The year Armstrong® brand was founded in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
As CEO of Apex Tool Group, Jim is responsible for the strategic direction of this privately-held company as well as its day-to-day operations. Jim’s career spans 30 years with leading consumer and commercial products companies.
Prior to becoming Apex’s CEO and member of the Board of Directors in February 2016, Jim served as CEO of The Chamberlain Group, a leading provider of access control solutions serving industrial, commercial, automotive and consumer markets worldwide. During his tenure, Jim drove significant new product development and brand building initiatives for this 4,500 employee company, as well as delivering improvements in working capital, productivity and quality/safety.
Jim brings more than two decades of tool industry experience to Apex Tool Group. He held several senior executive positions at Newell-Rubbermaid, including leading its IRWIN Tools & Hardware segment. Previously, he was President of Worldwide Hand Tools and Hardware at The Stanley Works. Prior to that, he spent 19 years at Black & Decker including serving as President of Worldwide Accessories.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Delaware.