The NCC Team
James E. Beardsley (Jim)
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Jim took the reins as CEO in 2010 from his now late father, Earnest C. Beardsley, who founded North Coast Container in 1983. As Chairman and CEO, Jim is squarely focused on growing the company and leading North Coast through its next 30 years of continuous service – and beyond.
Sharing his father’s passion for the steel drum industry, Jim began working full-time at North Coast in 1990 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. Like many of North Coast’s leaders, Jim learned the business by spending time in various positions throughout the company, including the assembly line, shipping and receiving, steel purchasing, accounting, sales and administration.
Jim, a life-long Cleveland-area resident, is passionate about giving back to the surrounding community. In 2014, Jim was honored with the 2014 Bob Feller Legacy Award for his dedication to the advancements of the ALS Association. For nearly a decade, North Coast has sponsored the organization’s annual Strike Out! ALS Gala & Auction, which funds invaluable services for individuals living with ALS. For many years, North Coast has also supported Cleveland Clinic Children’s through sponsorship of the organization’s annual gala, which honors pediatric patients who have been courageous in their fight against illness, and funds programs at the health system’s world-class facilities.
With a focus on children’s causes, Jim also sponsors a number of area youth activities, including golf outings for the Boy Scouts of Northern Ohio and the Memorial Invitational Golf Benefit for the Yoder Brothers Memorial Scholarship Foundation. The latter provides college scholarships to eight high school students each year, and has awarded more than $1 million in its 18-year run. In addition to his philanthropic activities, Jim serves as a member of the Cleveland Clinic Capital Fundraising Campaign Cabinet and the Staff Parish Relations Committee for Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights, where he is an active member.
Vice Chair & Board Liaison
Doris currently serves as North Coast’s Vice Chair of the Board and as Board Liaison to the full management team. Before the death of Ernie Beardsley, founder and former CEO of North Coast Container, he and Doris were married for 57 years. Together, Ernie and Doris had two children, Jim, who now serves as North Coast’s CEO and Chairman, and Carol, who previously held the title of Executive Vice President.
Doris plays an integral role in the implementation of business strategy. She represents North Coast at industry and trade association meetings and works closely with the Chair and other Board members to make decisions on major company initiatives. Before joining the Board in 2012, Doris worked in accounting for an international truck dealer.
A native of the Cleveland area, Doris is a long-time supporter of area nonprofit organizations, including the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the ALS Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Children’s and the local Wounded Warriors and Salvation Army programs. In addition to her charitable activities, Doris is an active member in her church – Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
President & Chief Financial Officer
Don brings a unique and diverse set of skills and experience to the North Coast leadership team, having worked for more than 30 years in management and executive roles supporting business entities in heavy manufacturing, advertising, media, promotions and marketing, tier-two automotive and the automotive aftermarket. His experience includes positions held in accounting and finance, marketing, sales, IT, international currency hedging, plant operations, acquisitions, product launches, capital investment, human resources, risk management and administration. Don’s experience was gained at private and publicly held companies including TRW, Chase Metal Service, Kennecott Copper (Division of Sohio), Citation Corporation (foundry operations), Viacom, Cox Cable and a number of smaller business entities.
Before taking on his current role as President and Chief Financial Officer, Don held positions at North Coast including Financial Controller and Vice President of Accounting and Finance. Don joined North Coast in 2006 and has oversight responsibility for all financial and several administrative functions, including accounting, billing, financial management, information systems, facilities management, as well as coordination of audit, tax and insurance services and banking. His diligence in implementing cost-efficient systems throughout our organization has significantly impacted our ability to continue delivering low-cost and superior quality solutions to our customers.
Don’s work history has also included experience in the steel industry where he worked for Chase Metals Service and Kennecott Copper Corp. on the corporate management team responsible for 13 metal service centers across the states, selling coiled steel, bar stock, as well as sheet and fabricated metal products to multiple industrial markets.
Don studied accounting and history at Baldwin Wallace College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Accounting from Cleveland State University.
COO and General Counsel
As COO and General Counsel, Jim brings 20 years of labor and employment law experience within the manufacturing sector to North Coast Container. On a daily basis, Jim works with our team to implement various safety, human resources and regulatory compliance policies, and serves as our primary point of contact and chief negotiator with the United Steelworkers Union. His vast knowledge of corporate governance and role as officer and member of our Board of Directors has helped strategically position North Coast for decades of continued success.
Jim serves on a number of boards for vital community organizations, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Notre Dame College and the Better Business Bureau of Cleveland. Additionally, he’s an active member of the Association of Corporate Counsel; the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section; the Federal Bar Association; and the Society for Human Resource Management, Lake/Geauga County Chapter.
Before joining North Coast Container in 2013, Jim practiced in the Cleveland office of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, where he chaired the firm’s labor and employment practice area. Jim graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati. He also holds an OSBA Board certification in labor and employment law. Outside of the board room, Jim volunteers his time to a number of community organizations for which he serves as a member, coach and mentor.
Director of Technical Group Services
An icon in the steel industry, Dave has been a fixture of the North Coast leadership team for more than 25 years. With a Bachelor of Science from John Carroll University in engineering and a minor in physics, Dave started his career with Republic Steel in 1971, where he held the title of Technical Director. While there, he traveled throughout Europe and China to study new steel manufacturing technology and brought back recommendations and training techniques to his colleagues in the U.S. For 15 years, Dave was an active member of the Steel Shipping Containers Institute and served as chairman of the organization’s Technical Committee for 10 years. He also held the title of chairman of the ANSI Standards Writing Committee in 2004, and is credited with writing the existing ANSI regulation on steel drums and pails. Today, Dave ensures our operations are designed to manufacture the highest-quality steel drums in the industry. His dedication to quality means our drums not only meet international standards – they exceed them.
Director of Supply Chain
As Director of Supply Chain, Rob ensures we have the highest-quality raw material and the right vendor partners to meet our customers’ demands. He brings to the North Coast Container family nearly 30 years of industry experience and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing and management, from the University of Mount Union. Working with a mix of local and national suppliers, Rob has built strong partnerships with vendors who share our commitment to quality and efficiency. One of Rob’s greatest strengths is his strategic planning and business forecasting ability, which gives us the flexibility to quickly change production to accommodate rush orders. Before taking his role in Supply Chain, Rob was a sales rep and member of our Quality Control team.
General Manager Of Manufacturing
As General Manager of Manufacturing, Ken oversees our day-to-day plant operations, including the management of nearly 80 employees. Ken has more than 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry and has been with North Coast Container since 1984. One of Ken’s top priorities is to improve efficiency so that we can pass cost savings on to our customers, and he achieves this through a keen focus on continuous improvement. Ken is responsible for improving and updating operations through strategic investments, periodic updates to our equipment and regular refining of our manufacturing processes. Ken also oversees our rigorous employee training programs, including safety, quality, chemical awareness and general machine operations. Outside our plant, Ken is a frequent visitor to our customers and suppliers, which helps to ensure that we have the right solution for all of our customers’ packaging needs.
Kevin got his start on our plant floor in 1985. After holding a number of positions throughout our operations, including Plant Superintendent, he was promoted to oversee nearly 80 employees as Plant Manager. In this role, Kevin is responsible for overseeing production, maintenance and general employee communications. He previously was Vice President of United Steelworkers Local Union #735, and currently serves as the primary management representative with Local #735. Kevin also leads our rigorous employee training programs, including safety, quality, chemical awareness and general machine operations. Outside the plant, Kevin visits customers at their locations to better understand their business demands so we can tailor our production process to provide unique, custom-tailored packaging solutions.
Environmental, Health & Safety Manager
As Manager of Environmental Health and Safety at North Coast, Ray is responsible for environmental reporting and DOT, EPA and OSHA testing. He also manages our ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 systems. With a strong focus on safety in all aspects of the business, Ray also designs our annual safety and chemical awareness training programs for all employees. Like so many of our leaders, Ray got his start on the plant floor and worked throughout the organization, including in the Press Department, Logistics and Quality Control. A second generation employee, Ray worked alongside his uncle for several years, who at the time was President of United Steelworkers Local Union #735. Ray received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cleveland State University and is a certified ISO auditor.
ISO/Sales Service Manager
With 25 years of industry experience in quality and sales and almost 20 years as part of the North Coast team, Vicki has become a familiar go-to resource for our customers. As the ISO/Sales Manager, Vicki helps customers fulfill orders and understand stringent ISO requirements. Vicki is ISO-certified and previously held the position of Environmental Quality Control Coordinator at Phillips Metals and worked closely with the Ford Motor Company and its Q1 program. Her deep experience in quality, safety and sales makes her an ideal partner for our customers, who rely on her wide-ranging expertise to custom-tailor a solution to their packaging needs, as well as meet tight deadlines for shipping product. If you have a question regarding order fulfillment or ISO requirements, email Vicki today.Email Vicki
Sales Service Coordinator
Denise is one of the first voices our customers hear when they call North Coast Container. As a sales service assistant, Denise works every day with customers to fulfill orders, provide quotes and answer questions. She also acts as a primary line of communication between the customer and our Quality, Safety and Logistics teams. She joined North Coast Container in 2010 and brought with her more than 20 years of customer service experience. As an advocate for customers, it’s Denise’s role to ensure the ordering process is smooth and efficient. If you have a question regarding order fulfillment, email Denise today.