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.
National Sales Manager
Greg brings over 15 years of experience in the hardware and garden industries with both retail and distribution channel development. He has worked closely with some the largest national retailers while continuing to drive and focus on innovative strategies for independent and grassroots retail partners. Greg’s mission is to provide a high value return to Holland’s customers through continued long-term growth.
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.
DC Operations Manager
With over 25 years in senior management roles in Operations, Distribution and Manufacturing, Rob brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience to Holland Imports. His skill set includes implementing strategies, efficiencies and operational procedures that, not only benefit the DC team but also, make a positive impact on the Holland bottom line.
AR/Customer Service Manager
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.
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.
National Accounts Manager
With more than 25 years of senior-level sales experience, Gordon has worked closely with many of Canada’s larger retailers to build and nurture relationships as well as achieve win-win opportunities. His knowledge and expertise, particularly in hardware, hand tools, and power tool accessories, is a significant asset to Holland Imports and our customers.