Frederick A. Pfaff, President & CEO


Fred’s “hands on” leadership is evident in day to day operations of Anchor Manufacturing, Inc. He strategically leads company reinventions across the entire spectrum of business facilitating Anchor’s emergence as a world class supplier of stampings and welded assemblies. Fred’s strategic leadership and planning has guided Anchor, leading this privately owned organization and its associates to sustainable growth well into the future.

Driven by a very strong sense of customer satisfaction, Fred instills Anchor’s principle of demanding more from Anchor than their customers expect. Resourceful and innovative, he always searches out new ways to improve manufacturing operations and implement best practices.

Fred inherited his ingenuity and get-it-done drive from his father, Edward Pfaff, founder and Chairman of the Board. Fred began his career as a part time employee at Anchor while attending school. He has honed his expertise by working in the manufacturing, tool & die, maintenance, quality and engineering departments.

With nearly 30 years’ broad based general management experience, he understands how each part of Anchor functions on a very deep level. He is very involved in all facets of Anchor’s organization, focusing on the greatest area of need at a given moment of the business cycle.

Fred has a Masters of Business Administration from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business as well as a BSE from Cornell University, both degrees with distinction. He has over 30 years of experience in every facet of metal stamping, Fred has substantial technical knowledge of tool & die, machining and metal forming from both classroom and shop floor experience.

Fred continues to focus on the future of Anchor and is an active participant with the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), CEO Roundtables, and Vistage International.

James Walker, Chief Financial Officer


Jim has strong leadership and management skills with varying experience including an emphasis on automotive manufacturing. Jim’s responsibilities at Anchor include accounting policies, financial reporting, tax administration and compliance, cash management, bank relationships, business projections and planning, materials management, information technology and human resources.

Jim began his career with Ernst & Young and attained the position of Senior Manager on the audit staff. His experience with Ernst & Young covered financial institutions, multinational manufacturers, educational institutions and publicly funded entities.

Upon leaving Ernst, Jim joined Park-Ohio Holdings, Inc. as Chief Financial Officer. Jim directed all SEC and internal financial reporting and accounting activities for this publicly traded company. His expertise includes multiple domestic and international operations. Jim has been responsible for all shareholder reporting, bank and public financings, business plans and budgeting, cash management, investment policy, internal audit and compliance.

Jim also served as a consultant and was Chief Financial Officer for portfolio companies of a Private Equity firm.

Jim earned his BA degree from Miami University, is a Certified Public Accountant and has served in the military.