At Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG), we focus on helping students answer this last question. Our employees participate in numerous high school career fairs providing information, education and mentoring to students who will soon be deciding their next steps.

“The term ‘industrial distribution’ didn’t mean anything to the high school students until I started giving scenarios, showing product samples and discussing the large number of well paying career paths they could consider in this industry. Then, my booth area was mobbed with eager learners wanting to know about these options.”

This is a quote from David Drudge, BWG’s Southeast Regional Sales Manager, as he participated at a high school career fair in Georgia. Drudge was recently selected as an Ambassador with Industrial Careers Pathway, a North American workforce initiative addressing the need for a skilled industrial distribution, manufacturing sales and customers service workforce today and tomorrow. In this role, he helps communicate the benefits of working in the industrial distribution field to young people across the south.


Ariel Oriel, Application Engineer, talking to students about his career.

The industrial distribution field is a large sector of the U.S. economy employing more than 3 million people at more than 80,000 businesses across North America. But is also a largely unknown career path. Working with ICP, BWG employees get to help inform community groups, educate students about industrial distribution, spread the word about preparing for industrial careers, and assist young people who want to work in the field gain exposure, experience and skills.

Ariel Oriel, Application Engineer, and Melsha Winchester, Marketing Director, are both located at BWG’s main California office and recently participated in a high school career fair in the Bay Area.

Ariel Oriel
Ariel Oriel, Application Engineer at Bishop-Wisecarver

According to Oriel, “I had numerous conversations with a variety of students and the fact that guide wheel motion control technology existed at all, appeared to spark their enthusiasm on how to apply such technology in the real world. The students had a genuine interest in manufacturing and technology fields and expressed such gratitude for the opportunity to speak to actual employees of companies in their field of interest.”

As a non-engineer in the manufacturing world, Winchester is able to showcase the variety of roles needed to help companies succeed. “The students were genuinely surprised that marketing plays an important role in the manufacturing industry. I enjoyed discussing my job, emphasizing the importance of confidence in their ultimate success and becoming an accessible mentor to them. Having a corporate contact is a vital connection for students and I enjoy providing guidance and building relationships with those who follow up with questions.”

While we can’t help answer all the questions for the upcoming high school graduates, BWG is committed to helping the students of today become our employed colleagues of tomorrow.

Melsha Winchester
Melsha Winchester, Marketing Director at Bishop-Wisecarver