Meet Our Leadership Team
Kerry James is the President of Archway Marketing Services and has over 20 years of experience leading business to business and supply chain organizations. Kerry is responsible for setting strategic direction, ensuring client satisfaction and driving profitable growth.
Kerry began his career at Archway in 2006, serving as Director of Sourcing and Procurement where Kerry established a centralized professional Procurement organization. In 2009 Kerry was promoted to Vice President Supply Chain and lead the expansion of Archway’s BPO services. Transitioning to a client facing role in 2014 as Senior Vice President Client Advisory Services Kerry led the creation of highly successful new market strategies that have produced strong topline results. In 2016 Kerry expanded his role to Senior Vice President General Manager managing Archway’s Northern US and Canadian Divisions. Kerry also worked in various roles at Caremark, Accor North America and Hitachi prior to joining Archway.
Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Portsmouth University, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Southern Denmark University and is a Certified Purchasing Manager with the ISM organization.
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Ryan J. Damask has served as the Chief Financial Officer for Archway Marketing Services since June 2016. Prior to this role, Ryan was Vice President of Finance with a focus on cost management and margin improvement initiatives.
Before joining Archway, Ryan served in various financial and accounting leadership roles at Fortune Global 500 Companies, including International Paper, Rio Tinto Group, and Compass Group, working within sectors ranging from chemicals and petroleum to healthcare. Ryan has focused both domestically and internationally, primarily in South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
In addition to his international experience, Ryan has managed over $1 billion in transactions to include the successful integration life cycle.
Beyond his professional commitments, Ryan is devoted to community service. He has served on the Board for Chicago Children’s Charity and spent 8 years serving in the United States Army Reserves.
Ryan has a Master in Business Administration in Strategy and Valuation from DePaul University, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from University of Wisconsin–Madison, and is also Lean Six Sigma certified.
Sam Quick is SVP and CIO of Archway Marketing Services. Sam has over 30 years of IT experience in various industries including automotive, pharmaceutical, aerospace and packaging. He has responsibility for strategic direction of all IT systems, and the delivery of all solutions including an extensive modernization of Archway’s IT landscape.
Prior to joining Archway, Sam was CIO at Varroc Lighting (formerly Ford Lighting and then Visteon) a global supplier of lighting to major automotive manufacturers for close to 4 years. In this role, he stabilized the IT department and developed a global high performing team. Before joining Varroc, he was at Affinia Group (formerly Dana Corporation – Aftermarket Division) for 6 years where he served as CIO. Sam also served in senior IT roles at Tyco Healthcare, Merck, and Boeing.
Kay Ark is Senior Vice President of Human Resources. She plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness, and elevating team performance through innovative leadership. Kay accelerates Archway’s transformation through leadership, attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of engagement, agility and innovation.
Kay has more than 18 years of experience in human resources, leading organizational change, shifting corporate culture and introducing new technologies, processes and systems to employees. Kay consistently delivers on commitments and is known as an exceptional “people person” with sound values and operating principles.
Since joining the company in 2010, Kay has held positions of increased responsibility spanning various aspects of human resources. Most recently, Kay served as Vice President of Human Resources, where she partnered with multiple functional areas to assess, organize, and develop the company’s talent, ultimately driving growth.
Prior to joining Archway, Kay held various positions at Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing and Kelly Services.
Kay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McMaster University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from York University.
Barry Polan is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Southern Division, with responsibility for driving profitable growth and enabling operational excellence in the South U.S. market. His strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to business problems, and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally have reshaped the distribution network in the South and resulted in greater synergies.
Prior to his current role, Barry was Chief Sales Officer. He employed a consultative and holistic approach to sales to ensure clients achieved maximum return on their investment. Possessing nearly 20 years of sales leadership experience, he was also responsible for delivering high volume profitable sales growth by mentoring, coaching and building an industry-leading sales team.
With extensive experience in the point-of-purchase and point-of-sale market sector and marketing supply chain, Barry has held a number of senior executive positions including General Manager at C2 media, as well as Co-Owner and Director of Sales at Crush Creative. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Sales at Cornerstone Records Management (NKA Iron Mountain). Barry’s leadership and guidance have resulted in additional business expansion for all the companies he has served.
Barry holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Redlands in California.