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.



Murry served as a public relations specialist for six years in the National Guard before he attended The University of Baltimore School of Business. He began his career in a corner hardware store which subsequently grew into a seven store chain called Home Center. In 1987 he joined Gerstein Hoffman Sales and became responsible for all the agencies’ business in Virginia as well as other major accounts in their mid southern territory. Murry became a partner in 1989. Murry resides in Phoenix, Maryland.


Michael received his B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University and began his career shortly thereafter in 1992, as a territory representative for a New England sales agency. In 1999, he opened the New York office and worked to further the agency’s presence in the Metro NY market. In January of 2007, Michel joined Gerstein Hoffman Sales as a partner. He continues to broaden and deepen his excellent client relationships in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania territories. Michael resides in Scarsdale, New York.


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 the six New England states. He established his own sales agency, Al Peters & Associates in 1980 and then partnered with Ira Thomas in 1983 to form Peters & Thomas Sales. Al’s sales strengths have always been in his ability to maintain a “hands on” policy of servicing the dealer stores as well as 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 as well as 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, Massachusetts.


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 eventually joined Peters & Thomas Sales in April 1994 and has been a valued member of the team ever since. Paul services accounts in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and central Massachusetts. Paul resides in Greenville, Rhode Island.

Carl Fischer

Carl FischerCarl graduated from Monroe County College, 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 Zinsser/Rustoleum for nearly a decade. He is a seasoned professional who is extremely knowledgeable with products, customer service, and the local markets. He is responsible for covering accounts in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. Carl resides in Brick, NJ.

Tony Tumolo

Tony TumoloTony has been in the paint and building materials industry for over 30 years. Tony’s territories include the Metropolitan New York are, Long Island, and New Jersey. Tony resides in Middlesex, New Jersey

Nadine Blair

Nadine BlairNadine has over 21 years in the paint industry. Over 17 years years with Duron Paints and Sherwin Williams. She has worked in purchasing and as a store manager. Her goal is To give excellent customer service and training to both the stores and the contractors that they sell to. Nadine primarily works Baltimore, Washington and Northern Virginia areas with Murry Rutkin. She resides in Fort Howard, MD.

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. Tim resides in Beverly, MA and Portland, ME.

Tom Duggan

photo_TomTom earned his degree at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the Business Management program. Prior to joining Peters & Thomas sales, Tom spent two years working for Lancaster Distribution Company servicing independent paint and hardware stores. Tom strives to give the best service in the field along with providing new ideas and avenues to improve growth and increase in sales. He resides in Nashua NH.

Darlene Santelli

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

Marissa Johnson

We have had the distinct pleasure of having Marissa as office administrator and internal sales coordinator. Marissa is the executor of Peters & Thomas Sales’ marketing campaign which greatly benefits the manufacturers we represent. On a regular basis she targets new business via cold calling and by sending targeted mailings to accounts keeping them aware and informed of new products and programs.

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.