Leading the way.

As a privately owned and operated family company, we have a different perspective on leadership here at Ernest. We have a very flat organization with few management layers, because we see everyone in the organization as a leader in their own right. Our commitment to a consultative team approach with our customers ensures the best ideas come to the fore quickly and efficiently. And with every employee totally engaged in the success of our customers, we benefit from leadership at every level.

Get to know our management team:

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A. Charles Wilson
Chairman, CEO

You always know when Charles is in the office. It starts when you hear the receptionists sing out “Good morning, Mr. Wilson. How are you today?” Then you'll see him on his rounds. Few company chairmen take the time to stop by every employee's desk to check in and say hello (and maybe to pick up a piece of candy or two), but Charles does. He knows how important it is to make those personal connections. Since joining his brother in business after serving in World War II, this recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star has always put people first. It takes a lot of energy to mentor so many individuals, but even after over 60 years in the business, Charles makes it a priority. The candy helps, but mostly it's the love he has for our company and all the people here that keep him going.

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Tim Wilson
President

Spending time with family is at the top of Tim's list of favorite things to do. That's an especially good thing as the President of a family-owned business, because with over 300 employees his definition of family is a bit broader than most. He prides himself on the people he has on his team — their passion, the dedication they have to their work, and their willingness to collaborate to help find the best solutions for our customers. In fact, some of his greatest joys come from celebrating the professional successes and personal milestones of his extended family.

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Brian Porter
Vice President of Client Relations

Keeping up with Brian is tough. He’s so full of life, you never know what’s coming next. We think his early work on a cruise ship, as President of his city’s Little League, and managing rock bands perfectly prepared him for his life today — as father to two great boys, stepfather to two more, dedicated husband, keeper of the family animal menagerie, and Vice President of Client Relations. Brian consistently puts his incredible energy to work for everyone here at Ernest Packaging Solutions. With his great ability to make customers comfortable, his commitment to understanding their needs and objectives, and his ability to always have fun in the process, Brian is a great asset to his clients and to us. We look forward to many more years of trying to keep up with him.

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Mike Pichotta
Vice President of Operations

Mike was a part of the Ernest Packaging Solutions family long before he joined the team as an employee. In his work for a number of our suppliers, he saw firsthand what a difference that family feeling makes. Now he’s doing his part to demonstrate our strong commitment to service on a daily basis.  Mike does that by looking at things from all perspectives to help our clients and his co-workers succeed. That passion for success probably comes from his love of sports. He’s a big Miami Dolphins fan, and when he’s not rooting them on, you might find him riding dirtibkes in the desert, waterskiing and jetskiing, or hitting the slopes on his snowboard.

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Karri Wolten
Vice President of Finance

Karri is dedicated and committed to everything she does. Whether it’s cheering on her son at all of his soccer games, or solving challenges for our clients and employees, she’s in it 100%. She has proven herself over and over again during the past 16 years as part of the Ernest Packaging Solutions family. Her experience in accounting, HR, and as our Operations Manager in Los Angeles have given her the day-to-day perspective that help her shine as our VP of Finance. Or maybe it’s her annual trips to recharge in the surf and sun in Costa Rica that do the trick. Either way, her future looks bright.

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Vince Vincent
Vice President of Talent

With a record like Mickey Mantle, the charisma of Joe DiMaggio, and the heart of Lou Gehrig, we think if Vince ever decides to retire from us, he has a bright future as a coach. His passion to nurture success in everyone around him — from his family to our leadership and especially his new recruits — brings new life and energy to Ernest Packaging Solutions every day. Since 2008, Ernest has been the house that Vince built. Vince is not only getting top talent to join our Ernest family, but as keeper of the culture, he is making sure that we maintain the perfect climate for them to prosper and succeed. It's really too bad that his favorite team, the Yankees, haven't discovered him. Their loss is definitely our gain.

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Scott Gardner
Chief Marketing Officer

Both professionally and personally, Scott has a special talent for rallying people. Whether he's coaching his kids' baseball and soccer teams or bringing all the Ernest offices together under a compelling new brand, he knows the power of a strong, confident message. He's a firm believer in the company's commitment to Moving Packaging Forward and takes the idea to heart even in the way the company markets itself. He attributes this passion for our brand to the fact that the family culture at Ernest makes you always want to do your best. We know it's really because he's a savvy marketer that truly loves his work.

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Karen Dallas
Corporate Controller

There’s a reason Karen Dallas is known at Ernest as “Mom.” She treats our company and employees as if they were her own family, and is always ready to lend support to anyone who needs it. She has watched Ernest change over the years, and at each stage we have counted on her to look for ways to adapt processes, systems, and reporting to better fit our growing company. She tells us that she finds excitement in the challenge, so we’ll keep that excitement coming! And her responsibilities don’t stop at Ernest. She is one of the most active grandmothers around, as treasurer for her granddaughters’ softball league and team scorekeeper. It’s a good thing that she finds time to relax with long walks with her dogs, because after her days of taking care of all of us, she deserves it.

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Pallet Guy
Ambassador of Woodshop Facilities

When it comes to our wood solutions, Pallet Guy is the resident expert here at Ernest Packaging Solutions. Whether you’re pining for the perfect crate or super committed to sustainable foresting, this guy knows everyone and everything there is to know. Pallet Guy is a tree of knowledge. He even has clout at the White House, thanks to his days spent on the front lawn! With strong roots in the Sequoia National Forest, Pallet Guy had to start his career at the bottom. The view from below gave him a different perspective that branches into his work every day here at Ernest. With a vision and purpose that helps him see the forest from the trees, he and the Ernest team are passionate about designing the perfect crate or pallet.

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