Jan-Paul Kalmeijer

Jan-Paul (JP) Kalmeijer, executive director of COGNEGY, applies his expertise toward solving his clients' greatest growth and profitability challenges. JP's nearly 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and new product development at the executive level spans two continents and multiple countries including Italy, Germany, France, England, Holland and the UK.

As former President of Balta Industries in Dalton, Georgia, JP led three U.S. business units to generate $40 million in sales. With responsibility for all sales, marketing, finance and supply chain activities, he boosted the company's overall revenue by a 32 percent average over two years, ensuring profitability when reporting to Floor & Wall Coverings, the $1 billion Belgian-based parent company.

Prior to joining Balta Industries, JP spent over 20 years in Europe leading marketing and new business development for prominent brands in the consumer goods industry, most notably with Black and Decker, where he developed and launched the Piranha brand concept. The result was a boost for Black and Decker to a dominant 55 percent market share in the Power Tool Accessory category. While at William Levene Ltd., JP championed the design and sourcing of over 100 new SKUs of innovative kitchen products, created the award winning 'Flavour Shaker' in collaboration with celebrity cook Jamie Oliver and developed numerous other award-winning products. He spearheaded culture changing concepts and developed quantifiable profitability measures at other companies including Conair Corporation, Michael Page Consulting, and 3M Belgium.

JP received his Commercial Engineering Degree in Business Economics and Marketing from K.U.L. - Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He fluently speaks three languages, English, French and Dutch, and possesses a working knowledge of German. He served on the boards of IBANA, the Independent Business Advisors of North America, and NACC, the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce. He is now actively involved with the BELGIAN AMERICAN Chamber of the South. JP pursues photography, is a dedicated sports fan and cyclist. He and his wife reside near Decatur, Georgia and have four grown children.

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