Rising 30

Revolutionizing the Industry

Those looking for the future of advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML) need look no further. Rising 30 honors AML’s emerging leaders—those bringing exceptional leadership and innovative thinking to bear on the industry’s toughest challenges.

Each year, 30 honorees under the age of 30 are selected and celebrated, drawing attention to those with the collaboration, energy, and creativity to change the way the world does business. And they’re just getting started.

Know a young person who’s shaping the future of AML?

Nominations start November 1, 2021.

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Selection

The Rising 30 honorees represent a variety of professional occupations that significantly impact progress within advanced manufacturing and logistics. These individuals are influential team players who inspire those around them and are committed to revolutionizing the industry.

Nominees must:

  • Be a young professional within the AML ecosystem
  • Demonstrate significant industry impact and success
  • Have full-time employment or other work-and-learn experience such as an internship, co-op, or research position
  • Be 30 years old or younger by end of the 2021 calendar year

Rising 30 Class of 2021

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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.

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A 2019 graduate of Purdue University, Katelyn was first exposed to NTN Driveshaft as a college intern. Now a QA Materials Engineer, she has made her presence known with a strong work ethic and cheerful attitude, but also by driving improvement. One key activity has been the development of a Heat Treat Certification Program for new and current NTN Driveshaft employees, a process that her employer says helps to increase overall training and comprehension, motivate continuous improvement and sustain a quality-based culture. Katelyn hopes to expand the program with other NTN plants, and to develop a digital system for recording production metrics.

Marcus Beckman

Industrial Engineering Supervisor

Stellantis

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Katelyn Bemis

QA Materials Engineer

NTN Driveshaft

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Katelyn Bemis

QA Materials Engineer

NTN Driveshaft

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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.

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As Managing Director of Heartland Ventures, Max leads his fifth start-up, with his first ones dating back to his high school and college years. Applauded for his drive to create more positive connections between Indiana’s economy and the rest of the country, Max has created the largest network of mid-market tech buyers in the Midwest, with many of them being in advanced manufacturing and logistics. The IU Kelley School of Business grad serves as a Smart Manufacturing Fellow for the State of Indiana’s Manufacturing Readiness Grant program, and he hopes to replicate his business model across the Midwest over the next few years.

Patrick Bowman

Americas Region Logistics and Distribution Manager

Allegion Plc

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Max Brickman

Managing Director

Heartland Ventures

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Max Brickman

Managing Director

Heartland Ventures

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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.

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Emily was just a freshman in college when she first crossed the threshold at GE Aviation, spending time at four facilities as part of an internship/co-op program. After graduating from Trine University, she joined the manufacturer full-time, immediately being admitted into GE’s operations management leadership program. Now a Six Sigma Green Belt, Emily works as a Program Quality Leader with GE Aviation in Lafayette, where, her nominator notes, she leads with passion, commitment and a capacity to connect with people from all levels of the organization. In addition, the volunteer high school lacrosse coach is also recognized as a resource for supporting minorities and women developing their careers at GE.

Bessena Cabe

Associate Consultant Design Lead Engineer

Eli Lilly and Company

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Emily Canepa

Program Quality Leader

GE Aviation

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Emily Canepa

Program Quality Leader

GE Aviation

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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.

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As the Legislative Affairs Director with the Indiana Department of Transportation, Kacey works each day to build legislative consensus in support of transportation and logistics projects. Most recently, she has focused on aligning policies regarding oversize and overweight cargo, safety in work zones and critical infrastructure funding – tasks she sees as opportunities to improve the lives of her fellow Hoosiers. A Butler University graduate who is working on her master’s at IUPUI, Kacey is credited with bringing an infectious energy and enthusiasm to her role and with being a strong advocate for the transportation industry.

Ryan Cowden

CTE and Advanced Manufacturing Teacher

Owen Valley High School

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Kacey Crane

Legislative Affairs Director

Indiana Department of Transportation

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Kacey Crane

Legislative Affairs Director

Indiana Department of Transportation

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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.

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As he approaches his 10th anniversary with Kem Krest, Tyler can look back on a steady stream of promotions, from his first days as a temporary associate to his current role as Warehouse Manager . Responsible for approximately $165 million in revenue, Tyler leads a team of 70 associates with a focus on continuous improvement, creativity and innovation. He is credited with playing a key role in the company’s earning the highest level of quality certification from GM, and he is active in a wide range of community projects – from serving as a volunteer for Junior Achievement Lemonade Day to teaching classes on continuous improvement for the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy.

Ankit Dhandhania

Manufacturing Systems Manager

Cummins Global Manufacturing Group

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Tyler Ewing

Warehouse Manager

Kem Krest

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Tyler Ewing

Warehouse Manager

Kem Krest

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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.

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An Estimator/Project Manager for E&B Paving, Brandon currently serves on the project management team for a $143 million interstate reconstruction project while also working on other projects. During his time pursuing his Purdue University bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, Brandon received a number of academic honors. Earning kudos from his team for his exceptional leadership and communication skills, Brandon enjoys mentoring interns and providing advice about careers within the company, and he also volunteers at his church.

Raya Fields

Production Supervisor

TBK America

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Brandon Hardin

Estimator/Project Manager

E&B Paving, LLC

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Brandon Hardin

Estimator/Project Manager

E&B Paving, LLC

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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.

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Since joining Cook Biotech as Development Engineer in 2018, Sydney has helped to scale up production processes, led or partnered on five new-product-development programs and submitted 13 invention disclosures and contributed to 2 provisional patents. She also founded and serves as team leader for CBI Professionals in Career Development, leading a group of eight volunteers to run 12 annual events for professional and personal development. With a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from University of California at Santa Barbara, Sydney aspires to one day take at least one product line from initial discovery through submission to the FDA and commercialization.

Terrance Harrell

Manufacturing Engineer

Allison Transmission

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Sydney Hollingshead

Development Engineer

Cook Biotech

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Sydney Hollingshead

Development Engineer

Cook Biotech

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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.

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As Community Involvement & Education and Program Specialist with Faurecia Clean Mobility, Kailey has worked to ensure that young people have access to careers in the industry and that the company has access to the resources it needs to attract, hire and retain good employees. The University of Indianapolis grad pairs high school student interns with experts in the company’s technology career fields so they can learn about the industry’s work and opportunities. In addition, she helped to grow the firm’s Maintenance Apprenticeship program in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College and secured grant funding to help offset the cost of the program at two of the company’s plants.

Corey Horan

Manager, Sourcing & Supplier Development

Batesville Casket Co.

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Kailey Johnson

Community Involvement & Education and Program Specialist

Faurecia Clean Mobility

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Kailey Johnson

Community Involvement & Education and Program Specialist

Faurecia Clean Mobility

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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.

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Nominated by fellow Rising 30 honoree Haley Marie Keith, Rajan leads Ateios Inc., a firm that attracted more than $1.8 million in funding and for which he invented a patented battery technology and its manufacturing process. With a bachelor’s degree in nanoengineering from State University of New York Albany and a master’s and Ph.D. in the same discipline from the University of California San Diego, Rajan was described by his nominator as “one of the few engineers that can translate research into commercial products and use innovation to change the way existing industries operate.” His goal is to grow his company around innovations that will increase the life and charging speed of batteries while also lowering the cost.

Haley Marie Keith

CEO

MITO Material Solutions

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Rajan Kumar

CEO

Ateios

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Rajan Kumar

CEO

Ateios

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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.

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A few years ago, Erica was asked to run a simple robotics demonstration in front a group of elected and community leaders. When attendees wanted to see more, she quickly programmed a new demonstration – which went so smoothly she was asked to make some impromptu remarks. “She rose to the occasion,” her nominator said, demonstrating not only robotics but also the can-do attitude that has defined her career. Often standing out in professional settings – usually the only female, only Latina, and only person below 5’ 2” in stature – the Three I Design Controls Programmer exudes a confidence that inspires others. “Erica has advanced minority involvement in the Evansville area more than she knows,” her nominator said.

Eric Lemmel

IT & Business Processes Manager

Endress+Hauser

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Erica Lopez-Cepero

Controls Programmer

Three I Engineering / Ivy Tech Community College

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Erica Lopez-Cepero

Controls Programmer

Three I Engineering / Ivy Tech Community College

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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.”

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As Continuous Improvement Engineer at Cook Medical, Taylor is helping to drive a manufacturing transformation at the firm’s Bloomington facility, leading process improvements, flow and systems integration to improve safety, quality, delivery and cost. The University of New Mexico graduate joined Cook in 2015 as a production engineer, and now is dedicated to helping not only to improve systems but also the Cook team. A former college and high school swimmer, she coaches the girls’ swimming team at Bloomington North High School and also serves as a volunteer coach with Bloomington Lacrosse – underscoring her ongoing commitment to helping others grow and achieve.

Carrie Maguire

Operations Manager

PowerUp Inc. d/b/a PBTT

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Taylor McGregor

Continuous Improvement Engineer

Cook Medical

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Taylor McGregor

Continuous Improvement Engineer

Cook Medical

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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.”

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In a little less than one year as Powertrain Manufacturing Engineer at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Amanda has made her mark. For example, she led an effort that reduced production cycle time by 17% and improved product quality while also handling facility expansions, including a $390,000 office addition. With a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University Kokomo, she has earned her Six Sigma Green Belt certification, been named a World Class Manufacturing Specialist for NAFTA and, in 2018, helped create STEM-focused summer camps for boys and girls, serving more than 200 students a year in the Greater Kokomo area.

Lora O’Toole

Chief Administrative Officer

DRONEDEK

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Amanda Raver

Powertrain Manufacturing Engineer

Subaru of Indiana Automotive

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Amanda Raver

Powertrain Manufacturing Engineer

Subaru of Indiana Automotive

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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.

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You could say Justin has notched a towering achievement in his time with Red Gold. An Electrical Project Engineer, he designed and implemented the electrical system for a piece of equipment known as “the Mega Tower,” a large cooling tower at the firm’s Elwood facility that supports four process systems, and also created the human-machine interface and other elements of its operation – all while continuing to work on other projects. The Purdue University grad started with Red Gold as a summer intern and earned a spot on the team with his skills and abilities, but also with his positive attitude and willingness to help others succeed.

Kyle Richmond

Supervisor, Quality Control

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.

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Justin Robertson

Electrical Project Engineer

Red Gold

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Justin Robertson

Electrical Project Engineer

Red Gold

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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.

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Since joining Arcamed in 2018, Brandon has received a steady stream of promotions and increases in responsibility, serving in multiple roles in quality, materials and safety. Now the firm’s Materials and Safety Manager, he has driven several improvements at the company, most notably the implementation of Arcaboard, a digital, live-feed information-sharing system. An alumnus of the University of Dayton, where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Brandon is credited with continual improvements in Arcamed’s safety standards and also with strengthening relationships with suppliers across the state and country.

Jonathan Smith

Human Resources Manager

Fred Smith Store Fixtures

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Brandon Sobera

Materials and Safety Manager

Arcamed

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Brandon Sobera

Materials and Safety Manager

Arcamed

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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.

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As Assistant Operations Manager – Variable Labor for GEODIS Americas, Roland has been instrumental in helping GEODIS create a new job classification around flexible/variable labor similar to the gig-work concept made popular by UBER and LYFT. Operating in a marketplace with a high degree of demand variability, GEODIS is constantly searching for ways to break through barriers that make it difficult to consistently match labor force and demand. “This program is helping to break down those barriers,” Roland’s nominator said. An Indiana State University Scott College of Business grad, Roland also has earned Six Sigma Yellow and Orange belts.

Michelle Harvey

Forecast Planner

Rolls-Royce

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Roland Wilson

Assistant Operations Manager – Variable Labor

GEODIS Americas

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Roland Wilson

Assistant Operations Manager – Variable Labor

GEODIS Americas

Nominations start November 1, 2021.