President & CEO
Clay Davis joined Stouse in February 2019 as President & CEO. Prior to Stouse, Clay served in a variety of executive leadership roles in the consumer products, packaging, and printing industries. He brings a passion for building high performance teams that focus on driving innovation and solutions that create value for our customers and stakeholders.
Clay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Miami University. In his time away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and three dogs. He also enjoys reading, golf, tennis, skiing, travel, cooking and eating great food. As a proud native Texan, Clay will acknowledge that his new hometown of Kansas City plays a strong BBQ game, but ‘has some catching up to do.’
Chief Commercial Officer
Nikkie Freeman joined Stouse in October 2016 as Chief Marketing Officer. During her tenure, she built a sales team to provide a higher level of service to our customers, expanded our brand presence to digital marketing, and launched a new eCommerce website. In April 2019, she took on the role of Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to Stouse, Nikkie worked in a variety of marketing, analytics and strategy leadership roles in the telecommunications and freight industries.
Nikkie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and a Master’s degree in Accounting, from the University of Kansas. Outside of work, she spends her time with her husband and three teenage children. She also enjoys cooking and nutrition, traveling with her family, and watching her kids’ activities and sports. As a child, she was obsessed with stickers (and secretly still is) – so she’s convinced it was her destiny to be a part of Stouse!
Chief Financial Officer
Ken Hartman joined Stouse as the Assistant Controller in November 2005. During his time at Stouse, he has held various positions including Controller, Finance Director, and most recently, Chief Financial Officer. Ken is a CPA and has worked in the finance area in multiple industries in his 30+ year career. Though he has worked in Salina, Wichita, Overland Park, Pittsburg and New Century, he swears he is not trying to be employed in every city in Kansas.
Ken is a native Nebraskan and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers). He attended college for four and a half years, but he sees it as five football seasons. He enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, music, getting beat at cards by his kids, attending sporting events, smoking meats, and playing with his two Morkies.
Chief Information Officer
Steve Pankau joined Stouse in April of 2020 as Chief Information Officer. Prior to Stouse, Steve served in senior IT leadership roles for private-equity organizations in a variety of industries including packaging and printing. While he considers himself a back-end IT infrastructure guy, deep down Steve is passionate about using technology to transform and optimize business processes.
Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management of Information Systems from Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology. Steve, his wife, and two children are Chicago-area natives but felt based on the Chiefs recent success it was time to consider letting the Bears go and relocate. In his free time, Steve is an avid DIYer and enjoys any opportunity he can get to go outside.
Vice President of Operations
Sarah Hibit joined Stouse in 2009 as a Financial Analyst after beginning her career in the telecommunications industry. For ten years she took on increasing responsibility within the Finance organization, focusing on efficiency and profitability in operational processes. In April 2019 Sarah was named Vice President of Operations. She brings an analytical, data-driven perspective to the Operations team.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Truman State University, where she competed for the University’s cross country and track teams. She also holds an MBA from Rockhurst University. These days, Sarah is happy to find time for a run amid the controlled chaos of raising two young children with her husband. After 15 years in the Kansas City area, she considers herself a naturalized Kansas Citian – unless the Cardinals are in town!
Vice President of Customer Experience
Stacie joined Stouse in 2003 as an Account Manager. She held several different positions in the Customer Service department, including Customer Service Manager. She became Vice President of Customer Experience in April 2019. Stacie appreciates the advancement opportunities that Stouse has provided and hopes to help others follow a similar path.
Stacie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dordt College with a double major in Business Administration and Psychology. She completed her Master’s in Education at the University of Saint Mary. Stacie has two sons and is enjoying watching them become responsible adults and start their own families. In her spare time, Stacie likes hiking, kayaking, gardening, and cooking. When she gets sidetracked by other summer activities and forgets to water her garden, she enjoys going to the farmers market for fresh produce.
Vice President of Human Resources
Wanda Jackson joined the Stouse team in May 2016 as Senior Human Resources Manager. Prior to Stouse, Wanda spent most of her HR career in leadership roles within the manufacturing, packaging, and printing industries. She believes that there is nothing more important to an organization than finding the right people and creating a culture that supports their achievements and growth.
Wanda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Rockhurst University and holds an SHRM Senior Certified Professional designation. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, friends and family. She also enjoys golf, travel, cooking, and watching the Chiefs edge closer to that elusive Super Bowl win!