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About Paul C. Darley

  • June 11, 2019

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Paul C. Darley is President & CEO of W.S. Darley & Co. Under his leadership, sales have increased over 500% in less than 15 years to over $140 million in 2012. He began in pump sales in 1985 and was named Vice President for the Fire Pump Division of W.S. Darley & Co. in 1990. In 1997, he became President and COO in 1997 and was appointed President & CEO in 2010.

Founded in 1908, W.S. Darley & Co is a fourth generation family business, led by Paul and an executive team that has transformed this 105 year old company into a world leader in the firefighting industry with ISO 9001 certification and an electronic catalog of more than 10,000 items. The company has recently been awarded major Department of Defense Contracts including an $85.1 million contract with the USMC in 2012.

He is a Past President of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association (FAMA) after serving on its board for the past 5 years. Paul is the youngest person to ever serve as president of this 60-year-old organization.  He also served on the Board of Directors of Fire & Emergency Manufacturers & Services Association (FEMSA) for seven years. Paul Darley currently serves on the Board of the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) for the Great Lakes Chapter.

Paul is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago and he holds a BS Degree in Marketing and Finance from Marquette University.  He earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He recently earned a two year graduate certificate from the University of Illinois in Emotional Intelligence.

Paul has traveled to 80 countries in his 25-year tenor, and has made over 500 industry speaking engagements. He is involved with numerous charitable and service organizations including Past Chairman of the Chicago Windy City Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization). He serves on the advisory board for a charity, A New Day Cambodia.

Paul is married to his high school sweetheart and together they are raising three daughters in Elmhurst, IL.