I am very pleased to welcome five new people to the Manufacturer’s Edge team and to the larger Colorado manufacturing community. Not only are we lucky to have them join us, but we are honored that they would choose to work for Manufacturer’s Edge.
Stacy Feeney is a new Denver Regional Director who will spend most of her time developing new business and new partnerships in the greater Denver area. Stacy’s most recent experience includes stints at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade where she managed programs helping Colorado companies develop new markets internationally and at the World Trade Center of Denver where she managed outreach to Colorado companies. Stacy brings a varied background and eclectic set of skills to us and we know she will contribute to the growth of the manufacturing community.
Dan Majors has joined us as CFO. Dan is responsible for managing compliance, auditing, and all things related to keeping us on the right side of Federal and State rules of the MEP system and the various State programs. Dan has extensive auditing experience and has worked part-time for us as a contractor for the last four years. We are glad to have Dan officially in the family.
Tracey McCarthy has joined us as Business Manager, responsible for accounting processes, grant management and reporting, Federal MEP reporting, banking, and special projects as needed. (For example, Tracey managed our Manufacturing Day efforts last year and helped us place 5th in the country for Manufacturing Day activities). Tracey has worked as a contractor for Manufacturer’s Edge for over ten years and, like Dan, we are very, very excited to have her as a formal member of the team. Her institutional knowledge is invaluable and we all sleep better knowing she is on the job.
Ali Recek is our new Director of Key Initiatives reporting to myself and Sumer Sorensen-Bain and is helping pursue a number of new initiatives ranging from making Colorado the #1 state for Manufacturing Day 2017, to the Dream It Do It workforce development effort, to our initiatives helping the beer, distilling, apparel, and outdoor recreation and lifestyle industries grow and reach new markets. Ali comes to us most recently from the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance and, prior to that, was with the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and Goodwill Industries of Denver. We know you will enjoy Ali’s energy and dedication to manufacturing and we look forward to great things happening because of her joining the team.
Last, but definitely not least, John Blignaut is our new Growth Services Coordinator. No stranger to the MEP system, John comes to us from the Indiana MEP and adds a significant new dimension to our services. The MEP system has renewed its focus on new product development, new markets for companies, and, in general, helping companies grow revenue. John comes to us with a tool kit of knowledge and methods in these areas, and will be responsible for developing, growing, and delivering our “Growth Services” practice in the coming years.
Again, we are honored that these talented people would choose to work with us and we know you will enjoy working with them as much as we do.
– Tom Bugnitz