Our Sales Force

Our experienced, aggressive and successful sales associates have personal relationships with all of our customers and the combined sales force have more than 300 years of experience in the paint and hardware industry. We have superior knowledge of all the phases of distribution from the two-step distribution process, to the buying groups, to the independent stores and all the national and regional paint manufacturers.



Michael holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He began his career in 1992 as a territory representative for a New England sales agency. In 1999, he opened the agency’s New York office and worked to further the agency’s presence in the Metro New York market. In January of 2007, he joined Gerstein Hoffman Sales as a partner. His focus is building upon his excellent relationships in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and growing the agency’s business there and in the Mid-Atlantic market. Michael resides in Scarsdale, NY.

Contact Michael – MMitchell@eastcoastsalesgroup.com


Al Peters
Al holds a B.S. in Marketing from Boston College. He began his career with Wagner SprayTech in 1977, where he was responsible for territories in upstate New York and in the six New England states. He established his own sales agency, Al Peters & Associates, in 1980 and next partnered with Ira Thomas in 1983 to form Peters & Thomas Sales. Al’s sales strengths are his ability to maintain a “hands on” policy of servicing the dealer stores, as well as responding to sales calls from independent and national stores (either on a direct selling basis or by supporting the local distributors). Al is responsible for managing key accounts and serving the eastern Massachusetts territory which includes Boston and southern New Hampshire. Al serves as president of Peters & Thomas Sales where he oversees the daily operations. Al resides in Mattapoisett, MA.

Contact Al – APeters@eastcoastsalesgroup.com


Timothy E.Brown

Tim holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Brockport College (NY). He began his career with chase-Pitkin Home Center as a department manager for various areas within the store and then in Corporate Store Planning after graduation. In 1998 he opened the Metro NY office for C.A. Harrington Associates with a focus on Home Depot regional buying office as well as the retail/industrial customers in the market. In 2003 he went to work as Northeast and then East Coast Sales Manager for the Flood Company, leaving there for Director of Sales and then VP of Retail at Intertape Polymer in 2008. in 2016 he joined WJ Dennis as VP USA. His focus is building the agency’s presence outside of the traditional NE/Mid Atlantic Markets with National Distributors and Retailers.
Contact Tim – TBrown@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

Steve Smith

Steve holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Maine. He began his career in 1981 with Sherwin Williams in Caribou, Maine. In addition to the Caribou store he managed SW stores in Ellsworth ME, Lewiston ME and Hooksett NH. He also was a sales rep in
the Bangor ME area. He is responsible for accounts in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. He resides in Loudon, NH.
Contact Steve – SSmith@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

James Flynn

James received his BA in Business Administration from Hiram Scott College in 1971 and worked with Bristol Myers for 18 years working in Ohio and Michigan. In 1984, James accepted a position as District Manager in Mechanicsburg, PA with the Consumer Products Division. James has held positions as Regional Manager for Turtle Wax, Orange-Sol, Supreme Chemicals and Phoenix Tape covering the east coast. James has excellent understanding of the paint sundry market with select assignments and working trade shows. James resides in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Contact James – JFlynn@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

Carl Fischer

Carl Fischer Carl graduated from Monroe County College in Monroe, NJ and has a diversified business background with experience in management, operations, customer service and merchandising. Prior to joining East Coast Sales Group, Carl was with Rustoleum/Zinsser for nearly a decade. He is an experienced professional with deep knowledgeable of wide-ranging products, customer service and the markets that he serves. Carl is responsible for accounts in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. He resides in Brick, NJ.

Contact Carl – CFischer@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

Nadine Kinat

Nadine Blair Nadine has over 21 years in the paint industry, including over 17 years with Duron Paints and Sherwin Williams. She has worked in purchasing and as a store manager. Nadine’s goal is to provide excellent customer service and training to stores and their contractor customers. Nadine is responsible for accounts in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Nadine resides in Glen Burnie, MD.

Contact Nadine – NKinat@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

Joe Lake

photo_JoeLakeJoe has served the paint and hardware industry for over 25 years. This includes servicing national, regional and local accounts, as well as having significant interaction with contractors. Prior to joining East Coast Sales Group, Joe worked a brief time with a local distributor. Prior to that, he spent nearly 16 years at Rustoleum/Zinsser. He has always believed that success is based on fulfilling the needs of the customer. Joe is extremely knowledgeable with products, customer service, and the buying trends of his market area. He is responsible for accounts in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Joe resides in Hanover PA.

Contact Joe – JLake@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

Tony Tumolo

Tony Tumolo Tony has been in the paint and building materials industry for over 30 years. He is a seasoned professional who is extremely knowledgeable of products, customer service, and the local markets. Tony is responsible for accounts in Metro New York. He resides in Middlesex, NJ.

Contact Tony – TTumolo@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

Tim White

Tim holds a BS in Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After starting his career as the Operations Manager for the Metropolitan District Commission in Boston, he was recruited for a management position with Grossmans Inc., a leading building materials supplier in the Northeast. After a period in operations management, he became a senior merchant for the company, a role which continued for 18 years. Following Grossmans, Tim worked for a Northeast Distributor before becoming a sales representative for Meehan & Nolan, an agency which represented manufacturers throughout the Northeast. He developed strong customer relationships by improving assortments and store presentations which resulted in impressive manufacturer growth in the territory throughout a 20-year period. He is responsible for accounts in Eastern New England and upstate New York. Tim resides in Beverly, MA and Portland, ME.

Contact Tim – TWhite@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

Paul Zimmerman

Paul holds a B.S in Marketing from Bryant College. He has 26 years of experience in the industry. He began his career as a sales territory representative for a distributor in Hartford, Connecticut. Paul joined Peters & Thomas Sales in 1994 and has been a valued member of the team ever since. He is responsible for accounts in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and central Massachusetts. Paul resides in Greenville, RI.

Contact Paul – PZimmerman@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

Jim Mancini

Jim Mancini After attending Bryant University Jim owned and operated a successful independent True Value paint & hardware store until he sold it in 2005. His 30 plus years in purchasing, marketing, merchandising, sales and customer service give him a keen sense of the needs of his accounts. This background coupled with his experience as an independent manufacturer’s sales representative in the Southern New England area are the foundation for his success in establishing strong business relationships. His accounts in MA, RI and CT can rely on his product knowledge, talent for merchandising and responsive customer service to give them an edge in today’s competitive market. Jim resides in Glocester, Rhode Island.

Contact Jim – JMancini@eastcoastsalesgroup.com


Marissa Johnson

Marissa is the office administrator and internal sales coordinator for New England. She is responsible for targeting new business through cold calling and by sending targeted mailings to accounts keeping them aware and informed of new products and programs.

Contact Marissa- APeters@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

Byrl Himelberger

Byrl graduated from Susquehanna University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He has spent over 40 years in the paint and hardware industry servicing independent dealers, distributors and power retailers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Most recently, Byrl worked for over a decade at Meehan & Nolan Associates. He is responsible for inside sales and customer service. Byrl resides in Media, PA.

Contact Byrl – BHimelberger@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

Julie Sullivan

Julie is the office administrator and internal sales coordinator for Metro New York and Mid-Atlantic territories. Her responsibilities include general office administration, as well as new business sales and customer service.

Contact Julie – JSullivan@eastcoastsalesgroup.com

We are a professional and experienced sales agency representing some of the industry’s most well known manufacturers and we have strong relationships with all the major accounts in our market. If you are looking to increase your sales volume and market penetration in the respective sales territories we service, please contact us.