Ed Carr joined School Specialty as Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer in January 2015. Prior to joining the Company, he most recently served as Corporate Vice President of Sales with Reinhart Foodservice (RFS), LLC, a multi-billion dollar foodservice distribution company. RFS has over 30 distribution centers serving independent and chain restaurants, schools and healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. In his position, he was responsible for managing the Company’s largest customer accounts and developing and overseeing the national go-to-market strategy and sales force. Ed served as the RFS Board member on the Boards of Directors for the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and the Distribution Market Advantage (DMA). Prior to Reinhart Foodservice, he spent 7 ½ years with Nicholas and Company, an independent food service distributor, where he served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Ed was responsible for all strategies related to account acquisition, retention and penetration. He oversaw and led all sales initiatives and was successful in driving marketing programs across multiple sales channels and industry subsets. Ed represented Nicholas and Company nationally with the IFDA, Independent Marketing Alliance (IMA), DMA, and Markon Produce Cooperative. He also served as the co-chair of the IFDA Supplier Advisory Council while at both companies.
Earlier in his career, he held several leadership positions with Corporate Express, one of the world’s largest business-to-business suppliers of essential office and computer products and services. In his most recent position, he served as President, Pennsylvania Division, where he spearheaded turnaround initiatives that resulted in significant growth and improved profitability. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President of Sales, Central Midwest Division and Division Sales Manager, Washington Division. In total, Mr. Carr enjoyed a ten-year career with Corporate Express, rising through the ranks and taking on new roles with increased responsibility. Prior to Corporate Express, Ed held management positions with Western Parcel Express and with Airborne Express. He is a graduate of the University of Utah, with a B.S. in Mass Communications and Public Relations.