About Us

THE MISSION:

The COGS Approach Group is committed to your success. COGS offers consulting services to business as well as consumer clients.  COGS has extensive experience in the kitchen cabinet industry, whether it be manufacturing, distribution or retail channels, as well as the the associated industries that combine to make that great design.

Whether you are hiring your next employee, negotiating with a vendor, changing the corporate structure, marketing a new item or just need an expert opinion for your latest project – COGS has the experience and expertise to contribute.

MEET OUR FOUNDER & PRESIDENT PETER DEGELDER.

Peter was born in Scarborough, and his family moved outside of London Ontario in 1972 where Peter Sr. served as Executive Director for London Goodwill Industries.

Calvin University (formerly Calvin College) in Grand Rapids Michigan, is where Peter earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration, graduating in 1986.  Peter started in the cabinet distribution business in 1990 as a sales representative covering southwest Michigan. DeGelder explains: “Meeting business owners, promoting products to generate profits and building relationships gave me a solid understanding of the kitchen cabinet industry.”

Peter was promoted to sales manager which eventually grew to 4 retail locations, 34 salespeople and sales exceeding 15 million.  After 7 successful years, Peter partnered with local home builders to form Builders Buying Group.  For 3 years, Peter negotiated purchasing contracts, lowered hard costs and took group purchasing to new levels through consistently positive win/win agreements.  “Positive selling and creating win/win agreements to owners AND vendors became the recipe for success that I’ve incorporated into all of my career opportunities”

Since returning to Ontario, his current endeavor is to consolidate his professional experience and skills into the consulting firm The COGS Approach Group.  Peter joined The Business Club of London several years ago, and the members have helped him start, develop and grow his company.

COGS is a proud member of the London Ontario Chamber of Commerce, London Home Builders Association and the Business Club of London.  “I enjoy partnering with business owners and consumers to work on business and renovation projects.  With my experience, and the contributions of the entire group, we will lower you Cost of Goods Sold”.