Board of Directors
Mr. James G. Gidwitz is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Continental Materials Corporation. He has served as the Chairman of the Board and its Chief Executive Officer since 1983. Mr. Gidwitz also serves on the Boards of several non-profit institutions involved in such diverse activities as medical research and political analysis. Mr. Gidwitz served as Chairman of the Endowment Committee of The Hotchkiss School where he continues to serve on the Committee. Mr. Gidwitz also formerly served on the Board of the Hoover Institution, an organization associated with Stanford University.
Mr. Ralph W. Gidwitz is Director of Continental Materials Corporation., since 1984. He is retired having previously started Capital Results LLC, a financial consulting company, for which he also served as the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer until 2009. Mr. Gidwitz has also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of a private company engaged in manufacturing. Mr. Gidwitz served on the Board of Trustees for a local college as well as serving as its Treasurer and Chairman of its Finance and Investment Committees from 2006 to 2013. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the City of Hope, a large research driven hospital and health care organization. He also served as a Director for three community associations and as Chairman and a Governor for a Chicago cultural group.
Steve Gidwitz began his career in 1980 after graduating from Tulane University in New Orleans with a B.A. in Business Management. He worked for Consolidated Packaging in Chicago for several years in various positions before moving to Bakersfield, CA, and becoming an administrative manager at Riverwood International, a global leader in developing innovative packaging solutions.
In 1991, Steve moved to Western New York and worked for Corson Manufacturing for more than a decade, first as vice president of operations, then as president, before becoming vice president of NCAComp in 2002, and Chief Operating Officer in 2011.
Over the course of his career, his job responsibilities have included: human resources, purchasing, inside sales, sales management, quality control, accident prevention, plant management, and full company management.
In addition, Steve has served as a board member and vice president of the Group Self-Insurance Association of New York (GSIANY) and served on a WCB/GSIANY committee to assist in rewriting the rules and regulations of self-insurance groups in the state of New York.
Mr. Gidwitz is a Senior Vice President of the Investments group at The John Buck Company and serves as a member of the Investment Committee. His primary responsibilities include the evaluation, underwriting, and due diligence of new residential and commercial acquisition and development opportunities. Following an acquisition, Mr. Gidwitz is also involved in day-to-day project and asset management.
Currently, Mr. Gidwitz serves as asset manager for 3Eleven, a 245-unit residential development opening in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in January 2018, and 333 S. Wabash Ave., a 1.2 million square foot office tower in Chicago’s East Loop. In addition, Mr. Gidwitz is actively seeking new business in select submarkets of Chicago, Austin, Denver, and Los Angeles.
Prior to joining The John Buck Company, Mr. Gidwitz was an Analyst at Siebert Branford Shank, L.L.C., a boutique investment bank specializing in municipal finance. While at Siebert, Mr. Gidwitz provided quantitative and analytical support to senior bankers, as well as technical support on over $210 million in senior managed financing, and over $3 billion of co-senior and co-managed transactions.
Mr. Gidwitz earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and B.A. from University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Peter E. Thieriot is Independent Director of Continental Materials Corporation., since 2001. He is currently the General Manager of EMR Land Co., a privately owned land and livestock company. He has served in that capacity since 2006. He previously served in the same capacity for the predecessor company, Elk Mountain Ranch Company, LLC, from 1993 to 2006. Mr. Thieriot possesses extensive and diverse experience having served in numerous capacities for The Chronicle Publishing Company (The Chronicle), a closely held, family, national media company. His roles have included President, Vice President, Publisher and Station Manager for newspapers and television stations owned by The Chronicle. Over the years, Mr. Thieriot has served as a director or trustee for numerous cultural, civic and other types of non-profit organizations as well as serving as a director of The Chronicle from 1977 to 1993.
Mr. Darrell M. Trent is Independent Director of Continental Materials Corporation., since 1997. Mr. Trent has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Acton Development Company, Inc., a privately held real estate development and property management company since 1988. Mr. Trent was also Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Clean Earth Technologies, Inc., an environmental management venture from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Trent took a leave of absence for part of 2003 to serve as a volunteer with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. Mr. Trent, a former U.S. Undersecretary of Transportation, was in Iraq to oversee the re-creation of Iraq’s Ministry of Transportation.
Mr. Thomas H.. Carmody is Independent Director of Continental Materials Corporation. Mr. Carmody is the Chief Executive Officer of Summit International, LLC, a sports marketing and distribution company he founded in 1999. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Ameridream, a charitable organization providing housing down payment assistance for qualifying individuals, since 2003. Mr. Carmody has also served as Vice President of U.S. Operations and Vice President of the Sports Division of Reebok, International, LTD., a publicly traded footwear, apparel and fitness company.
Mr. Theodore R. Tetzlaff is Director of Continental Materials Corporation., since 1981. Mr. Tetzlaff is an attorney at law and principal of Tetzlaff Law Offices, LLC. He was previously of counsel to the law firm of Ungaretti & Harris LLP from 2005 to 2012. He has also been a partner at other law firms where he served as the Managing Partner of one firm’s Chicago office and as a member of another firm’s Executive Committee. He served as General Counsel of Tenneco, Inc., a large publicly traded oil and gas company from 1992 to 1999 and General Counsel for Peoples Energy Corporation, a large publicly traded diversified energy company from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Tetzlaff has also served as Chairman of the Board of a large Chicago civic organization.