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The Future of Manufacturing in the U.S.

Jerry Jasinowski
Former President and CEO, National Association of Manufactoring (NAM)

Jerry J. Jasinowski is the retired President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association. He held that position for fourteen years. He also served as the President of The Manufacturing Institute, the education and research arm of the NAM during 2005 and 2006. With the increasing federal regulatory complexities facing manufacturers, Mr. Jasinowski’s extensive experience in Washington, including service as assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce, provides a valuable perspective to the Boards her serves and companies he advises. He has a successful history of managing and navigating the complexities of working with public, private and non-profit boards ranging in size and mission.  In addition to his experience leading a complex business organization, Mr. Jasinowski brings expertise in economics and a deep understanding of the issues facing global manufacturing companies.

Mr. Jasinowski serves on the board of directors of Timken Company, a machine tool and accessories firm and the Phoenix Companies, a life insurance firm and Avectra.  He has also served on the board of Harsco Corporation and webMethods.


Elizabeth A. Burgess
Altus Capital Partners

Senior Partner

Senior partner Elizabeth Burgess has 20 years of experience in structuring and managing leveraged transactions. She co-founded Altus Capital with Russell and Gregory Greenberg in 2003 after working with the team as part of their prior fund, Max Capital Partners.

Focusing on manufacturing companies in the lower end of the middle market, Elizabeth’s investment philosophy is rooted in her belief in the value of knowledge, good management, integrity and hard work. In this sector, experienced private equity firms need to partner with solid funding sources and collaborate with management teams to strengthen companies and minimize risks so they can thrive while facing diverse challenges. Before working at Altus Capital and Max Capital, Elizabeth structured and managed a broad range of leveraged transactions at Bank of America, G.E. Capital and the Chase Manhattan Bank.

Elizabeth earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Thomson Acquisition Inc, Mistras Holdings, Gichner Systems, Inc. and Die Cast Holdings, where she serves as Chairman

Thomas W. Giacomini
Dover Industrial Products, Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Giacomini has over 20 years of work experience with significant contributions in the areas of executive leadership, operations, engineering, marketing and business development.  In 2009, Mr. Giacomini was promoted to President and CEO of Dover Industrial Products. As President of Dover Industrial Products he completed three acquisitions in 2010 and two business combinations while driving global expansion, new product development and operational excellence across 12 operating companies with approximately $2B in annual sales and over 100 facilities located around the world. In his prior role as President of the Material Handling Platform, he completed two strategic acquisitions in the automation and energy/infrastructure markets. Prior to these roles, he was President of Warn Industries. Mr. Giacomini was instrumental in the highly successful leveraged buyout of WARN Industries from family ownership and the subsequent sale to Dover Corporation. His leadership of the development and successful commercialization of new industrial and consumer product divisions at WARN has driven strong performance over the last five years. These new products have received recognition including the prestigious design award from Business Week. Mr. Giacomini is named in several US patents and has been recognized with numerous awards, including recognition as a "Forty under Forty" leading Oregon business person by the Portland Business Journal.  He has a B.S. - Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan (Dearborn) and completed his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University. He was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of WARN and spent numerous years successfully working in the consumer products, industrial and automotive industries.

Ron Ritter
McKinsey & Company

Ron Ritter is a Partner in the Miami Office of McKinsey & Company, Inc., with over 12 years of experience with McKinsey.  He is one of McKinsey’s foremost experts in complex production system design and large scale transformation. He brings nearly 20 years of lean experience to Hertz

McKinsey Experience:

          Founded McKinsey’s U.S. Production System Design Center, an office within McKinsey that serves as an academy to build specialized skills in lean, manufacturing excellence, and to serve as a research center for innovations in operations transformation; the center has produced hundreds of graduates and is a leading supplier of production systems design engineers globally

          Experienced in broad range of operations including aerospace, retail, medical manufacturing, basic materials, high-tech assembly- across global sites and at all levels including line design, maintenance, network configuration, and operations strategy.

          Led multiple waves of front-line transformation and production system design at an airline across airport operations, base maintenance, and line maintenance

          Supported the Hertz Lighthouse team in 2009 to architect the program and support on-going problem-solving

External Experience

          Ron served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense from 2006-09. He was responsible for development, management and execution of Air Force Smart Operations program to deliver multi-billion dollar financial gains, manpower availability and mission performance. He worked directly with top USAF leadership down through all 100+ global bases and 700,000 Airmen. Significant focus on front-line innovation, major process redesign, financial management, and top governance/strategy. Awarded Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service

          Ron received a Ph.D. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami (FL)

Eric Rottier
Chart Industries
Senior Vice President Corporate Development

Eric Rottier became Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Chart Industries in September of 2010 and has been with the company since 1992.  Prior to his current role he spent 7 years as the President and COO of Chart Asia Inc. and other roles with Chart including Managing Director of Chart Australia, Vice President of Operations, and Vice President/General Manager of Bulk Systems.  He also continues to lead Chart’s global Operations Excellence team.  Eric has been responsible for numerous operations across the U.S., Australia and China.  He established and managed several wholly owned foreign enterprises, joint ventures and acquisitions in China.  Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters degree in Manufacturing and Systems Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.  Eric also attended the General Managers Program at Harvard Business School.

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