Chief Executive Officer
See it, believe it and work for it – that theme propels Central States Manufacturing CEO Jim Sliker in the meeting room and on the playing field.
A true believer in working, learning and playing in a community environment, Jim has encouraged the organization to challenge the status quo and find new opportunities which has resulted in revenue growth that outpaces the competition. He is a servant leader always setting the company and its employee-owners up for success. Establishing ambitious goals and providing support that helps the teams deliver on those commitments through a contagious sense of enthusiasm and inclusion is Jim’s recipe for success.
Previously, Jim was the President of Valeo Thermal Systems North America, providing air conditioning and engine cooling systems to most of the OEM automotive companies. During his tenure, he held positions in Project Management, Sales and Operations.
The Rochester, New York native earned a BSME from Kettering University along with an MBA from the University of Michigan. He serves on the Make-A-Wish Mid-South board and the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter board of directors. Above all, Jim’s favorite and most passion-driven hobby is spending quality time with his wife and their two daughters. An avid golfer and multi-sport endurance athlete, Jim enjoys playing just about any sport to fuel his competitive spirit while enjoying fellowship and maintaining fitness.