Jay Schmidt

Jay has over 25 years of operational excellence experience focused in Lean Systems, Manufacturing Engineering and Project Management for the automotive, power management, and water flow & filtration industries. Jay has helped many organizations on their journey to achieve Operational Excellence by designing, implementing and continuously improving manufacturing systems that optimize people efficiency, material flow, […]

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Andrew Porter

Andrew has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing engineering and consulting for the electronics, aerospace, metal foundry, assembly, printing and process industries.  Andrew helps manufacturers adopt performance-driven strategies to improve quality and operational excellence. Skill Set Experience Certifications Education Andy volunteers for two organizations supporting artists with disabilities and is on the board of […]

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Barry Messer

Barry brings over 25 years manufacturing experience working with management driving continual improvement and implementing quality management systems, in machining, foundry, assembly environments. He has lead new and ongoing cross-functional initiatives related to customer, quality, regulatory, and continuous improvement. Barry is a long term systems thinker with a proven track record of systems development and […]

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Carol Crawford

Carol brings a diverse management background including experience in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Lean Six Sigma, Quality Systems, New Product Development, and Multi-site Project Management in manufacturing and software environments. Carol has worked for several large companies, including Brady Corp., a subsidiary of Rockwell Automation, 3M, and, prior to her arrival at the WMEP, […]

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Beth Aldana

Beth Aldana

Beth has over 17 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering leadership roles in medical device, automotive and industrial product industries. Beth’s career has concentrated on helping organizations achieve Operational Excellence through systemic process improvements with an emphasis on creating collaborative team environments and developing the capabilities of the team members.  Beth has worked for […]

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Jay Jochman

Jay is originally from Appleton WI and has been a resident of the Fox Valley for most his life.  Jay’s career began more than 20 years ago working as an engineering intern for several paper mills in the Fox Valley while working towards his Industrial Engineering degree from UW-Platteville.  His professional career has given him […]

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Jen Arnold

Jen is a WMEP Senior Consultant with more than 30 years of manufacturing experience, including 15 years in various positions within the paper industry (R&D then plant shift supervisor, process engineer, area coordinator, cell manager, and operational excellence leader), one year in the flexible food packaging industry as a Quality Manager, and two years in […]

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Stephen Smiley

Stephen is a seasoned Executive Leader specializing in visionary strategy development and practical implementation, driving success across organizations. With a robust background in international, multi-facility operations, he guides teams toward operational excellence and strategic alignment. Stephen’s leadership extends across various industries, including Heavy Equipment, Consumer Products, and Aerospace. Stephen is known for his expertise in […]

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Peg Dorn

Peg brings over twenty years of experience in the food industry as a Quality Systems Manager.  Duties included performing internal auditing, writing SOPs, writing an approving corrective actions, preparing export documentation, and participation in food and pharmaceutical audits. Peg spent two years as a third party auditor for NSF international. She is a lead assessor for […]

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Mark McDermid

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Mark has more 30 years of experience working with manufacturers, both as an employee and as a Director in the Wisconsin Bureau of  the Department of Natural Resources promoting sustainability in the state’s manufacturing sector. Skill Set: Sustainability development and integration with management systems Experience: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources program management and systems development […]

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