Jim Heller

Optimas Solutions, a manufacturer and distributor of fastener products, and logistics service provider, has announced two strategic hires expected to help further support the company’s business strategy. Jim Heller is the new senior vice president of distribution, and Chris Martens is the new vice president of manufacturing for the Americas region.

“As a full-service partner, Optimas continues to strengthen our distribution and manufacturing services with people, processes and technology,” said Daniel Harms, CEO of Optimas, Americas. “Both Jim and Chris bring incredible leadership, experience and ideas that will help sharpen our key differentiators for industrial customers.”

Heller brings to his position more than 20 years of experience in logistics and distribution. He is also a military veteran, having served 13 years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University.

Chris Martens

Martens joined Optimas after 12 years with MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions, where he served as general manager of MFCS Mundelein and as senior director of product and process development. Martens holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College.

“We developed these two roles to function together so manufacturing and distribution can be complementary sourcing solutions for OEM professionals seeking resilience and localization in their fastener supply chain,” Harms commented.

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