Experienced Leadership

Our senior leadership team brings deep operational, finance and strategic know-how to create long term value for shareholders. In addition, all of our business are led by experienced leaders with extensive expertise in our operations, markets, and customers.

Senior Leaders

Vlak, August M
August M. Vlak

President & Chief Executive Officer, Director, Member of the Pension Investment Review Committee

Mr. August M. Vlak, also known as Gus, has been Chief Executive Officer and President at The Eastern Company since January 1, 2016. At Eastern, he has been focused on creating long term shareholder value by growing the business and improving capital allocation. Prior to joining Eastern, Gus was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and Katzenbach Partners and, most recently, he was a Senior Advisor to Barington Capital Group. He was also an Investment Banker with Lehman Brother’s Health Care Banking Group. Gus holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Amherst College, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Sullivan, Jon
John L. Sullivan III

Chief Financial Officer & Vice President

Mr. John L. Sullivan, III has been Chief Financial Officer of The Eastern Company since December 13, 2006 and has also been its Vice President since January 2, 2000. Mr. Sullivan served as Secretary of Eastern from April 26, 2000 to December 13, 2006 and also served as the Treasurer from January 2, 2000 to December 13, 2006. Prior to that, he served as the Corporate Controller of Eastern.

Woidke, James
James P. Woidke

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. James P. Woidke, also known as Jim, has been with The Eastern Company since 2017. Jim was named to his current role of Chief Operating Officer in September, 2020. Prior to assuming this role, Jim led Eastern’s Eberhard Manufacturing Group as Managing Director since 2017. Previously, Jim served as President, Forged and Machined Products Group of Park Ohio Corporation, a diversified international manufacturing public company from 2015 to 2017. Prior to joining Park Ohio, Jim held several leadership positions with SIFCO Industries, Inc., an international public aerospace and energy forging company from 2006 to 2015. Jim was named President in 2014, having served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer from 2010-2014. Prior to assuming the COO role, Jim led SIFCO’s Forged and Machined Products group as General Manager from 2006-2010. Prior to joining SIFCO, Jim was the Director of Engineering and Quality, as well as Business Unit Manager, for Anchor Manufacturing Group from 2003 to2006. From 1993 to 2003, Jim held a number of various leadership positions with Lake Erie Screw Corporation, last serving as Director of Manufacturing Operations. Jim holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an M.B.A. from Cleveland State University.

Lentine, Nicklas
Nicklas A. Lentine

President, Big 3 Precision Products

Mr. Nicklas A. Lentine, also known as Nick, has been the President of Big 3 Precision Products since January 2021. Before joining Eastern, Nick was previously Business Unit Director at Faurecia Interiors Systems, a top ten global automotive supplier of technologies for sustainable mobility from 2011 to 2021. Prior to joining Faurecia, Nick increased his breath of experiences within the Automotive and Defense industries at General Dynamics, Magna International and TEXTRON Automotive. Nick holds a M.S. degree from Walsh College and a B.S. degree from Central Michigan University.

Fleming, Jeffrey
Jeffrey Fleming

Managing Director, Eberhard

Mr. Jeffrey Fleming has been the Managing Director of Eberhard since September of 2020. Jeff previously led Eastern’s Illinois Lock Company from January 2017 to August 2020. Before joining Eastern, Jeff was VP of Sales and Marketing at Jason Industries and Sales Manager at ITW Automotive. Jeff started his career at Southco where he had roles in Operations, Engineering and Sales. Jeff holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.

Porter, Jeffery
Jeffery Porter

President & CEO, Velvac

Jeffery Porter has been the President & CEO of Velvac since 2005. Prior to Velvac, Jeff successfully led global industrial businesses for twelve years; most recently as Group President of Crane Co., responsible for a group of five industrial controls businesses. Prior to his time at Crane Co., Jeff was President, Cutting Systems Division, of Messer Cutting & Welding, a subsidiary of the German company Messer Griesheim, and Division General Manager, Ingersoll Milling Machine Co., the world’s largest specialty machine tool manufacturer. Jeff received his MBA from University of Chicago, his BS in Accounting from University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana.