Calgary Team

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Calgary

Don Samson – President / Outside Sales / Account Manager

Don SamsonThe leader of the pack. As president of AFS, Don leads the team with an unending desire to exceed not just the customer’s expectations but also the manufacturers we represent. Not a guy to take the limelight, he nevertheless strives to creatively position AFS as a company of “firsts” while providing a diverse offering of industry leading brands in every segment from commercial to residential  construction. Don’s motto is “Be memorable” and with 39 years of serving the industry he has proven that innovation is a moving target that challenges the AFS team to grow, reach new heights and ultimately stay fresh and memorable. Although Don enjoys building relationships in all areas of the industry, he currently spends most of his time in the residential builder segment as well as overseeing the operation of Allan Forrest. If Don has free time to spare, he spends it on the golf course, following Formula 1 or enjoying a warm day in Arizona.

Contact:

Phone: 403-243-7001 ext. 105
Email: donsamson@allanforrest.com

Jack Forrest – Outside Sales / Account Manager

Jack ForrestHow many engineers does it take to change a light bulb?  None. They are all too busy trying to design the perfect light bulb! Jack earned his PEng and took up the torch in his father’s company 37 years ago. Today, Jack is a determined relationship builder in the technical specification community with an uncommon drive to deliver commercial & hydronic specs that ensure the right product is presented to meet the application’s need. He understands the life cycle, the client and the product inside and out.  From CIPH to ASHRAE meetings, Jack is truly dedicated to the people that make the plumbing industry and through his creative salesmanship, it shows. When not stimulating demand for AFS product lines and tracking specs with the tenacity of a Jack Russell Terrier, you can find him, together with his wife, doing all things including outdoor running, hiking and tennis as well as exploring new places together.

Contact:

Phone: 403-243-7001 ext. 108
Email: jackforrest@allanforrest.com

Dave Mauro – Outside Sales / Account Manager

Dave MauroDon’t let the easy smile and laid back nature fool you! Since 1990 when joining AFS, Dave has quietly but steadfastly built a career in the plumbing industry with a wide net serving not only Calgary but also Banff, Canmore and as far as the East Kootenays. When it comes to contractors and distributors who rely on sales reps to bring them the product and price that meets their project need in an ever-changing fast paced construction market, Dave is their guy. Getting to know his customers is like water off a duck’s back for him. It is no surprise that through the years, Dave has established solid client relationships by earning their trust, consistently delivering results for the customer and the product manufacturer. Whether sipping a cold beer in the backwoods, talking trench drain, or planning the next weekend hunting excursion … he never takes his eye off the crosshairs of new business growth opportunities.

Contact

Phone: 403-243-7001 ext. 111
Email: davemauro@allanforrest.com

Ryan Vickers – Outside Sales / Account Manager

Ryan VickersIf you feel at ease and warmly welcomed, you probably have been greeted by Ryan. He shares his quick wit and broad smile to make you feel instantly comfortable in learning more about AFS and the products they represent.  With 8 years of experience under his belt, he most enjoys being face-to-face meetings with decision makers in every segment of the industry.  As a professional outside sales specialist, Ryan methodically develops the relationships needed to grow business for distributors and contractors alike. His “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” approach has allowed him to excel in meeting both his personal and professional goals. Whether at work or at play, Ryan is that reliable team player people enjoy on their side. Off duty, he swings both the golf club and the hockey stick for fun and is usually the life of the party amongst friends and family.

Contact

Phone: 403-243-7001 ext. 107
Email: ryanvickers@allanforrest.com

Dawn Fahr – Outside Sales / Account Manager

Dawn FahrDawn speaks your language. If you are a builder or designer in the plumbing industry, Dawn has a genuine desire to know you and your business inside and out with the purpose of delivering an exceptional level of service, going that “extra mile”  to meet your product needs. Her professionalism in delivering a sales experience is matched only by her desire to succeed in an industry that is new to her. She brings 10+ years in business development to AFS and thrives on new challenges day-to-day living by her motto… “say what you are going to do and then do it!”. She is a natural people person who creates inspiring events for industry associates to mingle and network with each other while learning about the latest fashion plumbing products that AFS offers. Off hours, Dawn kicks back to spend time with friends and family and enjoys a good hike or snowshoe excursion.

Contact

Phone: 403-243-7001 ext. 103
Email: dawnfahr@allanforrest.com

Greg LeClair – Senior Inside Sales

Greg LeClairGreg is a fixture at AFS. He is a life-line to almost anyone in any segment of our business. From the unmistakable laugh to the cheerful greeting on the phone line, Greg lives, breathes and eats inside sales at AFS. (We suspect he might sleep here too!) Since 1984 Greg has grown with the company bringing it to new heights delivering a customer service experience that to this day is unparalleled in the local industry. Greg is proud to know that AFS has been a part of supplying building materials for many of the buildings that grace our city and other parts of the province. Speaking of which, on the rare occasion when Greg leaves the building of AFS, he enjoys photographing that very architecture that adorns our city bringing a keen eye to the splendor and design of every structure.

Contact

Phone: 403-243-7001 ext. 102
Email: gregleclair@allanforrest.com

Aaron Samson – Inside Sales

Dave Mauro Aaron is a kewl guy.

Contact

Phone: 403-243-7001
Email: aaron@allanforrest.com

Jill Challand – Inside Sales

Jill ChallandDid you say board meeting? Don’t expect Jill to attend any unless it is the snow, skate and surf variety! Jill defines technical support within the close knit team of inside sales at AFS. Bringing 10 years of knowledge with her, she gets a kick out of serving the clients in a truly personal manner. She does that by learning about a product mechanically inside and out …. literally! Yes, she takes things apart for the fun of it. Jill has an appreciation for the plumbing industry recognizing that despite the vast array of products to choose from, it is the people that make the industry what it is. Her steadfast dependability in customer service is a testament to how deeply she lives that every day. Find Jill sampling the latest micro-brew or exploring arts and architecture when she isn’t in the-mode!

Contact

Phone: 403-243-7001 ext. 109
Email: jillchalland@allanforrest.com

Alex Forrest – Inside Sales

Contact

Phone: 780-452-8551 ext. 115
Email: alexforrest@allanforrest.com

Wendy Chan – Administrator

Wendy ChanThe wizard behind the curtain! That describes the essence of Wendy at AFS. As book keeper and chief accounting clerk, Wendy is that quiet dedicated employee that every company wishes they had. Lucky for us, we enjoy her ever-upbeat can-do attitude every day as an integral part of the inside support team at AFS. Without her, we wouldn’t get paid, know what was going on at inventory time or see the results of our hard work building revenue as manufacturers’ reps! Next time you come in, if you can find her behind the mounds of paper on her desk, say hi. We think Wendy works almost as many hours as Greg but when she is not in the office; she is spending mother-daughter time with her accomplished daughter.

Contact

Phone: 403-243-7001 ext. 101
Email: wendychan@allanforrest.com

Gary Marshall – Shipper / Receiver

Gary MarshallWhat defines a jack-of-all-trades you ask? Gary Marshall. As the manager of the warehouse and all things logistical, Gary attacks each task, each day with fervor. He loves the variety that being on the team at AFS brings. We do not have enough space on this page to describe all the fascinating occupations and hobbies that Gary has accomplished. What is for sure is that the combined skill set and more importantly passion for what he does brings continuous improvement to the organization every day. Next time you swing by to pick up a part, you will find the personable Gary ready to help and if you have an extra minute, he tells a great story! On a hot day in Alberta, you will find Gary on his John Deere riding mower, sipping a cold beer, listening to George Jones.

Contact

Phone: 403-243-7001 ext. 114
Email: garymarshall@allanforrest.com