Leading Gas Supply Company Positioned for Continued Growth with Board Additions

Atlanta, GA. (April 11, 2021) – EspriGas, a technology-driven industrial gas company, today announced four additions to its Board. The board will work closely with the EspriGas executive leadership team to develop strategy and position the organization for continued growth.

The four new members of the board are Jim Balkcom, former Chief Executive Officer of Techsonic Industries; David Cortese, the current Chief Commercial Officer at Simbe Robotics Inc.; Henry “Hank” Flint, former President and Chief Operations Officer of Coca-Cola Consolidated; and Brian Hamel, the current Executive Vice President of Field Operations for Veritas Technologies.

“We are thrilled to announce these newest members of the EspriGas Board. Their diverse and extensive backgrounds will provide invaluable insights to support our continued rapid growth,” explained Mike Walsh, CEO of EspriGas. “All being heavy hitters in their respective industries, these four additions bring the expertise needed to bring a modern approach to the gas industry and make gas supply simple.”

Jim Balkcom is a leadership development expert who has served as CEO, Chairman, or Board member for more than 20 companies. Most recently he served as lead director of State Bank and Trust Company, which was acquired in 2019 for $1.4 billion by Cadence Bancorporation. He previously spent nearly 20 years as CEO of Techsonic Industries, a global marine electronics company. Prior to Jim’s appointment to the Board, he served as Chairman of the Board during EspriGas’ partnership with Council Capital from 2013-2019.

David Cortese is a technology veteran with 30 years of experience ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He previously served as President of the Digital Technology Division at Advantage Solutions and as Division CIO at Sony Pictures. Presently, Cortese is the Chief Commercial Officer at Simbe Robotics Inc.

Henry “Hank” Flint is a beverage industry leader who spent over 15 years with Coca-Cola Consolidated, the largest Coca-Cola bottling company in the U.S. with over $5 billion in revenue. He served as the company’s Vice Chairman from 2007 to 2012 and as President and COO from 2012 to 2018 before retiring in 2019.

Brian Hamel is an expert in go-to-market strategy development and execution, having spent over 35 years in the technology industry in executive roles with global tech leaders IBM, Oracle, and Lenovo. He previously served as SVP, Oracle Cloud Business Group, and was recently named EVP of Worldwide Field Operations for Veritas Technologies.

EspriGas is a technology driven beverage, medical, and industrial gas company. It brings a modern approach to the gas industry by utilizing a network business model to deliver products nationally. The company leverages its unique service and technology capabilities to handle the complex needs of large, multi-site companies through a national network of gas supply partners. EspriGas has been servicing customers with numerous locations dispersed through the country for over 25 years.