Age: 32
Company: Battersby, Danielson  Azbell (BDA)
Title: Outside Sales

How long have you been in the PHCP-PVF industry?
Six years.   

What drew you into the industry?
I honestly stumbled into it. Our CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer, as he jokes) Bob Danielson approached me about an opportunity to come join the team and at the time, I had never even heard of a “manufacturers’ rep,” let alone in the plumbing industry. I decided to take a leap of faith and it has worked out thus far.  

What is the most rewarding aspect of working in the industry?
Without question the relationships that you can develop. Often times, they go far beyond any sales call and I think that is the best part.

What is one thing you wish more people knew/understood about the PHCP-PVF industry?
I wish people understood that the trades in general — no matter which avenue (plumbing contractor, distribution, manufacturer, or rep) — can be a great career path and track to make a good living. I would also love to see more diversity and inclusion in the industry overall. Growing up in an inner city environment, I can tell you the plumbing and mechanical industry was never a part of anyone’s thought process. Awareness is key.

What has been your proudest moment in your career so far?
Being awarded a President’s Club Award in 2019 for Salesperson of the year for one of our manufacturers.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Some people may laugh, but I am still a kid at heart. I am an avid gamer. I will occasionally stream on Twitch as a hobby.

Why he was chosen as a Next Gen All Star Top 20 Under 40 winner:
“Chris Shores has been calling on us for about  five years now. He came in to this industry with no experience, but a drive to learn. He first started working with us as our Milwaukee tool rep and always went above and beyond. A couple of years ago, Chris was awarded the Milwaukee rep of the year for the entire country. Last year, he branched out of his comfort zone again and took a territory with BDA.  We instantly requested that Chris be our rep, and I know multiple other Win organizations also requested to have him. I spent 10 years as a Rep myself and I will admit that I can be very hard on Reps that do not do their job.  Chris always impresses me with his professionalism and follow up,” says Shane Stille, president, Winsupply of Westfield.