LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Winston Industries’ Board of Directors has selected Shaun Tanner as president and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2020. Tanner, an 18-year veteran of the company, currently serves as its Chief Sales Officer, overseeing two of Winston’s three divisions — Winston Foodservice and Winston Manufacturing.
He succeeds Valerie Shelton, who announced her intention to retire in December 2020. Shelton will move to an advisory role in July and will maintain a position on the Board in retirement. She has served 11 years as Winston’s President and CEO, and 38 total years with the company.
Shelton diversified the company beyond foodservice equipment, spearheading the creation of the Win2uit Electronics Division and the Winston Contract Manufacturing Division. While her efforts increased profitability, her motivation behind the expansion was to create vertical opportunities for Winston’s team members. Committed to thinking beyond the company, Valerie also led aggressive corporate initiatives to give back to the community.
Tanner has performed myriad roles at Winston. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University and chef by trade, he held sales positions within domestic and international teams, while overseeing support of one of its largest customers, YUM! Brands. Tanner was elected to Winston’s Board of Directors in 2015, and soon after was promoted to general manager of the Foodservice division.
“Winston is such a unique company, not just by our products, but in our DNA,” says Tanner. “Our culture is contagious, as we push it beyond just the office professionals, integrating it into every job function throughout the organization. We have an amazing team here at Winston, passionate and willing to help beyond their daily responsibilities. Val has done an amazing job of reshaping our company and preparing it for the next level of steady growth in the future. While there is certainly still work to be done, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to take over for her now, while the company is primed to do great things.”