Nesquehoning, Pa.-based ELK Group International (which includes the ELK Home, ELK Lighting, ELK Hospitality, ELK Lifestyle, Stein World, and Thomas Lighting divisions) has appointed lighting industry veteran David Pamer as Chief Executive Officer, taking over that role from ELK’s long-time CEO Bradford Smith, who has been promoted to Chairman of the Board.
Pamer worked in investment banking for six years prior to joining Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting as its Chief Financial Officer, and subsequently achieved the positions of Executive Vice President/Supply Chain and Executive Vice President/Sales. In those roles, he was responsible for the analysis, design, development and execution of a comprehensive supply chain strategy, and later responsible for the development and execution of a sales management strategy and structure to accomplish market share and organic growth in the company’s designated core and strategic growth distribution channels.
In his role at ELK, Pamer will work with owners Mark Fludgate and Bradford Smith to develop and implement a growth strategy that leverages a strong foundation built both through organic and acquisition growth. Additionally, his supply chain and analytical background will be instrumental in ensuring foundational processes and core disciplines are implemented for the company to be consistent and reliable in the customer experience as they achieve new growth levels.
“I’m thrilled that Dave will be joining our team. He possesses a high business IQ and has an impressive record of delivering innovative growth strategies with high level execution throughout his career,” notes Bradford Smith. “With over 15,000 skus in a wide range of home furnishing categories, our collective company has the depth and breadth across a myriad of price points that is unrivaled from any one company. Our focus is to create the gold standard in the home furnishing’s industry for product selection, service and delivery.”
“I’m very pleased to be presented with this opportunity to work with both a leadership and growth-oriented company like ELK, whom I have known and admired over the years from competing with them. We are excited about the growth prospects ahead for the company; however our first responsibility as we look to develop and execute our growth strategy will be to ensure that the focus be on our customers’ experience with ELK, so that we become their first choice for helping grow their respective businesses. That is a reputation that is earned over time, and I am confident with the team we have, we will achieve this focused objective.” Pamer states.
Pamer will be attending High Point Market, along with ELK’s executive team and sales representatives, at the company’s newly remodeled showroom at IHFC Suite 402/403.