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Bill Kimmerle

Advisory Board Member

Bill Kimmerle is the CEO of Baker McMillen Company located in, Stow, OH and the CEO of NSI which is located in Portland, OR. Kimmerle is a serial entrepreneur that assembles talented and experienced management teams, coupled with consultants to operate his businesses. Kimmerle purchased Baker McMillen, a hardwood products company, in 1999. Today the company operates a sawmill (The Crook Miller Co) in Hicksville, OH, an OEM Manufacturing division (Baker McMillen Co.) and Waddell Mfg. (a turn-around) both located in Stow, OH. The Waddell division is now an industry leader in the DIY retail market, serving Lowe’s, The Home Depot and other leading DIY retailers. New products are an important part of the culture of each company. Additionally, Kimmerle has forged strong relationships with manufacturers in Asia to lead the industry in low cost hardwood manufacturing.

In 2010 Kimmerle purchased Nuance Systems Inc. NSI, based in Portland, OR, manufactures ultra-high purity components for the Semiconductor, LED, Solar and other disruptive technology markets. Customers include; Intel, Applied Materials, First Solar and numerous other fortune 500 companies. NSI focuses on being a total solution provider to its high tech customers. This is accomplished thru the PhD level R&D team as well as its highly trained and experienced associates. Kimmerle has authored more than a dozen patents.

After completing his BS in Physics, Kimmerle earned a full academic scholarship to Columbia University where he completed his Masters and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering. During the following years that he worked for Babcock & Wilcox in power generation as a Research Scientist he developed patents for use in Nuclear Power Generation. The majority of the work was related to the US Nuclear Navy and was security clearance related (DOE & DOD).

Kimmerle served on the Board of Directors of Morgan Bank, N.A., its Audit Committee, as well as the Advisory Board for LNB Bancorp. He served as; a Trustee for The Hudson Public Schools Endowment Fund, Campaign Coordinator for the Northern Summit County of The United Way, an Executive Committee Member of the Young Presidents Organization and a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. Kimmerle is currently a member of both the Cleveland, OH and Portland, OR Chapters of the WPO.  

Job Title

Baker McMillen Company - CEO, NSI - CEO