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Our Executive Staff

Our talented executive team focuses on driving innovation and creating value for our customers, partners and employees around the world.


Joined Ideal Family: 2008


Background

With more than a quarter-century of experience across several industries, including metal fabrication, aerospace, chemical adhesives and building components, Jim James leads IDEAL INDUSTRIES with a wealth of knowledge and visionary leadership. A graduate of Georgia State University (MBA) and the University of Wisconsin (BS in Industrial Technology), Jim also spent 16 years with Illinois Tool Works before joining IDEAL in 2008.


Strategy

IDEAL will continue to grow through innovation at every level and by making strategic acquisitions based on our core areas of expertise.


Quote

“The future is what we want to make of it. There’s nothing holding us back. We’re accountable for our own actions, and have the freedom and creativity to pursue an entrepreneurial path to growth.”

Joined Ideal Family: 2012


Background

Vicki brings a wealth of HR experience to IDEAL INDUSTRIES from her past senior positions as HR Manager of Moen, Group Vice President of HR for Newell Rubbermaid and Chief Human Resources Officer for Elkay Manufacturing. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Illinois (Chicago).


Strategy

IDEAL INDUSTRIES will continue to prosper by being an “Employer of Choice” in the communities we operate and targeting exceptional employees with a strong business and industry acumen, an appreciation for our core values and an enthusiasm for the entrepreneurial spirit.


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“To be successful in HR, you have to understand the business you work in. You can’t help people succeed if you don’t know what will define success for them. At IDEAL, it’s all about maintaining an environment of success – for individuals and the company.”

Joined Ideal Family: 2001


Background

Since joining the IDEAL family, this University of Manitoba graduate (BS in Engineering) has led IDEAL INDUSTRIES to the number one position in the Canadian electrical connections market. Nick has brought leadership perspective to IDEAL INDUSTRIES from his many years in the pharmaceutical industry and as a former business owner.


Strategy

Our strategy is to continue delivering innovative, meaningful products to professionals and leading the industry in each of our product categories.


Quote

“We will succeed by continuing to listen to professionals and to our customers. In doing so, we can deliver the innovations they need today, tomorrow and in the future, so those customers can continue trusting in the quality of IDEAL INDUSTRIES products, day in and day out.”

Joined Ideal Family: 2013


Background

Carmelle brings a wealth of senior executive financial experience to IDEAL INDUSTRIES. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Miami University, she began her career in public accounting before spending the next 20 years with ITW. While working for ITW, Carmelle was the Group Controller for a $2 billion group, eventually becoming Vice President and General Manager of ITW’s Global Acquisitions.


Strategy

IDEAL will grow in the next three to five years through organic growth, acquisitions and innovation. We will continue operating efficiently by building a system and establishing the financial practices to support that level of business.


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“We have the financial wherewithal to meet our goal. We have the management team to be able to do it. Most of all, we have the desire.”

Joined Ideal Family: 2003


Background

Prior to joining IDEAL in 2003, Jeffrey held a variety of positions in sales and sales management with electronic distributors Deanco, R.S. Hughes and Arrow Electronics. He also gained valuable experience in product and market management with Amphenol Aerospace. With IDEAL, Jeffrey has spearheaded a number of efforts including development of APP’s first environmental connector product line and the introduction of LEAN Manufacturing Practices to increase operational efficiency and eliminate waste.


Strategy

We will continue to grow the IDEAL family by aligning APP’s manufacturing and design of high-power interconnects and accessories with the overall vision and philosophy of IDEAL INDUSTRIES.


Quote

“The world, the competitive environment, our customers’ needs, products, people . . . everything is changing. At IDEAL, we anticipate and adapt to these changes.”

Joined Ideal Family: 2016


Background

Martin brings a wealth of International Business experience to us having spent the best part of the last 25 years dealing in global markets spread across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. His career grew from various sales and marketing positions with the last 15 years spent at ITW, where his last role was VP / GM of ITW Commercial Asia Pacific a $200m construction products based business. Martin has a Bachelor of Business – Economics / Marketing graduating from Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia.


Strategy

We will achieve IDEAL’s Global growth strategy objectives via organic and acquisition opportunities across a range of different markets and cultures.


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"We have the full force of the IDEAL family cultures and values to support the longer term growth aspirations in new, exciting and developing markets."

Joined Ideal Family: 2016


Background

Extensive executive experience with managing complex multi-channel global businesses and creating and implementing defined strategic plans that generate solid results. His focus has been in the manufacturing and industrial sectors: automotive, commercial vehicle, construction, mining and chemical. His proven leadership successfully instills a continuous improvement culture, expanding into new markets, driving innovation and growing the business through organic and inorganic initiatives. He is a graduate of Bradley University (BS in Marketing) and has worked at several major companies: HA International, International Equipment Solutions and Hendrickson.


Strategy

IDEAL will continue to develop, produce and market high quality and technical superior products and services to the electrical industry, while providing a safe and rewarding workplace for our employees.


Quote

“People are the core of our business. At IDEAL, we have a strong passion to win, an entrepreneurial spirit and a relentless focus on the customer.”

Joined Ideal Family: 2017


Background

Kevin comes to IDEAL with extensive experience as a CFO working with privately held, middle market corporations including Nelsen Steel, Plymouth Tube, Sagus International, The Millard Group, and Sauder Woodworking Co. A former auditor and consultant with Deloitte, Kevin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Eastern Illinois University and his executive MBA at the University of Chicago.


Strategy

IDEAL INDUSTRIES will continue to leverage its financial strength and its exceptional ownership commitment to achieve growth and organizational success for the benefit of its employees, its customers and vendors, its shareholders, and the various communities where we work.


Quote

“IDEAL is an exceptional company with great people, products, and focus. My mission is to support the business with strategic vision, great “value added” resources from Finance and IT, and to work closely with the leadership and staff at each operation to positively influence decision making.”




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