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As one of the original co-founders in A1, Ernie took over as CEO in 2011. He has been heavily involved in business operations and finance since the early 90’s. He started his career at the age of 20 selling various industrial products and lumber packaging items for a private venture, eventually being promoted to President and Partner.
Ernie has attended various executive programs at Harvard and MIT, he has one daughter and resides within striking distance of the office!
VP SalesRead More
Matt is a co-founder at A1 and our VP of Sales. He has over 20 years experience in the global automotive fastener industry. Prior to joining A1, Matt worked almost ten years for a Japanese automotive fastener company.
Matt was born and lives in the Dayton area, where he and his wife have three children. He enjoys traveling with his family, weight training, boating, and sports.
VP OperationsRead More
As A1’s Vice President of Operations Tim has experience in automotive, polymers & adhesives, medical/pharma, wholesale and retail distribution and the government supply chain. He has worked with many successful organizations, including the USMC (Capt. Ransone), General Motors, Cardinal Health, Exel Logistics, and now A1. He has held leadership responsibilities of teams from 3 to 50 employees.
Tim received his degree in Transportation and Logistics from Kent State University. His C.P.M. and A.P.P. certifications have served him well over his nearly 30 years of procurement, fulfillment and supply chain management experience. Tim is married with three, thankfully, full grown children!
William (Bill) Hennessy
Senior AdvisorRead More
William (Bill) Hennessy
A1 Senior Advisor Bill Hennessy is a seasoned leader with almost 40 years of global market experience, including 18 years in senior management at the Dana Corporation, a world-wide component supplier to the automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets. He has a distinct background in manufacturing and business development, with a demonstrated ability to initiate international operations and transform businesses.
Bill’s career with Dana began as an industrial engineer. Since then, he has served on the board of four companies, two in India and two in China. After retiring in 2005, he formed his own company and now assists numerous clients in the global market. Along the way, Bill has built a substantial global network of top industrial executives.
He earned his BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of North Dakota and his MBA from the University of Minnesota. Bill and his wife have three children and reside in Northern Ohio, that is, when he is not in China.
Asia OperationsRead More
Located in Taiwan, Andrew is our on-site leader at A1, Asia Operations. His industry experience includes over four years in automotive, with a deep background in fastener manufacturing, quality control and sourcing processes. Andrew has a thorough understanding of the cold forming, machining and stamping processes. He has also led business development efforts in Taiwan, Europe and the US.
Andrew’s fluency in three languages (English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese) is a tremendous asset in communicating with our Asian network. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a major in sociology and a minor in economics.