Chris Ostrander

Chairman & Chief Commercial Officer

Army Veteran who is passionate about OpEx, FIT and CCO’s impact on our customer’s sustainability in business and their communities.

Education

Ostrander graduated from The United Military Academy at West Point where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Work History

  • Ostrander was the CEO and Advisory Board Chairman for the Family Office of Gardner & Sons in Findlay, Ohio. These companies included Superior Trim, The Gathering, The Gathering Wine, and the family’s real estate businesses.
  • He was the President and CEO of AP Exhaust Technologies, the second largest aftermarket exhaust supplier where he led the acquisition and integration of Eastern Manufacturing, Inc
  • Ostrander held the position of President of the Americas Tire Operations for Cooper Tire. Earlier in his career, he spent a large part of his career at Eaton Corporation, where he was Vice President and General Manager of multiple lines of businesses. He also held significant leadership roles for the BOC Group, PLC, a multinational manufacturer and distributor of industrial gases where he rose to Vice President of Sales and Marketing for its Distributor Network.Chris serves on several boards, including The University of Findlay, Tour de Force, Inc, the United Way of Hancock County, and is a member of the Mayor’s Council of Trusted Advisors for the City of Findlay.

Full Background

Ostrander has more than 23 years of experience as a thought-provoking and ground-breaking leader driving strategy and long-range growth for clients across multiple industries. He is a sought-after advisor to senior leaders in the automotive aftermarket where he has delivered growth through mergers and acquisitions in private equity, hedge fund and other investment arenas.