Determination and enthusiasm
Alain Fournier’s career at Master Group spans close to 25 years. After starting out as a sales representative in one of the company’s branches, he rose through the ranks to become sales manager in 1993. He became a shareholder in 1999 and was promoted to the position of executive vice-president in 2009. Persistence, leadership and team spirit are among the assets that have contributed to the company’s growth and influence.
Determined and enthusiastic, Alain Fournier was named executive vice-president in January 2009.
Financial expertise and a talent for business
Since 2006, Michel Ringuet is CEO of Master Group Inc., a leader in the distribution of HVAC/R equipment in eastern Canada. Prior to this, he held the position of VP Finance and Administration from 1990 to 2006. Under his leadership, the company maintained an exceptionally high growth rate for 25 years and has been designated by Deloitte, CIBC and the Globe & Mail as one of Canada’s best Managed Companies consecutively over the last four years. Following these achievements, Master drew the attention of Novacap, an investment fund who recently became a strategic partner and shareholder.
Prior to joining the Master Group where he is particularly active in corporate development and strategic investments, M. Ringuet worked in various finance and investment departments of National Bank of Canada and BMO.
Mr. Ringuet holds a Bachelors Degree in Administration from Université Laval and an MBA from McGill University. He sits on the board of directors and audit committee of Lumenpulse Inc. (TSX: LMP) a public company active in the architectural LED lighting industry, in addition to chairing Fondation Tel-Jeunes, a charity whose been supporting Quebec’s youth for over 25 years.
Business acumen and management flair
Louis St-Laurent has been president of the Master Group since 2006. He started to make his mark upon graduating from Concordia University, thanks to his superior interpersonal skills and innate business sense. After gaining experience as a sales representative at Kraft, he was hired in 1984 as sales manager of Master’s Kelko division. With the company’s rapid expansion, he was promoted to the position of vice-president – marketing in August 1990. He became a shareholder a year later.
Louis St-Laurent is a natural leader and a remarkable executive who is deeply respected within the industry.
Experience and vision
Luc Bouchard has been leaving an imprint on various aspects of the operations of the Master Group since he joined the company as a branch representative in 1993. Before becoming vice-president – operations in 2007, he notably headed the refrigeration division and then the entire network of branches. In his current function, his main responsibility is to facilitate interaction between the branches, the sales teams and the administration. His success within the company is due to his in-depth experience and comprehensive understanding of the company’s operational needs, along with his dedication and superior listening skills.
Experience, versatility and vision are among Luc Bouchard’s distinguishing assets.
Creativity and a willingness to go the extra mile
François Brisebois joined the Master family in 1990. He has worked on a great variety of projects over the years, in response to an endless stream of technological developments. Innovating and being ahead of the competition is what drives him and his team. His creativity, dedication and sound grasp of business realities contribute to the company’s growing success.
An innovator at the vanguard of change, François Brisebois became vice-president – logistics and information systems in September 2007.
Mastering advanced technologies
With a degree in Mechanical construction, Rolland Grenier has seen his career marked mainly by his long presence and his ascension working for an advanced (ou high tech) heating & ventilation manufacturer where he started as a draftsman and estimator, to subsequently being appointed to the joint position of Sales Director and General Manager. These latter functions allowed him to improve and exploit his knowledge of the North American market, a major asset for The Master Group which he joined in 2011 as Products Director, hydronic heating, a fast growing sector for which he possesses a great expertise.
His outstanding strategic vision, management of sales operations, technical skills, product and market knowledge and his dedication earned him a senior management position in December 2012 as Vice-President, Sales Montreal.
An acute sense for sales and customer satisfaction
Since his arrival at The Master Group in 1991, Éric Lajoie has successively occupied the positions of Sales Representative, Sales Manager, Montréal and Principal Sales Director, for the greater Montréal area.
His devotion, creativity, good judgement and knowledge of the market make him the perfect candidate to take over the reins of this territory as Regional Sales Vice-President in January 2009.
Trust and knowledge of the manufacturing sector
Daniel Le Tallec began his career at Master over 20 years ago as a buyer. He has assumed this role for more than 13 years and then rose to Purchasing Manager.
His extensive experience among and at the head of this department has allowed him, not only to develop tight relationships with suppliers, but above all to acquire a thorough knowledge of the market and of the product offering. In April of 2010, Daniel is promoted to Vice-President, Supply Chain.
Financial savoir-faire and superior administrative skills
Greg Miller is a seasoned professional with over twenty years of financial management experience at senior levels. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Concordia University in 1984 and a graduate degree in accounting at McGill University in 1987, along with his CA designation (chartered accountant). After six years at the international accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand, he acquired valuable experience, mostly as vice-president or controller, in key economic sectors such as aerospace, manufacturing, insurance and distribution. He joined Master Group in 2005 as vice-president – finance and administration. His responsibilities include managing the accounting, credit, real estate, returns and human resources departments.
Knowledgeable employees working together as a team add up to solid growth and sound financial results under the leadership of this effective communicator.