We Optimize So You Can Maximize

• Once you become a Glide Rite client, great effort is extended to adapt our processes in order to meet your needs

• We understand that when equipment and operations run smoothly, business and profits are optimized

• Along with our experienced crews that are dedicated to the highest level of service to stores and properties, our experienced field leadership and operations team keeps services smooth and stores and properties at their peak

• Our experienced, technical executive leadership understands the value of delivering what the customer needs when they need it


Glide Rite’s leadership team has Fortune 100 experience and capabilities, infused with an entrepreneurial spirit that is agile and highly hands-on. This gives Glide Rite the unique ability to understand customer needs and concerns, budgeting processes and constraints, hierarchical approval processes and market condition factors.

Andrew Reiner, CEO

Since joining Glide Rite in 2004, Andrew has worked to make Glide Rite the industry’s service and technology leader. Andrew has applied his mechanical engineering degree and manufacturing experience to lead the development of solutions to customer problems. This ability, combined with contract manufacturing experience gives Glide Rite great flexibility and added value as a national service provider.

Prior to Glide Rite, Andrew was COO at Earthstone, an early stage manufacturing company that utilizes a patented technology to make abrasive products from recycled glass. During Andrew’s tenure, the company was repositioned and significantly increased its manufacturing capacity and quality. Andrew began his career as a business law and intellectual property lawyer at a firm he founded, Rayman & Reiner. During the seven years as managing partner, the firm’s revenues grew an average of 50% annually by expanding the firm’s capabilities into new practice areas and growing the client base. Andrew earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Thomas Rose, EVP Business Development

Thomas, a former military officer, has a BS-BA from Methodist University and a MBA from Webster University. Prior to his current role, he was President of Thoreau Services, a national retail facility service company. Before that, Thomas served as COO and President at Glide Rite after serving as President and General Manager of a specialty manufacturing and service business. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of GE Private Asset Management.

Thomas has many years of cross-functional and operational experience in General Electric Companies and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. In addition to Thomas’ many years of operational and organizational leadership experience, he has a strong background in project management. He studied PMI’s project management rigor for the PMP certification and is certified in Six Sigma Project Management.

Brian Drapkin, Director of Operations

With more than 20 years of experience, Brian has operations expertise in both retail and wholesale industries. Since joining Glide Rite in 2015, he has trained in field operations, managed operations managers and field crews nationwide as well as liaising with the company’s logistics, fleet and procurement teams. Brian now serves on Glide Rite’s Senior Leadership Team. Prior to joining the company, he managed business operations for a dry-cleaning business with more than 12 outlets in Southern California and Nevada. Other roles include running operations for a production company that specialized in movie premieres, grand openings and special events. Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in Systems Management from San Diego State University. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Brian volunteers for his local neighborhood council, where he serves on the Public Safety Committee.

James Clifton Nichols, Director of Operations

James Clifton, or J.C. as he is known to colleagues, has more than 30 years of experience in operations, specializing in logistics and program management. Since joining Glide Rite in 2018, he has nurtured the company’s business relationship with Walmart and managed operations relating to the retail giant. Prior to Glide Rite, J.C. was the Regional General Manager of Blue Rhino — a propane supplier — for nine years. He held the same title at HD Supply, where he managed the flooring division for two years. Other roles of note include Director of Fulfilment at Redcat Motors and Director of Logistics for Insight, a position that focused on mergers and acquisitions. J.C. earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix in 1999. In his free time, he runs a non-profit organization called Foundre Racing that aims to grow the sport of Youth Mountain Biking. The organization looks after more than 100 young riders.

Dawn Reiner, Director of Marketing & Business Development

Dawn has over seventeen years in marketing and business development experience in a wide range of industries. She began her career as an advertising executive working on Proctor & Gamble products, Kawasaki Motor Cycles and Baskin Robbins to name a few. After a fulfilling career in adverting, she moved to the nonprofit sector where she founded and ran a company that provided educational and recreational programs for special needs children. Dawn joined the Glide Rite Team in 2017.

Dawn received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from New York University and a master’s in education from Pepperdine University. Dawn has volunteered for numerous nonprofits and is actively working on boards, chairing committees and currently as the president of the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation.

Karan Jani, Director of Analytics & IT

Karan has a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Charotar Institute of Technology in India, Master of Science in Product Development Engineering from the University of Southern California and his MBA from the International Technological University. Karan started his career at the University of Southern California as a Project Engineer/Manager, managing audio visual upgrade projects valued at $30 Million. Prior to Glide Rite, Karan was working as a Project Manager & Operations Analyst for Compex, a medical record retrieval company. At Compex, Karan was responsible for business reporting and analytics, process improvement, customer analysis, and operations support tools. Other projects involved new system development, integration/migration, mobile app development, process engineering, performance reporting, user application deployment, testing, and support.