AMS Ownership is on the floor and connected to the business, focusing on Growth and Success as a commitment to our Customer, Organization, Community and Ourselves.
Advantage Media Services, Inc. (AMS) is a private company that is majority-owned by AMS executives Ken Wiseman and Jay Catlin. Jay serves as President/Managing Partner and Ken as CEO/Managing Partner. Although profitable and financially self-reliant from its first days of operation, AMS is securely backed by a private investment firm that allows the company immediate access to operating capital for virtually any investment, expansion or growth situation that may arise.
AMS Executive Biographies
Jay Catlin, President/Managing Partner:
Jay Catlin developed into a fulfillment guru over the 10 years he spent with one of the leading national fulfillment and customer care companies as a Sr. Executive in Operations and New Business Development. When Jay first joined the company, they were newcomers to fulfillment, and during his tenure they grew 10-fold, with Jay playing a central role in growing and operating the business.
In 2002, Jay moved on to take over operational responsibilities for a leading independent packaged media (DVD/CD) company, re-entering the industry upon graduation from the University of Oklahoma in 1991. Jay’s first order of business, oddly enough, was to form a new fulfillment entity to assemble packaged media product and displays, warehouse and manage finished goods inventory, fulfill product orders to hundreds of retailers across the US and process retail returns. Advantage Media Services, Inc. (AMS) was formed to do just that, and together with his business partner, Ken Wiseman, and some very bright and talented individuals, AMS has grown into a true impact player in the world of 3rd Party Fulfillment.
“None of the success we’ve experienced would be possible without the amazing staff that makes up this company,” says Jay. The folks that make up the AMS Team are for the most part fulfillment ‘Lifers’, many of whom were Jay and Ken’s favorite industry associates from their past. “In all of my years in this business, I’ve never worked with such a cohesive group of professionals. The family-like environment we promote at AMS spills over to our client base as well.” Treating the client’s business as if it were your own has been a Jay’s driving philosophy since the company began… “We should do all we can to help the client be successful, as their success breeds our own.”
Ken Wiseman, CEO/Managing Partner:
Preparing to grow and manage an aggressive, young, smart, and talented fulfillment team – 38 years of progressive management experience… Not having a sluggish, stifling corporate atmosphere… Priceless!
Through the years, Ken managed fulfillment of product and promotional material for hundreds of clients as he crossed the country managing companies with operations in Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut, Chicago and California. Anyone settling in California for any length of time understands why the latest move represents a permanent transition.
For Ken it’s all about the passion – the challenge – the accomplishment. Starting his career as a teacher, Ken made the jump into business. Parallel to his career growth in business and attainment of an MBA from the University of Hartford, Ken also set world records in ultra-triathlon events. As time went on, Ken directed his passion toward many other challenges.
Ken volunteers with the SCV Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team, serves as President of the SCV Sheriff’s Foundation, is a Board Member and former Chair of the SCV Mayor’s Committee for the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, and is a member of the College of the Canyons Business Alliance. In 2017, Ken was named Most Influential Businessman of the year in Santa Clarita by The Signal Newspaper, and he was also volunteer of the year for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station.
Ken regularly speaks to school and business groups about workforce development, and the Power of Visualization. Ken’s better half, Betty-Lou Wiseman (E.V.P. of Client Services), has been with him throughout almost 40 years of professional endeavors and to this day helps him deliver on every commitment. Both their boys, Justin and Eric, are also active in Operations Management at AMS.
Ken’s favorite statement derives from his motivational speaking: “March into the future, embrace what it is that you want to accomplish, drag that vision back into the present, and implement a plan to make it happen.” The truth is that while Ken Wiseman and Jay Catlin are looking into the future to navigate the company’s growth, an incredible team of dedicated associates are indeed making it happen.