What is AOPD?
Established in 1978, AOPD is the world's largest network distributor of office products. AOPD has grown to include 73 dealers with 188 locations throughout the United States and Canada, with affiliates in Australia. AOPD's only business is the development and implementation of regional, national and international office products distribution programs.
AOPD customers enjoy all of the benefits of a corporate purchasing program, including:
AOPD customers also get the advantages of working with a local committed distributor, including unparalleled levels of customer service, order fulfillment and problem resolution. All of AOPD's locally owned and operated dealers take an active role in their business communities. When you purchase your office products from an AOPD dealer you know that your dollars will stay local and help finance the infrastructure of your community!
Board of Directors
AOPD is governed by a Board of Directors, which is elected by the general membership at the AOPD Annual Meeting. These seven board members each serve a three-year term and are responsible for appointing the officers.
The Office City
Redwood City, CA
Kim Crook Vogel
Miller's Supplies at Work
Chairman of the Board
Bulldog Office Products, Inc.
Ritter's Office Outfitters
Executive Director: Mark Leazer
Mark has been in the Office Products Industry for 30 years, all at AOPD dealer Forms & Supply, Inc. (FSIoffice) in Charlotte, NC. After three years as a Chemist with Rexham Corporation, he began with FSI, managing the IT Dept, originally computerizing the company. Later, Mark moved into Sales Technology and Sales Management, assisting his wife, Kim, in managing sales for FSI’s Office Products Division. In that role he has been heavily involved with AOPD as a dealer, having served on the AOPD Board of Directors for the past 14 years. Mark also served as the interim Executive Director of AOPD for three years from 2001 – 2004. In fact, Mark has attended every AOPD Annual Meeting since 1985, the first one as Kim’s spouse! Mark is a proud Tarheel, graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 1982 with a BS degree in Chemistry.
Manager of National Operations/GSA Programs: Sharon Stepien
(630) 761-0600 ext. 105
Sharon Stepien has been in the Office Products Industry for over 28 years and has been working almost exclusively with AOPD contract business for all of those years. She got started in the industry as a National Accounts Administrator and then Director of AOPD National Accounts for an independently owned office products dealer in her home state of Ohio. Sharon has been employed at the AOPD headquarters office for over 20 years, beginning as the Assistant Marketing Manager, and is now the Corporate General Manager, Manager of National Operations and GSA Programs.
National Marketing Director: Angela Sumner Price
(630) 761-0600 ext. 106
Angela has been employed with AOPD for over thirteen years, beginning as the Sales & Marketing Administrator and moving into her current position as National Marketing Director. Prior to AOPD, Angela worked as an account manager at CDW Computers. Angela attended Miami University and received her degrees in Marketing and Organizational Leadership Management. She completed her MBA at North Central College in 2012.
National Sales Manager: Tom Buxton
Tom first entered the office products industry to save a failing family dealership attempting to avoid bankruptcy. Over the next seven years International Office Products became the fastest growing dealer in Denver, Colorado. In 1997 Corporate Express purchased the dealership and within 18 months Tom was the Vice President of Sales for the flagship Colorado branch and was responsible for the sales side of a 100M p/l. Tom resigned for the third and final time in 2005 in order to assist independent dealers compete against the “Power Channel” and has been AOPD’s national sales manager for over five years.
Director of Business Development: Joe Breczka
Joe has recently joined AOPD as its Director of Business Development (2017) and is excited to work with the members and business partners of AOPD. Joe’s experience in the office products industry spans over 35 years. A majority of that time was engaged within the Independent Dealer channel, working for Eaton Office Supply Co., Inc. in Buffalo, N.Y. His responsibilities included overall sales management, GP management, product category development and customer contract negotiations. Through his tenure as General Manager of Sales, Eaton was recognized as one of the top office products distributors in the US. He also served as the AOPD representative at Eaton for over 20 years. Joe has participated in many industry related committees and most recently served on the AOPD Board of Directors.
Financial and GSA Administrator: Shelley Tousignant
(630) 761-0600 ext. 108
Shelley has been with AOPD for over eight years, initially positioned as the financial administrator, but has since added the role of GSA Administrator. While new to the office products industry when she started at AOPD, Shelley brings with her more than 10 years experience in the financial and credit industry. She has worked for both Bank One/Chase and Citibank. Her education includes Elgin Community College and Northern Illinois University.
National Accounts Bids & Contracts Manager: Micheal Mathews
A 35 year veteran in the office products industry, Micheal Mathews has made a career out of helping members of the independent dealer community become more efficient, profitable and responsive to their customers. Mike’s association with AOPD began in the early 1980’s while employed as the Technical Support Manager for member dealer Miller Business Systems in Dallas, Texas. In 2010 Mike joined AOPD as the National Accounts Bids and Contracts Manager.
National IT Manager: T.J. Crayne
TJ has been involved in bringing technology solutions to the Office Products Industry for over 30 years holding various executive positions in the software and wholesale businesses. Previously he was with United Stationers as VP of Reseller Technology in Deerfield Illinois. Prior to United, TJ was President and CEO of United Business Computers, a leading software provider to Office Product dealers in the 90’s with over 300 installations throughout the US and Canada. TJ is also the author of COPAS, a legacy software application that was purchased by United Stationers and later merged with TJ’s company to form United Business Computers.
Along with the informative business sessions, the AOPD Annual Meeting offers Dealers and Business Partners the opportunity to sit down in a one-on-one format to discuss new products, sales and marketing strategies or other mutually beneficial programs.
Details for the 2018 Annual Meeting will be available soon!
How to Join AOPD
If you are an established, independently owned, full-line, commercial office products dealer and are interested in becoming an AOPD member, please contact headquarters to find out if your dealership would be a good fit for the AOPD network.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is AOPD?
Established in 1978, AOPD is the world's largest network distributor of office products. AOPD has grown to include 75 dealers with 178 locations throughout the United States and Canada, with affiliates in Australia. AOPD's only business is the development and implementation of regional and national office products distribution programs.
AOPD customers enjoy all of the benefits of a corporate purchasing program including:
AOPD customers also get the advantages of working with a local committed distributor including unparalleled levels of customer service, order fulfillment and problem resolution. All of AOPD's locally owned and operated dealers take an active role in their business communities. When you purchase your office products from an AOPD dealer you know that your dollars will stay local and help finance the infrastructure of your community!
Who governs/owns AOPD?
AOPD was established in 1978 as a not-for-profit corporation and is completely owned by the membership. AOPD is governed by a Corporate Executive Director and a Board of Directors. The seven Board Members are elected by the general membership at the AOPD Annual Meeting to serve a three-year term.
Is AOPD a buying group?
No, AOPD is not a buying group. AOPD's only business is the development and implementation of regional and national office products distribution programs.
Is AOPD a wholesaler?
No, AOPD is a sales and marketing organization only and does not actually sell products to resellers. All of our members utilize wholesalers such as Essendant and S.P. Richards to purchase products.
What are the main benefits of becoming an AOPD Dealer?
AOPD gives the independent dealer the power to compete for regional and national contract customers and participate in corporate bids. By joining AOPD, you will be able to differentiate yourself from local competitors and enhance your overall market image. AOPD is an important mechanism that protects your current business, while offering a huge potential to increase future volume.
Can any office products distributors apply for membership?
AOPD is a network of independently owned office product dealers, and as such does not accept applications from large corporations. Any established, independently owned, full-line office product dealer may apply for membership. Please contact AOPD headquarters to see if your company would be a good fit for the AOPD network.
Does AOPD provide sales and/or marketing assistance for its members?
In addition to the AOPD full-line catalog, AOPD offers a variety of marketing materials including brochures, promotional flyers, sell sheets, business partner sales and marketing collateral, custom maps and a lot more. Most of the marketing materials are available to be downloaded off of the AOPD Toolbox, a members only site.
What is the AOPD Business Partner Program?
AOPD has developed and maintained close working arrangements with many well-established manufacturers in the office products industry. These business partners take an active role in helping AOPD members evaluate customer usage, suggest new or substitute products, make joint sales calls and bring increased value to national agreements for both the dealer and end-user.
How do I place an order?
AOPD is a sales and marketing support organization that does not sell products directly, as this is the function of our dealers. All of our dealers have complete on-line ordering capabilities on their own websites. To find your local dealer please use the dealer locator map.
All of the AOPD Dealers are designated small businesses, thus helping you reach your small business initiatives. Many of the AOPD dealers also hold additional socioeconomic designations such as woman-owned, minority-owned, HUB, veteran-owned and service disabled veteran-owned. These designations allow your company to receive legitimate Tier 1 purchasing credit. AOPD dealers also sell products manufactured by companies that also hold these designations, providing you with legitimate Tier 2 purchasing credit. Talk to your local AOPD dealer to see how you can qualify.
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