Fire Pumps, Fire Apparatus, Fire and Defense Equipment

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Paul C. Darley - Chairman

Paul C. Darley is Chairman, CEO & President of W.S. Darley & Co. Under his leadership, sales have increased over 2000% to over $400 million in 2019. He began in pump sales in 1985 and was named Vice President for the Fire Pump Division of Darley in 1990. In 1997, he became President and COO and was appointed President & CEO in 2003. He was named Chairman in 2011.

Founded in 1908, W.S. Darley & Co is a fourth-generation family business, led by Paul and an executive team that has transformed this 111-year-old company into a world leader in the firefighting and defense industries. 

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, where is a guest lecturer.

Paul has traveled to 80 countries in his 30-year tenor and has made over 500 industry speaking engagements. He is involved with numerous charitable, business and service organizations. He is a former Chairman of the Chicago Windy City Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and is a trustee for Dominican University. 

He is a Past President of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association (FAMA) and he also served on the Board of Directors of Fire & Emergency Manufacturers & Services Association (FEMSA). Paul Darley currently serves on the Board of the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) for the Great Lakes Chapter.

He is the author of the book Sold! The Art of Relationship Sales.  The book highlights emotional intelligence and authentic leadership to sell more, work your way of the corporate ladder…and what to do once you get there.

Paul is married to his high school sweetheart for 31 years and together they raised three daughters in Elmhurst, IL.