Christopher A. Sahm
Chief Executive Officer
Mentored since childhood by his grandfather, the founder in 1948 of Elixir Industries, a nationwide manufacturing company, Chris was well prepared to lead that company as Chief Operating Officer, President, and Chief Executive Officer from 2002 to 2015. Chris continues the Elixir legacy as Chief Executive Officer of Elixir Extrusions, the successor company of this former division of Elixir Industries.
Before joining the national sales team of Elixir Industries in 1996, Chris earned a BS in Science from University of California-Santa Barbara, taught 8th grade classroom science, sold real estate, and for five years was President of Players Golf, Inc., a golf club design and manufacturing company.
Philip Smith was named President of Elixir Extrusions, LLC on May 1, 2015.
He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. His 24 years of experience includes Metal production, Metal Fabrication, and Engineering. For the past 16 years, he has served Elixir Extrusions in Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering and Sales. In 2006 he was promoted to General Manager where he worked in that capacity until April of 2015. He started with a vision to enhance the plant capabilities from light fabrication such as punching and cutting, to be a premier aluminum extrusion fabricator, featuring CNC machining, bending, robotic welding, assembly and precision cutting. Now as President of Elixir Extrusions, LLC, he manages a team of professionals who specialize in Aluminum Extrusions and Fabrication, producing products that are used worldwide, touching every business sector.
In addition to serving Elixir Extrusions, he is an ordained minister among the Primitive Baptist faith for the past 16 years. He also serves his community as President of the Douglas Lions Club. He served as a Board member for the Coffee County Chamber of Commerce for 4 years and is active with the Economic Development Authority.
Steve began his aluminum extrusion career in 1980, working hands-on in virtually every aspect of manufacturing while earning his BBA in Management from Valdosta State University. He has extensive experience in extrusion practice development, quality system implementation, and lean manufacturing initiatives, working for extruders in the United States and benefiting from benchmarking abroad.
Joining the sales team at Elixir in 2007, Steve helped grow the customer base, with particular emphasis on the fabrication market. With a focus on integrity and a commitment to excellence in all areas of business, he has forged solid relationships that create value for customers, employees, and the community. Named Vice President in 2015, he helps lead the company as one of the best full-service extruders in the Southeast.
Chief Financial Officer
Donny Bradshaw comes to Elixir Extrusions with over 20 years of progressive financial management experience. Donny began his career with Christian, Kelly, Thigpen and Associates, CPA in Dublin, Georgia as a staff accountant working on audits, reviews, compilations, taxes, consulting and other duties. He then entered the corporate arena with Rare Hospitality, former holding company of Longhorn Steakhouses, as Restaurant Accounting Manager. Following that, he served as Controller of Allied Ready-mix in Atlanta.
Donny’s experience in all forms of cost accounting served him well as controller at Tecumseh Products and Intermetro Industries, both in Douglas. From there he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at General Housing.
Donny maintains active involvement in several community service organizations. Currently, he serves on the Coffee County Chamber of Commerce Board as Vice President. He is also a member of the Douglas Lions Club. Donny received his BS-Accounting from Georgia College and State University where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Donny is married with three children.