The Genius of Operations Management

Ken Goodgame is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer at True Value Co. ever since he left the University of Tennessee where he studied marketing; he has put his knowledge to good use making companies of all sizes more profitable. He is undoubtedly a leader and an innovator in the field of operations management.

Goodgame has a very extensive resume which is impressive, to say the least. He started at Home Depot in Atlanta in 1994 and rose from Product Merchant to Director of proprietary brands to Senior Global Product Merchant. During his time at Home Depot, Ken initiated and executed many successful programs and deals. He made a deal with John Deere, which was the first one of its kind in the entire country. Those eight years at Home Depot were very productive and educational for Ken Goodgame.

In 2002, he left to go work for Newell Rubbermaid in Huntersville, North Carolina. His time there was very successful from the first day he arrived. He turned around the failing Rubbermaid cleaning business in his first year landing a major deal within four months of his arrival. He served in high executive positions before moving on to Techtronic Industries after five years. For two years at Techtronic Industries, he served as the President of Baja Motorsports and Direct Tools Factory Outlets, a retail division he launched himself.

Ken then went on to become General Merchandising Manager at Ace Hardware Corporation in Oak Brook, Illinois where he grew the hand tool business from 9M to 180M dollars in sales during his three-year tenure. In 2013, he took his talents to True Value Hardware Corporation in Chicago where served as Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer for two years. He continued pulling successful turnarounds and creating innovative programs.

Ken Goodgame’s ability to spur growth in an organization, especially an ailing one is just short of miraculous. He uses his leadership and creativity to come up with ways to turn things around. With over 20 years’ experience, he has a keen eye to spot opportunities in markets and acts swiftly to take advantage of them.