MCDONOUGH, Ga. — Ken Tyler, vice president of government operations, retired from Encompass Group LLC Dec. 31 after 16 years of service with the reusable textiles, professional apparel, and disposable and single-use medical products company.
Tyler initially joined Encompass in 2003 as a consultant and assisted the company in creating a go-to business model for government sales. The company estimates that under his leadership, its government sales increased tenfold.
Succeeding Tyler is Dan Guzzo, who was recently promoted to vice president, healthcare government sales.
“Ken’s tenure with Encompass has resulted in a larger and stronger relationship with our VA and DOD customers,” says said John Wood, Encompass Group CEO. “His knowledge and leadership in this area will be missed. After decades of honorable service to his country, Ken brought that same dedication to his role with us.
“We’re proud that he was able to continue his long history of service to the DOD, VA and our nation’s military veterans through his work with Encompass.”
A recipient of more than 25 military decorations and a veteran with 14 years of active duty service—including two tours in Vietnam—Tyler became director of Marine Corps and Navy Laundry Operations and a member of the Command Inspector General Team.
He has a total of 35 years of federal service, including 28 years in the military. He began working for the Veteran’s Administration in 1977 and managed the VA laundry program until his retirement in 2000.
Tyler retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1993 as the 4th Marine Division’s Logistics Officer. His VA service earned him and his coworkers many awards, including the government’s highest award, the GSA Excellence in Administration Award.
A member of the Association for Linen Management (ALM), TRSA and healthcare and government affairs committees, Tyler served as an industry advisor to the Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE) for the past 12 years. He recently received the VA Lifetime Achievement Award for his support of the VA and the veterans it serves. Ken will continue to provide advisory and strategic services to Encompass as a consultant.
Guzzo joined Encompass in 2008 as an acute care territory sales representative in Cleveland. He was elevated to region director of sales for acute care in 2014. A graduate of John Carroll University in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Guzzo and his family reside in Strongsville, Ohio.