Chief Operating and Technical Officer
As the Chief Operating and Technical Officer, Tom combines his technical adhesive industry knowledge with managing Wisdom’s day-to-day operations; production, distribution channels, customer service and human resources run smoothly under Tom’s leadership. In addition, Tom is at the forefront of all new technology developments that benefit Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide’s customers by improving products, business, and customer satisfaction. In addition, Tom championed the Wisdom Total Quality Management (WTQM) LSS-FAST and ECO2 business programs. Tom is a technical expert in the adhesives industry. With over 30 years of experience in adhesive, coating, and sealant technologies, Tom continuously upgrades to the Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide product line portfolio. Some of his latest innovations include Super WizBond, polymer-olefin adhesives, WizAssure metallocene adhesives, GreenBond Sustainable adhesives, and ClearBond adhesives.
Prior to joining Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide, Tom ran H.B. Fuller’s Flexible Packaging Program in a dual role as technical and business manager. He also has worked as Technical Director at both Akzo Nobel and Cargill. Tom is the author of The Wisdom Way, Pooner: A Legendary Fish Tale, Friedel-Crafts Polymerizations of Carbazole and N-alkylcarbazoles, as well as other chemistry-related books published by RAPRA; he is also currently working on his next book, Going Fore Broke.
Tom Rolando holds a M.S. in Organic Polymer Chemistry from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND and a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.
Vice Chairman-Global Alliance Program
As Vice Chairman of Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide, Kevin’s Global Alliance Program oversees Wisdom’s international business. The Wisdom Global Alliance Program now has partners in more than twenty countries around the world and continues to expand. Kevin ensures smooth communication between global partners and expedites worldwide adhesive delivery.
Kevin started his career at consulting firm McKinsey & Company where he was a member of the firm’s Operations Effectiveness Practice, working with leading manufacturing companies around the world. Kevin is also Founder and President of the AX Trading Network, an innovative electronic trading platform that links together investors and companies. Kevin is also the author of two books on business management: The Management Playbook and The Profit Pyramid.
Kevin holds a B.A. from Yale University, a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Vice President of Operations
Linda brings over 25 years of experience as the Vice President of Operations at Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide. Instrumental in implementing all new operational, quality control and logistical program initiatives, Linda is the key to Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide’s growth as a global entity. Linda works closely with international operations, corporate accounts, and our distribution program from a logistical and operational standpoint. Linda oversees Wisdom’s daily operations including personnel, purchasing, administration, and other departments.
Linda Wisdom holds a B.A. in Architectural Design from St. Benedictine College of St. Joseph, MN.
Vice President of Sales
For more than 25 years, Paul has performed multiple key sales management roles at Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide, including his current role as Vice President of Sales.
Paul is instrumental in growing Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide’s Corporate Account base and makes extensive inroads into the packaging, graphic arts, converting and assembled products industries. Paul’s efforts significantly contribute to Wisdom’s consistent double-digit sales increases over the last ten years.
Paul Preston holds a B.S. in Communication from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.
Vice President of Operations for the U.S. and Mexico
Currently managing Wisdom’s entire manufacturing operations, Tereso Sanchez serves as Vice President of Operations for the United States and Mexico. Tereso has been an integral member of Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide’s team for over 25 years. Implementing strategies and driving growth to meet and exceed company-wide goals, Tereso is a key player in Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide’s expansion as well as continuing to develop and maintain company-wide initiatives, such as the Key Strategic Partners Initiative Program for procurement, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and distribution
Vice President of Customer Relations
Andrea Steiger has been planning and implementing Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide’s leading-edge distributor initiatives and developing new tools to effectively communicate with our distributors for over 15 years. Working as a liaison between distributors and our customer service team, Andrea develops strong and trusted relationships with customers and provides timely and meticulous information on Wisdom’s products and capabilities. Andrea ensures that “The Wisdom Way” of doing business continues to exceed customer expectations as it has since 1875.
Andrea holds a Communications degree from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.
Chief Financial Officer
As the Chief Financial Officer, Jackie Brittain oversees all financial activity at Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide. Jackie is responsible for managing the company’s budget and ensuring the company is on track with fiscal projections. While overseeing Wisdom’s sales forecasting activity, Jackie also determines the long-term financial picture of the company.
Jackie is also the engine behind Wisdom’s superb customer service response time; leading Wisdom’s team of customer service specialists, Jackie ensures that all customer orders are processed within 2 hours and that orders are delivered within 24-48 hours.
Jackie brings a great deal of financial expertise from her past experiences and positions in commercial banking, credit analysis, financial reporting and accounting. Prior to joining Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide, Jackie held various positions at American Bank & Trust, MidAmerica Bank/ National City Bank, and EFS Bank/ MidAmerican Bank. Jackie also served as a board member and treasurer for Greater Elgin Family Care Center, a social service center.
Jackie holds a B.A in Management from Simpson College and a MBA from Northern Illinois University.
Chief Marketing Officer
For over 25 years, Cathy Westhouse has led Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide’s integrated marketing communication programs and implemented numerous marketing strategies to better connect Wisdom and their distributors and direct customers. In 2012, Cathy spearheaded the company’s rebranding process, as Wisdom Adhesives transitioned to Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide to better reflect the company’s commitment to its global customer base. Cathy is responsible for developing overall marketing strategies and initiatives, as well as delivering a company-wide strategic vision to increase Wisdom’s global presence. She oversees the management and direction of all marketing, communication, and branding needs. Cathy aids executive members in building customer relationships and telling the Wisdom story.
Cathy holds a BA in History from Drake University.
Director of Marketing
Working as the Director of Marketing, Maddison is responsible for planning and implementing sales, marketing, and product development programs. She promotes Wisdom’s products and introduces potential clients to Wisdom’s innovative adhesive technologies and “The Wisdom Way” of doing business. Evaluating customer needs, Maddison expands Wisdom’s market share and increases the growth of company sales through meeting with key clients, assisting sales representatives, and uncovering new business opportunities while establishing and maintaining a consistent corporate image.
Maddison has previous experience maximizing corporate sales and product performance through special event execution and private brand management.
Maddison holds a BS in Strategic Communications with an Emphasis in Advertising from the University of Minnesota.
Director of Procurement and Logistics
As the Director of Procurement and Logistics, Jessica oversees purchasing and ensures the acquisition of the best possible materials needed for the manufacturing of adhesives. Jessica implements manufacturing improvements to increase efficiency and accuracy. As a talented logistics coordinator, Jessica assures prompt and accurate delivery for all customers.
Previously, Jessica worked as the River Ridge Warehouse Manager where she regulated inbound and outbound deliveries, packed orders for shipment, and managed staff. Jessica’s career at Wisdom began in the Accounting Department.
Facility Technical Manager
Facility Technical Manager, Jim King, provides technical direction and product development for all of Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide's water-based and hot melt adhesives products. With 30 years of experience in the adhesives industry, Jim also works as the Quality System Manager to attain the high-quality standards of Wisdom's products. Jim implements quality policies and programs as well as develops and improves the requirements of the Wisdom Total Quality Management Program. Jim also works on customer requirement processes, and follows up on rejects/claims preventive actions and special customer requests.
Director of Manufacturing Operations
The Director of Operations, Mario Delgado, is responsible for overseeing manufacturing and spearheading key initiatives to improve manufacturing efficiencies and plant operations at Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide. Mario manages all aspects of facility resource management including people, equipment/machinery, materials handling, sanitation, and production. He handles day-to-day manufacturing activities and supervises production areas to ensure that every aspect is operating to its full potential. Mario ensures that Wisdom’s performance indicators in all operation areas are consistently met or exceeded, including on-time deliveries, productivity, inventory control, and order accuracy. Mario runs Wisdom’s plant safety programs and implements manufacturing process improvements using Lean Manufacturing, Six-Sigma, and other resources.
Director of Human Resources
As the Director of Human Resources at Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide, Elena oversees compliance to regulatory company policies through communicating and emphasizing the values of “The Wisdom Way” of doing business. Through Elena’s efforts, Wisdom provides an employee-oriented and high-performance environment that is constantly improving and striving to be the best. From shop-floor employees to the executive team, Elena coaches employees on “The Wisdom Way” and verifies the presence of this ideal in the workplace.