About Us

Doing the right thing, for the right reasons – since 1972.


J. D. Sales Company was founded in 1972 by Jim Shillady and Doug Kerby. Both Jim and Doug served in the Korean War and went on to become formally trained engineers. Although Jim hailed as a Spartan from Michigan State, and Doug was a Wolverine from the University of Michigan, the friendly rivals decided they would get along for at least 364 days of the year in order to build their new company. They proudly set up shop from a small office near LAX on Manchester Avenue.

Fourteen years later, a matter-of-fact young engineer, by the name of Mahendra Mistry arrived in the United States from Great Britain and joined J. D. Sales. Jim immediately observed Mahendra’s work ethic to be as fierce as his engineering knowledge and took the young man under his wing, mentoring him to become a great sales leader.

By the time Jim and Doug retired in 1995, Mahendra was the clear successor to usher J. D. Sales into the future. As the new owner/president, Mahendra relocated J. D. Sales headquarters to Torrance, CA where he invested the next few decades building this company to its present day. His genuine excitement and energy compelled his wife, Padma and two sons, Umesh and Kishan to also join the company.

Nearing its 50th year, this family-owned and operated small business is embracing the future with open arms. Mahendra cheerfully mentors his young and eager team as they carry on the daily operations, steadily growing this company upon its solid foundation.


J. D. Sales is a purpose driven team of passionate individuals.
We are committed to learning, improving and empowering each other to be most capable for our customers.
Our focus is guided by our core values of unwavering integrity, investing for the long term and building lasting relationships.
We set out each day to make a positive impact.
We diligently work to earn your respect and trust, and we genuinely hope you love doing business with us!


We are certified Small Business!

423720 – Plumbing & Heating Equipment & Supplies (Hydronics) Merchant Wholesalers

423730 – Warm Air Heating & Air-Conditioning Equipment & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers


CA DGS Small Business Enterprise # 1273060

LA County LSBE & CBE

LA City Minority Owned Business (MBE): 08651 | LBE (Harbor) | LBE | SBE | SBE (Proprietary)

Proud ASHRAE Member