Richard Lessans, Former Commerce CEO, Now Working with BFG Supply in Advisory Role

Richard Lessans, Former Commerce CEO, Now Working with BFG Supply in Advisory Role

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

BURTON, OH - Richard Lessans, Commerce Corporation's former CEO, is now working with BFG Supply Co. in an advisory role reporting to BFG Supply CEO Rob Glockner, IGC Retailer learned from Tim Ward, BFG Supply's Marketing Director, in an exclusive interview just moments ago. "We brought Richard on mainly because he's been in the industry for so long, and he can give us a good perspective on the last 30 years in lawn and garden," Ward says. "It was kind of a no-brainer to bring him on from a strategic standpoint." He went on to say, "Richard does not oversee our lawn and garden division, and he is not involved with operations of any sort. It's mainly strategic and involvement with any special projects where we can use his skills and knowledge."

BFG Supply also just made the announcement to its vendors that Mike Cyphert is overseeing the company's lawn and garden division. The news of Lessans joining BFG comes as no surprise to IGC Retailer Publisher and IGC Show Founder Jeff Morey, who had been told by Lessans directly during the time of Commerce's closures that Lessans had his sights on staying in the industry. Lessans served as CEO at Commerce Corporation before it closed its Ontario, CA, and Grand Rapids, MI, offices and warehouses beginning late last year. Three weeks after Commerce’s closing, BFG Supply announced it was taking over Commerce’s former facility in Grand Rapids, MI, and hired more than 50 former Commerce employees. BFG also secured ownership of Commerce’s former website, www.commercecorp.com, where users can enter their existing Commerce login information to place orders through BFG.