CTI leadership team changes

Chicago Tube and Iron began 2020 by wrapping up several leadership transitions, fulfilling carefully planned and timed succession designed to position the business for future strength.

Over the past few months, Chicago Tube and Iron has announced a number of leadership changes, as several long-time team members have retired and others have accepted promotions to new roles. Congratulations to those assuming new roles, and our sincere thanks and best wishes to those about to enjoy well-deserved retirement.

 Sr. Leadership Changes

  • Bill Zielinski – Effective January 1, Bill Zielinski assumed the role of President, in addition to his existing responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Chicago Tube and Iron (CTI). He began his metals industry career in 1979 and joined CTI in 1992, holding roles of increasing responsibility before assuming his most recent position, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, in 2016. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University and his Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Loyola University. He is a graduate of the Metals Service Center Institute’s (MSCI) Management Program at Ohio State University and Executive Leadership Program at Texas A&M University. Bill serves on the Board of Directors for the American Supply Association’s Industrial Pipe Division and their Education Foundation. Bill succeeds Dr. Don McNeeley as President, though Don continues with the Company as Chairman of CTI.


  • Donna Conway – After 20 years of service, Donna Conway, Human Resources Manager, retired in early January. Donna joined CTI in 1999 as an Executive Assistant and was promoted to her HR Manager role in May 2007. She has been the face of HR for 12 years, growing the role and supporting the entire CTI team.  She is happy to be able to spend more time with her recently retired husband, Charlie, and their family.
  • Mike DiNanno – After 16 years as CTI’s Chief Financial Officer, Mike will retire on March 31, 2020. Until his retirement, Mike will continue to oversee the ERP implementation project. Mike has played a critical role at CTI as the leader of the accounting and financial teams, a key contributor to CTI’s strategic plan and as the executive in charge of the ERP implementation project. Mike intends to spend more time on his many personal interests and at his summer-home in Wisconsin.


  • Bob Harville – Effective January 1, Bob was promoted to Regional Vice President, responsible for the St. Paul, Des Moines, Quad, and Fond du Lac divisions. He will report directly to Bill Zielinski in his new role. Bob has been with CTI for 21 years and previously led the Twin Cities operation to record performance. He served in the Army National Guard for six years and has a B.S. degree in International Business from the University of Minnesota and his MBA from Bethel University. Bob is also a graduate of the Metals Service Center’s (MSCI) Strategic Metals Management Program (SMMP).
  • Joe Baucom – Effective January 1, Joe assumed the role of Regional Vice President, reporting directly to Bill Zielinski. He brings to the role 40 years of industry experience. CTI’s Romeoville, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Locust Distribution operations will report directly to Joe.  Joe has a B.A. degree in Philosophy from St. Bonaventure University.
  • Jim Farnan – Effective January 1, Jim’s role as Vice President Procurement expanded, as he was added to the CTI Executive Committee. Jim is a 25 year industry veteran, joining the CTI team 18 years ago.  Jim has a degree in History from Loras College.  In addition, he is a graduate the MSCI SMMP and is the current President of the MSCI Central States Chapter.
  • Mitch Patterson – Effective January 1, Mitch was promoted to Assistant General Manager of the St. Paul operation. Mitch has spent his entire 15 year career at CTI, gaining experience on the commercial team before assuming the role of Sales Manager, his most recent position.  Mitch has a B.A. degree in Business Management at Rasmussen College and is currently enrolled in the MSCI SMMP.

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