American Builders Supply (ABS) promoted George Wilkins to the role of senior vice president of operations. In the role, Wilkins will be responsible for overseeing and leading both the millwork and lumber products divisions for ABS from operations, continual improvement, and employee development perspectives.
Wilkins was formerly the vice president of strategic planning and people development at ABS for the past year and also served as the vice president of operations for three years with the company. Before joining ABS, Wilkins held numerous senior operations leadership roles with industry companies, including JELD-WEN, Knight-Celotex, Red River International, and CertainTeed.
“As we pursue our goal of building an enduring people-focused company, I couldn’t be more excited to have George continue his work with our operations team,” Cliff Shimer, president of ABS, said in a prepared statement. “His expertise across the building materials industry coupled with his passion for continual improvement and people development, will allow ABS to continue to grow profitably while elevating the skill sets of our teams to set us up for future success. These activities will also expand our customer value proposition as George works closely with our sales team with the voice of the customer input into the continual improvement process.”
Wilkins has taken on increasing responsibility since joining ABS in 2018. In the new role, Wilkins will work closely with ABS’s operations leads and collaborate with the company’s sales teams to further enhance the company’s value proposition and the overall customer experience through operational excellence.
“I am honored to be leading our efforts to focus on employee development and building upon our family-type culture,” Wilkins said. “We have an excellent team of dedicated employees, and nothing is more rewarding than providing the vision and support to improve our processes while simultaneously enhancing the skills and future advancement for our employees as they grow both personally and professionally.”
ABS is a lumber and building materials distribution business based in Sanford, Fla. The company operates eight locations across the state of Florida, providing doors, millwork, windows, trusses, and lumber to contactors in the single-family and multifamily sectors.