About American Direct
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Key Personnel / Management Team (current page)
Key Personnel / Management Team
President / Chief Executive Officer - Byron W. Whetstone
Whetstone (the company's majority shareholder) co-founded the company in 1989. His business background includes prior active ownership involvement in a wide variety of businesses. He earned a BBA-Marketing from the University of Oklahoma and has a graduate degree from Kansas State University. His primary responsibility is to maximize the profitability of the company for all of its constituent groups.
Vice President / Chief Technology Officer - Terry L. Langton
Langton is a minority shareholder and co-founder and has total responsibility for the information and technology functions of the firm. He has been active in the business with Whetstone since 1989 and has an engineering degree in Construction Science from Kansas State University.
Vice President / Chief Operating Officer – Jerry L. Pennington
Pennington is a long time industry veteran of the architectural door and hardware marketplace. His primary responsibility is the profitability of all of the company's projects and assurance that all of the logistical project aspects are concluded. He has a BBA-Management from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Chief Financial Officer – Rod Beason
Rod Beason holds responsibility for credit extension, preparation of monthly financial statements, budgeting, cash flow analysis and banking relationships. He has extensive background in the building material industry and in the development of "growth" companies overseas. Rod is a CPA with a BBA in accounting from the University of Central Arkansas.