Directors & Management

 

Stephen T. Bellringer, MBA, L.L.D. (Hon)

Chair of the Board

Stephen Bellringer was appointed as a member and Chair of Coast's Board of Directors in March 2013. Mr. Bellringer has extensive senior management and board experience. He previously served as Chairman of Anthem Properties, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Hotel Income Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, BC Gas (Fortis), Trans Mountain Pipelines and Union Gas Ltd. Mr. Bellringer is currently Chairman of BC Hydro and has been a director of a number of public companies. In addition, he is a past chairman of the University of Windsor and the Canadian Gas Association.

Donald J.A. Smith, CA, MBA

Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee
Chair of Compensation Committee

Mr. Smith, currently Principal of Excen Management, was previously Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Western GeoPower Corp. He has also served as CFO of several domestic and international distribution companies, and has provided consulting services to a number of corporate boards on corporate governance matters. A past president of the Simon Fraser University Alumni Association and past chair of the SFU Chancellor Nominating Committee, he has also served on the SFU University Senate. Mr. Smith holds an MBA from SFU and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.

Anthony L. Soda, CA

Chair of Audit Committee

A retired partner of Dale Matheson Carr-Hilton Labonte, Chartered Accountants, and a founding partner of its predecessor firm in 1976, Mr. Soda was the external accountant of Coast's predecessor business from 1978 to 2005. He is active in both professional and community affairs. Mr. Soda is currently a member of the discipline committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and a director of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. He previously served as a director and chaired of the finance committee of the Burnaby Winter Club.

Maurice E. Paquette

Mr. Paquette joined Coast’s board in 2010 and was appointed President and CEO in August 2011. He brings more than three decades of wholesale distribution experience. Mr. Paquette served as President and CEO of Hardwoods Specialty Products from 2001 to 2004, and continued in this capacity with Hardwoods Distribution Income Fund until mid-2010. Previously, he spent 26 years with Sauder Distribution, the last six of which he was Executive Vice President. Mr. Paquette’s expertise encompasses acquisitions and integrations, large customer buying groups and vendor-managed inventory.

Jack G. Peck, CA

Mr. Peck retired as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Coast in September 2012. Prior to joining the company in 2005, he held senior financial management positions with both publicly traded and large privately held entities, including Gray Beverage Inc., Leading Brands Inc. and Surfwood Supply Ltd. A Chartered Accountant, Mr. Peck has over 30 years of financial and business operations experience.

Management of Coast Wholesale Appliances Inc.

Maurice E. Paquette

President and CEO

Mr. Paquette joined Coast’s board in 2010 and was appointed President and CEO in August 2011. He brings more than three decades of wholesale distribution experience. Mr Paquette served as President and CEO of Hardwoods Specialty Products from 2001 to 2004, and continued in this capacity with Hardwoods Distribution Income Fund until mid-2010. Previously, he spent 26 years with Sauder Distribution, the last six of which he was Executive Vice President. Mr. Paquette’s expertise encompasses acquisitions and integrations, large customer buying groups and vendor-managed inventory.

Gordon Howie, CA

Chief Financial Officer

A Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years of financial and operational management experience with publicly-traded companies, Mr. Howie joined Coast in September 2012. His background includes 16 years as a member of the senior leadership team at Rogers Communications Inc., where he ultimately held the position of Vice President, Finance, Sales and Administration. Mr. Howie also previously served as Director of Finance and Administration at Nintendo Canada Limited and Chief Financial Officer of Eye Masters / Lens Crafters Canada Limited.

Stephen J. Raben

Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Mr. Raben joined Coast in 1990. He was appointed a vice president in 2005 and assumed his current position in 2011. Mr. Raben is responsible for sales and marketing to Coast’s single-family and retail customers, and for the operation of Coast’s store locations. Prior to 2005, Mr. Raben acted as Regional Sales Manager for Coast's prairie stores for eight years and previously managed our Edmonton store.

Michael Fiorini

Vice President, Mutli-Family Sales, Eastern Canada

Mr. Fiorini joined Coast in 2010 to head up our Greater Toronto Area contract sales team and assumed his present position in 2011. A former member of the boards of the GTA’s Building Industry and Land Development Association and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, he has many years of experience working with the building industry. Mr. Fiorini holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Life University (Georgia).

Bradley S. Romo

Vice President, Mutli-Family Sales, British Columbia

Mr. Romo has an extensive background in major appliance sales, including more than a decade spent leading teams responsible for supplying appliances to some of the largest multi-family residential projects and master planned communities in Western Canada. He initially worked with Coast early in his career and rejoined our sales group in his present position in 2011.

Jamie Willoughby

Vice President, Mutli-Family Sales, Prairies

Mr. Willoughby joined Coast in 1994 and has held a number of sales management positions. Immediately prior to assuming his present role, he served as Senior Director of Contract Sales, based in Vancouver. Mr. Willoughby has also acted as Regional Sales Manager for Coast’s Prairie stores and as branch manager of our Kelowna, British Columbia store.