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Walter Dethlefsen

Membership Development

Walt joined Network in 1983 as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager. He has held a number of executive leadership positions through his tenure with Network including Vice President of Marketing and Distribution, Senior Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer.

His current responsibilities include increasing the overall value of the Network organization to Members and the recruitment of new members with the core competencies to serve the customer base. Prior to joining Network he was a Regional Manager with Owens Illinois- Lily Tulip division.

Walt graduated from Monmouth University, Long Branch, N.J., with a degree in Business Administration.

In Their Own Words
What are your professional drivers?
I very much enjoy the culture and relationships with the entrepreneurial Member/owners of Network. Network is a “people business” and I have always enjoyed and achieved great satisfaction in both creating and delivering value to the Member Distributors. The consistent, positive evolution of the organization has driven me to continue to do my best in contributing to the success and growth of Network.

Share a professional accomplishment of which you are particularly proud.
I have had the privilege of being the conduit to bring many of Network’s Members into the Network organization and to watch and assist new generations become the leaders of those companies. Network has grown exponentially during my career and I’m proud to have played my part in that success story.

Who are you outside of work?
It’s all about family. My wife and I have been married since college. We’ve raised two beautiful daughters who have provided us six amazing grandkids. And now – a great Granddaughter. We enjoy spending time with one another and gather for lots of trips, lots of beach time. My “giving back” activities are mainly focused on environmental caring activities through Citizens for Conservation, World Wildlife Fund, and Rails to Trails.