Our Team

A company is only as good as its leadership.  Our leadership team at Vendors Supply consists of managers who have been part of our company since its beginnings as well as managers who have had impressive experience with other highly successful organizations and businesses.

This blend of leadership allows us to remain current with "best business practices" and advances in technology.  At the same time, we are committed to preserving the treasured "cultural" elements and values that have always defined us.


James Sikes
Founder (Deceased)

Jim Sikes served in the Marine Corps in Korea.   When he returned, he found employment in the bakery business and realized there was a need for a vending supplies distribution company that would better serve vending machine operators by stocking and delivering vending machine products on a reliable regularly scheduled basis.  Initially using his carport in Columbia, South Carolina as a warehouse and an old pickup as his delivery truck, Jim's entrepreneurial skills allowed him to rapidly become a successful vending machine products distributor.

In 2009, Jim retired at the age of 79, and his son, Randy Sikes, assumed the duties of President and Chief Executive Officer. Ronnie Stokes, Jim Sikes’ Son-in-Law, now serves as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer.  James Sikes passed away in September of 2013.

Randy Sikes
President & CEO

Randy Sikes is president and CEO of Vendors Supply. He assumed this position after the retirement of his father, company founder, Jim Sikes, in 2009.  From loading trucks in the warehouse to driving trucks and making deliveries to customers, Randy has been a part of Vendors Supply for most of his life.  Randy is a  graduate of the University of South Carolina. He enjoys outdoor activities such as  fishing, hunting, kayaking, biking and gardening in his free time. He and his wife, Kathy have two daughters and three grandchildren. Randy has a great appreciation for the foundation laid by his father in the vending distribution business and strives to carry on that legacy.  



Ronnie Stokes
Vice President & CFO

Ronnie Stokes was in the banking industry for approximately 15 years before assuming his position at Vendors Supply.  He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned an MBA with a concentration in finance.  He has been married to his wife Debbie (nee Sikes) for 37 years.  They have a son and a daughter and one grandson.  He used to enjoy hunting and jogging, but more recently prefers to spend time at their getaway in the mountains.

Ed Henderson

Ed Henderson began his career managing a sporting goods store and a dive shop in Tallahassee, FL, where, in 1968, he authored a three-page article on best business practices, in the national magazine, Selling Sporting Goods.  In 1969, he was the founding program director of a not-for-profit organization, now known as AMIKids, headquartered in Tampa, FL. He was with AMI for 21 years, serving as Executive VP and CFO for 12 of those years and helping the organization grow to more than thirty branches throughout the Southeast by applying sound business practices.  The organization is still growing and has helped more than 150,000 troubled youth become contributing members of society. 

In 1994, Ed switched to the for-profit arena and became the Controller of a large rapidly growing, family owned, telecommunications manufacturing business which eventually was acquired by a fortune 500 company.  Ed continued to serve as Division Controller.  After a short retirement, Ed and his wife Anne, of almost 50 years, moved to Columbia, SC to be closer to family.  Out of boredom, in 2009, he applied for and was hired as Controller of Vendors Supply.  He is using his accounting and computer skills to help Vendors Supply, continue to be the most customer-centric vending, micro-market and OCS distributor in the Eastern US.  He has not yet determined when he will retire for the second time.

General Managers

Wayne Grimsley
Columbia, South Carolina Distribution Center - Branch 1

Wayne Grimsley has been associated with Vendors Supply since 1976. With a degree in accounting, he has served as Office Manager, Controller, and because of his interest in operations, assumed the current General Manager position in 2013. He has served as Deacon in his local church, and been married to his beautiful wife, Cindy, for forty-seven years.  They have two children and eight grandchildren. In his youth, he once heard Walter Cronkite say, “I try to stay surprised enough at life that I learn something new every day.” Along with the “Golden Rule”, those words serve as his fundamental philosophy of life.

Doug Darby
Salisbury, North Carolina Distribution Center - Branch 2

As General Manager of the Salisbury location for the past 20 plus years, Doug has been able to call on his 30 years of owning and running distribution centers to manage this division. He is the proud husband to Susan.  They have been together for 50 plus years.  They have 3 wonderful children and 5 beautiful grandchildren. He loves riding his 3 horses, going RVing and spending time with his 2 boxers. He tries to live by the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you”.

He envisions a very bright future for Vendors Supply because the ownership always puts customers first. 

Jason Clark
Decatur, Georgia Distribution Center - Branch 4

Jason is a graduate of the University of West Ga., with a BS in Economics.  He and his wife Teresa have been married for 18 years and they have 2 kids, Tyson and Ryder.  He started his career with Cintas Corp.  He then worked for 5 Star Food Service as a GM, and served on their Acquisitions team.  He then went back to Cintas as a Director of Service Operations for the Southeast.  He came over to Vendors Supply as a Sales Manager in January 2016.   He became the GM in August 2022.

His vision for the Ga. Division, and our company as a whole is to always put customer service first,  and operate with competitive urgency, while being very profitable and upholding our core values.

Brian Smith
Richmond, Virginia Distribution Center - Branch 5

Brian Smith is the General Manager for the Virginia Division of Vendors Supply. Brian became a member of the management team in April of 2019 after retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Deputy Chief of Police for Operations, from a 30-year law enforcement career with the Chesterfield County Police Department in Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice and Public Safety, a Post Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Public Safety, and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Brian is married to his wife Nicole and they have two children, Ryan and Sierra. Brian enjoys spending time with his family on their farms and travelling across the southeast region to support his son with off-road and motocross racing.


Brian’s leadership and management philosophies are focused on developing staff and growing the Virginia Division business through strengthening relationships with current customers as well as looking for new opportunities within our service areas. Meeting our customers’ needs and expectations is the Virginia Division’s top priority.

Connie Baarlaer
Cincinnati, Ohio Distribution Center - Branch 6

Connie has been with Vendors Supply since October, 2004, and has 39 years of CPG industry experience. As General Manager, she is directly responsible for the Ohio Distribution Center of Vendors Supply.  Her objective is to remain focused on customer satisfaction, while increasing profitability for all parties. She strives to provide excellent customer service by providing what our customers want and anticipating what they need. She believes fostering a strong partnership with customers is what makes everyone successful, and is what sets us apart from our competitors. Please reach out at anytime, as she's always looking to establish a new partnership!

Favorite quote: "Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of others."