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Michelle Richards


Distribution Sales Rep
OEP Original Engineered Products,
a division of Abbott-Interfaast

Michelle Richards is the Distribution Sales Rep for OEP – Original Engineered Products. OEP is a manufacturer of clamping knobs, control knobs, and quick-release hardware, with domestic manufacturing in Wheeling, IL, along with direct import giving OEP the advantage of blended supply & competitive pricing.


Before joining OEP, Michelle worked for 25 years for The Olander Family of Companies, a full-line fastener distributor on the West Coast. There she began in Accounts Receivable and worked her way up, eventually becoming the Director of Operations for the three-entity corporation. During this tenure, she honed her skills and love of the fastener industry, the distribution business model, efficient use of technology & the ERP, and cultivating meaningful employee, customer, and vendor relationships.


Michelle has since traded her digs from San Jose, California, to Northeastern Nevada with her family, two German shepherds, three rescue cats, and her 3-toed Box Turtle named Lugnut. She enjoys gardening, photography, socializing with family and friends, traveling, learning new things, and meeting new people.


Michelle served as a WIFI Board Member from January 2017 through July 2018. She is overjoyed to rejoin the WIFI Board, serve the fastener industry, and continue the WIFI mission.

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