Chairman of the Board
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 and in 2004 assumed the position of President.
Steve dedicated 16 years as President to the continued growth and expansion of Wilson Industrial Sales. Throughout his 28-year career with Wilson Industrial, Steve guided the company into new markets while expanding on existing. With a decided focus on the coke industry, Wilson Industrial gained a strong presence in the ammonium sulfate industry, which continues to be a significant portion of the business today. Steve is a past member of his local community County Council and a current board member of the Community State Bank and is involved with numerous local and regional charities.
In early 2019, Steve advised the Board of Directors that he would be stepping back from day to day operation effective January 1, 2020. At the 2020 board meeting, Steve was elected Chairman of the Board.
Keegan joined Wilson Industrial sales in 2011 with a primary focus on guiding the Company’s strategic growth initiative to develop new markets while growing existing product lines. Keegan is the third generation Wilson to represent the company. His affiliation with the Wilson Companies dates back to elementary school days when his weekend responsibility was to weigh trucks for the grain operation. As he matured he advanced to summers in the fertilizer shop and taking soil samples for Wilson Fertilizer.
In 2020 Keegan assumed the position of President where he will continue to focus on new product growth and expanding existing product lines while managing the daily operations of the organization.
Keegan is a 2008 graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington with a BA in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He received his Masters of Business Administration, with honors, in 2012 from Governor’s State University. Prior to joining Wilson Industrial Sales in 2011, Keegan worked for CSL Behring, a bio-pharmaceutical company.
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.
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.
Account Manager – Industrial Chemicals
Zach joined Wilson Industrial Sales on May 1st, 2017, coming from the healthcare market where he spent the last 5+ years selling medical devices. Zach worked for Roche Diagnostics for the first 9 years of his career, starting out in the Customer Service Department of the Diabetes Care Division. Zach eventually transitioned into sales with Roche Diagnostics in 2012. Zach quickly excelled in sales and was the President’s Award winner in 2014. After leaving Roche Diagnostics in 2014, Zach spent 2 years selling vascular access medical devices in the hospital setting. During this time, Zach earned another President’s Club honor in 2016.
Zach holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Human Biology, with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Indianapolis. Zach also earned his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2011.
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 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 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.