Board of Directors

To ensure that IMEC's focus is in alignment with the needs of Illinois businesses, IMEC is led by a board of directors comprised of the leaders of companies from across the state. Small and mid-sized manufacturers - IMEC's principal customer segment - are represented, as are larger OEMs such as Deere, Caterpillar, and healthcare organizations. Non-voting members include representatives from partner organizations and stakeholders.
  • Tom Welge

    CHAIRMAN, Vice President of Technical Sales, Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation

  • Michelle Drew Rodriguez

    Michelle Drew Rodriguez

    VICE CHAIR, VP of Corporate Strategy & Development, Tenneco

    I believe in the purpose and mission of IMEC and have seen the value it brings to individual businesses as well as the broader manufacturing ecosystem. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the board and to help drive growth and global manufacturing competitiveness for Illinois based manufacturers.

  • Craig Van Den Avont

    Craig Van den Avont

    1st VICE CHAIR, President, GAM Enterprises, Inc.

    I am passionate about USA manufacturing and believe we can compete globally when it’s done well. In being part of IMEC, I can indirectly help other manufacturers achieve success if the services and resources we offer are effective in achieving our mission. I enjoy manufacturing and want to participate in the industry by interacting with other manufactures, the leadership team at IMEC, and being part of the organization.

  • Craig Zoberis

    Craig Zoberis

    PAST CHAIRMAN, President, Fusion OEM

    My experience with the IMEC team and board members has created some of the most impactful industry relationships I have had in my years in manufacturing.

  • Mike Loquercio

    Mike Loquercio

    SECRETARY/TREASURER, Vice President of Supply Chain, Greenleaf Foods

    Great food, fun happy hours and the easy commute to meetings. OK -amazing group of talented resources committed to Illinois manufacturing. Engaged board who steps up and steps in, it’s a chance to give back and make a difference, we are making a difference!

  • Brad Albrecht

    Vice President – Finance, Budnick Converting, Inc.

  • Robert Barnett

    Retired, Motorola

  • Ken Carlton

    Vice President, Corrugated Metals, Inc.

  • David Fox

    Retired, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

  • Janet Garetto

    Office Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

  • Ashley Moy

    Ashley S. Moy

    CEO/Chairwoman, Cast21

    I am on the IMEC Board because I want to help set the team’s ambitious goals and execute bold strategies that prepare and keep Illinois manufacturers competitive, inclusive, and sustainable in a global market.

  • Aneesa Muthana

    Aneesa Muthana

    President, Pioneer Service Inc.

    IMEC helps me stay sharp in the world of manufacturing. It’s an honor to work with other passionate and knowledgeable people in the industry. I’m grateful to have a place on the board, where I can be a voice for small to mid-size manufacturers.

  • Jean Pitzo

    Jean Pitzo

    Chief Executive Officer, Ace Metal Crafts Company

    I am on the IMEC Board because I believe so strongly in the mission of the organization. They have done so much to help my company and our teammates achieve great things.

  • Scott Rempala

    Scott Rempala

    President, Mighty Hook, Inc.

    Our company experienced significant financial and employee training gains from multiple engagements with the IMEC team. I was offered and opportunity to hopefully give back to an organization that has done so much to transform our company into a leading manufacturer in my industry. It has been my pleasure and my honor to serve on the board of IMEC over these last few years.

  • Jeff Schertz

    Vice President of Operations, DICKEY-john Corporation

  • Jeffrey Taylor

    Jeff Taylor

    President and CEO, Crafts Technology

    The reason that I am on the board is to share and leverage my experience in a way that is designed to be additive and helpful to others as they endeavor to improve themselves and their business.

  • Margy Sweeney

    Founder & CEO, Akrete

  • Craig Sutton

    Craig Sutton

    Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation, Deere & Company

    I’m a passionate advocate of leveraging industrial technology to drive manufacturing sustainability and competitiveness. IMEC brings forth a collection of talent which provide directions and insights that any manufacturer (small, medium, or large) can leverage to create world class productivity.

  • Karen Watson

    CEO, International Filter Manufacturing Corporation

    The IMEC Board is an excellent way to collaborate with like-minded leaders facing similar challenges while working together to advance and promote Illinois manufacturing.

Representatives to the Board (non-voting)

  • Jerry Blazey

    Jerry Blazey

    Interim Vice President for Research and Innovative Partnerships, Northern Illinois University

    Northern Illinois University is honored to partner with IMEC to promote small to medium manufacturing across the state of Illinois. Our faculty in science, engineering, and business offer broad expertise in support of IMEC and their clients.

  • Larry Danziger, Pharm.D.

    Executive Director, (CADRE), Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Lynn Andersen Lindberg

    Director, Business Innovation and Research Innovation and Economic Development, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

  • Tony Mastalski

    Regional and State Partnerships, National Institute for Standards and Technology, Manufacturing Extension Partnership

  • Donald Peterson

    Donald R. Peterson

    Dean, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Northern Illinois University

    To increase regional economic awareness by assisting Illinois organizations and industries to develop successful sustainable competitive futures through collaboration and community engagement.

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