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Catalyst Appoints Ralph Willis as President

After 36 years at Catalyst and as former Executive Vice President of Operations, we are delighted to announce our very own Ralph Willis will be leading Catalyst Workplace Activation as President.

April 13, 2021

Ralph has always led with his integrity, learned almost every aspect of our business, and made Catalyst better through his leadership qualities and immensely talented coaching and mentoring skills.

"Ralph Willis has been preparing to become President for his entire career, probably not knowing it at the time, but I did."

-Sean O'Brien, Owner & CEO


His early days were rooted in furniture installation, leading teams to be their best in our last mile work in front of customers. Ralph then expanded his influence into optimizing our warehousing and inventory businesses. In true leadership fashion, Ralph moved himself and his family to Anchorage to run our Alaska company, BiNW Alaska, for two years.

Ralph Willis, 1990

Catalyst is alive with talent! We have all the confidence in Ralph to grow and develop today's leaders and those in the future.

"Now is the right time, and Ralph is the right person to ensure that our focus is on the priorities that will prepare Catalyst for the future."

-Sean O'Brien, Owner & CEO


Announcing Ralph’s new leadership position as President is only the first step of several in building a strong leadership transition plan for the next decade.

Join us in congratulating Ralph! Your dedication to this company exemplifies a major part of what makes Catalyst the wonderful place to work. We could not be more excited to have you leading the way.

"I am humbled and excited for this next step. I love building teams, solving problems, being challenged, and challenging others, and I love when our customers appreciate what we did for them and how we went about it!"

-Ralph Willis, President

Sean O'Brien will continue to be CEO & Owner, communicating Catalyst's vision and aspirations. Sean will always remain actively engaged in growing our customers, culture and strengthening our brand for the future.

Ralph Willis

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Ralph began his career 36+ years ago as an Installation Lead and has worked his way up through both Operation and Implementation roles. As former Executive Vice President of Operations, Ralph balanced his role among operations, logistics, internal and external customer service. Ralph leads and mentors behind every decision, providing exceptional wisdom and credibility to our company and customers. Ralph also cares deeply for his family. He’s been married for 30 years and has five children and four grandchildren. In his spare time, he loves sports, history, and working in his woodshop.