Leadership Team

Cim-Tek® Filtration is a family-managed and owned business.

Jeff Ayers
Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Ayers is a seasoned manufacturer and the founder’s grandson. Prior to joining the family business, Ayers worked as an engineer in the manufacturing industry, gaining useful experience. Ayers joined Cim-Tek Filtration’s engineering department and worked his way up to department leader. After ten years, Ayers transitioned to General Manager and held that position for six years. In 2022, Jeff was promoted to CEO. During his tenure, he has led Cim-Tek Filtration through the difficult supply chain shortages of the pandemic through the significant growth and expansion of Cim-Tek’s manufacturing facilities.

Tommy Ayers
Chief Financial Officer

Tommy Ayers, grandson of the founder, is a certified public accountant and well-respected business leader. Ayers graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in agricultural and consumer economics. Prior to joining Cim-Tek Filtration, Ayers worked in the agricultural finance industry for fifteen years, most recently as a VP of Credit at Farm Credit Illinois. In 2022, Tommy Ayers joined Cim-Tek Filtration as Chief Financial Officer. He has implemented numerous improvements within our accounting and human resources departments.

James Ayers

James Ayers is a lawyer and son of the founder. James started working in the family business as a child making pre-vent caps in the family home. From those humble beginnings in 1956 to the three manufacturing plants Cim-Tek is today, James has had an active role every step of the way. James has passed his father’s business mantra down to Jeff Ayers and Tommy Ayers, “make a quality product and treat your customers fairly. It’s just that simple”.

Mike Baker
Vice President of Operations

Mike Baker is a manufacturing leader with thirty years of experience in the agricultural, automotive, automation, and paper product industries. His experience with business growth by deploying Lean/Six Sigma Tools, launching products, scale strategies, and implementing Industry 4.0 Technologies has been instrumental in expanding Cim-Tek Filtration’s manufacturing processes.

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