President, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)
David is president of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), a public-private partnership with the mission to be a catalyst for transforming the state of manufacturing. In this role, David focuses his passion at the intersection between economic development, workforce development, and manufacturing competitiveness. With over 20 years of experience in manufacturing, university, and non-profit settings, he brings a broad understanding to his work.
Prior to joining IMEC, David held leadership positions with several manufacturing companies, primarily in the food industry. He also worked at The Ohio State University South Centers leading a team that comprised of a mixed used incubator, Small Business Development Center, and a Rural Cooperative Development Center. David also served as deputy director at North Carolina State University’s Industrial Extension Service, where he managed an 80-member staff who provided outreach services to the state’s manufacturers, operated a mineral research center, and a technology incubator. He holds a Doctorate in Workforce Development and Education, a Master's in Business Adminisitration and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management. In pursuing his Doctorate, David concentrated his research in two areas: career pathway models and high performance work practices in small and mid-sized enterprises.