Global Finishing Solutions bolsters leadership team
October 21, 2021 | 8:44 am CDT

Thomas Carlson, vice president of industrial sales, GFS.

OSSEO, Wis. — Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) has appointed three new leaders to its management team.

Tom Carlson was named vice president of operations, Marty Hedlund as vice president of industrial sales and Ellie Ramey as vice president of auto refinish sales.

“I am pleased to add leaders to our organization who align with our culture and are passionate about customer satisfaction and focused on continuous improvement. I am confident these executive team memers will strengthen our leadership team and support GFS in achieving our short- and long-term objectives,” said Jim Faragher, President of GFS. “As leaders with impressive track records of success and a wealth of industry experience, I am confident that Tom, Marty and Ellie will be instrumental in improving and advancing all aspects of our business in support of our customers and partners.” 

With 20 years of operations leadership in the industrial sector, Carlson is focused on exceeding customer expectations and ensuring employee satisfaction. He has worked extensively with change management methodologies using continuous improvement tools — in industries ranging from heavy metal to medical devices — and is passionate about execution and results achieved through training and employee development. 

Hedlund has more than 30 years of experience in product automation, account management, product sales, sales management, and business development. Prior to joining GFS, Hedlund spent 29 years with Werner Electric, an automation and electrical supply distributor, working from their offices outside Minneapolis. Hedlund previously worked as an industrial trainer for Rockwell Automation. He 

Ramey brings nearly 20 years of automotive industry experience in sales, account management and customer service. Before coming to GFS, Ramey spent four years with paint supplier AkzoNobel — directing their North American automotive refinish business and focusing on dealer owned collision repair centers.

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