Livonia, Mich.—Virginia Tile Company (VTC), a premier specialty distributor of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tile to the professional commercial and residential markets across the Midwest, hired Edmund ‘Ed’ Vaske as chief operating officer. Vaske will be instrumental in building on VTC’s successful 90-year history and executing on the company’s commitment to continued growth and innovation in the industry, according to VCT.
“We are excited to have Ed on board after an extended search to find the right candidate,” said Sunil Palakodati, chief executive officer, Virginia Tile Company. “His experience and supply chain knowledge will be instrumental in delivering on the Virginia Tile promise of providing exceptional customer service to our valued customers and fueling our continued market growth.”
According to VCT, Vaske is a supply chain management specialist with a proven track record in supply chain transformation, strategic sourcing and implementing operational strategies for mid-size to Fortune 500 organizations. Before joining VTC, Vaske was the vice president of transportation and distribution of Casey’s General Stores based in Ankeny, Iowa, a major chain of convenience stores in the Midwestern and Southern United States. Prior to that, Vaske was the vice president of business development of Jacobson Companies, a third-party logistics company offering end-to-end global supply chain management solutions. Vaske has also held significant leadership roles at MW Logistics and Ruan Transportation in Dallas, Texas and Des Moines, Iowa respectively.
Virginia Tile serves 16 midwestern states from Ohio to Kansas to North Dakota. Its vast network of 18 award-winning showrooms and distribution centers provides a superior customer experience along with efficient order fulfillment serviced by two hubs in Livonia and Kansas City, Mo., according to the company.