October was an exciting month for AME. In addition to reconnecting at AME Dallas 2022, we welcomed our 2022-2023 AME Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Marc Braun for his service as he steps down from the role of AME Chair. He and Past Chair Wayne Pitchford led AME through unprecedented and tumultuous times. We emerged stronger as an organization and owe our success to their strong servant leadership.
Please help me congratulate our new AME Chair, Jenny Snow-Boscolo. Jenny serves as Senior Director of Global Customer Experience at Genie and brings with her a vast repertoire of knowledge and professional experience. I look forward to the enthusiasm and innovative thinking she will infuse into this chair role.
Jenny’s Board Executive Committee will consist of Chair-Elect Rich Fitzgerald, Chairman of the Board, Zentech; Treasurer Billy Taylor, LinkedXL CEO; Secretary Peggy Gulick, Kohler Director Smart Factory, Office & Automation, and Past Chair Marc Braun, Marc D Braun LLC President.
They are joined by AME Directors-at-Large Brian Fields, Newport News Shipbuilding Vice President of Aircraft Carrier Construction, CVN 80/81 and Future Carriers; Robert Martichenko, Transplace Senior Vice President; Gregg Miner, Watlow Global Vice President of CI and Quality; Michael Muilenburg of Muilenburg Manufacturing Consulting; and Ellen Sieminski, Littelfuse, Inc. Sr. Lean Manager.
Michael (Mickey) McCallion, SMTC Corporation Executive Vice President Global Operations, joins AME’s board as the newest Director-at-Large. We are thrilled to add his expertise to an impressive group of veteran lean and manufacturing professionals. Welcome, Mickey!
Rounding out this team are our regional board representatives, including AME Presidents Council President Terry Spalding of Hansen Plastics Corporation and AME Southwest Region President Larry Anderson of Resource Syncing.
Each individual on the AME Board of Directors brings unique leadership skills capable of expanding AME’s core values of people-centric and servant leadership to our members.
The phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf. A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible. And as a matter of great importance, Greenleaf’s philosophy heralds a commitment to the growth of a company’s workers.
Growth is what we strive to achieve at AME. We aim to grow both as individual lean thinkers and as an organization united in its passion for operational excellence. It takes strong and adaptable leadership, capable of listening to its base and nurturing innovation and welcoming change. I am confident the leaders on our AME board will not only work tirelessly to see us grow together in 2023 but also challenge us to rise to enthusiastically embrace disruption. I welcome their expertise and collaboration.
As always, please stay safe and keep looking out for one another.