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Company Bios
 
Jane Butter
 
Jane Butter, Majority owner of Winston Water Cooler, did not start out in the plumbing wholesale business. Jane graduated from the University of Texas. After graduating she began her career in education at Springbranch I.S.D. in Houston, Texas. In 1988, she landed a job at the Episcopal School of Dallas, where she worked until buying Winston Water Cooler in 2000. Mrs. Butter's hard work ethic and proven track record has been very influential in growing Winston Water Cooler into the succesful wholesale distributor it is today. Mrs. Butter thinks her greatest asset in business is the Winston family. She is committed to hiring the best individuals who strive for perfection, and who are focused on providing Winston's customers with the best possible service. Mrs. Butter is married to Zane Butter, her college sweetheart, who is also very involved in the company as well. They have two sons. In their free time they enjoy contributing to the community and watching their favorite football team- The University of Texas Longhorns.
 
 
 
Zane Butter
 

Zane Butter is a seasoned veteran to the wholesale plumbing business. He started working in the industry when he was a young man starting in the warehouses of his family's business. Zane attended the University of Texas studying finance. It was at UT where he met his wife, Jane Butter. He worked in his family-owned business until they sold it to Hughes Supply. In 2000 Zane came on board Winston Water Cooler. He is an instrumental part of the business and is involved on every level of the company. He had two sons and enjoys spending time watching his favorite team- the Longhorns.

 

 

 

 
Dwayne Ferrell
 
Dwayne Ferrell is the only employee from Winston Water Cooler before it was purchased by the Butters in 2000. Mr. Ferrell is a minority owner in the company and CFO. He is also responsible for accounting at all the branches of Winston Water Cooler. Mr. Ferrell is an avid supporter of his favorite team- the Longhorn's. In his free time he likes watching old western movies starring John Wayne. Mr. Ferrell is an instrumental part of Winston's success, and is greatly respected in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
James Micheletti

James Micheletti is an instrumental part of the Winston Water Cooler team. He is a minority owner with the company, and has been with the Winston team for six years. James brought a great deal of relationships and knowledge to the business after he left one of the largest and most respected manufacturer representative firms in Texas. There, he was a leader in the company and was charged with overseeing many of the sales roles and staff which helped build the company to an even larger business over the years. James has an infectious up-beat attitude and his positive nature is great for building and keeping relationships. James is the uncle to Jon-Michael Micheletti at Winston, who has climbed the ranks in the industry as well. James has been happily married to his wife Marilyn for more than 20 years, and has two children- Sophia and Shelly. In his spare time he likes hanging out with friends, most of which are customers he has gained throughout the years, and his family.

 
          
                                                                 
Jon-Michael Micheletti
 
Jon-Michael is a great asset to Winston Water Cooler. He started in the industry working in the warehouse of a respected manufacturer's representative in Dallas, Texas. He quickly was promoted to inside sales and then outside sales before coming to Winston Water Cooler in 2007. At Winston, he started on the counter and in 2009 was promoted to Inside Sales Manger and then in 2013 Promoted to Branch Manager.Jon-Michael is very instrumental in the day-to-day operation of Winston. He lives in Frisco, Texas, with is wife, Kristen. In May of 2012 Kristen and Jon-Michael had their first child, Jack. Jon-Michael is a humble man with a great work ethic. He is a huge asset to the Winston team, and enjoys working with his uncle, James Micheletti, who has been with Winston for more than 15 years. He is one of the many rising stars at Winston, who is committed to hiring young and aspiring individuals in our industry.


 
Scott Morgan
 

Scott began his plumbing distribution career at Coburns Supply Co in Jasper, TX during High School. He started working in the company's warehouse in 1995, and steadily worked his way up. After graduation, he transferred to the Coburns branch in Lufkin, TX. Where he was promoted to inside sales and then to outside sales. In 2004 Scott accepted a position at Morrison Supply Co and continued pursuing his outside sales career. In 2007 he was offered a chance to open Morrison's new branch in Rockwall, TX in the capacity of branch manager. He was very successful growing the Morrison branch from a start-up to one of the top plumbing wholesalers in the Metroplex.  Scott came on board with Winston Water Cooler in March of 2012, where he started the Rockwall branch. He then started Winston's Sunnyvale branch in April, 2015.  Going on his 4th year with Winston, Scott continues to help with new start-ups while steadily improving the company's product line in plumbing, HVAC, underground utilities, and now septic/irrigation.  Scott's strength's is he is a great team player with vast product knowledge who builds strong relationships with his customers, suppliers and employees. Scott and his wife, Nicole are happily married and have two children, Hudson and Harper.

 

 
 
Phillip Clark

Phillip started working at Goodman Supply in 2000 as a driver. He rapidly moved up through the company, learning almost every aspect of the supply business  Phillip worked at Goodman until he was hired by Winston in 2008. Later, moved to Phoenix, Arizona in early 2009 because his wife, Jessica, received a great opportunity with Johnson Controls. Upon hearing of the impending move, Jane and Zane Butter presented Phillip with the unique opportunity of starting up a business in Arizona. He started with no inventory and zero leads, and gradually built up the branch one customer at a time from his house. In 2011, Phillip purchased a warehouse, and currently he is looking to expand in the Phoenix region.  Today, Jessica works with Phillip in sales and accounting. They have two young children, Alex (almost 3), and Ethan (9 months). Phillip enjoys golfing, networking, and spending time with family. Phillip bases his and Jessica's success on the understanding where he came from; knowing every customer is important and treating them with the best service possible.

 

 

Lynn Pepper

Lynn brought his valued experience to the Winston family in July 2010, as part owner and manager of the Ft Worth location. Lynn married his lovely wife Emily in 2011. They have worked together the past 12 years. Their leisure time is filled with family and friends. Their hobbies include golf, fishing, dancing and travel. Starting as a truck driver in 1982, Lynn has ascended through every facet of the wholsale business. He has forged many valued and long standing relationships during his 31 years serving the industry in Tarrant County. His skills and relationships have helped assemble the dedicated and talented team now in Ft Worth.  This team, with 115 years combined experience, is shaping our future in Ft Worth.

 
 

 
Robert Kincaid
 

Robert comes to Winston with several years of experience in the plumbing and mechanical industry. Starting in 1983, he has gained many valuable relationships throughout Texas, especially in the Waco area market. Robert is the branch manager of Winston’s new Waco location which will be opening its doors any day now. He lives in Blooming Grove, Texas, with his wife, Tina. In their spare time they enjoy rooting on the Baylor Bears and working on their farm. He is a great addition to the Winston team and he is thrilled to assist Winston Water Cooler’s expansion to the Waco area. 

 
 
 

Craig Lee

 

Craig was born and raised in east Texas.  Although new to the industry, Craig has focused his career on business operations and service. He holds an MBA in management and recently owned and operated a multi-unit retail operation.  He has spent countless hours serving his community through many roles and has a passion for civic involvement.  Craig is a key player to the success of Winston’s branch in Jacksonville, TX. Craig and his wife, Terra, Live in Jacksonville, TX and have two boys, Caiden and Camden.  They all enjoy spending time outdoors hunting, boating, and riding ATV’s.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Phillip Kemp

Phillip Kemp started in the plumbing wholesale business in June of 1973, after graduating high school, at Southland Supply in Garland, Texas. There he stayed until 1984 where he had a two year stay at Pioneer Supply in Terrell, Texas. In 1986 he went to work for Triangle Supply in Rowlett, Texas doing outside sales. There he had the opportunity to become part owner until F.E.I. bought them out. He stayed with F.E.I. until May of 2006. He decided it was time to move to the country, so he moved to Goldthwaite, Texas. He went to work for Morrison Supply until January 2014 when he became part owner of the Winston Water Cooler of Early, Texas. He enjoys spending time with his wife of 34 years, Donna Kemp. They have 2 grown children, Aaron Kemp and Philena Bridgewater, and 1 grandson, Layton. 





  
 Kirk Gibson

Kirk recently came to Winston Water Cooler with the goal of opening up a new supply house in Texarkana, USA.  Having been in the supply business in Texarkana over the last 15 years,  Kirk decided that it was time to venture out on his own and find a  company that was not only willing to hire good people, but one that was willing to develop partnerships between employees and the owners of the company!  That simple idea lead Kirk to Winston Water Cooler.  In the Spring of 2014, a partnership was created on the basic belief that, “Great Customer  Service and Fair Pricing” will not only retain loyal customers, but will also allow Winston to gain new customers on a daily basis.

After graduating with a degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University in the fall of 1993, Kirk went to work in the wholesale plumbing industry in Houston, Texas.  He spent two years learning everything from warehouse management to plumbing, appliance, and builder sales. 

In the fall of 1998, Kirk accepted another position within the industry to move to Texarkana and take over a plumbing supply business that was not only failing, it was on the brink of being closed by the management of the company.  Although he was unaware of the obstacles that he was faced with, Kirk and his staff built a formidable supply business that was profitable every year since he moved to Texarkana. Kirk and his staff grew a sleepy little plumbing business into a leading distribution company within the 4-States Region.

Kirk and his wife, Kim, have three children, Ryan, Mason, and Claire. The kids enjoy hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, and sports.   Other than the busy schedule of school and kids’ activities, the Gibson’s enjoy traveling, Texas Aggie Football Tailgating, Green Egging, and growing relationships with their customers who have not only become friends  but also a part of the extended family.


Ryan Williams

Ryan has been in the wholesale plumbing and heating industry for more than 12 years now. Starting out in the warehouse at another wholesaler, Ryan’s motivation and driven desire to move up in the business was strongly evident to all around him. He eventually moved to counter/inside sales and then was an outside salesman before coming on board with Winston Water Cooler in 2015. He was raised in Clovis, NM and shortly after graduating high school, he joined the United Sates Marine Corps. He eventually found himself in Amarillo, TX where he met his wonderful wife, Lori Williams. They have two boys, Tanner and Kelby, that keep them busy all year round with sports and other activities. Ryan helps coach Tanner’s baseball team and is very active in Kelby’s sport of choice, whether it be soccer, baseball or football.  Ryan and his family also love to travel and spend quality time with friends and family. College Football is a season and it’s his favorite, being a huge Nebraska fan; yep he’s a Cornhusker! Just as much as Ryan highly values and takes pride in his family, he has the same loyalty to his business and to his existing and future customers, devoting all he has to Winston Water Cooler of Amarillo



Jim Davidson

Jim came to Winston Water Cooler from the Telecommunications industry where he worked for several organizations including AT&T/Cingular and Teleperformance. In these organizations he was in a variety of management capacities. His responsibilities were primarily in the areas of strategic planning, project management of critical projects, and management of day-to-day call center operations. He joined Winston Water Cooler in 2012, starting in Rockwall where he worked with his wife’s nephew, Scott Morgan in a variety of capacities. Jim is a partner in several of the East Texas Branches, where his responsibilities are mainly in the area of Operations and mentoring the future leaders of Winston Water Cooler. Jim has been married to his wife, Charlotte, since 1981 and they have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

 




Paul Eppers
 

Paul has been in the wholesale plumbing field since his teen years, growing through many roles within the business. He came to Winston Water Cooler in 2011 working inside sales at the Fort Worth location. In September of 2016, Paul started the Mansfield location which is steadily prospering. His extensive product knowledge and reliability attains strong relationships with his customers. Paul met his wife Jamie in this field in 2008. He spends his free time cultivating a ranch in progress on their acreage in Alvarado where they live with their 3 children. Paul's team in Mansfield includes both wife Jamie and his father, Victor Eppers. 









Stephen Whittlesy



I was born and raised in Shreveport, LA.  Graduated with a marketing degree from University of Louisiana, Monroe.  Worked for 22 years for Ferguson.  Jobs included truck driver, warehouse, counter sales, inside sales, outside sales, operations manager, sales manager and General Manager.  I was in Dallas for 10 years and been in Vegas for 13 years.  I have been married to Darlene for 23 years.  Have two sons, Blake 18 and Kyle 16.

Hobbies include family, golf and LSU Football.








David Hooge

Started in PVF industry in 1979 during the Austin chalk oil boom while working my way through Texas A&M in College Station. After graduation moved to the left coast with a small growing plumbing wholesaler in San Diego California for the next 8 years; longing to head back to Texas, I moved to Austin in 1993 and joined Zane’s family wholesale plumbing supply business and have been in the Austin market ever since. During this time I met and married my wife Debbie. For the last 4 years, developing Winston Water Cooler’s business in Central Texas and opening the companies Austin Branch.  Enjoy woodworking, reading and travel.