This year’s 10 Emerging Leaders have many character traits in common that shine well beyond the buildings in which they are employed. Their leadership skills and willingness to help others grow within their skill sets has proven that the precision machining industry’s future is bright in the hands of these talented individuals.
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In his five years as business team leader at American Turned Products, Jerry Eighmy, has educated himself about continuous improvement and lean initiatives and how to implement them at both of the company’s locations.
“In her short amount of time with the company, she has made the largest positive impact that I have seen in 12 years here.” Read about how Morgan Miller, a 2020 Production Machining Emerging Leader, has influenced C&A Tool.
“When we have shop tours for students and instructors, sharing the company’s journey and sharing my experiences over time is important,” says Clay Adcock, production manager at Custom Tool and a 2020 Emerging Leader.
Under Travis Donaldson’s leadership, Donmac Precision Machining Inc. has made extensive improvements, including streamlining its production. Read about this 2020 Production Machining Emerging Leader’s other accomplishments here.
In Gary Sweeney’s 10 years with Everett Industries, this 2020 Production Machining Emerging Leader has taken organically developed engineering and product development systems and transformed them into scalable, reliable, efficient methods.
“Galion LLC has always encouraged me in my quest to grow and develop professionally, so I would like to help others do the same,” says Erica Bonen, a 2020 Production Machining Emerging Leader.
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“Manufacturing has become more than just a career, but a passion,” says Renee Schroeder, vice president of operations at Smith and Richardson Inc., and a Production Machining 2020 Emerging Leader.
In this video, Senior Editor Lori Beckman asks Production Machining’s 2020 Emerging Leaders what difficulties they deal with regularly.
“As the future owner, it’s my responsibility to garner the respect of my workers and peers, and to lead a prosperous company,” says 33-year-old Cassandra Haupers. “To do so, I must learn from the past and innovate for the future.”
“Joshua consistently goes above and beyond what is needed, always looking for ways to better our company and bring us to the forefront of manufacturing.”
Many of Production Machining’s 2020 Emerging Leaders talk about why they chose manufacturing for a career path in this video.
“Josh is supremely patient and has been a great resource for the other team leaders, not only answering their questions but taking the time to explain and improve their skills.”
This video features some of Production Machining’s 2020 Emerging Leaders answering the question, “What are your goals within your company?”
The skills Justin learned from earning his social work degree has helped him in his career as a machine shop manager, according to his nominator.
Jessica took on the challenge to expand her skills and knowledge to secure a better future for herself and also to assist customers when she quickly transitioned from administrative assistant to sales manager.
According to these three educational program managers, the Siemens LEAP program gives students experience with basic to advanced CNC machining techniques that employers are using in their shops.
It might be easy to see the productivity advantages created by IIoT tools, but don’t overlook the impact they can have on workforce development.
Nathan’s unique knack for investing in the growth of his more than 50 employees creates a workplace made up of people who feel empowered, cared for and respected.
Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops program honors shops that fall in the top 20% of its annual benchmarking survey. These Production Machining readers have received this recognition.
R.J. explains that his passion and dedication to machine tool technology, discovering solutions and helping customers achieve results drives every decision in his life.
The applications manager solves complex manufacturing challenges for Ellison Technologies while teaching precision machining classes at a community college.
Andrew has worked hard to explore uncharted territory to drum up new business and has used creative, yet effective, avenues to do so.
By displaying passion and empathy, the MachineMetrics marketing director is able to communicate the ideas of Industry 4.0 in an easy-to-understand and inspiring way.