The industrial sector is on the rise — and the next generation of leaders is a big reason why. They’re introducing new ideas, taking on new challenges, and driving companies in bold new directions. At Thomas, we’re recognizing their impact.
Within his first 6 months at Shell, Leon achieved over $600,000 worth of savings. To date, he has identified over $16 million in savings. In his role as an Aviation Operations Logistics Analyst, Leon is responsible for coordinating all material and personnel movement to and from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Leon has the difficult task of making sure that all movement to and from the rig is executed safely and cost-effectively. Find out more about Leon >
After receiving her degree at The Ohio State University in Marketing and Logistics, Esma Talu found her unexpected niche within the world of chemistry as she focuses on marketing and selling sustainable chemicals to industrial manufacturers. In addition to rallying around women within her company, Talu also serves as the Women’s Innovation Network site leader for the Chicago office; she intends to use what she's seen in the industry to change not only her company but the industrial workforce as a whole. Learn more about Esma>
In the span of his career, Gary D' Souza has already traveled across the world; his first move from Abu Dhabi to the U.S. in pursuit of an industrial engineering degree led him to AGCO after graduation. 11 years later, D'Souza had the opportunity to move his career south to Porto Alegre, Brazil to implement a product lifecycle management system across AGCO's six Brazilian factories. Despite the challenging nature of his role and the difficulty of teaching himself a new language, he says getting factory team members on board with a new technology or an innovative approach is one of the most rewarding parts of his job. Learn more about Gary >
After joining the family business following her parents' cancer diagnoses, Susanna Morse focused on implementing change to ensure a successful future for the third-generation company. By shifting employee mindset to be more receptive and responsive to change in an industry often slow to adjust, Morse has improved team diversity, implemented new technology, and engaged a multi-generational workforce. In making these adjustments across the business, she’s made great strides in bringing the seventy-two-year-old family business to new heights. Learn more about Susanna >
Kyle Rasksen spent his childhood at his father's fourth-generation metal spinning and stamping company, doing small jobs to earn his candy money. He is now the company's plant manager. After gaining a better understanding of CNC technology, Rasksen saw an opportunity to incorporate additional technology within the facility. Since joining the team as plant manager, Rasken has incorporated two automation robots into Metal Craft's job shop; the company also plans to integrate a water jet robot in January. Learn more about Kyle >