William C. Polacek
Chief Executive Officer / President, JWF Industries
Bill purchased Johnny’s Welding from his mother in 1987. Since then, he has grown the organization to a multi-million dollar business with customers across the globe.
Bill earned his two-year post-secondary degree in welding technology. As a lifelong learner, he attended seminars and classes on continuous flow production methods, finance, and best practices from Dale Carnegie, Harvard School of Business, The Covey Group, and the Chicago School of Business. He received an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters from Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania.
Bill is a founding member and chairman of Johnstown’s “Vision 2025” initiative. He is a member of the Greater Johnstown Regional Partnership Board and Executive Committee.
John Polacek, Jr.
Chief Operating Officer
JWF Industries and JWF Defense
John joined his brother, Bill, at JWF Industries in 2007. Prior to joining JWF Industries, John was Vice President and General Manager of the Defense Solutions Division at BAE Systems in Arlington, Virginia for over 17 years.
John was a partner and Vice President for Operations at Unitec Digital Systems for the technical and business management of defense and commercial business. He was the Assistant Vice President for Business Development and Director for Quest Research Corp for 12 years.
John served in the United States Marine Corps as an Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) Analyst. He earned his bachelor of science degree in business management with high honors from the University of Phoenix.
John is the chairman of the Red Cross Keystone Chapter, a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, and a member of the Board of Directors of Veterans Community Initiatives.
Executive Vice President
JWF Defense and Commercial
Chief Process Officer
John Polacek Jr.
Environmental Tank & Container
Finance – Controller
Director of Human Resources