Kenneth Goodgame is a highly influential leader in Operations Management who specializes in establishing million and billion-dollar OEM excellence. He combines merchandising, streamlined financial oversight, innovative marketing, and smart business strategy to create a sustainable business venture
Goodgame’s extensive experience in OEM industry gives him a veteran’s eye to analyze market trends and avoid costly errors that many entrepreneurs make.
Kenneth Goodgame’s Education and Professional Journey
HBS Dealer reports that Kenneth Goodgame graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. He began his career at Hardlines D28 Product Merchant between 1995 and 1999.
There he managed all purchasing activities for the indoor garden category with total sales reaching $3Billion for Southern Region. He helped the company grow its sales by 20% annually and opened over 220 new stores every year.
In 1999, He moved to Proprietary Brands where he served as the Director between1999 and 2001. Goodgame helped to negotiate and execute a first-of-its-kind national deal with John Deere to develop consumer mowers and tractors that were sold under Scotts Brands.
Other firms that he worked for include the Home Depot, Atlanta, GA between 1994 and 2002, President and General Manager for Rubbermaid Cleaning from2002 to 2004, and the President and General Manager for Bernzomatic from 2004 to 2006.
Kenneth Goodgame also served at Newell Rubbermaid, Huntersville, NC from 2002 to 2007 and True Value Hardware Corporation from2013 to 2015.
Goodgame’s Strengths for OEM Excellence
Goodgame has demonstrated excellence in the growth of OEMs he has worked with over the years. While serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Value Hardware Incorporation, Goodgame managed full P&L in global purchasing valued at $2.2B and in active inventory, $320M across 85,000 SKUs.
He also led a team of multifunctional groups that came up with a five-year corporate strategic plan for long-term economic growth.
Goodgame’s focus is to bring a balance of corporate alignment, key performance indicators, employee engagement, and quality assurance systems that steer performance and profitability.
Kenneth Goodgame believes that his secret for success is the application of his unique ability to champion growth through leadership, cost analysis, quality improvement, productivity enhancement, and composed negotiations.