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Michael MolnarMichael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, is the founding director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, an interagency organization chartered by the White House and hosted at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This interagency team works to coordinate federal activities in advanced manufacturing, and is responsible for administrative initiatives, including design and establishment of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation — industry-led institutes for accelerating scale-up of new manufacturing technologies. Molnar also leads the NIST Advanced Manufacturing Office, established to serve as liaison to industry and academia and to manage new NIST extramural programs. Prior to federal service, Molnar had an industry career of more than 25 years with leadership roles in manufacturing technology, advanced manufacturing engineering, capital planning, metrology, quality systems, automation and industrial controls. Current SME involvement includes service as SME's president and membership on the Audit, Finance and Budget Committees. Previous SME roles included two years on the SME Member Council, with a year as Member Council chair; chair of the TCN Steering Committee; chair of the Automated Manufacturing & Assembly Community; chair of the Robotics Tech Group; and chair of the former Robotics International of SME (RI/SME). He often serves as a keynote or feature speaker at SME and other industrial conferences as well as local chapter events. Molnar's credentials include service as a White House Fellow and citations from the National Academy of Engineering. In 2008, he was elected an SME Fellow. Molnar received an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineers and a master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a licensed professional engineer, a certified manufacturing engineer and a certified energy manager. Member Since 1982 

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Wayne F. Frost, CMfgE
Interim CEO

Wayne FrostWayne F. Frost, CMfgE, retired as a production system project manager and product quality systems auditor of John Deere Waterloo Works after a successful 37-year career. He has served at the international and former region and chapter levels. Frost served two terms on the SME Board of Directors from 2004-07 and two terms from 2008-12. Currently, he is the president-elect of the Executive Committee, a member of the Audit and Finance Committees, and is a membership consultant for senior chapters in northern Iowa. Frost previously served as vice-chair of the Region Chairs Committee and as a member of the Certification Oversight & Appeals Committee. He served the former Region 9 as chair, chair-elect, treasurer, secretary, leadership training coordinator and certification committee chair. His many positions with Waterloo Chapter 186 include chapter chair, student chapter liaison, honor awards, certification and recruitment/retention committees. Frost has received the Award of Merit, President’s Award, Region 9 Olin Simpson Award, the Waterloo Chapter 186 Kurt E. Lear Award and the John Deere General Manager’s Award. He holds certifications as an ASQ-certified quality auditor and is an Institute for Supply Management certified purchasing manager. Frost received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. Member Since 1983 

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Interim Managing Director

Debbie HoltonDebbie Holton is interim managing director of industry and technology. Holton, a 22-year veteran at SME, brings a forward-thinking vision and an expansive strategic and technical understanding of the manufacturing sector and such key industries as aerospace, defense, medical, energy and transportation. Holton leads the group that produces and coordinates more than 20 manufacturing tradeshows and related conferences throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Additionally, she collaborates with major manufacturers, suppliers and leading industry organizations in identifying key manufacturing challenges and convening the vast SME network of members and technical experts to develop potential solutions. From 2012-13, Holton served as the NAMII acting deputy director of technology transition. She is a University of Michigan graduate. Member Since 2005

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Interim Managing Director

Jeannine KunzJeannine Kunz is the interim managing director of workforce and education at SME. Here, she leads a team dedicated to the ongoing education of the manufacturing workforce. Kunz is a recognized authority on professional development and training for the manufacturing community. Her vision and passion have put her at the forefront of workforce management issues — providing innovative solutions for companies, academia and individuals. Today, Kunz is focused on solving the skills crisis for advanced manufacturing. She led SME’s acquisition of Tooling U, the leading provider of online training for manufacturing. Kunz also spearheaded the launch of KnowledgeEdgeSM — an online book and video resource. She is frequently asked to provide her insights at conferences, events and caucuses across the country. Kunz also offers her expertise as a regular contributor to IndustryWeek, NPR Marketplace, Gear Solutions, and many others. She recently joined the Industry Advisory Committee for the College of Technology at Pittsburg State University. Kunz earned a bachelor’s in business and marketing with a concentration in economics from Eastern Michigan University and has served on EMU’s Alumni Board. She is also a member of ASTD and the U.S. Tennis Association. Member Since 2008

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