board of Directors, working alongside other Board members to provide strategic direction for the company. In addition to his role as Chairman, Bryson oversees EBSCO Realty Investments, and is a member of the EBSCO Savings and Profit Sharing Trust Administrative Committee. Prior to being elected Chairman, Bryson was Vice-Chairman and Group President over EBSCO Sign Group, Valley Joist, and Vulcan Industries. Bryson has been a member of EBSCO's Board of Directors since 2007.

Paul Barber
President, S.S. Nesbitt

Paul joined S.S. Nesbitt in June of 2017. He began his career as an audit manager for Ernst & Young after graduating from Auburn University with a degree in accounting. From there, he went on to McGriff, Seibels & Williams—the sixth largest brokerage firm in the world—where he spent 25 years earning his stripes as a leader in finance, administration and sales operations. During his tenure there, Paul held a variety of executive leadership positions, including his most recent role as senior vice president of branch operations. After a brief sabbatical, which he spent mentoring young businessmen in Birmingham, he returned to the insurance industry to join S.S. Nesbitt.

Robert C. Belcher
Group President, Vulcan Industries, EBSCO Sign Group, Valley Joist

With over 12 years of experience in distribution and manufacturing businesses, Robert brings a deep knowledge of how to deliver continuous improvement and measurable growth to EBSCO. Immediately before joining EBSCO, Robert was Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham-based Ram Tool Construction Supply Co. He has also held leadership roles at market-leading companies such as Stryker, Lockheed Martin, and General Electric. Prior to those roles in the private sector, Robert served as an Officer in the United States Navy, where he developed an expertise for leading teams through uncertainty and high stress to achieve superior performance.

Mel Blackwell
Vice President, Sales Force Initiative

For 25 years, Mel has led teams to create and sustain success in complicated business scenarios. One of Mel’s strengths is getting to root issues quickly, yet delivering sound solutions that are embraced, proliferated, and stand the test of time. Mel’s diverse experience as a CEO, Principal, and EVP in multiple industries lends itself well to his role as EBSCO Industries' Vice President of Sales Force Effectiveness. Leveraging solid systems and best practices, Mel coaches the leadership and sales teams to get organized, raise performance bars, and eliminate weakening habits. Mel concentrates first on making our sales organizations the best they can be, based on his belief that to successfully approach problems stemming from other teams or stakeholders, you first have to establish some credibility for your own team.

Nathan R. Bouknight
Group President and Director, EBSCO Capital

As a leader on the EBSCO Capital team, Nathan’s responsibilities include investment opportunity sourcing and leading transaction execution teams. In addition to his day-to-day activities of identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, negotiating and structuring transactions, and conducting and managing due diligence efforts, Nathan also works closely with portfolio management teams on strategy, long range planning, and the evaluation and execution of organic and acquisitive growth opportunities. Prior to joining EBSCO Capital, Nathan was an investment banker at Harris Williams & Co., a leading middle market investment banking firm, where he assisted clients in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other corporate finance engagements.

Tim Collins
President, EIS

Tim is an excellent example of what’s possible when you focus on customers, operate with a vision and bias for action, and foster a culture of continuous improvement. In 1983, Tim joined EBSCO after the business he co-founded with his step-father, Popular Magazine Review, was acquired. Tim led the way in overseeing the explosive growth that has taken EBSCO Information Services from a niche provider of print indexes in the 1980s to what is today—one of the world’s leading for-fee Internet research services. He guided the company to strong organic growth, as well as a steady stream of over 60 strategic acquisitions. Tim is currently the President of EBSCO Information Services, EBSCO Industries’ largest business. Tim’s commitment to sustained sales and profit growth continues to drive EBSCO’s success.

Jason English
Vice President, Finance and Tax

Jason’s favorite EBSCO principle is Do What You Say You Will Do, which is a good principle to guide you when you’re responsible for the finance, treasury and tax functions of a worldwide organization. Jason joined EBSCO in 2005 and has consistently proven his ability to tackle any new challenge that our growth has brought his way. Prior to EBSCO, Jason was employed by the international engineering and construction firm, BE&K. He’s also worked for KPMG, a leading global accounting firm. In addition to his responsibilities as a Vice President, Jason also serves as Secretary of the EBSCO Credit Union Board of Directors.

Eric Essary
Group President and Managing Director, EBSCO Capital

The process of acquiring a new business is complex. As Group President and Managing Director of EBSCO Capital, Eric has been involved in identifying, evaluating, and acquiring several of the companies within the EBSCO portfolio. Managing acquisitions requires multi-disciplinary skills, like structuring transactions, managing due diligence, negotiating, and more. But, Eric’s role goes beyond that necessary expertise. He also plays a key role in advising our existing businesses on strategy and growth opportunities to ensure their continued success. Some of the experience Eric brings to EBSCO comes from working with industry leaders like Mars, Inc., Houlihan Lokey and Wells Fargo Securities. 

Clay Halla
Vice President, Supply Chain Logistics

Clay has moved his career forward by moving freight across the country. With over 20 years of experience in freight transportation, he has held positions at every operational level of the industry. For us that means he knows logistics—really knows logistics. Before joining EBSCO, Clay held executive positions in two of the nation’s most trusted freight companies, CEVA Ground and Con-Way. He was also instrumental in launching Con-Way Truckload, an endeavor that brought greater profitability and growth to the Con-Way subsidiary.

Michael J. Humber
Director, EBSCO Capital

In his role as a Director at EBSCO Capital, Michael is responsible for identifying and executing on investment opportunities at EBSCO Industries. On a day-to-day basis, that involves evaluating potential investments, negotiating and structuring transactions, and conducting and managing due diligence efforts. Michael also works closely with portfolio management teams on strategy and execution for growth initiatives and add-on acquisitions. Prior to joining EBSCO Capital, Michael was a Principal at Redmont Capital, an investment firm focused on equity and mezzanine debt transactions in the middle market. At Redmont, Michael focused on financial and operational due diligence, transaction structuring, deal execution, and portfolio company operational improvements.

Lori Kates
President, IMAGEN Brands

Lori has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 21 years. During that time, she has worked with a variety of industry-leading organizations, including Professional Products Association International and Promotional Products Education Foundation. Lori has also participated in a range of professional development events, including PPAI’s North American Leadership and Women’s Leadership Conferences the PromoKitchen Mentor Program, and the Advertising Specialty Institute’s Power Summit. She is a 2013 recipient of the ASI Supplier Woman of Distinction award and has been recognized by the ASI Power 50 program five years in a row. Prior to joining IMAGEN, Lori worked with Crystal Tissue Company, a manufacturer and importer of specialty paper and gift bags serving North American retailers. Outside the industry, Kates works with the Female Integrators Mastermind program, which helps entrepreneurial women share ideas and contribute to one another’s professional growth.

Sid McNeal
Senior Vice President, EIS

With over 35 years of experience in the information industry, Sid brings a deep knowledge of how to improve intermediary services for publishers to his role as Senior Vice President of Publisher Partnerships. Sid is responsible for accelerating the development of information technology enhancements and bringing efficiencies to the three EBCSCO businesses he oversees: Consumer Subscription Services, Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment, and Publishers’ Warehouse. Prior to his current role, Sid led operational and sales teams that served library customers in the Asian and Indian sub-continental regions, Australia and New Zealand, and Latin America.

Heather Moore
Vice President, Accounting

Heather has been an integral part of our EBSCO team for 25 years. After earning her MBA from Auburn University, she initially joined the EBSCO Accounting team as a Staff Accountant. Her passion for continuous improvement and bias for action are reflected in her dynamic career and success in each position she has held. As Vice President of Accounting, Heather leads a team responsible for the accuracy of financial statements across EBSCO’s diverse and international portfolio. In addition, Heather and her team handle payroll, internal auditing, accounts payable, statutory compliance, as well as reporting for EBSCO’s board and management team.

Robert Nabrzeski
President and CEO, All Current Electrical Sales

With over 28 years of management experience, Bob sees it as his responsibility to translate broad operational goals into customer satisfaction and long-term relationships for All Current. In doing so, he has developed a leadership style that effectively balances a pragmatic approach to providing solutions with innovative thinking to meet customer needs. As President and CEO of All Current, Bob believes staying close to day-to-day operations is key to helping his staff support their teams. In addition to overseeing company operations, his knowledge of the industry enables him to direct the procurement of All Current inventory. In everything he does, Bob strives to lead by example and uphold All Current's commitment to providing dependable quality products and superior "Need It Now" customer service.

Tyler Novak
General Counsel and Vice President, Legal Services

As our first in-house lawyer, Tyler oversees all legal matters for EBSCO. And with the diversity of EBSCO businesses, that’s no small task, but she’s up for the challenge. Before joining EBSCO, Tyler worked for some of the region’s leading law firms—representing companies in a vast range of corporate matters including mergers, acquisitions, licensing, contract negotiations, and much more. We are very pleased that she is applying her breadth of experience to EBSCO and helping our many businesses along the way.

Jay Page
Group President, EBSCO Realty Investments

Jay has spent the last two decades involved in real estate acquisitions, planning, development, sales and marketing, strategic planning, and resort/hotel operations. That’s good for us, because Jay uses all of those skills as Group President of EBSCO Realty Investments. From land management and commercial construction, to commercial and residential development, and multifamily and homebuilding, Jay is setting high expectations for what planned communities can and should be in both Alys Beach, EBSCO’s luxury beach community on 30A in Florida’s gulf coast, and The Town of Mt Laurel outside of Birmingham, Alabama.

Paul Roche
President, Luxor

Delivering customer-centric solutions in people, processes, and products has been the hallmark of Paul's career success. Having spent more than 20 years in distribution, manufacturing, and technology, he has developed and driven initiatives that have taken the organizations he worked with to be best-in-class. Prior to EBSCO, Paul most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Network Services Company, a Chicago-based international distribution organization. His favorite EBSCO principle is “Invest in People and Cultivate Passion.” With professional experience in everything from picking orders in a warehouse to programming distribution software applications and leading a billion-dollar company’s operations and technology teams, his goal has always been to lead and innovate by focusing on people first.

Robert Schoenvogel
Group President, PRADCO Outdoor Brands

At EBSCO, we define success in a number of ways, including increasing profit, adding value for customers, and offering opportunities for team members to reach their potential. Robert is an example of those goals in action. Since joining EBSCO in 2006, he’s held several key leadership roles, and in each of those positions Robert has shown how successful teamwork yields profit and satisfied customers. Currently, he’s working to grow our team at PRADCO Outdoor Brands into even stronger leaders in the outdoor industry.

Karla Wiles
Vice President, Marketing Communications

While not everyone embraces change, Karla thrives in it, and even likes creating it. Having joined EBSCO in 2009, she has supported our focus on continuous improvement since the beginning of her EBSCO career. She has educated our businesses on the importance of the digital space and the role of integrated marketing; and she advocated for, and developed, EBSCO’s first employment branding campaign. Karla’s extensive advertising agency and marketing background taught her the importance of listening to customers and building authentic brands that create connections to grow sales. She is passionate about using marketing communications to help EBSCO grow—and that’s the kind of change, we can all embrace.

Brian Wilson
Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources

Brian represents how drive and a positive attitude can help you write your own success story at EBSCO. Brian began his career at EBSCO in 1992 as a technical writer. Since then, he has worked as a corporate trainer and manager of the training department. Today, Brian isn’t just training our teams on best practices. As the Senior VP of Corporate Human Resources, he is leading by example and ensuring we invest in initiatives that help our teams realize what’s possible, collectively and individually.