Rising 30 Class of 2021
Marcus Beckman has made the most of his five years at Stellantis. Working out of the firm’s Kokomo Transmission Plant, the Industrial Engineering Supervisor has developed key teaching materials, maxed out performance ratings, been named a “Return to Work Champion” during the COVID-19 shutdown, developed a tool for measuring production-line key performance indicators, and more, with a collective net impact that the company has quantified as being in the millions of dollars. A Purdue University graduate with an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Six Sigma Black and Green belts, Marcus adds to his impact by mentoring others and continually seeking to further his own development.
Industrial Engineering Supervisor
As Americas Region Logistics & Distribution Manager at Allegion Plc., Patrick manages relationships with plants throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico, ensuring successful collaborations with Allegion’s manufacturing and distribution facilities. He joined Allegion in 2019 after rising through the ranks at Indianapolis’ FULLBEAUTY brands, where he started as an intern while finishing his degree at IU’s Kelley School of Business and worked for seven years. Applauded by superiors as someone who “does the right thing” and strives to balance team decisions with financial implications, Patrick aspires to become Director for Global Distribution and Logistics.
Americas Region Logistics and Distribution Manager
As Consulting Design Engineer with Eli Lilly and Company, Bessena oversees major projects, including the development of a pre-filled syringe manufacturing facility that his nominator said was delivered “in record time.” He also has been added to a corporate team assessing the company’s safety culture in project delivery and corporate engineering groups – a project he ultimately will lead as manager – and is also the design lead for a lab consolidation project. With a bachelor’s degree from Union College and a master’s from Penn State University, Bessena previously worked at General Dynamics.
Associate Consultant Design Lead Engineer
Eli Lilly and Company
In just his first year in the Owen Valley High School manufacturing classroom, Ryan, the school’s CTE Technology Education and Advanced Manufacturing teacher, has quickly showed the ability to inspire students and increase their manufacturing knowledge and skills. His nominator notes that the school’s students’ performance on the advanced manufacturing and logistics course assessments have increased since Ryan joined the team. Student-centered and dedicated to providing opportunities for hands-on learning, Ryan serves as an assistant varsity wrestling coach and has also coached football and track and field. He aspires to increase student experience by exposing them to real manufacturing settings.
CTE and Advanced Manufacturing Teacher
Owen Valley High School
Described by his nominator as “an emerging technology leader,” Ankit joined Cummins in 2014 and has worked as a Manufacturing Systems Manager since 2015. Recently he was charged with leading the global deployment of a project for which he received a Business Impact Award. Certified as a Project Management Professional and Advanced Supply Chain Professional, Ankit received his undergrad degree at PESIT, in India, and his master’s in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When not building his career toward his goal of becoming Cummins’ Chief Digital Officer, Ankit is writing a fantasy novel or venturing into spirituality through yoga and meditation.
Manufacturing Systems Manager
Cummins Global Manufacturing Group
Raya was one of many applicants for her job as Production Supervisor with TBK America, but she was the only one who came prepared with her own list of questions and suggestions for improving the production process. “She had some of the best ideas I have heard in a long time,” her nominator said. Raya was new to manufacturing when she started with TBK America as an assembly operator, but she quickly proved herself and emerged as an organized, approachable and even-keeled leader who is respected by her team. The biggest key to her success? “She puts her team before herself,” her nominator said.
As Manufacturing Engineer with Allison Transmission, Terrance is responsible for process design and project management for new manufacturing capital purchases. In the past year, his work introducing new tool technology and processing methods to the organization required what his nominator described as a willingness to take “well-researched technical risks.” With a strong technical skillset, clear communication skills and a resilient positive attitude, the Purdue University graduate who also holds an MBA from the University of Indianapolis has earned Six Sigma Yellow and Green belts, and he looks forward to someday launching his own 3D printing consultancy as a side gig.
While Corey has shown ongoing success since he joined Batesville Casket Co. as a project engineer in 2014, he put his skills to especially good use during the pandemic. As Manager of Sourcing & Supplier Development, he created systems to monitor the company’s domestic and overseas suppliers to ensure a steady supply of materials to the firm’s assembly plants. “Corey’s proactive actions have enabled us to keep running without any interruptions,” his nominator said. Having received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, Corey also earned an MBA from his alma mater by doing coursework during lunch breaks and on nights and weekends, while at the same time earning two promotions and receiving increasing levels of responsibility at Batesville.
Manager, Sourcing & Supplier Development
Batesville Casket Co.
As an Elkhart native, Haley Marie grew up in the shadow of manufacturing companies and wrote a college thesis about the RV industry. After earning her undergraduate degree at John Brown University and while studying for her MBA at Oklahoma State University, she came across MITO, a resin modifier that enhances the durability, flexibility and performance of composite materials used in manufacturing. Recognizing an opportunity, in 2015 she created MITO, winning more than $160,000 in business-plan-competition awards and later landing more than $3 million in grant and investor funding. Now the CEO of MITO Material Solutions, she recently moved the firm to Indianapolis to partner with more Midwest manufacturing firms.
Haley Marie Keith
MITO Material Solutions
Eric started his post-secondary education journey focused on eventually going to med school, but he quickly realized that what he really loves is engineering. Now IT & Business Processes Manager at Endress+Hauser, he not only works to build the firm’s business-to-business sales, but he shares his passion for engineering with others though mentoring and coaching. A Purdue University engineering grad who has earned his Six Sigma Green Belt and is working toward his Black Belt, Eric is described as a “passionate and patient leader” who sees talent development as a means for building the firm’s customer base.
IT & Business Processes Manager
When Carrie started her time with PBTT as an operator in 2017, she not only was new to the company but also to manufacturing. She proved to be a quick study, and today the firm’s Operations Manager is credited with acquiring and introducing to the firm an automated technology that allowed the company to increase market penetration, annualized revenue and employment by a year-over-year average of 300%. With a bachelor’s degree in communications studies and health administration from the University of Southern Indiana, Carrie worked for a long-term care facility and an investment firm before finding her niche at PBTT, where she is described as having a “keen understanding of disruptive technology and financial knowledge.”
PowerUp Inc. d/b/a PBTT
As she wraps up her degrees at Indiana University (one in International Studies and Japanese, and another in East Asian Language and Culture: Japanese), Lora is already deeply involved in company building. The Chief Administrative Officer of DRONEDEK since 2019, she has helped this family-owned startup secure patents and continue fundraising activities. Among her achievements: leading a global search to select a contract manufacturing partner and reducing projected per-unit production costs. The company expects to launch a pilot of its drone delivery project later this year, and with it a vision that Lora says offers “a ‘smart mailbox’ for every address in the United States and one day the world.”
Chief Administrative Officer
As Supervisor, Quality Control with Roche Diabetes Care, Kyle leads the largest group within Quality Control. Having joined Roche in 2014, he recently led the transfer of operations from a closed manufacturing facility to Indianapolis (resulting in a 60% increase in production volume), and he continually drives process improvements. In particular, his nominator praised Kyle’s ability to help his team adapt to changing conditions during the pandemic. Utilizing technology, Kyle kept his team engaged and focused, and he helped them continue to develop meaningful ideas that led to tangible results. Through these and other practices, Kyle earns praise for his mentoring, team building and genuine interest in people’s success.
Supervisor, Quality Control
Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
A Human Resources Manager with Fred Smith Store Fixtures, Jonathan is described as a “true servant leader” who strives to make connections in the community that will help to improve lives. For example, he created relationships between Indiana Department of Corrections in Branchville and the local Transitional Living House facilities to create career opportunities for individuals re-entering community from incarceration. A Butler University Lacy School of Business graduate who also spent time studying in Auckland, New Zealand, Jonathan serves on the board of a program providing high school manufacturing internships and also works with organizations supporting children and youth in Harrison County.
Human Resources Manager
Fred Smith Store Fixtures
A veteran of Rolls-Royce’s internship program, Michelle has been connected with the firm since 2017, and in March she was named Forecast Planner, charged with managing a dashboard for open customer orders totaling $37 million. Even while she was in the company’s graduate development program, she made a difference, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost savings, improving delivery performance and more. With a degree in operations and supply chain management from Indiana State University, she is active in diversity and inclusion efforts at Rolls-Royce and was herself recognized with a 2021 Aerospace Industries Association Diversity & Inclusion Spotlight honor.