Champion For Industry - Class of 2020

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.

Q1 2020 - Navin Persaud

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As the lead facilities analyst at Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) and vice president of the Institute of Supply Chain Management's (ISM) New York chapter, Navin focuses on increasing diversity within procurement through education and inclusion. He finds awarding diverse supplier contracts very rewarding on a personal level; he wants to see diverse vendors succeed. Learn more about Navin >

Q2 2020 - Vanessa Li

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Despite having limited exposure to STEM at a young age and being told by professors that she wouldn't be a good fit for a career in engineering, Li has established herself as an engineering force to be reckoned with as a metallurgical specialist and technical manager. She has made it her personal and professional mission to encourage students - especially young girls - to pursue careers in STEM and supports them in their efforts to learn more about industry.  Learn more about Vanessa >


Champions For Industry drive their teams, their companies, and the manufacturing industry itself forward. If you know a Champion, let us get to know them too.