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Community Advisors

Automated Manufacturing & Assembly Community

Larry Lewis Larry Lewis is president of Phoenix Automation and Sales. Lewis holds degrees in automated manufacturing and electronics. He has nearly 30 years of experience managing sales in excess of $30M+ for company’s such as Festo, Destaco/Robohand, Norgren and Barksdale. Lewis has served in various officer positions for SME's North Bay Chapter 431, including chapter chair, regional nominations chair and events chair. Member Since 2011
David Smith David Smith is a technology and innovation manager at Boston Engineering Product and Process Solutions LLC. His role as engineering manager for complex programs results in new products, manufacturing processes and factory automation. In addition, Smith is president of Product and Process Solutions LLC where he delivers goal-based, engineering consulting services to companies needing new manufacturing processes or lean factory automation. Prior experience includes division manager for Foster-Miller / QinetiQ; manager of manufacturing engineering at Cooper Industries, Wagner Brake Division; program manager and pilot plant supervisor for Millipore. Smith was educated at Northeastern University. He is the current chair of the Robotics & Flexible Machinery Tech Group and chair of Boston Chapter 33. Smith is also a New England chapter member of the Laser Institute of America. Member Since 1999
Member and Industry Relations Manager
Dolores Nixon Dolores Nixon began her career at SME in December 1999 as part of its customer service team until June 2000. From 2000-05, she was the association manager for SME's former Computer and Automated Systems Association of SME (CASA/SME), Electronics Manufacturing of SME (EM/SME), Machine Vision Association of SME (MVA/SME) and Robotics International (RI/SME). Nixon transitioned to a community relations manager for SME's Automated Manufacturing & Assembly Community when the associations switched to the community structure in 2003. From 2005-08, she worked as the director of special events at the Michigan Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and from 2008-11, Nixon was promoted to the national director for LLS Canada where she worked with corporations, volunteers and staff to implement fundraising programs and acquire sponsorships to support the organization's mission. During this time, Nixon also managed a bilingual call center in Michigan with 20 staff who supported the fundraising programs for Canada. She has a degree in accounting and is currently working toward her CMA  (certified management accountant) certification designation. Currently, Nixon is the member and industry relations manager for the Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia, as well as the staff liaison for the AMA Community.