Champion For Industry - Class of 2019

The manufacturing industry continues to be among the most innovative, advanced, productive, and successful sectors of any across the world. But that doesn’t happen by accident — it’s the result of some incredibly talented and driven leaders who go above and beyond every day. At Thomas, we’re recognizing the achievements of these amazing manufacturing professionals.

January - Joel Stone

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As the CTO at Fermentum, Joel engineered the design of a two million liter biotechnology plant in Rochester, NY. He has held many C-level positions at various food ingredient, animal health, enzyme, ethanol, and renewable chemical companies. Joel is the only executive in the history of biotech to have simultaneously built three, 100 million gallon per year ethanol plants, in 16 months. Learn more about Joel >

February - Karen Norheim

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In her years at American Crane, Karen has successfully been able to revitalize and modernize her company’s culture. She created the grit matters campaign, which provides employees with the ability to work through challenges together as well as share success stories. This initiative has enhanced collaboration across various departments, and as a result, has led to increased profitability for the company. Find out more about Karen >

 

March - Anand Singh

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In his role at Philips, Anand strategizes ways to improve the medical device and accessories business by partnering with suppliers to bring new healthcare products to market. Using data insights, Anand and his team established a tracking system to discover gaps and opportunities in the market, which has resulted in 9.6% YoY growth for Philips since 2015. Read more about Anand >

April - Scott Lindblad

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As the CTO at Fermentum, Joel engineered the design of a two million liter biotechnology plant in Rochester, NY. He has held many C-level positions at various food ingredient, animal health, enzyme, ethanol, and renewable chemical companies. Joel is the only executive in the history of biotech to have simultaneously built three, 100 million gallon per year ethanol plants, in 16 months. Learn about Scott >

May - Tracy Tenpenny

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During his 13 years at Tailored Label Products (TLP), Tracy has been able to transform the company from a $6.5 million business to a $24 million business. He has had the opportunity to work with large companies such as Tesla, providing label solutions for the aerospace, hydraulic power, and light industries. With his direction, TLP has been voted a Best Place to Work company. Learn more about Tracy >

June - Jim Schweich

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As Chief Executive Perfectionist at Plateco, Inc., Jim inspired his 74 employees, increased efficiency and optimized his plant floor layout tripling his 45-years-strong company’s capacity without increasing the size of his factory or adding new equipment. Learn more about Jim >

 

July - Dr. Salvatore Menzo

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In his ten plus years as superintendent of Wallingford Public Schools, Sal Menzo has taken a once conventional public-school district and transformed it into a diverse collaborative partnership with local manufacturers to develop hands-on educational programs that deliver career skills, both technical and soft, for students and local residents. Learn more about Sal >

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