Q & A with David Manoni

Q & A with David Manoni

David will do backflips to help you succeed.

Meet David Manoni, Regional Account Manager for Superior Industrial Supply. David has over 27 years of experience in the industrial supply world and joined the Superior Industrial Supply team a little over two years ago. His strong mechanical background combined with his education in business helps him understand the needs of his customers. He serves the southern territory, from St. Louis Metro all the way to the southern border of Missouri.

Q: Tell us about your experience prior to working at Superior Industrial Supply.

I sold industrial sweepers and scrubbers for 25 years before coming to Superior. I gathered many years of experience calling on accounts, mainly in the industrial B2B space. That gave me a wealth of industry knowledge in hydraulics and heavy equipment operation. Not only could I provide my customers with the right equipment, but I knew how to fix that equipment if they ever ran into maintenance or service problems.

Q: Why were you excited to join the Superior team?

I was excited about the people I was going to work with. They’re great people and it’s not a big corporation at all. You can work out concerns and questions as well as collaborate together as a team. I saw a lot of benefits in how Superior operates and I’m happy I made the choice to come here.

Q: Is there a specific skill set that you bring to Superior?

Being present with my customers. I strongly believe you need to call them back, always stay in contact with them and show up. No one likes to be left hanging. An email alone isn’t going to do the job. For me, it’s important that I am there for my customers and sometimes you have to shift other responsibilities to do that, especially when they need you. Customers will remember that.

Q: What interests you the most about this industry?

I’m comfortable in industrial sales and I enjoy it. As a child I would tinker and build anything I could get my hands on. I built my own bikes and go-carts. Later, I went off to college and earned a degree in business and those two factors have allowed me to create a nice career for myself.

Plus, you have these moments when you know you made a difference. I had this one customer call me on a Friday morning needing 300 feet of hose. Not only was it Friday, but he was an hour and a half away, so it was a bit of a challenge. It was worth it when he called me later and told me he would have lost a large order that day if I wasn’t able to get him that hose. Sometimes you just have to drop everything and help when you can.

Q: What is something not many people know about you?

I used to be able to do 24 back flips in a row. One of my teachers saw me jumping on a trampoline when I was a kid and I was lucky enough to be offered an opportunity to demo trampolines. I can still do back flips, front flips and one-and-a-half front flips on a trampoline. My son gets a kick out of it. Most importantly, the very best thing that has ever happened to me is my wife Haydee and my son Kirill, who we adopted from Russia when he was 11 months old. I’m very blessed to have them both in my life.

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