My career started in 1972 in the PVF Market while attending local Community College. Peninsular Supply Company was based out of Ft.Lauderdale, Florida and later bought by ITT Grinnel at the time. Learning the business from the ground up and becoming Outside Sales associate at 20 years of age. After spending my first five years in Distribution I joined the Wm.Powell Company, Cinc., Ohio. and joined their regional sales office in Jacksonville. Randy Cowart – President & CEO was my mentor for next fifteen years covering, Power, Chemical, Pulp & Paper, Marine, and other industrial accounts.
In 1985 I joined the WACCO team in Tampa , Florida, this lead to my introduction into the automation and control training with companies like Keystone Valve, Valtek, Clarkson, EIM and many other engineered products. I started my first business in 1989, Horizon Valve & Fitting, Inc., our focus was automation of quarter turn products for Food & Beverage, Brewing, Citrus and Power & Energy markets. This lead into doing business with Anheuser- Busch companies through the USA market, this introduced me to new mixed proof technology with Tuchenhagen Mix- Proof Control Valves which we sold and serviced . Selling my business in 2000, to Eastern Industrial Supplies – Greenville, SC, where I remained until 2005.
January 2006, I returned to the Wm. Powell Company as VP Southeast / Southwest Region rejoining with Randy Cowart – President – CEO , I spent the next five years involved with – Distribution MRC Global, Wolseley Industrial, Bayport Valve & Fitting, Piping & Equipment, major Power Projects, Pulp & Paper, Chemical and EPC’s.
Starting in January 2011, I joined Lockwood International organization as Power Sales Manager, after a short period of time working with the Houston team I assumed the role of VP Sales & Marketing, Recruiting , Domestic and Global branches. This lead to me spending my time in the Houston Oil & Gas Market and dealing with the major Oil & Gas companies like Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, Shell and Valero, As part of this responsibility I was involved with the EPC market in Houston. Gaining experience with Oil & Gas and dealing with all the valve manufacturers in Houston and completing the separate Automation & Control division for Lockwood International was a tremendous experience.
Returning to the Southeast market in 2013, I started Reliant Engineered Products and established business representation valve and control valve firm. Since then we have expanded into other markets like Aerospace, Power, Pulp & Paper, Industrial Gases and other industrial markets. As we gain market share we have added new products and sales associates.
Jonathan is a graduate of University of North Florida , Construction Management School. Jonathan gained his initial experience while working at Horizon Valve & Fitting in High School and College. While in school he had the opportunity to work for the NFL -Jacksonville Jaguars – as on field communication tech for Coach Tom Coughlin. After graduation he entered into Construction Industry and managed construction projects through out North Florida area for large General Contractors. Prompting him to establish his own company – Garza Constructors for the past ten years. Jonathan brings a strong work ethic and managements skills and knowledge of business and financial management.
Wes is a graduate of Brigham Young University , in Provo, Utah. Starting in the control valve business while working at Valtek Controls located in Utah and attending school. Originally signing to play football and later had the opportunity to start playing Rugby and still today plays and referee’s .After graduating he spent two years on mission in France on behalf of the Mormon Church. Returning to his roots in Tampa, Florida he joined WACCO team, who represented Valtek Controls and multiple other engineered products. Working initially inside sales and later moving to Jacksonville he joined Fisher Controls as Sales Manager for Florida and spent the eighteen years. Later in the late 90’s Wes joined Valve Technologies as Regional Manager – Southeast Region.
In 2011, Wes joined the Lockwood International organization at their Windfern Automation Facility where he managed the Automation Team and Shop. Wes later moved to Flow Solutions as Product & Automation Manager.In July of 2016 Wes returned to Jacksonville to become Vice President of Automation & Controls for Reliant Engineered Products. His hands on experience with all facets of automation, components, actuation, valves, control valves and other engineered specialty products is exceptional.
Thom is Operations Manager and brings his experience in inventory control and accounting and being a previous business owner. Thom has received multiple degrees in business and graduating from Seminary School and with a Master Degree.
All Freight, Inventory, Purchasing, Human Resources and Accounting is under Thom’s management. Thom Is avid long distant Bicyclist routinely doing 30-40 mile trips over the weekend. His knowledge and experience are valued asset to Reliant’s daily operations and success.
Ashley is currently attending college and working on a degree in Marketing.
Being the daughter of Jim Garza, she has been asset for her natural communication skills and personality, she is the youngest of his children having three older brothers – Jonathan, Travis and Jeff. Ashley regularly attends all exhibits and expos though out the country traveling to NASA – Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, CA to NASA Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida.
Just recently attending and working in exhibition booth for PRUSS – Germany at Power Gen 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Ashley experience since high school, working in women’s fashion and modeling has attributed to her success and communication skill.