Regional manager

Spartan Chemical Company, Inc. announced the promotion of Art Hernandez, Matthew Stephens and Frank Walters to the role of regional manager, effective Oct. 1, 2023.

Hernandez joins Spartan as the regional manager for the Northern California region. Prior to coming to Spartan, Art worked for five years as territory manager for Applied Adhesives in Sacramento, California where he focused on the management of strategic partners across the region including programming, staffing, and implementation, as well as marketing and business development strategies. Art grew his territory to over $3 million for the first time since Applied began servicing the area.  Prior to that, Art worked for five years at VERITIV Corp. in Sacramento, California. In this role, Art responded to and negotiated tax supported agency bids, maintained contractual agreements with those agencies, and pursued new accounts while conducting quarterly business reviews for those accounts.  Art established himself as a government segment expert with sales surpassing $4 million within a year and a half, which earned Art a role as an Enterprise Representative. 

Art attended California State University, Sacramento in California, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Stephens, who has responsibility for the East Texas region, most recently served as client relations director for Avenna Healthcare in Tyler, Texas for five years. While there, Matthew drove revenue growth and worked with location management to ensure profitability. Additionally, Matthew oversaw sales in multiple departments and provided education to patients, hospital staff, physicians, and community members concerning company services. Prior to that, Stephens spent ten years as account manager at Dixie Paper Company in Tyler, Texas where he prepared bids, processed orders, provided machine demonstrations, called on accounts, and managed his territory to maximize opportunities for new customers. 

Joining Spartan as the regional manager for the New York region, Walters most recently served as district manager for Speedway/7-11 throughout upstate New York for the last five years. Frank was responsible for directly driving sales and profits for a multi-unit area of store locations, as well as overseeing the overall condition of all stores including cleanliness, food services, food sanitation, and merchandising. Prior to that, Walters spent over six years as director of sales and operations at Global Manufacturing in Albany, New York. Frank was responsible for all areas of business ownership which provided experience in manufacturing, wholesale sales, retail sales and buyer negotiations.

Frank attended Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona where he received his Associate of Arts in Business Administration and Management and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Government.