Manufacturing: NEIL D. WILKIN JR.
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, OPTICAL CABLE CORP., ROANOKE
Wilkin joined Optical Cable Corp. in 2001 as chief financial officer and senior vice president and became its chairman and CEO in 2003.
Wilkin, who holds undergraduate, MBA and law degrees from the University of Virginia, started out as an attorney at McGuireWoods LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general corporate matters. He later became CFO for an online real estate brokerage.
A publicly traded company, Optical Cable manufactures fiber optic cable used for telecommunications, with clients in the U.S. and over 70 other countries. It provides data communication connectivity solutions for enterprise markets, specialty use applications and harsh environments. Optical Cable also manufactures military-grade land tactical fiber optic cable for the U.S. military and its allies.
Optical Cable reported $59.14 million in revenue for fiscal year 2021, compared with $55.3 million in 2020 and $71.3 million in 2019. Production volumes were tempered by supply chain and labor constraints, impacting net sales, the company said in a June earnings report.