EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM (EMT)

Jim Sliker

Chief Executive Officer

Jim earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from GMI Engineering & Management Institute along with a Masters of Business from the University of Michigan. He launched his career at a small company in Kentucky responsible for the design, development and manufacture of the air conditioning system for Peterbilt class 8 trucks. He later took his experience in thermal systems to the automotive sector working with most major car manufacturers. After a short stay as a System Engineer at Calsonic, he joined Valeo where he held positions as Program Manager, Sales & Projects Director, Managing Director, Vice President Sales North America and President Thermal Systems North America over a 15 year period. After being recruited by the Board of Directors, Jim joined Central States Manufacturing in 2013 as the Chief Executive Officer. Jim and his wife, Buffy, have two girls named Abbey and Maggie.

Tim Ruger

Chief Operating Officer

Tim has over 25 years of experience in various roles in manufacturing. He was trained as a mechanical engineer at Western Michigan University and has continued his education in business management at the University of Wisconsin and CEDEP, INSEAD Business School in France. Starting his career he worked within a Toyota Keiretsu learning the practical application of lean manufacturing through the Toyota Manufacturing system while serving in the product and quality engineering departments. His first leadership role was leading a team in the development of a vehicle climate testing lab. As he progressed through his career, he has served in roles that have included responsibilities for IT/IS department (during which he was featured in Net Economy magazine and a keynote speaker at various industry events sharing his vision for remote collaboration utilizing various technological platforms). Additionally, he led the integration of ERP solutions at two different companies. Tim has also led various international activities including projects in Asia, Europe, North and South America. These activities have included items from launching of newly engineered products to starting greenfield sites. Tim has overseen and been involved in the creation of over 7 new facility start-ups. Also, he oversaw the integration of a Ford Motor Company components manufacturing plant into a newly created company. Tim served in roles as Test Engineer, Lab manager, Engineering Manager, IT/IS Director, North American Director of R&D and Program Management, and Executive Vice President of Operations before his current role at Central States as COO. Outside of work Tim is involved in his church as well as having had leadership involvement in Junior Achievement and The Boy Scouts of America. Tim and his wife, Mary, have two boys Nolan and Zachary.

Chad Ware

Chief Financial Officer

Chad Ware joined Central States Manufacturing in June 2018 as Chief Financial Officer. He began his career in public accounting at HoganTaylor in its audit practice, focusing on manufacturing, retail and not-for-profit industries. Mr. Ware then moved to Tyson Foods, Inc. holding various roles in internal audit and corporate accounting, including Director of Financial Reporting. Mr. Ware has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Harding University and is a certified public accountant (inactive) in Arkansas. Chad and his wife, Amanda, have a son and daughter, Harry and Georgia.

Vince Tate

Vice President, Purchasing & Strategy

Vincent E. Tate served as the Chief Financial Officer of Central States Manufacturing, Inc. from March 2009 to 2018. He was instrumental in the 2011 transaction whereby Central States became 100% employee-owned and subsequently made an S-election to become tax exempt. He has over 25 years of experience, including more than 12 years as a CFO in three manufacturing companies, more than 5 years as General Manager in the manufacturing division of Weatherford International, Ltd, a publicly traded oilfield services company, and 5 years as President of a financial sales and marketing company. Prior to moving into industry, Vince was a manager with the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. Since 2018, Vince has served as the Vice President of Purchasing and Strategy, focusing on inventory reduction and researching acquisitions. He has a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Business from Hendrix College and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. Vince and his wife, Carla, have three girls.

Adam Haynes

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Adam began his professional career at Central States as intern while graduating with a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. After a year working in operations, Adam moved to the sales team and worked in both inside sales and outside, growing our Alabama and Mississippi territories. Over a 16 year period, Adam has held positions in marketing, retail sales, sales management, inside sales, and outside sales. In 2019, Adam became the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Adam married his high school sweetheart and has three children, Chloe, Madison, and Asher. Adam is an active member in his local church and his community.

Robyn Rudisill

Vice President, Human Resources

Robyn was raised on a cattle and hog farm in southwest Oklahoma where her family was active participating in livestock shows, 4-H and FFA youth leadership programs. Robyn earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Oklahoma State University double majoring in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science. She completed her Masters of Science degree at the University of Nebraska focused on Leadership Education with a minor in Business Management. She returned to Oklahoma State University to recruit prospective students to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources while developing current students thru leadership and communication courses. She moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2007 to join Tyson Foods as part of their leadership and organization development team. Thru her 10 years of work at Tyson Foods, Robyn supported talent and organization development work across all parts of the business and was responsible for designed and delivering Tyson’s high-potential development program, performance management, talent review and succession management processes. Robyn served as Senior Director of training and development for Simmons Foods prior to joining Central States in October 2019. Robyn and her husband, Todd, have a son and daughter in elementary school. Grayson loves baseball and all Razorback sports. Emory loves dance, gymnastics and all things pink. Todd and Robyn are members of Robinson Avenue Church of Christ in Springdale.

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