Manufacturing Workforce Advisor
Rob is responsible for the management and continued development of MEP’s Workforce initiative. With focus on connecting the manufacturing sector to training and funding sources, Rob advises industry partners on the availability of manufacturing training programs that will either upskill incumbent staff members or provide entry-level employees with fundamental manufacturing skills. His primary responsibility is to leverage Purdue MEP’s extensive technical strengths and training capabilities for the purpose of developing Indiana’s workforce and favorably positioning our states manufacturing sector for economic expansion.
Rob is a graduate of Oakland City University, earning a Master of Science degree in Business Management. He is also an active Indiana Air National Guardsman serving as a member of the 181st Intelligence Wing. Rob brings 20 years of aerospace and defense manufacturing experience. His career began as an Inspection Technician at Rolls Royce Aerospace and his responsibilities have evolved through the years. Rob has held positions such as: Customer Support Manager, Sales Manager, Business Development Manager, General Manager and President/CEO. Prior to joining Purdue MEP, Rob was the Director of Business and Industry for a state funded university in southern Indiana where he focused on manufacturing training programs for adult learners and career transition individuals.
Skills & Expertise:
- Aerospace and defense manufacturing
- Customer support management
- Business development
- Workforce training