Board of Directors

  • Michael G. DeCata

    Michael G. DeCata

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Michael G. DeCata is President and CEO of Lawson Products. He joined the Company in 2012 in his current capacity and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. In addition to a 20-year career in leading industrial and distribution companies including W.W. Grainger, General Electric and United Rentals, Mr. DeCata has extensive financial expertise honed in consulting roles at private equity firms.

    Mr. DeCata has led the Company through it revitalization, from stabilizing its supply chain to growing sales through acquisitions, additional sales reps and sales rep productivity. Before joining Lawson, Mr. DeCata conducted acquisition analysis and due diligence for several private equity firms in New York, Connecticut and Boston, including Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners, from 2009 to 2012. Prior to that, he was President of Chefs' Warehouse, a $300 million specialty food distributor. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. DeCata served on the Board of Directors of Crescent Electric Supply. He was the Vice President of Fleet Operations and also led the Contractor Supplies Division of United Rentals, a $4.0 billion construction equipment rental company between 2003 and 2006. In earlier roles, Mr. DeCata led the eastern region of W.W. Grainger representing over $1.4 billion in sales and consisting of 152 branch locations and a team of approximately 2,000 from 1997 until 2002, and worked in a variety of cross-functional as well as cross-business positions at General Electric from 1979 until 1997.

    Mr. DeCata has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Clarkson University.

    • Andrew Albert

      Andrew B. Albert

      Forsythe Technologies and Transco, Inc.

      Andrew B. Albert has served on the Board of Directors since 2009. He brings to Lawson’s Board a career in banking, private equity investment and manufacturing spanning four decades.

      Mr. Albert has been Managing Director and Operating Partner of Svoboda Capital Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm, since 2007. From 2000 to 2006, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nashua Corporation, a manufacturer and converter of specialty paper products and toner. His background in strategic planning, capital markets, valuation and financial matters contributes a unique set of skills to the Board. He also served as non-executive Chairman of Nashua's Board of Directors from 2006 through 2009. Mr. Albert is a Director on the Boards of Transco, Inc., the Parkinson's Foundation and the Advisory Board of the University of Wisconsin Entrepreneurship Center.

      Mr. Albert has a BA from Washington University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

    • I. Steven Edelson

      I. Steven Edelson

      Principal, Mercantile Capital Group, Managing Member of International Facilities Group

      I. Steven Edelson was elected to the Board of Directors in 2009. He joined Lawson’s Board following two decades spent in private equity and real estate development.

      Mr. Edelson co-founded International Facilities Group (IFG), a leading facilities development and management company, in 1995 and currently serves as a non-Managing Director . IFG provides development advisory services and acts in a development capacity in the real estate industry. He currently serves as Principal and Managing Director of the Mercantile Capital Group, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a Trustee at the Truman Institute for Peace and the recipient of the 2005 Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor. In 2014, Mr. Edelson became a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow.

      Mr. Edelson has a Bachelor of Finance from Roosevelt University.

    • Lee Hillman

      Lee S. Hillman

      CEO of Performance Health Systems, Former CEO of Power Plate International

      Lee S. Hillman was elected to the Board of Directors in 2004. He brings to Lawson a career in management, consulting, accounting, finance including distribution expertise honed in several board positions and while the CEO of two specialty health and exercise equipment distributors.

      Mr. Hillman has served as President of Liberation Advisory Group, a private management consulting firm, since 2003. In addition, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of Performance Health Systems, a distributor of specialty health and exercise equipment since 2012, and its predecessor since 2009. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Hillman served as Executive Chairman and CEO of Power Plate International and headed up the Company’s North American operations from 2004 through 2006. Previously, Mr. Hillman was CEO of Bally Total Fitness Corporation (Bally) from 1996 to 2002 where he was also Chairman of the Board from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Hillman currently serves as a member of the board of directors of HC2 Corporation and of Business Development Corporation of America (where he is also Chair of the Audit Committee) and the board of of Adelphia Recovery Trust. Previously he served on the Board of Directors of HealthSouth Corporation, Wyndham International, RCN Corporation (where he was Chairman) and Bally (where he was Chairman), Professional Diversity Network and Bally Total Fitness (where he was Chairman). Mr. Hillman’s previous experience in finance and accounting, capital markets, compensation planning and strategic development provides a broad ranging skill set to guide the Company.

      Mr. Hillman has a BS in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

    • J. Bryan King

      J. Bryan King

      Principal, Luther King Capital Management

      J. Bryan King, CFA was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. He has a career in investment management spanning over three decades, and has served as Chairman or managing partner of several industrial distribution companies.

      Mr. King is a principal of Luther King Capital Management (LKCM) with over $15 billion of AUM and has acted as an investment manager since 1993. He established and leads several alternative investment partnerships, such as LKCM Capital Group, that focus on long-term investment strategies in public and private companies. In 2003, Mr. King established an advisory board to support LKCM Capital Group and its affiliates’ investment activities in distribution, packaging, shop, field and engineering services, and rental focused businesses. TestEquity, Relevant Solutions, Leading Quality Assurance, Industrial Distribution Group, Rawson and Golden State Medical Supply are among the businesses where Mr. King has served as chairman of the board or managing partner.

      In addition to chairing and leading business, Mr. King has served on or advised dozens of public and private boards as well as has taken an active role in the not for profit world by establishing and/or serving on numberous charitable organizations’ boards.

      Mr. King has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

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        Mark F. Moon

        Mark F. Moon joined the Lawson Board of Directors in 2019. He has served as President of MFM Advisory Services since 2016 and as an advisor and operating partner for Luther King Capital Management and Bertram Capital since 2016 and 2018, respectively. In 2016, Mr. Moon joined the Board of Directors for BearCom LLC, which is the largest value-added distributor of two-way radio communications and solutions. Mr. Moon also serves on the Board of Directors for TestEquity LLC, which is the premier value-added distributor of electronic test and measurement solutions and eMRO tools and supplies. Mr. Moon served for more than thirty years with Motorola Solutions, Inc. from 1985 until 2016. During this time, he held a variety of leadership roles culminating in the responsibility for leading 10,000+ employees located in 100+ countries. Prior to his retirement, he served as President with responsibilities for the strategy of the company and leading all aspects of global operations including Sales and Marketing, Product Research and Development, Software and Services, and Supply Chain. In addition, Mr. Moon served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Vertex Standard, as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Industrial and Systems Engineering where he was named to the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 2014. These professional experiences qualify him to serve as a Director.

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        Charles D. Hale

        Charles D. Hale joined the Lawson Board of Directors in 2019. He has served as Executive Vice Chairman of Test Equity, Inc. since 2017; Chairman of Liquid Technologies, Inc., since 2016, and as a member of the Board of Directors at Applied System Technologies, since 2017. Mr. Hale is a seasoned industrial distribution executive with over 18 years of experience at FCX Performance, a leader in the specialty flow control distribution market.  At FCX, Mr. Hale served as President from  2008-2015 and President and Chief Executive Officer from 2015 to 2018, after serving as Chief Financial Officer for nearly 11 years. While at FCX, he implemented transformational operating changes which focused on supplier development, organic sales growth and profit improvement initiatives.  Mr. Hale has a track record of creating value through a number of playbooks including strategic and financial planning, pricing & profit margin improvement, acquisitions/integrations, sales force development, technology & analytics, operational improvements and organization development. Prior to joining FCX, Mr. Hale was a commercial and investment banker with Bank One, Mitsubishi Bank and Fifth Third Bank where he held various management and corporate finance positions. These professional experiences qualify him to serve as a Director.

      Executive Management

      • Michael G. DeCata

        Michael G. DeCata

        President and Chief Executive Officer

        Michael G. DeCata is President and CEO of Lawson Products. He joined the Company in 2012 in his current capacity and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. In addition to a 20-year career in leading industrial and distribution companies including W.W. Grainger, General Electric and United Rentals, Mr. DeCata has extensive financial expertise honed in consulting roles at private equity firms.

        Mr. DeCata has led the Company through it revitalization, from stabilizing its supply chain to growing sales through acquisitions, additional sales reps and sales rep productivity. Before joining Lawson, Mr. DeCata conducted acquisition analysis and due diligence for several private equity firms in New York, Connecticut and Boston, including Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners, from 2009 to 2012. Prior to that, he was President of Chefs' Warehouse, a $300 million specialty food distributor. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. DeCata served on the Board of Directors of Crescent Electric Supply. He was the Vice President of Fleet Operations and also led the Contractor Supplies Division of United Rentals, a $4.0 billion construction equipment rental company between 2003 and 2006. In earlier roles, Mr. DeCata led the eastern region of W.W. Grainger representing over $1.4 billion in sales and consisting of 152 branch locations and a team of approximately 2,000 from 1997 until 2002, and worked in a variety of cross-functional as well as cross-business positions at General Electric from 1979 until 1997.

        Mr. DeCata has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Clarkson University.

        • Neil E. Jenkins

          Neil E. Jenkins

          Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

          Neil Jenkins is Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel at Lawson. He brings more than 35 years of legal and business experience in these functions to the Company. He has been at Lawson since 2001.

          Mr. Jenkins was a corporate attorney at Bally Manufacturing Corporation, a gaming and entertainment conglomerate, from 1981 to 1992 and served as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel from 1985 to 1992. He then served as Executive Vice President of Bally Gaming International, Inc., a gaming equipment manufacturer from 1993 to 1996 where he had oversight responsibilities for business development and legal matters. Mr. Jenkins has served as a director of three public companies, a charity organization and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lycée Français de ChicagoLycee Francais de Chicago, a French international school. Mr. Jenkins served in the United States Army from 1971 to 1974.

          Mr. Jenkins holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He holds a Master of Science in Financial Markets from the Center for Law & Financial Markets at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

          • Ron Knutson

            Ron Knutson

            Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Controller

            Ron Knutson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lawson Products. He joined Lawson Products in 2009, bringing extensive financial expertise across public and private companies within the distribution, transportation and retail sectors.

            Mr. Knutson directs all financial operations for Lawson Products, including internal and external Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, relationships with the banking and financial analyst communities, working directly with the Board on audit, finance and compensation related matters and overseeing the Company’s enterprise risk management process. During his tenure at Lawson, Mr. Knutson has driven many of the key strategic initiatives, including network optimization, ERP implementation and sales channel transformation to rebuild the financial strength of the Company. Earlier roles include Senior Vice President and CFO of Frozen Foods Express Industries, Vice President of Finance at Ace Hardware Corporation, CFO and Treasurer at Mascal Electric and Senior Manager at KPMG.

            Mr. Knutson holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Illinois State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

            • Shane McCarthy

              Shane McCarthy

              Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Business Development

              Shane McCarthy is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Product Management & Marketing. He brings more than two decades experience in supply chain management to the Lawson Products management team.

              Mr. McCarthy joined the Company in 2008 as Vice President of Distribution and Logistics, and also served as Vice President of Operations. In his current position, Mr. McCarthy’s responsibilities include inventory demand planning and forecasting, packaging operations, distribution, transportation, safety, and facilities & real estate. Mr. McCarthy also leads business development strategy for Lawson, including acquisitions. Prior to joining Lawson Products, Mr. McCarthy worked for eight years at Cardinal Health, a leading healthcare distributor. He worked in a variety of supply chain roles that developed his expertise in inventory management, transportation and warehouse management. Those roles included VP Warehouse Distribution, Operations Manager, VP, Operations and Regional Inventory Manager. Previous to Cardinal Health, he worked for PocketCard, Inc. an internet start-up, in the card payment services industry from 1999-2001; and prior to that as Financial and Cost Accounting Manager at Superior Graphite Co., a Chicago-based manufacturer.

              Mr. McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration/Master of Management degree from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

              • Matthew Brown

                Matthew Brown

                Senior Vice President, Sales

                Matthew Brown is the Senior Vice President of Sales and brings more than 30 years of sales experience, primarily at Lawson and Kent Automotive (now a division of the Company), to the management team.

                Mr. Brown joined Lawson as part of the Premier/Kent Automotive acquisition in 2001, having served as Director of Sales for Kent Automotive. Since joining Lawson as Regional Sales Director, Mr. Brown was promoted several times and is now responsible for the Lawson Products’ sales organization, including Kent Automotive and strategic and government sales in North America. In this role, Mr. Brown is responsible for driving sales through productivity efforts, channel expansion, customer service and relationships as well as expansion of the sales force. Mr. Brown commenced his career at Kent Automotive in 1998 as a District Sales Manager. Earlier roles include District Sales Manager at Unitog from 1994 to 1998 and Sales Representative at State Chemical from 1989 to 1994.

                Mr. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in Business, with emphasis in business and finance, from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

                Executive and Operating Management

                Susan Eaglebarger
                Susan Eaglebarger
                Vice President, Human Resources
                Hoekstra
                Brian Hoekstra
                Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions
                William Holmes
                William Holmes
                Vice President, Sales Operations
                Kevin Hoople
                Kevin Hoople
                Chief Information Officer
                Rick Pufpaf
                Rick Pufpaf
                Vice President, Compensation & Benefits, Assistant Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
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