James D. “JD” Bell, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
In 1991, JD received a Bachelor of Science in economics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Following temporary duty assignments in Annapolis, JD chose to pursue a career in the Navy Supply Corps, the branch of the Navy that manages budgets, inventory, and contracting.
In 1993, after attending the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia and the Navy Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut, JD reported to the USS Olympia, a nuclear attack submarine based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as its supply officer. He served in that role for three years, and earned the Submarine Squadron 11 Blue “E” for supply excellence, and in 1995 received the prestigious Batchelder Award, an award that recognizes just five supply officers annually “who have made significant contributions to the supply readiness of the Navy’s operating forces.” JD left the Navy upon completion of his tour on the USS Olympia in June of 1996, and came home to work for his father at EPE.
Since 1996, JD has held several management positions at EPE in the areas of purchasing, manufacturing, and programs. As the company’s IT manager, he assisted with the transition to a Windows-based network and new business operating software. In 2000, he served as vice president of operations and oversaw the company’s manufacturing, engineering, quality, and materials functions. In 2007 he was promoted to president, and in 2008, to president and chief executive officer.
James D. Bell, Sr.
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board
Jim Bell, Sr., who has been in the electronics manufacturing industry for over 50 years, currently serves as EPE’s Chairman of the Board. Jim co-founded EPE Corporation and has dedicated his life’s work to EPE and the electronics industry.
After attending college at Harvard University and a stint in the U.S. Army, he joined his father’s business, Connectronics, as an electronic equipment manufacturer’s representative just as “the industry was just starting to gain traction”. Led by Jim’s keen business sense and entrepreneurial spirit, this business soon evolved into a multifaceted series of connected companies that sold, distributed, manufactured and serviced the electronics industry both in New England and worldwide. In the mid 90’s, Jim guided EPE by combining and focusing its resources to form its current Electronics Manufacturing Services business – a fast-growing sector of the industry.
With Jim’s leadership and industry savvy, EPE Corporation garnered many business awards and distinctions as well as unsurpassed growth and sales over the course of four decades.
In 2008, Jim became of Chairman of the Board, while Jim Bell Jr. (“JD”), took over as President and CEO of EPE. As Chairman, Jim offers a uniquely qualified level of industry savvy and enthusiastically continues his successful career by actively participating in EPE’s planning and operations.
Vice President of Business Development
Kevin received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1983. Since that time, Kevin has split his career between military and commercial aerospace OEM’s and 17 years in the EMS industry in diversified markets.
Kevin has directed and managed both direct sales teams and independent representatives locally and on a global basis. He served as International Business Development Manager for Ametek Aerospace, developing their European sales network and as Vice President of Sales for Smiths Aerospace focusing on growing top line revenue and profitability for domestic and international locations.
In the EMS markets, Kevin has worked in the Tier II and III space for MACK Technologies, MC Assembly and Kimball Electronics where he was hired to initiate and develop the Public Safety market segment, focused on military and commercial aerospace and homeland security arenas on a global basis.
Kevin joined EPE in 2017 as the Vice President of Business Development.
Vice President of Operations
Ken began his extensive EMS career right here, at EPE in 1989. He started as a production supervisor for the IM/D division, then ultimately worked his way into program management before leaving EPE in 1999. In 2000, after a brief stint at Celestica, Ken joined Benchmark Electronics where he continued to build his program management experience. After 5 years at Benchmark, Ken became the Director of Manufacturing where he was responsible for a 3 shift 7 day a week operation supporting a $100M+ operation. In 2007 Ken was promoted to the NH Division General Manager position with approximately 450 employees and full site P&L responsibilities. During his 10 year tenure as site General Manager he grew revenue by 87% and moved the entire manufacturing operation from Hudson, NH to Nashua, NH.
EPE is excited to have Ken “back home” as Vice President of Operations. His wealth of experience in the EMS industry will add great depth to the EPE team.
Terry has served as EPE’s Financial Controller since 2010. In this role she provides financial leadership and has extensive experience in budgeting and profit and loss analysis. Terry also oversees the human resources department and is committed to the welfare of all EPE employees. Terry enjoys interacting with all teams at EPE and has volunteered to serve on both the safety and internal audit committees.
Prior to joining EPE, Terry spent 18 years at various EMS companies; including several years at Venture, a Tier 1 global electronics service provider. During those 18 years Terry developed as a financial expert in the EMS industry.
Terry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts.
Director of Quality Systems and Compliance
Eric joined the US Air Force upon graduating from High School and supported the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing in Austin, Texas. At the completion of his 4 year enlistment he was hired as a quality inspector at Polyclad Technologies, part of Cookson Electronics. During his 16 years there he held many quality roles and was chosen to join the Lean Six Sigma Deployment team and was trained and certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He was then hired by a Tier 1 EMS company where he continued in his growth and knowledge of quality and quality systems holding a number of management positions, including Operations Manager.
Eric joined EPE in 2012 as Director of Quality Systems and Compliance. He has an Associate degree in Business Management and is currently attending SNHU working toward his Bachelor degree.
Executive Vice President/Board of Advisors
Steve’s career includes over 30 years of executive experience in the aerospace & defense, electronics, medical and industrial EMS industries.
Since 2014, Steve has been an executive consultant, investor and board member for several companies including Answernet, ARG, Origo Acquisition Corp. and Weatherbell Analytics. Prior to 2014, Steve served as the Chief Executive Officer of Spectral Response, an EMS company that was sold to Hunter Technology in 2014.
Prior to this, he was with API Nanotronics Corp. (API Technologies, Inc.) where he was Chief Executive Officer and a Director. From 2000 until joining API, Mr. Pudles was employed by OnCore Manufacturing Services LLC (formerly known as Nu Visions Manufacturing LLC) where he served as President and CEO from 2000 to 2007 and Executive Vice President from 2007 until joining API. OnCore is a full-service EMS company that is now part of NeoTech. Previously, he has held senior management positions with Tanon Manufacturing, Electronic Associates, IEC and Restor Industries.
He began his career in various engineering and program management positions for McDonnell Douglas and ITT Defense Communications. Steve has a Masters of Science in Management and a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.
Since 2001, Steve has been a member of the Board of Directors of the IPC (the Association Connecting Electronics Industries)where he has also served as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer of the International Trade Association.
Steve joined EPE Corporation in November of 2017.