Joining SICO® in 1953 to work with his father and company founder Kermit H. Wilson, Hal currently presides as Executive Chairman of the Board and principal shareholder. Through the years, Hal worked his way through nearly every position in the company from serving in accounting, to purchasing, to being the first employee in space analysis and customer service. Hal was also the first regional sales manager for the company. He was promoted to President in 1977, then to CEO in 1990 when his father passed the leadership reins to him. Hal served as CEO until 2015 when he passed the reins to his son Chris.
SICO® Inc. Team
As a third generation leader of the family-owned company, Chris was named CEO in 2015 in addition to his role as President. His responsibilities include global strategic direction and long-range planning. Chris joined SICO® in 1999. He served in various capacities throughout the organization domestically and internationally becoming deeply involved in all aspects of the business. Prior to becoming CEO and President, he was General Manager in Australia; President of SICO® America; President of the Asian Strategic Business Unit of Japan, Singapore and China; and Managing Director of SICO® Europe. Before joining SICO®, Chris served 12 years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mathematics.
In addition to serving as President of SICO® America, Ken was appointed to the SICO® Inc. Executive Leadership team in April 2016 as Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing and promoted in December 2016 to President and Chief Operating Officer. Ken is responsible for providing strategic leadership and unifying global sales and marketing efforts in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East in addition to the Americas. Ken joined SICO® in 2008 and has held various leadership roles throughout the company. His experience includes more than 25 years in senior and executive leadership roles in a number of global companies. Ken holds both an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota and an executive MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Jerry joined SICO® in 1994 and is responsible for Special Projects, including global sales training structure and facilitating key global customer relationships. Jerry recently served as Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. Prior to his appointment to the SICO® Executive Team, he held a number of leadership roles within SICO® America, from national sales manager for the Education and Leisure divisions to Vice President and President. Jerry earned a business degree from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Jim is responsible for driving new product development globally in addition to operations management of SICO® affiliate companies in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Since joining SICO® in 1988, Jim has been promoted through a number of positions from manufacturing engineer, to product designer, to management roles in engineering, plant management and global operations. He holds a degree from the University of Minnesota in Manufacturing Engineering and Technology.