Mr. Wright is a results-driven senior executive with over 40 years of leadership experience in retail, wholesale distribution, manufacturing, agriculture, and business turnaround. He has worked with Hamstreet & Associates on two significant engagements, including service as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Southern States Cooperative, helping to lead its turnaround in the early to mid-2000’s. Prior to Southern States Mr. Wright worked for many years at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., joining that company in 1975 and holding a variety of executive level positions. He contributed to the growth and success of Wal-Mart by assisting with strategic and tactical issues, maximizing sales and profitability, controlling and reducing expenses, and creating a unified team during a period of dynamic growth.
In 2002 Clyde Hamstreet, the Chief Restructuring Officer of Southern States Cooperative recruited Mr. Wright to serve as the interim Chief Operating Officer of the company as it completed a major restructuring process.. Subsequently, at the company’s request, Mr. Wright remained after his six-month contract for six years. He contributed to the completion of a highly successful turnaround and the implementation of a new growth strategy.
At Wal-Mart Mr. Wright served as Store Manager, Buyer, District Manager, Operations Coordinator, Regional Vice President and finally Senior Vice President. As Senior Vice President, he oversaw all stores in the eastern half of the United States. He implemented growth initiatives such as the automotive quick lube concept, co-branding of fast food, and the development and execution of high volume pharmacies and the optical division.
Mr. Wright served on all major Wal-Mart corporate committees including the Executive, Real Estate, Profit Sharing, and Sales Planning & Promotional committees. He also served on the Board of Directors of Western Merchandisers and for the Wal-Mart Foundation.
Mr. Wright co-founded Diversified Retail Solutions, a leading senior management advisory firm for retailers and consumer product companies. He has worked domestically and globally, helping companies improve their financial performance, develop management and business strategies, improve execution, and introduce products to the marketplace. Mr. Wright has served on several Boards of Directors and currently serves on the Boards of Farmland Dairies and Euro-Pro representing shareholders and lending institutions.