GEAR EXPERTS®

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We are your Gear Experts.®

Every member of our team has extensive industry know-how and our huge gear selection means we can get you exactly what you need, when and where you need it. But your experience with your Gear Expert® doesn’t stop there. We aim to build a partnership with every one of our customers. That way, you can trust us to get you the gear to not only get the job done, but keep you and your workers safe. See our entire team below. Read what makes them get out of bed every morning, and check out a picture of them doing what they love. Then, give us a ring at (800) 940-6762 and talk to your favorite. We look forward to hearing from you.

ANDREW PRACCHIA

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Growing up at the Lake of the Ozarks, there was never a shortage of outdoor activities to take part in. I spent much of my youth playing sports, camping, and hiking with family and friends. I moved to Columbia to further my education and decided to stick around after my college career ended. These days, I enjoy playing softball, chasing my corgi around dog parks, and spending as much time as I can with my nephew.

At GME Supply, I really appreciate the enthusiasm everyone arrives with every day. We work together as a team and find new ways to keep our customers happy on a daily basis. As my knowledge of the industry increases, I hope the relationships I’ve developed with coworkers and customers continues to grow.

AUSTIN PAINTER

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My wife and I moved to her hometown in Blackwater, Missouri after working in west Tennessee for over 5 years. We love serving others and building relationships everywhere we go. We also enjoy the outdoors and late-night game nights with coffee or ice cream.

I have always had a passion for recreational climbing and backpacking - constantly researching the latest and greatest gear. GME Supply has now expanded my knowledge into a whole new world of at-height safety and protection. I plan to dedicate myself to additional product training to get you the best products.

If there is one thing that I personally strive for each day it is to work hard and work efficiently. Working at GME Supply will be no different. I am here to build relationships and keep you all safely and efficiently working on the job. I look forward to every opportunity in helping others #ClimbHigher.

BRAD ATKINS

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While I'm not necessarily big on talking about myself, I can say I'm a Veteran of the US Navy, a former Police Officer, and the product of a retired fire fighter and a former detective. Doing the right thing always came naturally to me because of the values my parents instilled in me while I was growing up. I've always been a geek, not really big into sports or outdoors. Comics, Video games, and mostly anything associated with that is in my wheel house.

Working in Safety comes natural to me; it falls right in line with wanting to help people maintain safety and security. I’m here to find the right solutions for you and your team, making sure your gear gets to your door when you need it. The goal at the end of the day is to get everyone home safely.

BRANDON GARNER

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My name is Brandon Garner. I am a Political Science major at Kennesaw State University. Prior to attending KSU, I was a Business Management major at the University of North Georgia, located in the beautiful north Georgia mountains. While there, my love for the outdoors grew as I spent time hiking, hunting and fishing with my friends. Concurrent with my time in college, I spent six years in the Georgia Army National Guard. During this time, I learned the importance of having the right gear and equipment for the job. I look forward to coming into work every day and building on my knowledge of the products you need to keep you working safely and efficiently.

BRYAN DOMINIQUE

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My wife’s job brought me and our small family to Columbia from Springfield this last summer. Originally from Kansas City, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with family and friends, barbecuing, camping, hunting, or just spending time at the lake or the farm. One of the nice things about working for GME is that we really get to pull back as a staff and focus on one thing with our customers - Safety! I enjoy how this allows us to partner with companies to ensure that we are giving them the best gear, products, and training to keep their field crews safe. This singular focus gives us a unique opportunity to share with our commercial partners, industry governing regulations that can keep their crews safe while on site. Not just by providing gear, but also continual training from industry experts, and helping to bring forth innovations that can help ensure the safety and success of their tower crews. If I had to describe what we do here at GME in as few as words as possible, it would be: Safety, Partnerships, and Family.

CALEB MESSER

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The right piece of equipment can make all the difference. My favorite part of my job is working with the professionals in the field to evaluate the shortcomings of current items, and then collaborating with the full range of suppliers to create and refine innovative gear. Give me a shout if there is something you’d like to see in our catalog, whether it exists or not. You might be surprised how quickly a concept can become a reality if you have the right team behind you.

CODY SELLERS

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Growing up on a family farm in Mid-Missouri taught me about hard work and dedication. I strive to bring this attribute to my professional career as well as my wife and children. I enjoy being outdoors with my kids doing anything recreational. We love sports, swimming, and wrestling (or “serious fight” as my three year old calls it). We also enjoy spending time on the farm riding dirt bikes and 4-wheelers.

I’m excited to bring my dedication to this industry and look forward to helping you in any way I can. I love making new friends and look forward to being here for anything you may need.

CYNTHIA DIAZ

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Before I started this job I remember thinking, I really would like to work at a place that I can make a difference in someone’s life, a place where I can give back to the community. GME Supply is just that place! My job is to keep people safe all over the world by educating them with products that can save their life, as well as help them work more efficiently. I get the pleasure of working with Government agencies to keep those workers safe as well as International businesses. As a kid growing up I was always trying to find a way to help the kids around me feel safe and now I have the same mission in this role. GME Supply is a company that values family, and I’d be pleased to help you find the right solutions so you can go home to enjoy your life and family each day.

DAN POBST

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Dan Pobst is the Vice President of Operations. Experienced with various safety training courses and certified as a competent person for fall arrest inspection, Dan has assisted many manufacturers with product design for the latest and greatest in fall protection. As a member of the manufacturing and Engineering Solutions Work Group for the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force, he facilitates the improvement of safety products and standards in the industry. Dan graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Business Administration.


JIM ZEPP

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Molded by my experiences in life, I have grown to appreciate a hard week on the job and cherish my weekends!  I take pleasure in many things, but the most important to me is my family and making sure that everything I accomplish is with them in mind.  When I am not helping coach my wife’s gymnastics team, I like working on and riding motorcycles, woodworking and pretty much anything outside (unless it’s cold).  Sometimes the best thing in life is a cold beer and grilled steak, while chasing my boy around the yard.  I have been at GME Supply for 5 years and have grown to love the sweet gear I get to play with.  I can’t drive past a tower without looking for ropes hanging and people working up high. The best part of my job at GME is when I can help my clients get what they need and help educate them. I want to make sure the equipment they are using is the right tool to help get the job done safely and efficiently.

JOHN LAMOND

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I spent most of my time right out of college attending every sporting event and concert possible. I do the same thing now… just with my wife and two kids in tow. They don’t seem to mind. When I’m not working or with the family, you can probably find me playing ice hockey or golfing, depending on the season. I’m determined to skate until they don’t let me play anymore.

We are a young, cutting edge company and while I may be “the old guy” with the funny accent, this office keeps me energized every day. My goal is to keep you safe and do it the smartest and most cost effective way possible. We take it upon ourselves to understand your needs and provide solutions.

I’m excited to work with you and make your GME experience even better.

I also really like pizza. And good whiskey.

JUSTIN KRAFT

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Growing up in Chicago, there was always something to keep me busy; whether it be concerts, sports, the beach or just wondering around the city. I came to Columbia to further my education at Mizzou and in the process grew my passion for hunting and the outdoors. Now days you can find me at a concert around town, out in the marsh during duck season, or in the gym getting in a good workout.

I was excited to join the team at GME and have enjoyed the work ethic and family atmosphere that everyone brings to the office each day. I look forward to providing exceptional customer service and making every purchase better than the previous.

MICHAEL OBUCHOWSKI

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Originally from a small town in Vermont, I moved to Missouri in 2009 after finishing college in South Carolina.

I have been at GME since 2016 and working here is like no other place that I have worked at before. I enjoy the fact that every day I come to work, I can expect to be challenged and learn something new. It can be from learning a new piece of safety equipment to better serve our customers, to learning something new about the many different industries we service. I want to be an asset for you and help you keep yourself and your employees safe and productive.

MICHELLE GALLOWAY

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Born and raised in Illinois, I grew up spending all my free time playing on competitive sports teams. This instilled in me my most favorite part of GME… we are a team. I've been lucky enough to “work” with Team GME since 2013. From customer service, to marketing, to sales, I've enjoyed and appreciated learning all the different aspects of our business. My experience in these different areas allows me to really understand your needs.

My favorite part about being a Gear Expert is helping you stay safe. No matter what the application is, I can help you find innovative solutions for your at-height safety needs.

Outside of the office, you can find me playing basketball with my son in the driveway, watching Cardinals baseball, and eating spicy foods.

MIKE KROHN

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After a full career in law enforcement and law enforcement education, I had been working in security and risk mitigation. What better place to "work" than GME? Safety was always my first rule. "Go home at the end of your shift" is more than a movie line or mantra. It's what we provide here at GME. I know how important it is to get the right gear at the best price. When I am not making sure you're safe, you can find me fishing or hiking.

NATHAN SIZEMORE

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It’s been a little over a year since I first walked in the door at GME, and I’ll tell you, it’s pretty easy to find a smile in this place. I grew up in Northeast Missouri working for my family’s construction company, attended the University of Missouri where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and Psychology, and then found myself lucky enough to find a second home at GME Supply.

My passions lie with the outdoors and everything nature has to offer. Any given weekend you can find me kayaking down a stream to catch dinner for the night, taking in the sounds and smells of a Missouri fall behind a knocked arrow, or climbing a river bluff just to set up a hammock and watch the sun go down. If you do run into me on a weekend, you’re most likely lost.

During the week you know right where to find me. Our OSHA Certified family here at GME is filled with good spirit and a dedication to get you exactly what you’re looking for. Give us a call or if you’re in the area swing by and check out the Safety Experience. You might just find yourself strapped to the mini tower testing out some new gear.

Climb Higher Friends

SIMONE BARROSO

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I worked at GME Supply from 2005-2010 and then decided to take a break to be with my family. Late 2016, when my all children were enrolled in school, I was offered a position with GME. Why would I return? If a company could be as dedicated to me, as we are to our customers, it made my decision very easy.

When I’m not working, you can most likely find me doing community services. I am a huge believer of giving back to the area I call home and teaching our youth to do the same. I am also an avid camper and take on many volunteer roles in the local Cub and Boy Scout organizations.

Working to keep our customers safe at-height has been a rewarding journey and I strive to grow daily so that I can provide superior customer service. It has been a wonderful experience to be part of something that is so much a part of me.

TYLER NELSON

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Growing up in a small town in Missouri I spent a lot of time fishing and playing sports. In college I played a lot of baseball and made some great memories. I’m now married and have a beautiful wife and baby girl. I still enjoy getting out and going to concerts, golfing, umpiring, coaching and fishing. I just have a lot more diapers to change now.  I’m sure once my child gets older I will have time for all of that once again. For now I will settle for grilling on the weekend and golfing when I can.

I have been with GME for 4 years and couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with. I take a lot of pride in working hard for my customers to make sure we are staying knowledgeable and competitive. I look forward to serving my customers and learning more about the industry each day.

ZACK DOYLE

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Raised in St. Louis, I married a country girl that completed me. We now have two perfect girls that I could not be more thankful for. I try to be the best dad, husband, employee, and person that I can every day. I know I can always be better, but I try to have fun as much as I possibly can. My life goal is to die happy and to know I got the most out of life.

I have always loved playing sports and being out in the wild. I try to hunt and fish, but always seem to only catch a buzz or tree-bass. I'm not good at instruments, but I need good music to be happy. I'll never sing karaoke again, but I'll bust out some silly dance moves every now and again. My wife will tell you otherwise, but I try to eat healthy and exercise. At this point in my life, I consider chasing my kids around the store and mowing the lawn exercise.

GME Supply is the perfect company for my personality and values. This is an innovative company, filled with down-to-earth, caring people that take pride in their work and their word. We are very diverse people, but everybody is awesome at what they do and strive to be even better. I am excited for our future here at GME, and to help your company succeed.