Rick Dousman

Rick Dousman joined GDHWD & Eberle in 1973. He became a partner/owner in 1980 and has proudly served as President of the company since 2006.

"I have the best job in the world! Day in and day out I get to meet new people, engage new ideas and products, and bring them to my customers. Whether it is a single item promotion or a full blown program, I try to fit the right item or program with the right retail partner. No two days are the same. Every day produces new opportunities, challenges, excitement and in many cases ... successes."

Throughout his career, he has excelled at developing long term relationships and created many significant multi-million dollar programs for the factories and customers he serves. Rick’s vast knowledge covers a broad scope of different trades including: Hardware, Home Center, Mass, Food, Drug and Specialty sectors.

Having traveled extensively throughout his career both domestically and internationally, he has long recognized and appreciated that we do live in a global economy. He believes that the best way to develop and foster opportunities is to explore all possible options both at home and overseas.

Rick has proudly served as the President of the Houseware’s Club of Chicago and remains on the board of the Midwest Retailers Manufacturing Association.

He graduated from Bradley University in 1968 with his Bachelor of Science degree. He and his wife Michele have been married since 1971. They have two children and to date three grandchildren. In his free time he likes to golf, fish, and travel, spend time with his grandchildren and of course ... sell!