Joe Francis

Joe Francis

President & CEO

Joe’s passion for Central McGowan is unmatched. His direction is clear and his excitement is contagious. Joe knew at a young age that Central McGowan would become his home. The company was founded in 1954 by his Grandfather, Leo Henkemeyer making Joe the 3rd generation owner. Beginning his career in 2005, Joe was hired on doing work including assisting in our fill plant, inside sales and customer service. After the sudden and unfortunate passing of his father and CEO/CFO in 2011, Joe’s attention focused on the financial side of things accepting the position of Vice President and CFO.

Joe has worked in coordination with our management team to lead our company through succession planning and a new leadership structure/company re-organization. Joe is currently President & CEO, and majority owner of Central McGowan along with his mother Cynthia Francis. Maintaining an aggressive growth approach and family ownership with employee focus are some of his top priorities.

Joe is a 2007 graduate of St. Cloud Technical High School and a 2012 graduate of St. Cloud State University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Management with minors in Finance and Real Estate. He is actively involved in our industry and community being members of GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors association), GSDC (Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation), YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and a strong supporter of Boys & Girls Club, CentraCare Health Foundation and the Animal Humane Societies.