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 and Vulcan Industries. Bryson has been a member of EBSCO’s Board of Directors since 2007.

Ken Baker
President, Bailey International

While Ken may be one of the newest members in the EBSCO leadership team, joining through an acquisition in September 2019, he’s no stranger to the world of value-add distribution. His education in electrical engineering combined with his experience in operations enables him to guide the strategic planning, execution, and growth of Bailey International, doing so with a keen understanding of the processes that produce excellent customer service. Ken has worked to create a culture focused on continuous improvement throughout the Bailey organization. As an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of hydraulic solutions, Ken is committed to maximizing value for his diverse range of customers in transportation, agriculture, construction, and other mobile hydraulic end markets. That kind of leadership adds a lot of value to EBSCO.

Paul Barber
President, Valent Group

Paul joined Valent Group 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 Valent Group.

Nathan R. Bouknight
Managing 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.

Brian Carnahan
President, Consumer Subscription Services

Brian’s 30 years of experience in consumer publishing and direct marketing allows him to anticipate upcoming challenges and prepare the Company accordingly. Motivated by tackling difficult challenges and seeing the results of hard effort, Brian knows that a strong focus on the customer and their needs will ensure the long-term success of CSS. Prior to joining EBSCO, Brian held leadership roles at Rodale Inc. and Southern Progress Corp.

Mandy Catrett
Vice President, Finance & Treasury

Mandy joined EBSCO Industries in 2005. During her 14 years with EBSCO, she has held several roles within the Finance and Treasury functions. Most recently, she has served as Manager of Finance and Treasury since 2011. Mandy’s positive attitude and collaborative approach have been hallmarks of her career. As Vice President of Finance & Treasury, she is responsible for EBSCO’s overall cash management, which includes leading the team that manages EBSCO’s debt, bank accounts, bank relationships, foreign exchange and hedging program, cash position and forecasting, investments, and letters of credit.

Tim Collins
President, EBSCO Information Services

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.

Eric Essary
Chief Financial Officer

During Eric’s tenure at EBSCO, he has served as both a Group President and a Managing Director of EBSCO Capital. In these roles, he has helped shaped the EBSCO portfolio through his involvement in acquiring several EBSCO companies and advising businesses on strategy and growth opportunities to ensure their continued success. Now, as Chief Financial Officer, Eric utilizes his technical and strategic capabilities, as well as a strong collaborative approach to doing business, to build momentum throughout EBSCO and ensure its financial strength for years to come. Some of the experience Eric brings to EBSCO comes from working with industry leaders like Mars, Inc., Wells Fargo Securities, Houlihan Lokey, and Harbert Private Equity Funds.

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.

William Hutson
President, Vulcan Industries

After serving in several leadership positions in the United States Army, William understands the importance of effective teamwork and strategic direction—qualities that have helped guide his career in the corporate world. While at Procter & Gamble, he acquired invaluable knowledge of sales and marketing in the retail space. He went on to hold leadership roles in the recreational vehicle industry, gaining further exposure and insight into the development of custom manufactured solutions designed to meet customers’ specific needs. William’s experience in sales and marketing, coupled with his extensive leadership experience, has contributed to the success of Vulcan Industries since he joined the company in 2001. As president of Vulcan Industries, William is focused on VI becoming the partner of choice for customer merchandising and display solutions.

Paul Lage
President, IMAGEN Brands

Paul Lage has been in leadership positions for most of his thirty-year career in the promotional products industry, so he definitely knows a thing or two when it comes to the market. Having always worked for a Top 40 Supplier in the business, Paul understands the challenges within the industry and what it takes to overcome them. As President of IMAGEN Brands, he aims to sustain the company’s current success while ensuring the organization is set up for continued growth and profitability. Paul’s focus on team members working together to continuously improve people, product, and experience, ensures that the clients of IMAGEN Brands receive an unparalleled service and will continue to do so for years to come.

Ryan Loy
Chief Information Officer

For Ryan, leading our Corporate IT team is about more than technology. He is focused on talent development and building positive cultures, while still creating business value through IT innovations—and with nearly two decades in the industry, he is well equipped to do so. From overseeing the deployment of technology around the world and managing global teams, to developing IT strategies and leading cyber security efforts, Ryan has experience in almost every facet of IT, which allows him to lead our Corporate IT team with clarity and vision. In 2017, Ryan was voted a top 100 CIO by Computerworld. Prior to joining EBSCO, he held leadership roles at Eli Lilly, Deloitte, and, most recently, served as ADTRAN’s CIO.

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, 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 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
Vice President & General Counsel

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

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’s Real Estate Division. From land management and commercial construction to commercial and residential development, and multifamily and homebuilding, Jay is setting high expectations for what planned communities and multifamily developments can and should be.  Overseeing Alys Beach, EBSCO’s luxury beach community on 30A in Florida’s gulf coast, The Town of Mt Laurel outside of Birmingham, Alabama, and EBSCO Income Properties with locations across the Southeast all fall in Jay’s responsibilities.

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
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.

Lisa Silver
President, Publishers’ Warehouse

With over 25 years working in education, Lisa brings vast experience to the table as Vice President of Publishers’ Warehouse. Understanding that a business’ success hinges on the quality of its people, she places emphasis on the development of strong relationships, between both her own team members and external customers. Driven by the challenge of offering solutions to complex problems, Lisa is determined to ensure that Publishers’ Warehouse remains the leading one-stop shop for digital and print textbooks for schools throughout Alabama.

Karla Wiles
Chief Communications Officer

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
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 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.