A.W. Meyer appoints Jim Kelly COO

Kelly is a 35-year veteran of A.W. Meyer Co.

A.W. Meyer Company is pleased to announce the promotion of James Kelly to the position of Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President.

A.W. Meyer Company is pleased to announce the promotion of James Kelly to the position of Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President. In his new capacity, Kelly will have operational oversight of all aspects of the business, including Sales, Vendor Partnership Engagements, Receivables & Payables, Warehouse, Employee Relations etc.

Owners Jim and Cathie Hascup will continue oversight in their same capacities of the business, with Kelly in his expanded role.

In his 35 years with A.W. Meyer Company, Kelly has made an impact on numerous aspects of the business, beginning his career in 1979 working in the warehouse. Kelly then transitioned into the role of counterman in the original storefront, then moving into inside sales where he proved his knack for developing vendor and prospect relationships.

His success and proven track record in these capacities positioned him for his next roles within the company as an outside sales representative and eventually Vice President.

Notable achievements during this time include designing and implementing the company’s computer system, automating a previously manual process. In addition, Kelly played an integral part of the development of A.W. Meyer’s Retail & Paint Stores as they exist today.

“A.W. Meyer continues to prove its reputation as a point player in the construction trade industry,” said Kelly. “In my new capacity, I have even more confidence that we can take this business to the next level, continuing to meet and exceed the demands of construction projects in the tri-state area.”

“It is difficult to remember when A.W. Meyer has not been a part of our lives. My father preceded me in the company, and I have been here for more than 50 years, my wife Cathie, more than 30 years. We are both still very active and involved in the daily routine of A.W. Meyer. In that time, the company has evolved from the ‘corner hardware store’ to the establishment we have today,” said Hascup.

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“We have worked alongside of Jim Kelly for 35 years and have watched him grow from a stock clerk to his current capacity. As a young salesman, I saw so much potential and enjoyed being his mentor. Cathie found the same proficiency when they were implementing the A.W. Meyer computer system. We are pleased and excited to take this next step, and know that Jim Kelly is the perfect choice to continue and exceed our life’s dream.”

Owned and operated in Ridgefield, NJ, A.W. Meyer Company is the “contractor’s choice” for all tool and equipment needs. Established in 1901 and incorporated in 1957, A.W. Meyer is best known for its annual OCTOOLBERFEST, which lays claim to being the biggest retail tool event in the industry.

Notable vendors include Milwaukee, Dewalt, Bosch & numerous additional specialty tool providers. Industry partners include Evergreen Marketing and STAFDA, the Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association. Numerous patrons in the tri-state area frequent its 15,000 square foot retail showroom and paint store in Ridgefield, NJ.

Jim Kelly built his career in the construction trade industry with the principle to continue to grow and challenge his skills as an expert in the field. Kelly has worked at A.W. Meyer Company in Ridgefield, NJ for more than 35 years and has recently taken on an expanded role as Chief Operating Officer.

Kelly served on the executive board of Evergreen Marketing for three years in the positions of President, Treasurer and Executive Board Member. In 2010, Kelly was recognized as a Certified Tool Specialist at Evergreen Marketing after completing an intensive multi-year training & education program.

Today, Kelly is key contact for Evergreen Marketing and an active member of STAFDA, the Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association. In his spare time, Kelly enjoys travel, basketball, the NY Jets, music, and sharing a craft beer with his family and friends.