Diamond Comic Distributors has promoted Shawn Hamrick to Vice President of Operations.

“Hamrick has been a key member of the team that oversaw the design, installation, and implementation of our upgraded warehouse infrastructure and systems in Olive Branch, MS, a project which has resulted in efficiency improvements and record-low damage rates,” said Diamond COO, Chuck Parker. “Hamrick’s problem-solving abilities, as well as his deep knowledge of the comic book industry and our Warehouse Management System software will make him a great asset in his new role as Vice President of Operations.”

Hamrick has been with Diamond since 1994, when he joined as a Management Trainee. In 1997 he became Warehouse manager at Diamond’s Sparta, IL Distribution Center. Hamrick became Regional Manager in 2002. He continued as Regional Manager as the facility expanded and relocated, first to Memphis, TN (see “Increased Backlist Drives Diamond's Memphis Expansion”), and later Olive Branch, MS. He was promoted to Executive Director in 2013.

Hamrick was mentored through much of his career by former Vice President Operations John Wurzer (see “Diamond Expanding Olive Branch Facility”). Wurzer retired from full time employment with Diamond in November 2017, and has worked as a consultant for Diamond since then. Wurzer will be stepping down from his consultancy position on April 30 to begin full-time retirement.

“We thank John for his commitment and service to Diamond over the years,” said Parker. “He has generously and successfully imparted his knowledge to Shawn, who will now apply it in new and exciting ways as Diamond’s new VP of Operations.”