Madison, Wisconsin-based First Supply announced Matt Klika has accepted the role of general manager for the distributor’s Northern region, following the retirement of Ron Cherney. Cherney’s last day in the general manager role was June 14. Following that date, Cherney has graciously agreed to transition into a part-time schedule, aiding his successor in the transition into the regional GM role.

 “To say that his contributions to First Supply have been appreciated would be an understatement,” stated Joe Poehling, First Supply COO — Distribution. “As First Supply developed the regional structure that we are set into today, Ron has been an integral part of the company achieving its goals. Through use of his vast experience, the Northern region and, for that matter, every branch of First Supply has benefited from the knowledge Ron brought to the table. We, along with his strong base of loyal customers, thank him for all that he has offered.”

Kilka served as Northern region sales manager for the last three-plus years. In his new position, Kilka will office out of the Green Bay, Wisconsin branch and will report directly to Poehling. His managerial footprint will be in a region that includes Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Plover, Rhinelander, Sheboygan and Wausau. “I look forward to continuing the long tradition of providing quality service to the customers in First Supply’s Northern Region,” Klika added.

First Supply has 47 locations, including 28 distribution branches and 18 kitchen, bath and lighting stores.