James E. Hammer, as President and CEO, has inspired an exceptionally successful business strategy and culture at Hammer Packaging. From a modest $4 million in sales with 60 employees, Jim has grown the company to the over $100 million and 450-employee organization it is today.
Jim has ensured continuing success at Hammer through his ongoing investment in cutting-edge technology, hiring the right people and listening to the voice of the customer. During that time the company has won many awards, most notably Best Workplace in America and the prestigious Rochester Business Ethics Award, as well as being named to the Inc. 5000 and Rochester Top 100 list of fastest growing privately held companies. With a commitment to the company's shared values -Integrity, Respect, Trust, Passion, Credibility & Continuous Improvement - Jim has placed an indelible mark on the culture that makes up the company which bears his name.
Jim began his career at Hammer in sales and customer service. He was promoted to Vice President in 1975, and became President & CEO in 1983.
Jim has personally received numerous distinctions including being the recipient of the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, Power of Communication Award and the Herbert Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award from RIT. Jim was also inducted into the Rochester and New York Business Halls of Fame and has received the Business Person of the Year by the Rochester Small Business Council. Most recently he was honored with the Gaudete medal from St. Bonaventure University.
Hammer currently serves on the boards of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, JP Morgan Chase Regional Advisory Board, Rochester Business Alliance, and Doyle Security.
In addition to Jim's board responsibilities, the Hammer family is actively involved in many local Rochester community programs and organizations through volunteer work and support.