USA 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.

Wilson Tool International, USA Leadership Team

Wilson Tool, Inc is led by a team of leaders with diverse business and manufacturing backgrounds, a dedication to continuous improvement and drive to maintain a "customer first" attitude. 

Chris Lawless, President of Wilson Tool Inc.

Soon after Chris was hired by Wilson Tool in 1992, he helped create the first manufacturing engineering department and was the project manager of the SAP implementation. He became the VP of Operations in 2002 and was promoted to President in 2013. 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 is most proud of being part of a management team that has helped inspire a continuous improvement culture at Wilson Tool and helped to make a good company become even better. He is also pleased to have been involved in the expansion of Wilson Tool’s international presence by helping in the addition of manufacturing facilities in China, Canada, and Brazil.

Chris is very active. He enjoys hiking, fishing, and skiing among other activities while also reading a good book at the end of the day. He and his wife Camille have three children: Austin, Connor and Lauren. Chris enjoys watching his kids go through the college experience and explore new opportunities in life.

Kevin Frane, Director of Operations, Stamping

Kevin has been with Wilson Tool since 2013. He has an AA in Machine Design, a BS in Industrial Technology and an MBA. His favorite accomplishments are directing the greenfield start of a $50M business division, relocating and expanding multiple manufacturing facilities, and overseeing continued growth within seasoned markets.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time at the lake, motorcycling, hunting and fishing.


Brian J. Lee, Director of R&D and Technology Solutions

Brian joined Wilson Tool in 2005 to work as the New Product Development Manager. He has an AAS in Machine Tool & Die Technology and a BS in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  
 
His favorite accomplishment at Wilson Tool has been leading R&D teams in the development of industry changing solutions such as EXP, HP2 and Power Express clamping. He is also proud of his 15 patents covering innovative solutions for the sheet metal tooling industry.
 
Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and three children doing activities like watching movies, archery, and doing small machining projects in his shop. He also enjoys brushing up on his skills and learning about new technology trends. He has recently started riding a motorcycle.
 
Brad Opsahl, Director of Finance and Human Resources

Brad began working at Wilson Tool as the Finance Manager in 2013, and became the Director of Finance and HR in 2017. He has enjoyed being a part of the incredible work the Finance, Purchasing and HR teams do on a daily basis, and appreciated the privilege of being a part of the 50th anniversary festivities and celebrating the people that have helped make the company what it is today.

He has a CMA (inactive) and BBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his kids and family at the cabin in Northern Minnesota.

Ron Palick, Director of Sales in North America, South America, Southeast Asia, India

Ron has been working in his present capacity at Wilson Tool since 2015, and has previously held a number of different roles at the company with increasing responsibilities. Among his career accomplishments is being named on the patent for Wilson Tool’s Trumpf-style tooling cartridge.
 
In his spare time, Ron enjoys visiting art museums.
 



Michael Sosnoski, Director of Operations – Press Brake Division

Mike has worked at Wilson Tool since 2000 in a variety of roles. He was a Manufacturing Engineer for the Turret Specials division and for the Impax division, Lead Engineer and Manufacturing Manager before assuming his current position. He has also functioned as an SAP Super User, Project Manager and a Continuous Improvement / Kaizen facilitator. Mike earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
 
Setting up the manufacturing plant in China is one of Mike’s most satisfying accomplishments at Wilson Tool. He appreciates how Wilson Tool is more of a family than a place to work, as fellow employees don’t hesitate to help each other out in times of need.
 
In his free time, Mike enjoys downhill skiing with his wife and kids.
 
Kelli Williams, Director of North American Marketing

Kelli joined Wilson Tool in October of 2016. Previously, she earned two awards for her work in support of the Jennie-O Turkey Store brand: The Ex Award (Event Marketing Magazine) in May 2017, and the Silver Anvil Award of Excellence (Public Relations Society of America) in June 2015. She has a BA in Speech Communications.

She admires Wilson Tool’s rich heritage and the fact that it’s not uncommon for employees to have worked here for 30+ years. In her free time, Kelli spends time with her husband, Tim, and their three kids. She volunteers at her church and coaches her daughter’s soccer team.

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