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New Rep Joins WSA Sales Team To Cover Northern California Inland and Northern Nevada Territory

Audra HSCorona, CA (April 8, 2019) –Western Safety Associates is happy to present a new addition to our sales force, Audra Vargas-Marple. She will serve as a representative in northern California (inland) and northern Nevada territories as Ron Hahn transitions to a mentorship role continuing to provide support as a consultant to our NorCal reps. We value his experience and are grateful for his willingness to share it with the agency’s next generation.

Regarding Audra’s new appointment, WSA SoCal Rep and Partner, Chris Duran has commented, “We have a lot of faith Audra’s training as a safety professional and in her skills as a sales agent. There is no doubt in my mind that she will be a successful addition to the WSA team.”

Audra has built her career in the Northern California region, coming to WSA with 14 years of experience in industrial health and safety markets. A Qualified Safety Sales Specialist (QSSP), Audra has a track record for developing strong relationships with environmental health and safety (EHS) coordinators, directors and managers in various industries from agriculture to aerospace. Not only does she have a strong reputation for driving sales, but being certified in OSHA 30 (Construction Training) as well as a Competent Person (for Fall Protection), Audra is known her ability to train and educate customers on safety compliance.

A former colleague has commended Audra on her product knowledge and ability to approach sales with a problem solving mentality also stating, “I’m honored to have had the opportunity to work with and alongside Audra… Her personality and ability to engage customers…makes her an excellent asset to any company in sales, marketing, account management or anything “people-facing.” – Thomas Boisvert, Deputy Sheriff Washington County

Outside of work, Audra enjoys her time with family, supporting her Bay Area teams and travel. She is a hiker who also enjoy water sports depending on the time of year.

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Corona, CA (December 30, 2018) – Western Safety Associates is very pleased to announce that Jeff Himes, Chris Duran and Brad Kemp have been promoted to serve as partners in the management of the agency. These men will be working together to deliver the highest level of customer service to our distributor partners and accountability to the manufacturers that we proudly represent.

During its 30 years in industrial health and safety, WSA has undergone various evolutions in management. Founded by Gene Hall in 1974, Steve Hanson was brought on as a junior partner in 1984. Steve has acted as the principal partner for over a decade taking over completely in 2015. Now in 2019, WSA proudly invites the insight and expertise of each of the newest partners as they step into their management roles.

Jeff Himes came to WSA in 2009 to take over territories in San Bernardino County, AZ. and Southern NV. After Brad Kemp joined WSA in 2015, Jeff took over the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern, San Luis Obispo Counties and HI. Over the last decade, Jeff has worked to completed his Certified Professional Manufacturers Representative (CPMR) training as well as Qualified Safety Sales Professional (QSSP) training. He has also taken the lead in an initiative to bring a Customer Relationship Management solution to WSA to help manage our sales pipeline; a change we hope to fully implement in 2019. With a background in warehousing and logistics, Jeff will be instrumental in the continued optimization of our warehouse operation in Corona, CA.

Chris Duran came to WSA in 2014 to take over territories in San Diego, Orange, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles County. He is a southern California native with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. Like Jeff, Chris is set to complete his CPMR training as well as completed QSSP training. WSA believes that his ambition and energy will drive WSA to explore new sales channels and continue to improve our performance in the coming years.

Newest to the WSA Team, Brad Kemp joined WSA in 2015 to manage territories in Arizona and Southern Nevada. Although he is our newest member, Brad is a veteran in industrial health and safety industry with 25 years worth of experience serving as both the regional and national sales manager for various manufacturers. He is a QSSP graduate and will start his CPMR in the Spring.  Just before coming to WSA Brad received the Grainger Supplier of the Quarter Award for his outstanding sales achievements supporting the Grainger Government Team. We look forward to taking advantage of his breadth of experience in the industry.

It is important to highlight that this is an internal change in the management of the agency, but no changes will be made to the territories and their respective sales representatives. We hope that we have your confidence as WSA begins this new collaborative management approach to defining how we do business. We know that by combining our efforts we can expect great results in driving growth for our manufacturers, providing support to our distributor partners and safe solutions for end-users.   

Established in 1974, Western Safety Associates is an independent, manufacturers representative agency headquartered in Corona, CA. WSA is committed to providing unparalleled service to manufacturers in industrial safety, construction, medical, aerospace and industrial distribution marketplaces.

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If you would like more information or have questions regarding this change, please reach out to any one of the new partners. Click here for our contact page.

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Eric headshotNew Rep Joins WSA Sales Team To Cover Northern California Coastal Territories

Corona, CA (September 17, 2018) –Western Safety Associates is happy to present a new member of our sales force, Eric Korbas who will serve as our sales representative in Northern California coastal territories. Eric is currently based out of Castro Valley.

Regarding Eric’s new appointment, WSA President Steve Hanson commented, “All of us at Western Safety Associates are excited to have Eric Korbas join our team. He is a next generation associate that comes with years of dedicated safety sales experience and leadership”.

Eric has built his career in the Northern California territory. Most recently, Eric worked as a territory sales manager for a large industrial/safety wholesaler and later a manufacturer’s rep in the safety industry. Before joining WSA Eric also worked as the senior sales executive for Kaiser Permanente in charge of supporting statewide occupational health and safety services.  He has extensive experience in the field of regulatory and medical surveillance for on-the-job workers’ health and safety. Previous managers have commended his ability to find unique solutions, turning challenging situations into positive outcomes for all.

Aside from work, Eric enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, kayaking, biking, travelling and spending time with friends and family.


cell: 510-823-6334
email: eric@wsarep.com

Lisa Reigel and Brad Kemp Join the QSSP Ranks

WSA congratulates Reigel and Kemp for successfully completing the QSSP course and welcomes them to the ranks of Qualified Safety Sales Professionals.  Completing this course is a significant achievement, and demonstrates their commitment to worker health and safety.

According to QSSP, participation in this course increases the knowledge and competency of safety sales professionals, which in turn, builds trust and credibility in the customer relationship. The resulting partnership can be instrumental in reducing injury and illness in the workplace which is exactly what the team at Western Safety Associates seeks to achieve.


ACME Vendor Appreciation Event

Ron Hahn attended the Acme Vendor Appreciation Golf and Dinner event last Wednesday.

Pictured here are:
Rod Gowett–VP
Dan Slattery–Sales Manager
Nord Herup–Regional Manager

Vender Appreciation Dinner



UntitledJoins WSA Sales Team To Cover Arizona and Southern Nevada Territories

Corona, CA (September 15, 2015) –Western Safety Associates is happy to announce expansion of our sales force by the appointment of Brad Kemp as our new sales representative to support Arizona and Southern Nevada territories. Brad is currently based out of Scottsdale, AZ.


“I am very excited to have joined a great team of sales professionals, and incredible organization.  I am looking forward to an incredibly successful 2015 and many great years ahead.” BK

Brad has been in the Industrial and Safety Market for 22 years and has assisted in building sales with multiple manufacturers as both a Regional and National Sales Manager. Before joining WSA Associates Brad worked as a Manufacturer’s Representative covering the Northern California Bay Area Market then transitioned to Arizona / Southern Nevada, the past 3 years.  In the fourth quarter of 2014 he was the recipient of the Grainger Supplier of the Quarter Award for his outstanding sales achievements supporting the Grainger Government Team District 333.  From 2005 to 2009, Brad was an Independent Manufacturers Representative covering AZ, NV, NM and San Diego more than tripling the sales in the territory for the manufacturers represented.  Previous managers have also commended his ability to learn quickly, lead others by example, build strong relationships, and close sales opportunities.

Brad was a Speaker at NSC 2009 on Stormwater Regulations while working with UltraTech as the Western Regional Sales Manager.  The presentation was designed to elaborate on the new Industrial Stormwater Permit as well as existing Construction Permit and solutions to assist with meeting the EPA Rulings.

Brad is very active and enjoys hiking, snow and water skiing, and physical fitness.  He also enjoys traveling and spending time with his fiancé and dog.  Brad and his fiancé are expecting their first little one at the end of November.

Justrite Training Conference

Justrite-Training-2014-09-12September 2014  –WSA partnered with Justrite Manufacturing to host an international product training conference at the WSA Corona Offices.

This diverse sales team includes people flown in from Ecuador, Argentina, Canada and the US. Western Safety Associates is always happy to connect with industrial representatives from across the globe.  Así vamos aprendiendo!

(Pictured here: Adrian Luque, Rick Marquez, Mike Boehm, Carlos Proano, Cecilia Campos, Johana Jerez, Veronica Novillo and Vanessa Romero.)


PIP Training

NY-PIP-conferenceJuly 17th 2014– Our WSA Sales Team flew out to New York to complete a 3-day training conference with PIP at their new headquarters facility in Latham.

Agency training has long been an important element of PIP’s strategy and lately their focus has grown.  This training allowed PIP and Western Safety Associates to work together to insure that we offer the best products supported by the most knowledgeable people in the safety industry.

We at WSA recognize the importance of up-to-date industry knowledge and are grateful to PIP for the opportunity to gain new insights through the training they provided us in New York.

Western Safety Associates New Sales Representative

2014-03-10 13.25.55 copyCHRIS DURAN JOINS REGIONAL SALES TEAM     

         Corona, CA (March 10, 2014) –Western Safety Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Duran as its new sales representative covering San Diego, Santa Barbara, Kern and Los Angeles County territories. He is currently based in Riverside County, California.

“I’m really excited to contribute to the sales team and build on their already strong relationships,” stated Chris. “I’m happy to be working with a team that has such a long history of dedication and experience in the industry.”

Although Chris is a Southern California native, he joins us from Debuque, Iowa where he worked as the Sales & Account Manager for Vendors Unlimited, Division of Pepsi Co. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Business Administration. In his free time he enjoys baseball and chocolate milk, respectively.

To contact Chris Duran or any other member of our Sales Team, please refer to our new Representative List.