Emerging Leader Hayley Balmert Develops Her Leadership Skills

Hayley takes initiative to learn as much as possible about machine shop management in hopes to one day lead a precision machining company.


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Hayley Balmert

Hayley Balmert

Hayley Balmert began her machining career working in a Swiss lathe shop in high school. Then in 2016 she starting working at Aviva Metals as a machining operator. Hayley's drive to learn more earned her a promotion to machine shop administrator in 2017. Taking her knowledge of how parts are made, she has developed the skills to document management, coordinate machine shop estimates, do job costing, maintain the shop ERP system, order material and review contracts.

“Hayley takes the chance to learn anything she can to improve setups, decrease downtime and keep the machinist informed of all required information,” says her nominator, Danielle Bruno, production planning manager at Aviva Metals. “She takes initiative—if all machinists are assigned to other tasks—to run a machine to get work out in a timely matter.”

The 23 year old also takes initiative; if all machinists are assigned to other tasks, she figures out how to run a machine to get a job out in a timely matter. Hayley hopes to keep progressing her skills so one day she can become president of an aerospace precision machining company.

“I can't wait to see where she will take her leadership skills,” Ms. Bruno says.


To read about all the 2019 Emerging Leaders, visit “Meet Production Machining’s 2019 Emerging Leaders.”

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