Leadership
Team

Matt Gresge

CEO

[Bio]

Matthew Gresge is an entrepreneur, respected leader and a seasoned sales expert with more than 25 years of executive level leadership in advancing companies and growing profits in the business services industry. Matt possesses a deep understanding of growing independent distributor networks and has long track record of delivering results for customers, suppliers, and stockholders.

As the CEO of AIA, Matt is responsible for the satisfaction of AIA’s distributors, growing AIA’s network of distributors, leading the industry’s best team of service providers, overseeing the development and execution of high impact sales and marketing programs that support distributor sales growth, and ensuring AIA provides distributors with market leading technology solutions.

Matt most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Highlands Group, a service provider to independent distributors and their supporting manufacturers. Prior to that, he was President of Tops Products, a $300 million manufacturer of business products that are sold through leading retailers, e-commerce resellers, and a nationwide network of over 2,000 independent distributors.

He began his career as a commissioned sales representative and advanced to lead a large North American sales force. Matt spent his general management career successfully growing businesses that are driven by independent distributor networks.

Matt believes long term, profitable growth is achieved by building a team of exceptionally talented leaders, having a simple plan that is clearly communicated, doing the math on all opportunities, measuring results, adjusting when necessary, and celebrating victories.

Matt earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Matt lives in Western Springs, IL. with his family.

Tom Lehr

EVP and Chief Administrative Officer

[Bio]

Mr. Lehr is responsible for the Finance, Accounting, Legal and Administrative functions of the Company.  Tom Lehr joined AIA in 2003. He has more than 30 years of career experience, including 14 years in the promotional products industry. Mr. Lehr earned Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with emphasis in accounting and management.

Tim Parrish

Senior Vice President of Sales

[Bio]

Mr. Parrish is responsible for the AIA Owner engagement and retention, sales growth through sales enablement, and the expansion of the network.  As a 17-year veteran of Sales and General Management in multiple industries, he spent the past 15 years at Hertz Global Holdings and left there as Zone Vice President of the Southeast. Before joining AIA, he served as the Vice President of Franchise Sales and Operations for Miracle-Ear USA. Mr. Parrish has a proven record of building lasting relationships with customers, employees, partners and vendors. He has a strong focus on disciplined execution, process improvements, and building high-performance teams.

Mr. Parrish holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Minnesota State University; a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt; and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the Wharton School of Business.

Kristy Hesse

VP of Human Resources

[Bio]

Kristy Hesse joined AIA in 2017 and is based in Neenah. Ms. Hesse develops and propels the people and culture strategy, organizational development, and all related practices, policies and technology for AIA. Ms. Hesse brings 20 years of HR/OD experience across diverse industries to the organization. She holds a Business Management degree from UoP and Master’s degree in Human Resources/Labor Relations from the University of Milwaukee.  She is also SHRM-SCP and SPHR certified. 

Rob McGillen

Chief Digital Officer and CIO

[Bio]

Mr. McGillen is responsible for the digital experience for AIA owners, customers, and employees, including eCommerce, digital Sales and Marketing platforms, ERP, CRM, and infrastructure / support for the AIA Corporation.  As a 24-year veteran of the Information Technology industry, Mr. McGillen has previously led global IT departments for billion dollar businesses, founded and owned a successful consulting company, and is recognized as a thought leader, speaker, and futurist on the topics of digital business and global transformation.  Mr. McGillen holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

AIA seeks to hire creative individuals capable of working both independently and collaboratively, people who are goal-oriented, driven, and compatible with our core values of honesty and integrity.

For more information about job opportunities at AIA, contact our Human Resources department. To see available job openings click here.

Email: aiahumanresources@aiacorporation.com