William A. Ells is vice president of sales at Vibram USA in Concord, Massachusetts, a manufacturer of footwear and soles for outdoor, recreational, work, and fashion boots and shoes.
Ells joined ASTM International and its Committee on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear (F13) in 1998. He is currently secretary of the committee and has also served as F13 vice chairman and as a subcommittee officer. In 2013, the committee honored Ells with the Award of Merit for his service and commitment to safety standards for footwear. He has also received a Service Award for his term on the Committee on Standards.
Involved in the design, development, and production of footwear and sole materials for military, industrial, and outdoor use, Ells has been with Vibram since 2010. He previously worked in sales at American Biltrite Inc. and Quabaug Corp.
In addition to ASTM International, Ells is a member of the board of the American Apparel and Footwear Association. He is also a member of the Canadian Standards Association and of the Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association.