Coming Together Is The Beginning
At Holland Imports, we believe our team is the foundation of our growth and success. Working as a team fosters our creativity and blends our complementary strengths to better serve our partners. Meet the key members of our team:
Leader, Innovator and Visionary
Mohamed first started his career as a high school teacher in Kisumu, Kenya. Given his passion for helping others, he committed himself to engaging his students and instilling in them a work ethic and an ambition for success. In time, Mohamed decided to help at the family’s store. There, Mohamed was able to build skills in sales, marketing, and customer service. Mohamed’s good nature and charisma meant customers loved dealing with him. In addition to his interest in business, Mohamed is an athlete and competed in badminton and table tennis at a regional level.
When the Punjani family moved to Canada and established Holland Imports, Mohamed took charge of sales and later purchasing. Under the guidance of his eldest brother Sadru, Mohamed developed strong relationships with overseas suppliers which continue today.
Mohamed is well-known in the industry for his respect for customers and suppliers alike, his humility, and integrity. Mohamed was a recipient of a commemorative medal for the 125th anniversary of the confederation of Canada. This award recognizes significant contributions to compatriots, community and to Canada. His example and that of the other founders have now become the core values at Holland Imports.
Erin has over a decade of senior management experience from both distribution and logistics companies. She comes to Holland with a proven track-record of streamlining processes and creating efficiencies all while keeping the customer top of mind. Her work with national and multi-national companies affords her the skills and experience to lead Holland in all facets of its operations.
Director of Sales
Mike brings over 25 years of successful consumer packaged goods industry leadership experience focused on building categories and high-performance sales teams. Mike is a passionate team and customer player with a proven track record of building solid partnerships based on integrity and trust delivering extraordinary results. Mike’s experience coupled with his strong analytical and leadership skills will lead Holland to new heights.
National Accounts Manager
With over 20 years of account management and operations experience in the construction/industrial channel, Darren brings a full perspective view of our business at Holland Imports. Darren using his knowledge and expertise, particularly in hardware, hand tools, and power tool accessories focuses on win/win experiences with our partners. Darren’s integrity and professionalism are a significant asset to Holland Imports and our partners.
Bert provides strategic leadership in Holland’s corporate accounting and finance functions. With 20+ years of progressive experience, Bert brings his proficiencies in finance, taxation, business strategy, auditing, management and business leadership to Holland. Bert has received his CPA and CGA designations and has a proven track record of detail-oriented execution in a fast-paced multi-task driven environment.
Norman brings more than 25 years of experience in credit and customer service to our team, having worked within hospitality, manufacturing and distribution environments. His passion is service; whether it be in a work environment or volunteering in the community. Norman works closely with his team to ensure our customers are more than satisfied.
Customer Service Manager
Sharon has been with Holland for over 15 years and has been an integral part of its growth. Exposed to different facets of the business, she brings expertise in operations, customer service, and category logistics. Sharon started her career in customer service with a national department store chain and has now made her way back to this role. She brings dedication, a strong work ethic and a good sense of humour.
DC Operations Manager
With over 30 years of warehouse operations, project management, design, and layout experience, Gary comes to Holland with a track record of success. A well-organized time manager who enjoys working with people to streamline processes and efficiencies. His many years of hands-on fulfillment provide a keen eye for making it right. Professional and goal oriented, Gary is always working toward the big picture and common goal.
Import & Logistics Manager
Vincent has four decades of experience in international commerce, freight forwarding and customs logistics. Since joining Holland Imports in 1996 his expertise in global cross border trade and strong communication skills have been instrumental in establishing mutually beneficial working relationships with factories, suppliers, freight forwarders and customs brokers.