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.

Brad Albrecht
Vice President – Finance
Budnick Converting, Inc.
Columbia, IL

Jean Pitzo
CEO
Ace Metal Crafts
Bensenville, IL

Robert Barnett
Retired Manufacturing Executive

Scott Rempala
President / CEO
Mighty Hook, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Kenneth Carlton
Vice President
Corrugated Metals
Belvidere, IL

Michelle Drew Rodriguez
VP of Corporate Strategy & Development
Tenneco
Lake Forest, IL

David Fox
President
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Downers Grove, IL

Jeff Schertz
Vice President of Operations
DICKEY-john Corporation
Auburn, IL

Mike Loquercio, Board Secretary/Treasurer
Area Director of Manufacturing
D&W Fine Pack
Elk Grove Village, IL

Glen Schwab
Executive Director
Quad Cities Manufacturing & Innovation Hub
Moline, IL

Zachary Mottl
Chief Alignment Officer
Atlas Tool Works, Inc.
Lyons, IL

Craig Van Den Avont, Board Vice Chair
President
GAM Enterprises
Mount Prospect, IL

Craig Sutton
Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation
Deere & Company
Moline, IL

Tom Welge, Board Vice Chair
Vice President
Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation
Chester, IL

Aneesa Muthana
President
Pioneer Service, Inc.
Addison, IL

Craig Zoberis, Board Chair
President
Fusion Systems, Inc
Burr Ridge, IL

Representatives to the Board (non-voting)

Gary Anna
Vice President for Business Affairs
Bradley University (IMEC Fiscal Agent)
Peoria, IL

Kyle Harfst
Executive Director Southern Illinois Research Park & Executive Director of Economic Development
Southern Illinois University Carbondale OERD
Carbondale, IL

Jerry Blazey
Interim Vice President for Research and Innovative Partnerships
Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, IL

Phill Wadsworth
Federal Program Officer
National Institute for Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Gaithersburg, MD

Larry Danziger
Executive Director for CADRE
(Center for Advanced Design, Research & Exploration)
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

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