Steve Walling is the Founder and CEO of SJW Strategic Solutions, a multi-faceted business consulting group that specializes in advising businesses and senior executives in transition. The firm is headquartered in Northeast Ohio, but advises clients throughout North America.
Prior to launching SJW Strategic Solutions, Steve was the Chairman of Plasticolors, Inc., a manufacturer of high performance liquid colorants and additive for the plastics and coatings market. He joined Plasticolors in 1990 as Director of Sales and Marketing and became President/CEO in 1995 with the intention of succeeding the Founder. During Steve’s tenure through new product introduction and strategic acquisitions he helped the company establish a strong market position for growth. In addition, under Steve’s leadership Plasticolors spent a great deal of time supporting an environment of employee satisfaction, quality and safety excellence with a critical focus on customer satisfaction. As a result of the company’s ongoing success, in May of 2012 Plasticolors, Inc. merged with Colortrend, The Netherlands, a leading global supplier of liquid colorants. The combined firm has resulted in the launch of the largest independent pigment dispersion platform in the world.
Before joining Plasticolors, Steve held various executive leadership roles with two other well respected Fortune 500 companies. He worked for Owens-Corning Composite Group, and National Standard’s Specialty Products Division. Over his extensive career he has directed the full range of marketing and sales activities including work in the rubber industry, automotive, aerospace and defense, appliance and electronics as well as the communications markets.
In addition to his comprehensive professional experience, Steve was recently appointed as Chairman of Fusion Pointe, a Venture Development Organization and partnership with Jumpstart Cleveland whose mission it is to invest capital and provide technical assistance and mentoring to Southwest Florida's most promising high growth technology early stage entrepreneurs. He is a Founding Board Member of Production Services LTD, Toronto, a leading supplier of camera and lighting equipment to the film and TV industries and Jumpstart, a pre-seed funder of high potential start-up companies in Northeast Ohio. Steve helped found Entrepreneurs EDGE, an organization which focuses on growing mid-sized companies in Northeast, Ohio. He is a sought after board member, and currently serves on the boards of multiple corporations including: Lumitex, a producer of LED lighting technologies; The Reserves Network; and Ashtabula County Medical Center, affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic. Steve has also served in various senior board positions for The American Composites Manufacturers Association. He is the recipient of that association’s President’s Award, one of many prestigious awards he has earned in the industry throughout his career.
Steve is a graduate of Denison University and completed the Graduate Management Program at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. He has also completed the Owner President Management Program at Harvard University.