Leadership Team

Canadian Linen® has recruited and retained the most talented professionals in the industry to accelerate profitable growth and strengthen market position through the execution of its new strategic plan. Bill Evans became the first non-family CEO in the company’s history in 2009 and works closely with senior leadership to enhance the customer experience through superior service.

 

Bill Evans, President and CEO 

Bill Evans joined the company in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer and became the company's first non-family CEO in 2009. Since then, he has been steadily guiding the company to accelerated growth and profitability. Previous experience includes PepsiAmericas, PepsiCo and Ford Motor Company. He holds an MBA from Drake University and a BA degree from University of New Hampshire. 


 

Curt Gray, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer

Curt Gray joined the company in 2006 and oversees all administrative operations for the company including Information Services, Human Resources, Communications, Legal, and Facilities Management. Prior organizations include Musicland, Best Buy, Payless Shoe Source and Kmart. He has an MS from Central Michigan University and a BA degree from the University of Minnesota.


 

Steve John, Chief Information Officer

Steven John joined the company in 2014 and is currently responsible for the overall leadership of our Information Systems (IS) group and the ongoing development of the company's digital strategy. He has more than 30 years of information systems and technology experience and prior organizations include Workday Inc., H.B. Fuller, the Society for Information Management (SIM), First Health, CIGNA, Unisource and Transora. Steven holds a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah.


 

Brian Keegan, Safety and Sustainability Officer (SSO)

Brian Keegan joined the company in 2007 and is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization’s safety and sustainability programs and the integration of these initiatives with the company’s business objectives. He has more than 28 years of industry experience and his previous companies include UniFirst, Mabbett and Capaccio, Badger Energy and General Tire.He has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.


 

Mark Kowalski, Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development

Mark Kowalski joined the company in 2006 and is currently responsible for the finance and corporate development functions in the company. He has more than 25 years of finance experience and prior organizations include Teleplan, Gelco Information Network, Dataserv Inc. and U.S. West. He has a Masters in Finance from the University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management and a BS degree from Moorhead State University.


 

Dan Lagermeier, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Dan joined the company in 2011 and is responsible for all financial and accounting operations for the company. Previous experience includes Luminara Worldwide, Element Electronics, Polaroid Consumer Electronics, Best Buy and Target Corporation. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.


 

Naiem Nairouz, Senior Vice President of Canadian Operations

Naiem Nairouz joined the company in 1980 and is responsible for the company's Canadian operations, including 16 production facilities. He has more than 30 years with the company and previous roles include VP of Regional Operations, Regional Manager, District Manager, General Manager and various other production and service roles. He has a BS degree from the Higher Institute of Agricultural Cooperation in Cairo and an RIA/CGA from the Certified General Accountants Association in Toronto.


 

Theresa Schulz, Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

Theresa Schulz joined the company in 2011 and is responsible for overall legal functions for the organization. She has more than 20 years of legal experience, including as Senior Corporate Counsel with Cosentino North America, as well as with various law firms. She holds a JD cum laude from the University of Minnesota and BA degree from Indiana University.


 

Dave Rotman, Vice President of Supply Chain

Dave Rotman joined the company in 2007 and is currently responsible for the company's Supply Chain, delivering additional efficiencies in textile management and back-end operations. He has more than 30 years of product marketing, project and systems management experience and previously held leadership roles at Teleplan Wireless, Gelco Information Network, Wam!Net, and 3M. He holds a BA degree from the University of Minnesota.


 

Andrew Steiner, Vice President of Marketing and Customer Operations

Andrew Steiner is a fourth generation family owner and his responsibilities currently include marketing, customer experience, and digital strategy. Prior to joining the company in 2001, he was the founder and owner of Blue Link Innovations, Inc. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago-Booth School of Management and a BSE degree from Princeton University.


 

John Sutherland, Senior Vice President of US Operations

John Sutherland joined the company in 1982 and is responsible for the company's U.S. operations, including 29 production facilities. He has more than 30 years with the company and his previous roles include VP of Regional Operations and Regional Manager, District Manager, General Manager, Sales Manager, Assistant Sales Manager, Sales Rep and Unit Manager. Previous organizations include DancoCorp and he has a BS degree from Central Connecticut State University.


 

Lance Westphal, Vice President of Sales

Lance Westphal joined the company in 1995 and is currently responsible for sales functions across the entire company, including corporate sales. Previous roles at the company include VP of Regional Operations and Regional Manager, District Manager, General Manager and Market Center Manager. Previous companies include National Uniform Service and American Uniform & Linen Supply.He has a BS degree from the University of Phoenix in San Diego.


 

Wiz Wyatt, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Wiz Wyatt joined the company in 2006 and is currently responsible for developing and maintaining positive and mutually beneficial working relationships with industry, community and key vendor partners. He has more than 38 years of financial and business management experience and prior organizations include Apogee Enterprises, Wellington Window, ConAgra, Merrill Lynch, and Citibank, NA, Saudi Arabia. He holds an AB degree, cum laude, from Harvard University.

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