Industry Consultants

Operations Management

Alan Beaulieu

Abe WalkingBear Sanchez

Jason Bader, The Distribution Team

Tim Underhill

Brent Grover

Pete Land

Nancye Combs

Inventory Management

Sales & Marketing Management


For help on inventory, marketing, cash flow, logistics, purchasing, planning, mergers, acquisitions and other areas of distribution management, please consult these recognized industry experts.


The Distributor Board

The Distributor BoardThe Distributor Board combines the experience and talents of Herb Sheilds, M. Jay Heilbrunn and David Panitch. They specialize in warehouse operations, transportation, logistics, purchasing, general management, sales & marketing, technology, strategic planning, organizational structure and merger and acquisition.
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Shields Heilbrunn Panitch







The Distribution Team

The Distribution TeamThe Distribution Team provides a myriad of products and services to help today's distributor cope with this rapidly changing industry.  Although we focus on inventory management, the distribution team can help you with all facets of your distributorship.  We have aligned ourselves with some of the top consultants in the industry like Rick Bushnell, Abe Sanchez, Bruce Merrifield and David Kahle. If we can't help you directly, we will put you in touch with a professional who can.

Jason Bader

Distribution Team, including partner Jason Bader, offers clients a wide variety of services in the areas of: Inventory Management, Branch Management, Pricing Strategies, Technology Identification and Implementation, Warehouse Management, Customer Service Analysis,
Operations Reviews, Dead Stock Programs, Vendor Relations, Replenishment Strategies, Asset Management, Employee training.

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Effective Inventory Management

Effective Inventory Management, Inc. is dedicated to helping organizations provide outstanding customer service while maximizing the return on their inventory investment. It is critical in these challenging economic times that (1) only an appropriate number of dollars be invested in stock inventory, and (2) every dollar works as hard as possible to maximize the profitability and productivity of your investment.

All of our products, classroom instruction, and consulting services are designed to lead you through the practical implementation of a successful inventory management system. Just as important, you will gain the knowledge necessary to enhance and modify your inventory system to meet your organization's changing needs.


Jon Schreibfeder, president of Effective Inventory Management, Inc., has helped over 2,000 firms improve their productivity and profitability through better inventory management. Jon has designed several inventory management computer systems and has also served as a distribution industry "troubleshooter" for two major computer companies. He is the author of numerous articles and a series of books on effective inventory management, including the recently published Achieving Effective Inventory Management (5th edition) and the National Association of Wholesale Distributors' Guess Right – Best Practices in Demand Forecasting for Distributors.

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Abe WalkingBear Sanchez

Abe WalkingBear

Abe WalkingBear is an International Speaker / Trainer / Consultant on the subject of cash flow / sales enhancement and business knowledge organization and use. 

He is the author of Profit Centered Credit and Collections 1999, co-author of STAFDA's  Foundations of a Business 2007, and co-author of the new international book, The Best Kept Profit Secret: The Executive's Guide to Transforming a Cost Center 2009. WalkingBear has authored hundreds of business articles, has worked with numerous companies in a wide range of industries since 1982 .

He has spoken at many venues including the Shakespeare Globe Theater in London.

A hard hitting and fast paced speaker, he brings life and energy to a critical business function whose true potential has yet to be realized by most businesses.

ICM / Mexico,  Irish Institute of Credit Management, Evergreen Marketing Group,Vistage, CU, CSU, Texas A&M, N A C M - Kansas City, HTDA, BCFM, Skinner Nurseries, Deardens, Rain Bird, STAFDA, IBM, PEI, Atradius are but a few of the groups, schools, companies and associations for whom WalkingBear has conducted programs.

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