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 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 & Compliance
Steve possesses a wealth of knowledge in continuous improvement and quality systems. He began his career at Lockheed Sanders and progressed through the Manufacturing, Industrial, Process Engineering and Continuous Improvement organizations before becoming the Process Engineering Manager in the Circuit Card Assembly area. Steve facilitated and trained over 70 High Performance Teams in the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve & Control) methodology at Lockheed Sanders and became a firm believer in Continuous Improvement utilizing process improvement teams after seeing their success.
Steve entered the EMS industry working for SCI Systems and Colonial Electronics for more than 15 years setting up Quality Management Systems, data collection/review processes and leading Continuous Improvement efforts. He has championed several Kaizen events focused on streamlining critical process as well as improving the layout of work areas.
Steve received his Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Lowell, an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and Masters in Manufacturing and Engineering from Boston University.
Director of Supply Chain & Logistics
Chris joins EPE Corporation with over 30 years of experience in supply chain and materials management. Chris started his career at the former Sanders Associates, first as a stockroom clerk, finishing his time there as a Production Control Specialist. Chris then joined Benchmark Electronics, a Tier 1 global EMS provider. While at Benchmark, Chris held positions in Inventory Management and Configuration Management, eventually moving into the Supply Chain organization. He spent the last 10 years at Benchmark Electronics as their Director of Supply Chain where he was responsible for an annual material spend in excess of $100 million dollars.
Chris holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Franklin Pierce.
Director of Manufacturing
Lindiwe’s career in manufacturing started at Teradyne from 1997 to 2004. She started as an assembler and worked her way up to become a Production Supervisor/Group Leader. At Teradyne, Lindiwe implemented the Just-In-Time (JIT) Program and facilitated continuous communication between management and the production floor. In addition, she assisted the engineering group by developing manufacturing processes on the Prototype Line for all new products, and was a member of both the safety committee and Total Quality Management (TQM) teams.
From 2004 to 2005, Lindiwe worked as a Production Supervisor II at BAE Systems where she was responsible for orchestrating production operations and meeting manufacturing deadlines and quality goals. In addition, she was responsible for safety and health environmental programs for over 40 employees.
From 2005 to 2009, Lindiwe worked at Jabil Circuits as a Line Manager for where she received a World Class award from IRobot for achieving quality and on-time delivery objectives. While at Jabil Circuits, she managed 45 employees on multiple shifts.
In 2009, Lindiwe joined EPE Corporation as our Production Manager where she managed all of EPE’s manufacturing operations. In 2019, Lindiwe was promoted to EPE’s Director of Manufacturing with responsibilities that include meeting daily production and quality requirements, documenting records of operational efficiencies, achieving process interval reductions, improving process yields, and overseeing the manufacturing employees’ training programs. Lindiwe currently manages over 50 employees across multiple shifts.
Lindiwe holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Organizational Management from Daniel Webster College, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.