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Meet the Leadership Team

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Bill Derry
Bill Derry

With almost 50 years of fastener distribution experience, Bill Derry lends the strategic direction that has played a significant role in Field’s 19% year-over-year growth for the past 30 years. His varied fastener background in product management, manufacturing management, applications and product engineering, sales management, and quality assurance help to inspire Field's "technical approach to fastening" philosophy.

Bill is also a central figure in several outside industry organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors for and is a former president of the National Fastener Distributor Association (NFDA). In addition, he spent three years as a delegate to the Industrial Fastener Institute.

Jim Derry
Chief Executive Officer

Jim and his brother Bill purchased Field in 1990. As CEO, Jim focuses on Field’s long-term strategic plan and ensures that our partners LOVE Field. He is dedicated to enhancing our world-class culture to continue to create an environment that allows our team members to thrive and is a competitive advantage in the marketplace. 

The overall goal of Field’s strategic plan is to improve lives, and Jim is committed to improving the lives of the Field team members, their families, our customers, our suppliers, and the communities we operate in. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and believes strongly in lean principles to drive efficiency, continuous improvement, and innovation. Jim has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Illinois and has served as President of the Board for the National Fastener Distributor Association (NFDA). Jim also received the Fastener Professional of the Year award from the NFDA in 2021. 

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Adam Derry

As Field’s President, Adam is focused on ensuring Field lives its mission statement, which is to have everyone who interacts with us LOVE us! Customer love plays a significant role in helping Field achieve $100 million in 2019 and will continue to be a focus as Field grows to $300 Million by 2030.  Under Adam’s leadership, Field’s technical sales team has helped Field achieve 19% year-over-year growth. He started at Field in 2006, and currently provides strategic direction to the customer facing teams - sales, marketing, VMI on-site services, engineering, quality and implementation teams. Adam is a part owner and is active in several boards, including serving on the board and as President of the National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA), the board at Habitat for Humanity, and the board of directors at Field.

Adam has a Bachelor's Degree in both Marketing and Management from the University of Iowa. He studied International Business during a six-month study abroad program in Turin, Italy. Adam is married with four children, and loves playing golf, watching the Cubs, cooking, and being with his family.

Doug Warner
Vice President Operations & Logistics

With more than 28 years of experience in the fastener industry, Doug provides strategic leadership for our North American Operations. He directs our teams responsible for receiving, inventory control & slotting, and order fulfillment at all of our Centers of Excellence. Doug focuses on cost-effective logistic solutions throughout our global supply chain. He is passionate about team member development, standardization and continuous improvement of our processes, and providing accurate and timely shipments to our customers.

Doug has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Rockford University. He holds a CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) certificate through ASCM/APICS and is a member of the Warehouse Educational Research Council (WERC). He has 8 years of project management experience in the aerospace industry. In his free time, Doug loves following his favorite sports teams, spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids, and being in the great outdoors.

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Melissa Patel
Director of Supply Chain

As Director of Supply Chain, Melissa is in a unique position to lead both our sourcing and account management teams globally which allows for alignment of strategy throughout the supply chain.  Melissa’s team has responsibility to execute the strategy to achieve customer love and asset management.  With over 18 years at Field, Melissa has lead a variety of teams and knows our business from multiple aspects.  She drives a strong emphasis on data analysis to drive product availability and cost management. 

Melissa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Rockford University and has been CPSM certified since 2010.  Melissa is married with two children and enjoys spending time with family and close friends.

Gregg Cox
Chief Engineer & Strategic Account Executive

Field Engineering Chief Gregg Cox comes to work every day with one goal in mind: provide Field customers with a competitive advantage through an engineering-based approach to fastening. With over 1000+ engineering projects executed on an annual basis, no one is better than Gregg at employing techniques such as value-stream mapping, process-flow analysis, and lean manufacturing principles to reduce costs and improve quality and efficiency. 

Experience and knowledge in various manufacturing processes such as injection molding, die casting, progressive stamping, and heading allows him to identify alternatives in fasteners, fastening, and DFM & DFMA to achieve challenging project goals and objectives. Gregg also leads Field engineering training initiatives, both internally and with Field customers, and is a member of the Mid-West Fastener Association and ASTM.

Chad Olson
Director of Information Technology

As the leader for Field’s Information Technology team, Chad drives the utilization of current and emerging technologies to reach the strategic goals of the organization. With over 20 years in the field of information technology, he oversees enterprise applications, enterprise data, infrastructure, collaboration, and information security, with the end goal of supporting and servicing our customers.

In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors, running, hiking, and spending time with family.

Chris Walls
Director of Quality & Engineering

Chris and his team of quality and application engineering professionals work daily to provide superior quality products and drive customer cost savings. Chris brings more than 29 years of diverse manufacturing and engineering experience to Field.

Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Rockford University.

Tina Rittner
Tina Rittner
Director of Human Resources

With over 20 years of Human Resources experience in the distribution and manufacturing industries, Tina is passionate about providing the best work experience for our team members. This is accomplished by preserving and enhancing our culture, listening to and acting on feedback, and fostering an open and honest atmosphere. Tina is responsible for finding outstanding talent to support Field’s continual growth as well as developing the talent within Field to accomplish our People & Leadership Excellence goals. Tina and her team are committed to ensuring that Field remains a top employer of choice in the area.

Tina has a Bachelor's Degree in both Psychology and Sociology from Illinois State University and has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources since 2012. She is also a member of the Rockford Area HR Society and serves on the Board of Directors for Goodwill of Northern Illinois. In her free time Tina and her husband enjoy the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her horses.

Eduardo Flores
General Manager of Field Mexico

As the general manager of Field Mexico, Eduardo Flores oversees all the functional areas to ensure that they are aligned with Field US. He is responsible for guaranteeing alignment with our core values so that our customers are well served. Eduardo has been with the Field Team since 2015 and brought more than 15 years of experience in the automotive industry. Eduardo has a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA from the UANL (University of Nuevo Leon). Along with this, Eduardo also has a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification.

In his free time, Eduardo enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

In 1990, Field had 12 people and revenues of $800,000. Twenty-nine years later, we exceeded $100 million in revenue with over 200 team members. We challenge all Team Members to bring new ideas and innovations to the table. Our Team is the reason for all of our success and our best days are ahead of us! bottom-quote
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