Co-owner & Founder
Randy Bowers is co-owner and founder of SMS Distributions and has over 30 years of sales, sales management, and distribution experience. His education includes graduating from Southwood High School and studies at Harding University, LSUS, and Bellevue Criminal Justice Institute. Randy is most importantly a Christian, but also a Free and Accepted Mason-Joppa Lodge #362, and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason from the Shreveport Valley. In addition, he is the President of the board of directors for CEO, a professional co-op of business leaders in Shreveport-Bossier and on the board of the Shreveport/Bossier Better Business Bureau. Randy lives in Shreveport, LA where he and his high school sweetheart Henrietta, have been married for over 33 years. They have 2 sons, both of whom are devoted husbands. Randy enjoys riding motorcycles, running, playing tennis with Henrietta, and out-working the competition.
Chase Bowers, Sales Manager for SMS Distributions, has been with the company from the very beginning. Chase has lived in Shreveport, LA for more than 25 years and during that time was mentored by his father's example of striving for excellence, work ethic, high standards, and being the very best in whatever endeavor chosen. In April of 2009, all of these lessons would come full circle and serve Chase well when he decided to follow in his father's footsteps and enter the distribution business in the sales department. Chase was awarded "Salesman of the Year" in 2010, promoted to Sales Manager in November of 2011, and selected Account Manager of the Year for 2013. Chase graduated from Captain Shreve High School plus attended both Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and Shreveport with a focus in Business Management and has worked in distribution for over five years. He is also a Free & Accepted Mason at Joppa Lodge #362, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Shreveport Valley, on the board of the Norris Ferry Landing Home Owners Association, and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Chase's hobbies include taking care of his yard, golfing with friends, and bow hunting whatever type of game is currently in season.
Senior Account Manager
Joe Matheny is a seasoned sales professional with over 35 years of successful wholesale/retail experience in sales, marketing, customer service, promotions, and training. Joe is an organized professional with the ability to develop innovative solutions for his clients while generating product interest through creative demonstration. He has developed and maintained a long list of satisfied, loyal customers while expanding a solid customer base through effective prospecting strategies. Joe's attention to detail and work ethic have established him as a worthy and feared competitor. He attended Northwood High School and Northwestern State University with a focus on political science. His hobbies include deep sea fishing, golf, and boating. Both Joe and his beautiful wife Renee consider it their greatest joy to spend time with their grandchildren.
Henrietta retains a critical role as co-owner at SMS Distributions, but has taken a sabbatical from her daily responsibilities as President to re-start her nursing career at Christus Highland Medical Center. She received Most Valuable Team Member at the company’s 1st annual awards banquet in 2010. Prior to entering the business world alongside her husband Randy, she received an RN Degree in 1998 from Northwestern State University and was a Registered Nurse for over a decade with the Willis Knighton Health System. Henrietta continues to play an integral part in the operations of SMS as a consultant and mentor. Her early involvement in the family business, her total commitment to success, and her expertise as a business leader will continue to reap dividends through Randy and now, her two sons who both fill integral roles at SMS and Gator Detail Supply.
Chris Bowers is the Operations Manager for SMS Distributions & Gator Detail Supply. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. Chris also played football for Ole Miss from 2004 to 2009. Prior to joining SMS & Gator Detail Supply in May 2014, Chris worked at FedEx in Memphis, TN as a Sales Executive from 2010-2014. While in Memphis, Chris enrolled in FedEx’s graduate program and only has 12 credit hours remaining towards his master’s degree. Chris is now back living in Shreveport, LA with his wife Elizabeth and their dog, Kilo (8-year old boxer).
Nancy Brooks, an Accountant, has worked with SMS since January of 2011. She received the 5-Star Award at the 2011 SMS Annual Banquet and was awarded the Commitment to Excellence Award in 2013. Nancy grew up in Mississippi and moved to Louisiana in 1991. She graduated from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, LA and has worked in the area of Finance and Accounting for over 13 years. Nancy is a member of the Bossier Arts Council and the Shreveport Symphony Guild.
Phyllis Koglin started out as a Customer Service Representative in August of 2010 and was promoted to Office Manager of SMS Distributions the following year. Phyllis received the Excellence in Leadership award at the company’s 2nd annual awards banquet and received SMS Team Member of the Year Award for 2013. She is a native of the Shreveport/Bossier area and attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Phyllis is an active member in the community and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Customer Service Manager
Veronica Bowers has been a team member of SMS since March of 2010 and is currently the Customer Service Manager. She has become a vital part of the company, with extensive knowledge of all products and services offered to our clients. Because of her rapid growth and innovative ideas, Veronica received the Super Star Award in 2011. She grew up in Mansfield, LA, but has been a resident of Shreveport, LA for the last 5 years. Veronica has been married to Chase Bowers of Shreveport, LA since 2010 and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Northwestern State University.
Customer Service Manager
Gwen is a native of the Shreveport-Bossier area. She attended Northwood High School and continued her education at the American Commercial College, which she graduated in the Computerized Administrative Assistant program. Gwen is a Notary Public for state of LA and she has over 15 combined years of customer service, human resources, and purchasing/procurement experience, which contributed to her acceptance as a member of the Northwest Louisiana SHRM. She is very active in her local church and community with emphasis on outreach and a member of our 'Servolution' Committee. She proudly states that her children and granddaughter are the apples of her eye, and she enjoys every moment that she is blessed to have with them.
Chris Webb began his employment at SMS Distributions in July of 2010. Upon graduating, he started a career in management at Sam’s Club, where he worked for thirteen years in Dallas, TX. He later moved back to Shreveport, LA. Chris recently received a Superior performance award for his outstanding performance and is now operating as our senior driver. Chris is married to Cassandra Webb and together they have four daughters.
Louis Mills is originally from Los Angeles and worked at the Hertz Corp for eleven years. He moved to Shreveport and then began his career at SMS in January 2013 as a delivery driver. In a short time he has proven to be a valuable member of the SMS team and won the SMS Team Player of the Year Award for 2013.
Gator Detail Supply Manager
Chad Brawley joined the SMS team in November of 2013 as a driver/warehouse assistant. Before joining SMS Chad was a foreman with Grass Masters for six years. He loves to spend time with family and friends and is a member of Keithville First Baptist Church. His hobbies include fishing, golf, hunting and watching the New Orleans Saints.
Warehouse Manager/Service Tech
John Baker joined SMS in May of 2013, as a warehouse helper, but quickly earned promotions as a forklift operator, installer, and repair tech. He graduated from high school in Marshall, MO, afterwards training as an electrician, eventually becoming a journeyman. Those skills have proved strategic in his current duties as a repair tech in the floor equipment repair division of SMS. John's additional occupational experience includes commercial property maintenance, building sub-contracting, warehousing, and transportation. John's exceptional work ethic, commitment to excellence, and pleasant disposition won him the prestigious SMS Outstanding Attitude and Performance Award for 2013.