SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Steve Wilson
President

Steve Wilson grew up learning all aspects of operating and managing a fertilizer business. After graduating from St. Joseph’s College with a degree in Business Management, Steve assumed leadership of the retail operation of Wilson Fertilizer, managing this corporation from 1981 to 1991. Steve continues to stay actively involved with the management at each of the retail operations.

In 1992 Steve moved to Wilson Industrial Sales with a primary focus on new product growth and expanding existing product lines. In 2004 Steve assumed the position of President. Under Steve’s leadership Wilson Industrial Sales has experienced significant year over year annual growth.

Wilson Industrial Sales has been a member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors. They are also members of the Fertilizer Institute and Indiana Plant Food Ag Chemical Association where Steve formerly held the position of Chairman. He is a past member of the Newton County Council and is a board member of the Community State Bank.

Jeff Vissering
Vice President and Industrial Sales Manager

Jeff Vissering grew up on a farm in central Illinois. After graduating at the top his class from Joliet College with an Agricultural Business degree, Jeff spent 14 years in the fertilizer industry, with the last 3 managing Wilson Fertilizer in Brook, Indiana.

In 1994 Jeff moved to Wilson Industrial Sales coordinating and developing industrial chemical supply agreements, primarily focused on inorganic chemicals.

Jeff also manages the rail car fleet and logistics for industrial chemical materials.

Doug Deno
Secretary & Treasurer/Agricultural Nutrients Sales Manager

Doug Deno began his career with the Wilson Companies in 1982 as part of the South Newton High School Work Cooperative program. He utilized his skills restoring and maintaining vehicles to repair, rebuild and maintain the fertilizer division’s fleet of vehicles. From that humble beginning Doug tirelessly learned every aspect of the retail fertilizer business and in 1994 was promoted to General Manager of the Brook and Kentland, Indiana locations.

In 2009 Doug moved to Wilson Industrial Sales where his primary focus is marketing and expanding sales of co-products, as well as virgin materials to agriculture and industry. His focus is fitting the specific needs of the customer as well as the generator of co-product materials.

Doug attended Purdue and Iowa State University courses in Agronomy and Accounting, holds a certified applicator license and received his CCA certification from the State of Indiana.

Bob Warne
Safety and Compliance Manager

Bob joined Wilson Industrial Sales in 2004. Bob brings over 20 years of business management experience coming from Heartland and Southlake Homes where he was a co-owner in these housing development companies. Prior to that, Bob worked for various companies in sales and operational management capacities.

As Safety and Compliance Manager, Bob is responsible for ensuring that NACD policies and procedures are adhered to. In 2009, Wilson Industrial Sales received the National Association of Chemical Distributors RDP Excellence award for meeting the highest standard of safe and responsible chemical distribution.

Bob is responsible for initial analysis and qualification procedures on all potential new products, customers, and third party carriers.

Shannon Shanley
Finance Manager

Shannon joined Wilson Industrial Sales in 2010 coming from Sealy, Inc. where she was the Division Accounting Manager for the Components Group. During her 27 years with Sealy she was responsible for implementing an ERP system, standard cost development, analyzing new business and cross dock opportunities, was involved in the development and startup of a greenfield latex manufacturing facility, established standard work and streamlined accounting practices for the component division.

Shannon attended St. Joseph College with a focus on Accounting and Business Management. Shannon has direct responsibilities for all financial and accounting functions.

Tom Wilson
Company Founder

Tom Wilson founded Wilson Industrial Sales in 1987. He has been involved with the agricultural industry since 1960 when he, along with his brother and business partner, established a retail fertilizer company in Brook, Indiana.

During the 1970’s Tom began to work with a sulfate producer to market part of their material, which was the start of his interest in co-products and industrial chemicals. In 1987 the business was split into separate corporations to allow independent management teams to focus on growth. In addition to Wilson Fertilizer and Wilson Industrial Sales, Wilson Transportation was also established to ensure customers receive the highest level of service possible.