“Buzz” Flannigan has built one of the premier manufacturer representative agencies in the Southeast US. Headquartered in suburban Atlanta, GA, Flannigan Sales Group represents leading manufacturers in the Industrial & Institution commercial market. Prior to becoming an independent rep in 2002, Buzz was the Vice-President of Sales for several major manufacturers including Katy Maintenance Group which became the foundation of the agency. Buzz came to Katy through their acquisition of Wilen Manufacturing where he was Executive Vice-President of Sales for many years.
It was at Wilen that Buzz first met Peter Henson in 1991. The Henson Sales Group represented Wilen Manufacturing and the two worked together to grow the Wilen line by 50% over 3 years. The working relationship ended when Wilen was sold to Katy Industries but the friendship continued and has now resulted in a merger of Flannigan Sales Group and the Henson Sales Group. Buzz along with his wife Carol, son Steever and associate Pat McDougal will lead the Henson Sales Group’s expansion into the Southeast US.
Buzz has a storied career in and out of the ISSA industry. He started in marketing working as an advertising manager for American Motors Corporation in Detroit Michigan after graduation from Ohio Wesleyan University in the late ’60’s. The move to the Jan-San business came in the mid ’70’s when he joined White Mop Wringer Company, a part of the Chicago based Sara Lee conglomerate. He was posted to Southern California and then to White’s headquarters in Fultonville, N.Y., where he was appointed VP of Sales and Marketing. Buzz was the youngest Vice President in the Sara Lee Group of companies at the time. White Mop was later taken private with investments from the Cigna Capital Group and Buzz became an equity partner at White and its subsidy, Piedmont Mop. Buzz later joined Wilen when they acquired Piedmont Mop.
Buzz will work the Southeast Territory from his home in Newnan, GA along with his wife Carol.