About CBM

Cleaves-Bessmer-Marietti, Inc. is a Manufacturers’ Representative headquartered in the Kansas City Metro area. Our dedicated team of salespeople have served our customers in the Contractor/Industrial, Utility and Communication markets since 1960.

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What is a Manufacturer's Representative?

Independent manufacturers’ representatives provide outsourced sales and marketing solutions for multiple manufacturers. Unlike direct sales agents, manufacturers’ representatives are not paid until the sale is complete, providing a fixed and often reduced cost of sales for the manufacturer. This allows manufacturers to provide quality products and services at competitive prices. Manufacturers also benefit from the intimate knowledge of the local territory and long-term relationships with customers.
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What is a Manufacturer's Representative?

Independent manufacturers’ representatives provide outsourced sales and marketing solutions for multiple manufacturers. Unlike direct sales agents, manufacturers’ representatives are not paid until the sale is complete, providing a fixed and often reduced cost of sales for the manufacturer. This allows manufacturers to provide quality products and services at competitive prices. Manufacturers also benefit from the intimate knowledge of the local territory and long-term relationships with customers.
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Long Traditions at CBM

Founded in 1960 by Robert D. Cleaves, our roots were in the electric utility market in Kansas and Western Missouri. In the early 1970’s we branched into the telecommunications market in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. In the late 1970’s we branched into the Contractor & Industrial markets in Kansas and Western Missouri. In 1988 we established our Employee Owned Stock Plan. Today our ESOP trust owns 94% of our company stock. The balance of the stock is held by active CBM employees.

Through expansion and acquisition we grew into the successful firm we are today with 34 employee/owners covering Kansas, Missouri, Central/Southern Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa and Nebraska. We hold our relationships with customers and principals very dearly, considering all to be important for our future.

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Long Traditions at CBM

Founded in 1960 by Robert D. Cleaves, our roots were in the electric utility market in Kansas and Western Missouri. In the early 1970’s we branched into the telecommunications market in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. In the late 1970’s we branched into the Contractor & Industrial markets in Kansas and Western Missouri. In 1988 we established our Employee Owned Stock Plan. Today our ESOP trust owns 94% of our company stock. The balance of the stock is held by active CBM employees.

Through expansion and acquisition we grew into the successful firm we are today with 34 employee/owners covering Kansas, Missouri, Central/Southern Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa and Nebraska. We hold our relationships with customers and principals very dearly, considering all to be important for our future.

Executive Team

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Marla Sparks

President & CEO

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Larry Pal

Treasurer

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Doug Mayle

Vice President, C&I Group

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Brett Cooper

Vice President, Communications Group

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Larry Burchett

Vice President, Utility Group

 

Executive Team

Marla Sparks, CPMR

President & CEO

Tonya Callaway, CPA

Treasurer

Doug Mayle, CPMR

Vice President, C&I Group

Brett Cooper, CPMR

Vice President, Communications Group

Larry Burchett, PE, CPMR

Vice President, Utility Group

Administrative Team

Annisa Wright

Accountant

Alisha Rice

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Freeda Mathias

Receptionist

Administrative Team

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Gail Franklin

Controller

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Alisha Rice

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

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Freeda Mathias

Receptionist

Working at CBM

CBM is an ESOP company. This means that I am one of the many owners of a great company. I am very proud of this ownership and I take it very seriously.

- Marlene Casillo
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Working at CBM

CBM is an ESOP company. This means that I am one of the many owners of a great company. I am very proud of this ownership and I take it very seriously.

- Marlene Casillo
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