ABOUT DE VRIES SPECIALTIES, INC.
For more than twenty years, De Vries Specialties, Inc. has provided operating supplies and promotional products to automobile, boat, motorcycle and RV dealerships. We began our operations in Florida in 1992 and expanded to Texas in 1996.
Edwin De Vries, President
In 1982, Edwin moved to Florida to begin his semi-retirement from an extensive and accomplished career in sales. While employed part time in a promotional product sales position, Edwin identified a need for a local supplier of specialty products for autodealers. Edwin created De Vries Specialties, Inc. and began operations in Florida to meet that need. Edwin now assumes part time responsibility for daily operations in Florida. Edwin's sales background includes:
- Automobile sales in Detroit, Michigan in the 1950’s.
- Working for Michigan Consolidated Gas Company in a sales capacity until 1967.
- Working in sales with Hardwick Stove Company, covering the state of Indiana from 1967 to 1979.
- Serving as Hardwick Stove Company's Southwest regional sales manager from 1979 until 1982.
Calvin De Vries, Vice President
Calvin De Vries founded the Texas division of De Vries Specialties in August of 1996. Since that time, Calvin has been responsible for daily operations and management of De Vries Specialties in Texas. Besides overseeing the growth of the company, Calvin manages a sales force covering central Texas from Waco to San Antonio. Calvin's sales background includes positions in the grocery and lawn care industries, United Parcel Service and New York Life Insurance Company.
Cindy Roberts, Secretary and Treasurer
Since 1998, Cindy has provided accounting and bookkeeping services for De Vries Specialties and has overseen daily operations of the company in Florida.
THE MARKETS WE SERVE
De Vries Specialties provides operating supplies and promotional items to new and used automobile dealers. We also serve boat, motorcycle and RV dealerships. Our plans for expansion include the sale of flags and flagpole components to cities, municipalities, apartments, condominiums, banks, commercial buildings and school districts.
The mission of De Vries Specialties is to be a primary supplier of operating supplies and promotional products for automobile, boat, motorcycle and RV dealerships throughout the United States and Canada. Through our exceptional customer service and extensive knowledge of the needs of our clients, we strive to be their exclusive source for efficient and cost effective operations supplies and promotional products that enhance their profitability.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
Since opening our doors, we have operated under the mantra of “We Have It and We’ll Be There.” Although we will continue to personally serve Florida and Texas through an active sales force that provides "at your door service,” we are committed to offering the same level of personalized service and readily available quality products to our customers throughout the US and Canada.
All of our customers can depend upon phone support from knowledgeable sales people that listen well, understand their needs and offer solutions for helping them to most effectively operate their business for maximum profit and at the lowest cost. We offer product suggestions and ideas to help each customer sell their inventory versus just selling products that may not meet their needs. We understand that Our Success Depends on Your Success! and that is the promise and commitment of De Vries Specialties, Inc.