Dan Lansing’s career with SIGMA tells the classic story of how hard work and dedication yield success. He was hired by SIGMA in 1992 in the warehouse to paint fittings. He quickly worked his way up to warehouse manager, but after 5 strong years in the job, tragedy struck. Dan was in a serious car accident resulting in a six-month hospital stay and was confined to a wheelchair for a year. As a result of his condition, Dan was no longer able to work in the warehouse—but SIGMA had another plan for him. He explains: “I was offered a job as an inside sales rep. I had no computer experience, but SIGMA gave me this opportunity and I am forever grateful. I had to learn computers, Excel, all the other systems. I owe all that I am to SIGMA. I really can’t imagine where I would be if Larry, Victor, and Chris King had not put me on this path.”
Years later and fully recovered, Dan now handles 90% of inventory, has daily contact with territory sales managers, has developed significant expertise in XL, and handles most of the onsite computer issues for the Western Regional Office. Over the years there have been personnel changes, and Dan has assumed more responsibility for the region. He is nothing but grateful: “I am so fortunate work here. I’m especially thankful to have Dana Wax as my colleague–,my ‘work-wife’. When you work with someone so closely for 25 years it’s beyond a marriage. We’ve been through a lot together with work and also in life. And I am so thankful to Larry, my Regional Manager Chris King, and Victor Pais for putting their trust in me and putting me where I am today.”
When he is not delivery outstanding service to SIGMA and our customers, Dan enjoys golf and spending time with his family. He and his wife Tanya, who is an accountant pursuing her CPA, have three children between them. Nick, the eldest, is recently married, and lives in Lakewood California. Next-in-line Kylie is married and has two children, Emma and Sophie. Also in Lakewood, the young ladies have the benefit of living near their doting grandparents, Tanya and Dan. Youngest daughter Sydnee started as a freshman in college this fall. Dan and Tanya are looking forward to empty nester-hood, and enjoyed a preview of this new chapter earlier this year with a spectacular trip to Hawaii.
We salute Dan for his dedicated tenure at SIGMA and wish him continued success.