Chris Saylor, Head of Operations for Associated Wholesalers, Inc. and White Rose, Inc., together a multi-billion dollar wholesaler, is a key business partner to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and peer members of the executive team. He is an executive with proven success overseeing multiple divisions and sites, preparing and controlling multi-million dollar budgets, and coordinating company-wide continuous improvement projects.
Saylor’s responsibilities as Head of Operations include setting strategic direction and driving execution across the company’s entire warehousing and distribution network, which services more than 2,300 supermarket, neighborhood market, and convenience stores. Chris is accountable for the overall operations and financial performance of AWI’s five distribution centers, and he leads 12 senior managers (including operations, inventory, quality, and industrial engineering) and more than 1,100 associates and their managers and supervisors. When he first joined AWI, Saylor oversaw distribution functions for the company’s 800 customer co-op division as its Director of Distribution.
Before joining AWI, Saylor worked as a Distribution Manager for Meijer, a multi-billion dollar retailer and then the 18th (now the 13th) largest privately held company in the United States. He led the achievement of significant distribution improvements there, including improved service quality and efficiency, higher productivity levels, and lower operating costs. During his time at Meijer, Saylor was responsible for service to 200 combination stores and 177 gas stations.
Prior to his work at Meijer, Chris held a senior-level management position with Wal-Mart Logistics. His responsibilities there included operations support and oversight of quality performance initiatives for regional warehouses and third party logistic providers.
Earlier in his career Saylor served in leadership roles in labor relations, safety, and risk management. He also owned and operated two successful businesses.
In addition to his management and leadership experience, Chris Saylor holds Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Science in Law degree from Champlain College.