The first of this role in the company’s 35-year history reflects growing opportunities for innovation and market leadership.


Jennifer Davis, Central States Manufacturing

TONTITOWN, AR – September 6, 2023 – Central States, a leader in metal building components, roofing, and buildings, announced the recent appointment of Jennifer Davis to the newly created position of Chief Market Officer, where she will oversee the marketing and strategy functions at the company while serving as executive leader (President) of the growing Central Storage Works business. Davis will report to Jim Sliker, the CEO and serve on the executive leadership team.

“Jennifer is a highly experienced business leader with a proven track record of building brands, driving transformative innovation, and serving customers in a variety of demanding industries and we proud to have her join Central States, “said Jim Sliker, Chief Executive Officer. “This new role and Jennifer’s skillful and energetic leadership will be critical for our continued evolution as the market leader.”

Davis brings more than two decades of executive marketing, operations, and general management experience at leading companies like LEARFIELD, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Honeywell, Planar, and Intel. She is the author of the book, “Well Made Decisions” (New Degree Press, 2021) about organizational decision making and strategy implementation.

“I am honored to join such a well-regarded company and to be so warmly welcomed by the company’s employee owners,” said Davis.” After getting to know Central States, I am impressed by the culture that has been created, the growth that has been achieved, the long-term relationships built with customers, and the unwavering commitment to give back to the community, which is a cornerstone of the brand. Looking forward to the bright future ahead.”

Davis earned her MBA from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration and history from Warner Pacific University, where she was named an alumnus of the year.  She holds an ESOP Board Governance certification from the Private Directors Association and serves on the advisory boards of several private companies.

About Central States Manufacturing, Inc

Central States Manufacturing, Inc. is 100% employee-owned and was founded in 1988.With over 1,300 employee-owners and 11 manufacturing facilities, the company serves over 6,000 commercial, architectural, post frame, and residential contractors and customers across the United States. Central States is a leading manufacturer of metal building components with 14 metal roofing and wall panel profiles, along with a full line of trim, accessories, and structural purlin. In 2023, Central States acquired Storage Structures to become a leader in self-storage buildings.

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