John Wachman Inducted into Fastener Hall of Fame

Pac-West member John Wachman of Desert Distribution was inducted into the Fastener Hall of Famewhich recognizes professionals who have made significant and enduring contributions to the industrial fastener industry on a national or global scale.

“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the industry,” said Wachman. “I will continue my best efforts to improve the fastener industry and am dedicated to seeing the industry thrive.”

Wachman’s career in the fastener industry began in the mid-1970s, working as a sales and product manager for Gesipa Fasteners covering the eastern and midwestern United States. After stints as sales manager for Cherry Textron and vice president of OEM operations at Copper State Bolt and Nut, John embarked on his own venture and created Desert Distribution Sales, LLC in 2001. Combining his relationships with manufacturers, distributors, and end-users, John successfully intertwined his career-long experiences into a thriving business.

After serving as a board member for the Los Angeles Fastener Association (LAFA) from 2006 to 2009, John assisted in the unification of LAFA and the Western Association of Fastener Distributors to create the Pacific-West Fastener Association.

John is managing director of the Fastener Training Institute (FTI).

“John is a special type of leader with an admirable commitment to the fastener industry,” said Jo Morris, marketing director for FTI. “We are thrilled he achieved this well-deserved recognition.”

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