Max Jewell, Fike CEO, dies

Chuck Kopoulos named new president and CEO
SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, April 29, 2010

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo.—Max Jewell, CEO and president of Fike Corporation, died on April 28, 2010. Fike is an industrial and commercial safety solutions provider, which entered the general fire alarm market two years ago, and made a foray video smoke detection with the acquisition of axonX last year.

Fike customers, employees, suppliers, and business partners worldwide learned of Jewell’s death today in a letter from Fike Chairman Lester L. Fike, and Logan J. Wilson, Fike Sr. VP Legal Affairs.

“Max served in this role for 13 years. He was a Fike employee for 25 years. Many of you met and worked with Max over the years. Through his leadership, Fike grew stronger and more diversified on a global basis. Our entire organization will miss him,” the letter said.

“As Max would have wanted, Fike is moving forward and continuing to meet customer needs during this sad time. The company has named Chuck Kopoulos as president and CEO. We will continue to update you as other organizational changes are made.”

The letter asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Midwestern Chapter, 6811 W. 63rd Street, Suite 202, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202.