BIO:

Jean Pitzo is the CEO of Ace Metal Crafts, a stainless steel manufacturer of fabricated and machined components parts.  Ace serves OEM’s in the food processing, packaging, pharmaceutical and environmental industries and is located in Bensenville, IL.

She has been with the company since 1983, joining as a sales rep and progressing over the years to Vice President of Sales and Marketing, then to President and to her current role in 2003.

Throughout her tenure, Jean’s passion for developing conscious leaders and helping team members thrive has advanced the success of the company, and produced a culture with a foundation built on trust. Her extensive sales and leadership experience has taught her that taking great care of customers on the outside starts with taking good care of people on the inside. Every day at Ace, she asks team members for their opinions and advice. She relies on them, trusts them and supports them. ACE Metal Crafts purpose is to inspire and connect with people to unleash their potential. Everyone on the team understands that, to succeed both individually and collectively, they must share, learn and grow together.

Under Jean’s leadership, Ace has been honored numerous times for outstanding business practices, workplace culture, and industry and community outreach, most recently being honored with a best practices award for a Psychologically Healthy Workplace from the American Psychological Association. ACE Metal Crafts Co. is also named to the Fab 40 by Fabricator magazine. ACE sponsors PWNAGE, a Youth Robotics Team, and GADget Camp, a program for girls age 12-16 who are interested in engineering. The company is an active member of manufacturing associations AME, TMA and FMA.

In addition to her role at Ace, Jean serves on the board of directors of Berthold Electric Co. in Chicago and the Board of Advisors of Irmco, Inc. in Evanston, IL. She also recently served on the finance committee for the Village of Hawthorn Woods. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and her MBA in finance from Northern Illinois University.