Coast Wholesale Appliances Inc. (Coast) was established on January 1, 2011 with the conversion of Coast Wholesale Appliances Income Fund to a publicly-traded, dividend paying corporation. Shares of Coast began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “CWA” on January 6, 2011.
Coast is a leading independent supplier of major household appliances and accessories to developers and builders of multi-family and single-family housing, and to retail customers. Founded in 1978, Coast currently operates 16 stores, with 15 locations across the four western provinces and one store in the Greater Toronto Area.
Coast Wholesale Appliances First Quarter 2013 Report
Maurice E. Paquette , President and CEO
Mr. Paquette joined Coast’s board in 2010 and was appointed President and CEO in August 2011. He brings more than three decades of wholesale distribution experience. Mr Paquette served as President and CEO of Hardwoods Specialty Products from 2001 to 2004, and continued in this capacity with Hardwoods Distribution Income Fund until mid-2010. Previously, he spent 26 years with Sauder Distribution, the last six of which he was Executive Vice President. Mr. Paquette’s expertise encompasses acquisitions and integrations, large customer buying groups and vendor-managed inventory.
Gordon Howie , Chief Financial Officer
A Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years of financial and operational management experience with publicly-traded companies, Mr. Howie joined Coast in September 2012. His background includes 16 years as a member of the senior leadership team at Rogers Communications Inc., where he ultimately held the position of Vice President, Finance, Sale and Administration. Mr. Howie also previously served as Director of Finance and Administration at Nintendo Canada Limited and Chief Financial Officer of Eye Masters / Lens Crafters Canada Limited.
Stephen J. Raben , Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Single Family
Mr. Raben joined Coast in 1990. He was appointed a Vice President in 2005 and assumed his current position in July 2011. Mr. Raben is responsible for sales and marketing to Coast’s single-family and retail customers, and for the operation of Coast’s store locations. Prior to 2005 Mr. Raben acted as Regional Sales Manager for Coast's praire stores for eight years and previously managed our Edmonton store.
Michael Fiorini , Vice President, Mutli-Family Sales, Eastern Canada
Mr. Fiorini joined Coast in 2010 to head up our Greater Toronto Area contract sales team and assumed his present position in July 2011. A former member of the boards of the GTA’s Building Industry and Land Development Association and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, he has many years of experience working with the building industry. Mr. Fiorini holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Life University (Georgia).
Bradley S. Romo , Vice President, Mutli-Family Sales, British Columbia
Mr. Romo has an extensive background in major appliance sales, including more than a decade spent leading teams responsible for supplying appliances to some of the largest multi-family residential projects and master planned communities in Western Canada. He initially worked with Coast early in his career and rejoined our sales group in his present position in July 2011.
Mr. Willoughby joined Coast in 1994 and has held a number of sales management positions. Immediately prior to assuming his present role, he served as Senior Director of Contract Sales, based in Vancouver. Mr. Willoughby has also acted as Regional Sales Manager for Coast’s Prairie stores and as branch manager of our Kelowna, British Columbia store.