Wes Bass is the Sales Manager in San Antonio, TX.
Wes’ pathway to Delta Steel involves several other FOC(Family of Companies within Reliance Steel and Aluminum) and very diverse geographies. He began selling steel through a sister company called Alaska Steel in May of 2011.
“We had a lot of military business back then which required knowledgeable staff to know how and where to source it.”
This was a unique model because a large portion of their sales were based on who could service the customer the best and most efficiently due to the limitations of their geographic location.
Around January 2014, in the middle of an unseasonably warm month by Alaska standards, Wes made his escape from the frozen tundra and joined American Metals Corporation in Canby, Oregon. Trading snow for rain was the order of the day but Wes embraced his new role in inside sales as well as the opportunity for growth that it afforded. It also allowed him to begin new passions, hiking and backpacking!
Here he took the skills learned with his previous company and applied them to new business segments. Wes took on selling excess prime plate for a regional mill as well as moving the bread and butter items in inventory.
In July 2017, Wes was looking for a way back to his family in Texas where he was born. He met with the management team at American Metals and asked if there were any opportunities within the other FOCs out there.
“I had family out in Houston and as luck would have it, Delta Steel – Houston was hiring. They worked hard to find me another home with the Reliance Family of Companies!”
Wes moved to Houston and worked as inside sales. He already knew the computer system so he was able to get started with minimal training.
Fast-forward several years to 2022 and Wes became the Sales Manager for the Delta Steel – San Antonio location. Taking on this role was not without it’s challenges. Wes now had to learn to lead a team rather than be part of it. He notes that San Antonio has a close knit camaraderie that promotes collaboration across many departments.
“I like being someone people can rely on and trust.”
Wes has many more goals to complete, one of which is to outsell the capacity of his location to the point where a larger location is needed through maximizing the potential of San Antonio.
Wes is an avid SCUBA diver and is currently working towards obtaining his master diver certification. He also enjoys riding bikes with his son and other fatherly duties.
“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: tune in, freak out, get beaten.” – Hunter S Thompson
Congratulations Wes on a storied career and thank you for your contribution to our team!