In 2013, after years of having a remote vendor relationship, Jason and Jim met in person for the first time on a radio program appearance. There, they discussed the state of manufacturing and shared tips on growing a business through social media marketing. They soon found their thinking and passion for the manufacturing industry could not be more aligned.
In the following months, Jason and Jim stayed in touch and shared ideas. Both recognized the need for a resource to equip and inspire the metalworking nation, leading them to launch MakingChips. Since its launch, the popular podcast has evolved into an inclusive multiplatform manufacturing resource that includes a YouTube series, live events, workshops, and leadership articles.
As president of ZENGER’S, Jason has helped transform the hardware store founded by his grandparents in 1951 into a leading industrial supply, metalworking tooling specialist and tool crib management provider. He is passionate about leading a values-driven organization that delivers meaningful business solutions to his customers. He leads the company’s vision, develops new ideas, coaches the team to high performance and solves big issues. Jason has 20 years of experience and has performed every role in the company with the exception of bandsaw blade welder and tool repair mechanic.
Jason earned his degree in engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. In addition to his role at ZENGER’S, Jason has held leadership roles in the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) and Affiliated Distributors.
Jason and his wife, Amanda, live in Chicago with 4 little Zengers. Jason and his family are active in their church where they work to benefit the City of Chicago.
As a second-generation manufacturing business owner, Jim Carr has embraced the opportunities and challenges of managing the CNC machine shop that his father founded in 1972. After 26 years of experience working full-time with his father, in 2004 Jim then became sole shareholder and President of CARR Machine & Tool. He has steadily grown and evolved the business through innovative thinking and action and is driven to leave a legacy for the third generation.
Jim’s experience includes full knowledge of GDT, conventional machining, CNC programming and CAD/CAM systems, as well as administrative expertise in procurement, operations, human resources, business development, marketing and public relations. In addition to his role at CARR, Jim has held a variety of leadership and advisory roles with the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA), Harper College, and the Village of Elk Grove.
Jim enjoys music, robust red wines, skiing, and first-class travel with his wife of many years.