Name: Greg Welchans
Job Title: President
Company: Supplies Network
What were your childhood ambitions?
I had two: I wanted to be a forest ranger like my brother Rick and I wanted to play professional football.
What was your first full-time job?
I did concrete work for a construction company in Texas.
What was your first vehicle/car?
My father had a rock crushing company, and I bought a 1976 Custom Deluxe pickup truck that was used at the quarry. The frame was bent so it looked crooked travelling down the road.
What was the first record you bought?
Destroyer by KISS.
If you could invite two famous people for dinner, who would they be, and why would you invite them? Roger Staubach (former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys) and Sean Connery, both childhood heroes of mine.
What is your favourite movie, and why?
Gladiator. I love the character played by Russell Crowe, a humble man while at the same time a fierce competitor who inspired those who followed him to greatness
What sports teams do you support? And why?
Lafayette (High School) sports and Vanderbilt University Football! My sons and daughter play there!
What is your favourite holiday destination?
My brother’s farm in Indiana, where many family memories have been created.
What do you begrudge spending money on?
Buying a replacement for something I have lost.
What is your best piece of advice?
Treat others with respect – always. It pays dividends.
Which industry figure do you most admire? Why?
Jim Miller – Founder of Miller Business Systems. This is where I started my career. It took a long time for me to realise what a great foundation he gave me for business and life.
If you weren’t doing your present job, what job would you like to be doing?
A trout fishing guide in Montana.
What has been the best moment in your career?
Becoming President of Supplies Network. I am a fortunate man to have landed in such a wonderful place and position.
What would you like to be doing in five years’ time?
I would like sales approaching a billion dollars!
If you won the lottery, what would be the first item you would buy?
Every existing gun made by my ancestors during the revolutionary war.
What is your biggest weakness?
en and Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie ice cream.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Working in my father’s limestone crushing plant. Every day I would find limestone dust in the most unusual places…
What has been your biggest achievement?
My children. I am very proud of their character and the unbelievably mature choices that they have made with their lives.
What is the most memorable travel experience you’ve had while in the OP industry?
A flight back from a fishing trip with business associates in Idaho…small prop planes and thunderstorms… not a good combination.
What do you think has been the best innovation in the OP industry in the last two years?
Managed print services. This will revolutionise how consumers buy toner for their companies.
What do you think will be the biggest single factor/issue affecting the OP industry over the next five years?
Most certainly the world economy.
Do you have a tattoo?
No ‘tatts’ but in my youth I did pierce my ear.
Has your current job anything to do with what you enjoyed doing/learned at school?
I played football in college. Team sports teach our youth many things…teamwork, dedication, work ethic, competing at a high level. These are many of the foundations of our company.
What types of TV programme do you find most entertaining/irritating?
Reality TV grinds on me. I can’t really tolerate it.
When were you happiest?
Right now is a GREAT time in my life.
Which is the most influential company in the OP industry?
Hewlett Packard, leaders of industry and innovation.
If you had one day to live what would you do?
Most definitely surround myself with my family in my home.
Do you have any interesting/unusual hobbies, collections, etc?
I love to research my family history. It is like putting pieces of a puzzle together. Understanding where you have come from gives great insight into where you are going!