Palmer Holland, Inc. CEO W. Bryn Irvine will retire effective June 30, 2021, the company announced. 


C. Bradley Steven, who has served as president since 2017, will replace Irvine as president and CEO. Irvine will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors. 


Irvine began his career as an account manager in the Palmer Supplies Company’s Cincinnati office in 1986 before moving to the Cleveland office in 1996 to assume a sales management role.


During his tenure as CEO, Palmer Holland, Inc. grew from a regional specialty chemical distributor to one that covers the entire US and Canada in five markets. 


Irvine facilitated the conversion of the privately-held company to an Employee Stock Ownership Program in 2019. 


“I have had the privilege of working in the chemical distribution industry for more than 35 years, and leading Palmer Holland has been the highlight of my career,” said Irvine. “It has been an absolute pleasure working with our remarkable employees and to witness the expansive growth of the company. I believe now is the right time, though, to start transitioning the leadership of the company as it will allow me to spend more time with my family.”


Added Steven: “It has been a great privilege to learn from such an industry veteran over the last several years, and I am honored to have been chosen to succeed Bryn and lead such an amazing team going forward.”


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