USA Leadership

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 International 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
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.

Brian J. Lee
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.

Ron Palick
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
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 Tooling Solutions® 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.

Jason Esch
Jason Esch
Senior Operations Manager – Punching and Stamping Divisions

Jason joined Wilson Tool in 2014 as a punching sales desk representative. He has also held positions as turret EDM technical support, and as assistant manager of turret specials before taking on his current role. Jason earned his BA from Drake University.

One of Jason’s most memorable accomplishments was improving the process for manufacturing compression dies to achieve surface detail and finish requirements. He appreciates the team he has around him and how everyone brings different skills to the job.

In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and tinkering with electronics.

Danielle Howe
Danielle Howe
Human Resources Manager

Danielle joined Wilson Tool in 2015 as a Human Resources Generalist and became a Human Resources Manager, joining the Sr. Leadership Team in July 2018. In her current role, she leads a Human Resources team that reinforces strong company culture, creates employee engagement and development programs, and implements reward and talent management strategies that support the business goals and objectives. Danielle earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Cloud State University, and her Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Concordia University.

She is most proud of the work she has done designing and offering programs that preserve and grow our workforce. At Wilson Tool, she has enhanced internal communication, designed total rewards, recognition, and wellness programs that incentivize participation and engagement.

Danielle’s hobbies include being a proud dog-mom to two energetic Vizslas. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Joe, where they can be found ice fishing, camping, dirt biking, four-wheeling, boating, and pretty much anything outdoors with their dogs!

Jeremy Edson
Jeremy Edson
Marketing Manager

Jeremy has worked at Wilson Tool since 1996 in a variety of roles. Starting out on the shop floor working with small and large station assemblies for the punching division, he then moved to work with customers on the punching sales desk before transitioning to lead the sales desk and design teams for Impax Tooling Solutions® – Wilson Tool's stamping division. In 2015, Jeremy became the Product Manager for the stamping and compression divisions where he continues to assume those roles along with his current position. Jeremy received his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and his MBA from Concordia University St. Paul.

Jeremy is proud of the time he spent being a part of the rise of the stamping division of Wilson Tool. He was an integral part of the development and growth of the sport and defense tooling offerings, supporting both manufacturing and sales during the infancy of the product.

In his free time, Jeremy enjoys fishing, hiking and camping with his wife and four children. He also enjoys traveling to places off-the-beaten-path to enjoy the wonders of nature.

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