Former General Manager of Amazon Business Joins BuildDirect as Chief Operating Officer to Accelerate and Scale AI-Driven Platform
Dan Park brings nearly three decades of experience from top-tier multi-billion dollar retail and technology companies
Vancouver, British Columbia — October 02, 2017 — BuildDirect, the first AI-Driven technology platform for the home improvement industry, today announced the appointment of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) veteran Dan Park , to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Park, formerly General Manager and Commercial Vertical Leader of Amazon Business, brings a 25+ year track record of building and leading world-class teams. In his role as COO, Park will accelerate BuildDirect’s transition from an e-commerce business to an AI-driven platform business (inclusive of the BuildDirect Marketplace and The Gateway Supply Chain). The completion of this transition will fully connect Homeowners and Pro Buyers, with Sellers from around the world and position the company for scale.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dan, an expert and seasoned professional in the platform technology space,” said BuildDirect President and CEO, Jeff Booth. “His diverse background spanning the US military, strategy consulting, world-class retailers and technology companies, supply chain, P&L management, and product management leave him well positioned to lead us on our complex and unique journey of reinventing the home improvement industry.”
As BuildDirect’s COO, Park will lead and be responsible for all commercial aspects of BuildDirect including P&L management, Buyer and Seller acquisition, and the Buyer and Seller experience. He will be executing on Marketplace strategies that complete BuildDirect’s transition to an AI-driven platform business, and ensure that homeowners continue to have access to the widest selection of quality home improvement products, at the best price, and that they are delivered on time, and directly to their doorstep.
“I recognized two years ago during a home remodel that there is an enormous opportunity to improve the experience for customers as well as suppliers in the $500B home improvement industry,” said Dan Park . “When I learned how BuildDirect was leveraging their technology and supply chain platform to tackle these challenges, I was sold on the opportunity. I feel privileged and excited to join Jeff and the strong executive team at BuildDirect to deliver on their vision to simplify the home improvement industry and give the power of choice back to the homeowner.”
Park’s career has spanned various sectors and executive management roles including McKinsey and Company, Target, and Payless Shoesource, and as a Captain in the U.S. Army. Prior to joining BuildDirect, Dan was General Manager and Commercial Vertical Leader of Amazon Business, a channel he built from scratch to one of their fastest growing and most successful businesses. Before that, he led the global product management team for Amazon Business and held executive leadership roles in the Amazon Consumer Electronics category.
Park holds both a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from West Point United States Military Academy and an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
BuildDirect is reinventing the home improvement industry with the first artificial intelligence (AI)-driven technology platform for heavyweight products. The BuildDirect platform includes two core business units:
- BuildDirect Marketplace: An online marketplace that offers Homeowners and Pro Buyers the ability to purchase heavyweight home improvement products direct from Sellers and receive efficient direct-to-home (or jobsite) shipping of those products.
- Gateway Supply Chain: The first anywhere-to-the-home supply chain for heavy and bulky goods that equips manufacturers, distributors and retailers with efficient and cost-effective shipping solutions to move their products from anywhere in the world, to locations across North America.
The platform is powered by proprietary AI, machine learning, and predictive analytics that drives robust efficiencies for the innovation of heavyweight product services, distribution, and sales across buyers, sellers, shippers, and everyone in between.
BuildDirect is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia with warehouse locations across North America. For more information:
- Shop: BuildDirect.com or search our products online
- Sell: BuildDirect.com/seller
- Ship: GatewaySupplyChain.com