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Norm Clark

Instructional Associate Professor

Norm Clark joined the Industrial Distribution faculty in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University in the fall of 2001. He has a BBA in Accounting, an MBA in Management, and a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development. In industry, as director of sales for a Houston-based consulting firm, Norm developed, marketed and delivered educational programs for both manufacturers and distributors representing a variety of industrial channels throughout the U.S. Norm teaches the IDIS 656 – Leading People & Managing Performance course for the MID Program as well as undergraduate ID courses.

Tom Comstock

Senior Lecturer

Tom is a current board member for Relevant Solutions, Test Equity and Relevant Power Solutions. Previously Mr. Comstock was CEO of Rawson from February 2003 until December of 2016 (It was sold by LKCM to ERIKS in 2013). Prior to joining Rawson, Mr. Comstock was the Chief Operating Officer of Furmanite, a petrochemical service company. Mr. Comstock spent 16 years with Keystone International, a flow control company, and served as President of the Keystone International’s Industrial Valve Group in Europe for three years. Mr. Comstock received an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. He teaches the IDIS 664 – Distributor Profitability course.

Read Frymire

Senior Lecturer

As a visionary business strategist, Read has thirty-four years of experience in industry building diverse teams and growing companies. He was the Chairman and CEO of Frymire Services, Inc, an HVAC-R and Plumbing mechanical services company. Among his many accomplishments, Read developed and executed corporate leadership and equity succession plan, orchestrated new commercial and consumer market penetrations, reinvented or closed stalled underperforming business units. He has been successful in different business cycles by focusing on strategy, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, operations, risk, banking relations, labor pool shortages, pricing models and critical projects. Read currently is Business Development Manager, NA, for Sirane, Ltd. He teaches the IDIS 664 – Distributor Profitability Course.

Ron Holsey

Senior Lecturer

Ron Holsey is an innovative global business leader with deep industry and domain experience delivering sustainable results. Holsey has led profit and loss statements since 2003, overseeing sales, field service operations, manufacturing, project engineering, research and development, and support functions such as finance, human resources, health, safety, and environment. Holsey has a proven track record in business turnaround, transformation, organization design and development, and optimizing results through operational excellence and commercial intensity. Their expertise includes strategic planning and analysis, a culture of continuous improvement, global profit and loss, turnarounds and restructuring, sales enhancement, operational excellence, mergers and acquisitions, profitable growth, and organizational development. Holsey serves as vice president and general manager of production optimization at ChampionX, where they lead the transformation and growth of the global production optimization profit and loss statement. He teaches
IDIS 650 - The Science of Distribution.

F. Barry Lawrence 

ID Program Coordinator
Director, Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education
Director, Global Supply Chain Lab

As a faculty member of the Industrial Distribution Program Dr. Lawrence is involved in graduate, undergraduate, and professional continuing education teaching activities, funded research projects, publications and industry presentations. His teaching activities surround classes in manufacturer/distributor relationships, Supply Chain Management, distributor profitability, and distribution strategy. Dr. Lawrence is a fellow of the National Association of Wholesaler Distributors (NAW) institute and the author of ten books on distributor competitiveness. Dr. Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University, an M.B.A. from TexasState University and a B.B.A .in Finance from University of Texas at Austin. He has more than 10years of industry experience in sales and retail business before joining Texas A&M. He teaches IDIS 654 – Distribution Channel Development and IDIS 657 – Distribution Growth, Models, & Drivers. 

Magnus Meier

Senior Lecturer

Magnus Meier is the VP and Global Head of the Wholesale Distribution Industry Business Unit at SAP. Representing the industry inside and outside of SAP, he works to provide industry thought leadership, portfolio direction and the global go to market strategy. Magnus started with SAP in 1998 and acquired extensive cross industry, solution, services and support knowledge throughout his career. He has held a variety of positions internationally, from consultant in Germany, to Manager of Industry Business Development teams in Japan and the U.S.. Magnus has a Master’s degree in economics from the Gerhard Mercator University in Duisburg with a special focus on East-Asia. Magnus serves as the industry expert professor for the IDIS 652 – Digital Distributor.

Bharani Nagarathnam

Instructional Associate Professor
Associate Director, MID Program

Dr. Bharani Nagarathnam is an Instructional Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Master of Industrial Distribution at the Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Industrial Distribution. He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, applied research, academic program management, and business development. Dr. Nagarathnam has worked on applied industry projects, consortia and professional development programs for more than 100 industrial manufacturers and distributors. He has published in academic journals and industry publications. His research areas include distribution management, human capital development, talent acquisition, training design & development, performance management, and distribution profitability. Dr. Nagarathnam holds a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Production Engineering from the University of Madras, India. Dr. Bharani teaches IDIS 652 – Digital Distributor, IDIS 656 – Leading People & Managing Performance, IDIS 660/665 – Distribution Capstone Project I & II.

Malini Natarajarathinam 

Associate Professor

Dr. Natarajarathinam’s teaching activities surround classes in distribution customer experience, strategic industrial relationships, distribution networks, logistics and supply chain management. Before coming to Academia, she worked with several automotive companies on projects focused on optimizing transportation, material handling and decision analysis systems. Her research interests include empirical studies to assess impact of good supply chain practices such as coordinated decision making in stochastic supply chains, handling supply chains during times of crisis and optimizing global supply chains on the financial health of a company. She is the author of many peer-reviewed journal articles and case studies. She serves as a referee for many journals and is a member of various editorial boards. Her research and teaching activities have been supported by various government organizations and companies. Dr. Natarajarathinam holds a Ph.D., Operations Management, The University of Alabama; M.S., Applied Statistics, The University of Alabama; M.A., Management Science, The University of Alabama; M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University, and B.E., Industrial Engineering, Anna University. She teaches IDIS 651 – Distribution Customer Experience and IDIS 660/665 – Distribution Capstone Project I & II.

Bimal Nepal

Associate Director, ID Undergraduate Program
Professor, Holleran-Bowman Faculty Fellow

Dr. Nepal teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in quality and distribution operations management for the ID program. Since joining TAMU, he has taught nine unique courses and made significant curriculum changes to several of them. His research focuses on supply chain management, distribution logistics & operations, quality and reliability, decision modeling, and engineering education. He has published 46 peer reviewed journal articles, three book chapters, and 59 conference proceedings papers. Dr. Nepal has served on the Board of Directors of Data Analytics and Information Systems Division of Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), Board of Directors of American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), co-chaired technical program committee of Annual Conference of ASEM and is an associate editor for Engineering Management Journal. He has advised 64 Master’s students in ID and co-advised one doctoral student in ISEN Department.  An elected Fellow by the American Society for Engineering Management, Dr. Nepal has received numerous departmental and college level teaching, research, and service awards at TAMU. The most notable recent awards include: AFS Teaching Awards (College Level), College of Engineering Faculty Fellow (multiple times), ETID Departmental level teaching, research, and service awards (multiple times), William and an Outstanding Alumni Award from WSU’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. Dr. Nepal holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (MNIT, Jaipur, India), an M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering (AIT, Bangkok, Thailand) and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (Wayne State University, Detroit, MI). Dr. Nepal teaches IDIS 653 – Distribution Operational Excellence and IDIS 660/665 – Distribution Capstone Project I & II.

Daniel Rey

Associate Professor of the Practice

Daniel brings sales and marketing experiences from both the distribution business and the energy sector.  Most recently, he served as President of BPS Oil and Gas.  Before that, he retired as a Senior Vice President from Nalco Water after a 27 year career, where he served in sales, marketing, operations, and general management in upstream and downstream divisions.  Areas of expertise include sales, negotiating, international business structure, manufacturing, and logistics.  He has a passion for people, having been instrumental in launching talent development programs in various regions, including West Africa, South Texas, and the gulf coast.  Daniel teaches IDIS 650 - The Science of Distribution as well as IDIS 653 - Distribution Operational Excellence.