By PlanetLaundry staff | Mar 06, 2012
Continental Girbau West, based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., has named Andrew “Bud” Bakker vice president of sales. In his new role, Bakker is responsible for overseeing and growing all vended, on-premise and industrial laundry sales efforts for the company.
“Bud is an incredibly experienced sales professional with undeniable character,” said Continental Girbau President Mike Floyd. “He understands field sales and comes to CG West with more than 28 years of experience.”
Bakker launched his career in 1984 as an owner/operator of Simon & Son Fine Dry Cleaning in Woodinville, Wash., where he worked for 11 years. He then went on to Westport Supply in Tukwilla, Wash., where he handled drycleaning, industrial laundry, hotel laundry and janitorial supply sales. Most recently, Bakker served as the Northwest sales account manager at Dynamic Sales and Service in Kirkland, Wash., where he managed a territory that included the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. At Dynamic, Bakker specialized in drycleaning, on-premise, industrial and vended laundry equipment sales; drycleaning plant and laundry design; and consulting.
An avid volunteer, Bakker has served as a board member of the Washington State Dry Cleaners Association; an elder at Seattle First Christian Reformed Church in Seattle; a member of the School Advancement Committee at Shoreline Christian School in Shoreline, Wash.; SCS’s assistant junior varsity and varsity volleyball coach and track coach; a member of the Northwest Dry Cleaners Association; and a member of the Citizens Emergency Response Team for Bier and Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
A subsidiary of Wisconsin-based Continental Girbau, Inc., CG West serves the California vended, on-premise and industrial laundry markets by providing equipment, parts, financing, service, warranty and training.