Tempel has named Gary Wagner as its new president and CEO succeeding Vincent Buonanno who recently retired after serving on the company’s board of directors for more than 35 years and as chairman and CEO for 26 years. Chicago attorney and longtime Tempel board member Christopher Stephan has been appointed to the role of company chairman.
In this new role, Wagner is committed to continuing Tempel’s legacy of delivering world-class quality and outstanding product performance. Wagner is also focused on building upon Tempel’s people-oriented culture, which has served as a cornerstone of the family-held business since its inception in 1945. Wagner will accomplish this by further strengthening new and existing customer relationships and retaining the most knowledgeable and skilled workers in the lamination industry - both of which he believes are critical to the company’s continued success.
Wagner brings to the position more than 35 years of business experience in the lamination industry, which includes 14 years serving as president of PSW Industries, Inc., and more than 20 years at Tempel in various leadership positions. His years of experience have earned him a reputation for delivering results through his expertise in profit and loss management, sales, finance, and acquisitions. Most recently, he served as Tempel’s president and chief operating officer.
Wagner earned a B.S. in accounting from Northern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.