President and Chief Executive Officer
John Swygert has been our Chief Executive Officer and President since December 2019. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Swygert was our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since January 2018. Mr. Swygert joined Ollie’s in March 2004 as our Chief Financial Officer and was later promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2011. Mr. Swygert has worked in discount retail as a finance professional for over 27 years. Prior to joining Ollie’s, Mr. Swygert was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Factory 2-U Stores, Inc. He held several positions while at Factory 2-U Stores, Inc. from 1992, ranging from Staff Accountant, Assistant Controller, Controller, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Vice President of Finance and Planning, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Swygert also previously worked for PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. in Business Development and Financial Analysis. He serves on the Board of Directors of Truck Hero Holdings, Inc., a privately held company, since 2018.
Eric van der Valk
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Eric van der Valk joined Ollie's as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in May 2021. Eric most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Christmas Tree Shops (CTS), a discount retailer specializing in seasonal, home decor, consumables, and closeout merchandise. After joining CTS in 2005, shortly after it was purchased by Bed Bath and Beyond, he assumed roles of increasing responsibility, leading to his appointment to Chief Operating Officer in 2018 and President and Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Prior to CTS, he held various financial and merchandising roles at May Department Stores Filene’s and Robinsons-May divisions including VP Planning/Replenishment/MIS and Divisional Controller from 1998 to 2005. Prior to this, he served as head of store operations for KB Toys.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jay Stasz has been our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2018. Mr. Stasz joined Ollie’s in November 2015 as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Stasz most recently served as Senior Vice President, Finance & Accounting for Sports Authority, a sporting goods retailer, a position he held since October 2013. Mr. Stasz has held numerous leadership roles at Sports Authority, including: Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President and Controller, and Vice President Controller since 1998. Prior to joining Sports Authority, Mr. Stasz worked as a Senior Accountant in the audit department with Deloitte.
Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager
Kevin McLain has been our Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager since May 2014. From May 2011 to May 2014, Mr. McLain was a Senior Vice President with Variety Wholesalers, where he was responsible for merchandising matters. From January 1997 to May 2011, Mr. McLain held the position of Vice President, Merchandise Manager with Anna’s Linens, a textile and home goods retailer based in Costa Mesa, California. Prior to his position with Anna’s Linens, Mr. McLain served in various managerial roles for the Target Corporation.
Vice President, Store Operations
Scott Osborne has been our Vice President, Store Operations since February 2020. Mr. Osborne has been with Ollie’s since April 2002, serving most recently as Regional Vice President of Stores. During his time with Ollie’s Mr. Osborne has held several roles of increased responsibility within store operations, including regional director of stores and district team leader, as well as roles in the loss prevention department. Mr. Osborne graduated from Towson State University in 2000 after serving in the United States Army, Special Operations, for eight years.
Vice President, General Counsel
Robert Bertram has been our Vice President and General Counsel since April 2014. Prior to joining Ollie’s, Mr. Bertram was a practicing attorney at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC from June 2010 to April 2014, where he began serving as our Assistant Secretary in September 2012. From March 2001 to June 2010, he was a practicing corporate attorney at the law firm of Stevens & Lee.