Management Team

Hardwoods USA
 

Mr. Daniel A. Besen, Vice President, Hardwoods USA

Mr. Besen joined Hardwoods in 1984 and began as a Sales Trainee in the Northern California Group. He opened and managed the San Diego, California Branch in 1988. In 1990 he was promoted to General Manager of the Pacific Northwest Group and in 1994 he became General Manager of the Southern California Group. In 2004, he was promoted to Vice President and is currently Vice President of the U.S. operations. Mr. Besen received a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Mathematics) from the University at Albany, New York.
 

Mr. Mike Couture, General Manager, Northern California, USA

Mr. Couture started his career with Hardwoods in 2001 when he joined the Livermore Branch of Northern California as a Sales Trainee. Since that time, Mr. Couture has held progressively senior positions to include: Sales Manager, Branch Manager, Hub Manager, and Regional Manager. In September of 2015, Mr. Couture was promoted to General Manager of the Hardwoods Northern California Division.
 

Mr. James Wooten, General Manager, Texas, USA

Mr. Wooten started with Hardwoods Specialty Products as a Sales Trainee in Arlington, Texas in 1997, and in 2000 promoted to Branch Manager of San Antonio, Texas. In 2003 he became the Branch Manager of the distribution hub in Dallas, Texas. In 2019 Mr. Wooten was promoted to General Manager of the Texas Group with its three distribution centers in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.  Mr. Wooten has a Bachelor of Science (Business Management) from Letourneau University, Texas.
 

Mr. Jake Pabisz, General Manager, Pacific Northwest, USA

Mr. Pabisz joined Hardwoods in 1999 as a Sales Trainee in Renton, Washington. Mr. Pabisz worked his way through the system into Outside Sales for the Renton, Washington Branch in September of 2000. In December 2003, Mr. Pabisz relocated to an Outside Sales position in Eugene, Oregon; in 2006 he was promoted to Sales Manager. In 2007 Mr. Pabisz relocated back to Renton, Washington as the Operations Manager; in 2014 he was promoted to Regional Manager of the Pacific Northwest Group.  In 2016 Mr. Pabisz was promoted to General Manager of the Pacific Northwest Group.
 

Mr. Jason Sencaj, General Manager, Mid-West, USA 

Mr. Sencaj has been with Hardwoods since 2001, when he joined the Windsor, Ontario Branch as a Sales Trainee. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Sencaj progressed into the role of Branch Manager of Windsor, Ontario.  In 2006 Mr. Sencaj moved to Elkhart, Indiana to assume the role of Hub Manager. In 2014 Mr. Sencaj was promoted to Regional Manager of the Mid-West and in 2016 was promoted to General Manager of the Mid-West. Mr. Sencaj received a Business Administration Degree (Marketing) from St. Clair College, Windsor.
 

Mr. Nick Smith, Senior General Manager, Southern California, USA

Mr. Smith started in Northern California in 1995 as a Sales Trainee. He was promoted to Sales Manager of Phoenix, Arizona in 1999, then to Branch Manager of San Diego, California in 1999. In 2005 Mr. Smith was promoted to Regional Manager, Southern California and to General Manager, Southern California in 2013. Mr. Smith received a Bachelor’s Degree (Pre-Law studies) from the University of Washington, Seattle Washington.
 

Hardwoods Canada
 

Mr. Jason West, Vice President, Hardwoods Canada

Mr. West has been with Hardwoods since 1999, when he joined the Langley, British Columbia Branch. Since that time Mr. West has held progressively senior positions within the Hardwoods British Columbia region including: Sales Manager, Branch Manager, then Group Manager of British Columbia. In October 2015, Mr. West was promoted to Vice President of Hardwoods Canada.
 

Mr. Jason Graham, General Manager, British Columbia, Canada

Mr. Graham has been with Hardwoods since 2002, when he joined the Calgary, Alberta Branch.  Shortly after joining Hardwoods, Mr. Graham transferred to the British Columbia region where he has held progressively senior positions including: Branch Manager of Kelowna and Branch Manager of Vancouver. In October 2015, Mr. Graham was promoted to General Manager of the British Columbia region.
 

Mr. Ken Sifert, General Manager, Alberta, Canada

Mr. Sifert joined Hardwoods Saskatoon in 1982 as a Sales Trainee and was then promoted through increasingly senior sales, marketing and managerial positions. Mr. Sifert gained considerable experience in his career by working in all Hardwoods Prairie locations: Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary. He is currently General Manager of the Prairie Region and works from the Calgary location.
 

Mr. David Wilson, General Manager, Ontario, Canada

Mr. Wilson started with Hardwoods in the Ontario division in 1997. He has held many sales roles in the South Western Ontario, Michigan and Ohio Markets. He served as Branch Manager of the Windsor, Ontario location before moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2000. In 2003 Mr. Wilson was promoted to General Manager of the Prairie Division. In 2005 he returned to the Ontario Division