Leadership | Wilson Tool
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About Wilson Tool

The company goals are to deliver exceptional customer service along with the most reliable and innovative products and solutions to help our customers be more successful. With these goals in mind, Wilson Tool has manufacturing facilities and sales channels around the world to serve our thousands of global customers.

We are known for our customized tooling solutions designed to help customers resolve their most challenging fabrication issues worldwide. Wilson Tool products can be found in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America.

Leadership Team

We are pleased to introduce the leaders of Wilson Tool International.

Brian Robinson, CEO of Wilson Tool Enterprises
Brian has a Tool & Die education along with a mini masters in Engineering from the University of St. Thomas. Brian has worked at Wilson Tool since 1991 and has held a variety of manufacturing, engineering and leadership positions within Wilson Tool prior to assuming his current role of CEO in 2007.

Outside of work, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. He spends time in Northern Minnesota at the family cabin and enjoys boating, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.

Chris Lawless, President of Wilson Tool Inc.
Chris received his degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State and an MBA in Finance with an emphasis in Venture Capitalism from the University of St. Thomas. Chris has worked at Wilson Tool since 1992 where he helped create the first manufacturing engineering department and was the project manager of Wilson Tool’s SAP implementation. In 2002 Chris became the VP of Operations for Wilson Tool Inc. He was promoted to President of Wilson Tool Inc. in 2013.

Chris is married to his wife Camille and they have three children together; Austin, Connor and Lauren. In his free time, Chris coaches his kids’ sports and is active in skiing, fishing, investing, and hunting.

Paul Johnson, President of Corporate Development
Paul has a degree in Machine Technology from Century College. He was hired by Wilson Tool in 1987 and has held various positions within the company. In 2001 Paul became the VP of Operations for Wilson Tool Inc., and was promoted to President of New Business Development in 2013. Paul belongs to the North American Punch Manufacturers Association (NAPMA) of which he was president in 2009. He was also a member of the Paradigm Group, an executive manufacturing group focused on Lean Manufacturing.

Outside of Wilson Tool, Paul enjoys family activities, traveling, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and other sports. He also owns a hobby farm and enjoys spending time with family and friends at his cabin.

Colin Blackwell, Managing Director of Wilson Tool Ltd.
Before starting a tooling business in 1981, Colin worked in the automotive, aircraft and plastic mould industries. Wilson Tool acquired the company in 1989 in order to supply their range of punch press tools in Europe, and Colin assumed the role of Managing Director of Wilson Tool Ltd. Colin is a member of the Institute of Industrial Managers and the Institute of Directors.

Colin’s hobbies include motocross racing, cycling, jogging and spending time with his family.

Klaus Neumann, VP of Sales for Europe
Klaus received a Toolmaker education at VW Car –manufacturing and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State owned Technical School of Hannover. After working in a sheet metal sub constructor company, he joined Wilson Tool in 1987 as a salesman for the German speaking area. Klaus held several leading positions in sales before he became the VP of Sales for Europe.

His outside interests include nearly everything that has more than 350 Horsepower, with the exception of his Harley Davidson. For relaxation, Klaus loves to ride his Harley through the Alps of Austria, and Switzerland and Italy.

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