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NextGen For Industry - Class of 2020

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.

Q1 2020 - Damian Zagorski

Damian Zagorski
As the senior welding engineer and production supervisor, Damian prides himself on continuous improvement. Whether he's conducting weekly audits with his team to provide actionable feedback and recognize improvements or striving to learn new skills for his own personal and professional development, Damian consistently strives to grow. Learn more about Damian >

Q2 2020 - Rose Celestin

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While she may appear to be in the early stages of her career due to her recognition as a Thomas NextGen for Industry, Rose is actually already deeply familiar with the exciting world of supply chain and boasts years more experience than her peers. She entered the field at just 14 years old as a purchasing technician; She left her first company as the director of procurement. Learn more about Rose >

Q3 2020 - Gina Govojdean

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Govojdean became one of the youngest procurement operations managers at Howmet in 2018, where she was responsible for procurement activities across five operating locations with $298 million in annual spend and $275 million in inventory. In her current role as metal flow path manager, she developed a new strategy centered on optimizing market prices and followed a risk-based approach to limit market exposure amid COVID-19. Learn more about Gina > 

Q4 2020 - Jesse Davern


Since landing a post-graduation internship at RK Mission Critical, Davern has been with the business for 11 years. His internship later morphed into a spin-off business, modern-day RK Mission Critical, where he became the first employee of its new startup division. After serving as virtually the only employee for a period of time as the startup got off the ground, Davern now knows the ins and outs of every facet of his operation, which currently resides in a 140,000 square-foot facility. Learn more about Jesse > 


They’re changing the way industrial companies think, work, and succeed. They’re The NextGen For Industry, and we’re putting them in the spotlight — with your help.