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  About MEP

Former MEP Advisory Board Members

Term Expired
Roy A. Church

Roy Church

President of Lorain County Community College (Elyria, Ohio)

He has served thirty-six years as a leader in comprehensive community colleges and has led the transformation of Lorain County Community College as its president since 1987. Dr. Church’s hallmark initiatives during his tenure include building collaborative private and public partnerships to support education, workforce and economic development. Among these accomplishments include: establishing a renowned University Partnership Program involving 12 universities delivering over 40 bachelor and graduate degrees; the only Edison Technology Incubator on a college campus in Ohio; a $14 million pre-seed fund for regional technology start-ups; a 46,000 square foot commercialization center for sensors and microsystems; and a 75,000 square foot Advanced Technology Center supporting advanced manufacturing containing the National Science Foundation Weld-Ed Center and rapid prototyping lab. Dr. Church co-chairs the Ohio Board of Regents Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council, Cooperative Education and Internship Advisory Committee and Complete College Ohio Task Force. He also served on the State Advisory Committee on Adult Career-Technical Programs and the Ohio Board of Regents Technology Transfer and Commercialization Task Force. Regionally, Dr. Church serves on the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, NorTech Board of Directors, Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) and Fund for Our Economic Future.

May 2016
Dennis Dotson


Third generation foundryman serving as Chairman of Dotson Iron Castings in Mankato, Minnesota

The company is in the top tier of foundry suppliers and has been acknowledged by the industry’s society as the “Metalcaster of the Year” out of 2,000 North American facilities. Denny has been very active in the industry serving on various boards, past president of the Ductile Iron Society and is the current president of the American Foundry Society. He is also chairman of People Driven Performance, a startup company focused on internal communications. Dennis has a strong commitment to education and is a trustee emeritus of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the governing board for the 35 post-secondary state institutions. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1967 BBA) and the University of Chicago (1968 MBA). He currently serves on the board of Enterprise Minnesota (a NIST MEP affiliate). The constant in his career has been the involvement in many new community, educational and business startups.

May 2016
James Bean

Jim Bean

President and CEO of Preco Electronics, Inc.

Preco is recognized worldwide as an innovator, designer and manufacturer of vehicle communications systems. Prior to Preco, Jim had over 20 years of operational experience with Fortune 500 companies including National Semiconductor Corporation, Apple Computer, and Sun Microsystems. He held positions in both domestic and international manufacturing. While at Sun, Jim was part of the executive team responsible for taking the company public and its rapid growth as a market leader. In addition to his experience as an employee in the international economy, Jim has served on the Board of Directors for both public and private organizations. Jim holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

April 2013
Cheryl Hill

Cheryl Hill

Owner and CEO of Hill Manufacturing, Inc.

Hill Manufacturing is a 65 employee CNC machine shop with customers in energy, aerospace, and other industries. In June, 1996 Ms. Hill became sole owner of Hill Manufacturing with five employees and annual sales of less than $500,000. Since that time, she has purchased Ketchum Manufacturing (later renamed Hill Aerospace) and created an additional firm, Hill Equipment Manufacturing. Her company’s sales have grown to more than $7,500,000. She is an active business owner and articulate advocate for Oklahoma’s manufacturing community. In addition, she has been a mentor to other women in manufacturing through the Oklahoma Women in Business and Agriculture Conference. Ms. Hill attended Mankato State College in Mankato, Minnesota, and moved to Oklahoma in 1974.

April 2011

 Edward W. (Ned) Hill


Dean, Maxine Goodman Levin Collage of Urban Affairs

Edward W. (Ned) Hill is Dean, Professor, and Distinguished Scholar of Economic Development at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution, a Nonresident Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Government at the University of California at Berkeley, and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at South China University of Technology. He edited Economic Development Quarterly from 1994 to 2005. Hill is a member of the board of directors of MAGNET, the MEP affiliate organization in Northeast Ohio. Ohio Department of Development Director Christine Schmenk appointed Hill to Ohio’s Manufacturing Task Force in 2011 and he has been a member of Ohio’s Cooperative Education Advisory Council since 2009. Hill and his team completed a major study of advanced manufacturing for Pennsylvania’s Industrial Resource Network Program in 2010. In 2011 and 2012 they advised JobsOhio, Ohio’s economic development organization, and Northeast Ohio’s economic development network on development strategy in 2011 and 2012. The Ohio Manufactures Association presented Hill with its Legacy Award in 2005.

April 2014
James Jacob

James Jacobs

Associate Director for Community College Operations at the Community College Research Center, and the Director of the Center for Workforce Development and Policy at Macomb Community College

Dr. Jacobs is a national expert on workforce development and community colleges with more than two decades’ experience working through community colleges to meet the training needs of manufacturers in multiple industries. At Macomb Community College, Dr. Jacobs initiated the Machinist Training Institute, a college program that trained entry level machinists for small and medium sized manufacturing firms. This program was the first NMCS (National Metalworking Standards Council)-certified machining center at any community college in the nation. Dr. Jacobs was also responsible for the establishment of community college training programs between the Industrial Technology Institute and Michigan community colleges. He also coordinated the Mid-American Training Group, a group of 15 major community colleges in the mid-west that performed education and training activities with auto and steel manufacturers in their communities. He has also conducted major studies on the impact of new manufacturing technologies on skill requirements of firms both for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor.

March 2013
Fred P. Keller

Fred Keller

Chairman and CEO of Cascade Engineering

Cascade Engineering is a leading multi business manufacturer in the renewable energy, automotive, industrial, and recycling industries, primarily with plastic injection molded products. A materials engineer by training, Fred Keller founded the Company in 1973. The Company’s industry recognition includes the Society for Human Resource Management's top 10 “Best Medium Companies to Work for in America”; the White House’s Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership; and Goodwill Industries’ “Employer of the Year” award, and Chrysler’s “Technology Role Model” award. In 2004, he was named to the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Advisory Council and served for 2 years as Chair before retiring in 2011. He is also the recipient of a “Distinguished Service Award” from the National Governors Association. A Grand Rapids native, he earned a B.S degree from Cornell and a master of business management from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute.

March 2012

Keith Mayeaux


President of A+ Corporation

A+ Corporation is a company that develops, manufacturers, and markets Analyzer Sample Conditioning Components required for extracting samples from process lines or vessels, transporting the sample to the analyzer, and conditioning it so that it may analyzed. Keith has provided day-to-day management, serving as both sales manager and marketing manager. In 2005, Keith became president and is responsible for overall management and strategy for the company. In his various roles he has been involved in all aspects of the business, from mapping process flows to implementing strategy to overseeing the negotiation, sale, and transfer of technology to a 3rd party.


February 2010
Merrit R. Marquardt


Merritt R. Marquardt retired from the 3M Company where he served in the Office of General Counsel. His work involved legal practice in the areas of anti-trust, government contracts, and counsel to numerous operating units across a broad range of business matters. Each corporate division has its own R&D, marketing, manufacturing, and sales departments which are governed by an operating committee which functions as a board of directors for that business. Over the years, he served on the operating committees of more than a dozen of such business units. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the George Washington School of Law, and during the interim spent time on destroyers as an officer in the U.S. Navy.


April 2009
Capers W. McDonald

Capers McDonald

Executive in Residence and faculty member of Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School.

For 12 years previously, Capers W. McDonald led BioReliance Corporation as President and CEO, providing innovative testing and manufacturing services for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries from operations in the U. S. and Europe. When acquired during 2004, the company was valued at a 32-fold increase and greater than 33% annual return for investors and employees over Capers’ 12 years of leadership. During 2003, BioReliance was ranked #1 nationally by Forbes in earnings per share growth among “200 Entrepreneurial Hot Shots” and #11 by Fortune Small Business among “America’s Fastest-Growing Small Companies.” Capers served three terms as Chair of the Technology Council of Maryland and was named a 2002 Greater Washington Entrepreneur of the Year. He has been recognized as a national Distinguished Eagle Scout and included among Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who's Who in the World. Capers earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a B.S. in Engineering from Duke University.

September 2010
Kenneth G. Priest II


President and Chief Executive Officer of Kenway Corporation, Chief Executive Officer of Maritime Marine LLC

After working as Project Engineer and Engineering Manager of St Regis/Champion/International Paper Company Bucksport Me for over 10 years, Kenneth Priest acquired ownership in the family business Kenway Corporation. He has diversified the company from a manufacturer serving the composite needs of the Pulp and Paper Industry to a leader and innovator in composites for a variety of industries including Defense, Marine, Power Generation, Waste Water Treatment and Aquaculture. Ken has a BS in Engineering from the University of Maine and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Maine.

April 2013

 Mark Rice


Mark Rice is President of the Maritime Applied Physics Corporation. After working for several engineering firms and U.S. Government laboratories, he formed Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) in 1986. MAPC has both R&D and production work with offices in Maryland, Virginia and Maine. MAPC currently designs and manufactures electro-mechanical systems that range from submarine and surface ship components to commercial motion control systems. The company has recently completed two unmanned surface vessels for the U.S. Navy along with prototype distributed power and water systems for use by individual families in Afghanistan. MAPC has had several export contracts supplying ship components to foreign shipbuilders. Mark is a member of the local District Export Council for the Department of Commerce. He has a BA in Physics from the University of Maine and is a licensed Professional Engineer. March 2014
 Rich Scott


Rich Scott is the former President of Quality Filters, Inc., having served since 1996. Quality Filters manufactures a full line of products for the commercial, industrial and residential HVAC filtration industries.The company has served the air filter market since 1983, employing 100 people in Robertsdale, AL. Quality Filters has grown over its more than 26-year history from a small manufacturing firm with a limited line of pleated filters to a competitive presence offering a large array of HVAC, gas phase, products nationwide. During his time, Scott grew the company from 35,000 to 65,000 square feet to accommodate business growth. In addition Mr. Scott expanded business through an agreement with Reckitt Benckiser, parent company of Lysol, to manufacture filters with the Lysol label. In 2008, Quality Filters worked with the Alabama Technology Network, a NIST MEP affiliate, to expand into a profitable niche market that presently accounts for about 15 percent of the company’s sales and shows a potential for doubling. Under Mr. Scott’s leadership, Quality Filters, Inc. was named as the 2011 Innovator Award recipient for the state of Alabama by the Southern Growth Policies Board.

March 2014
William Shorma 

 Advisory Board

William Shorma is currently President and CEO of Rush-Co. in Springfield, SD, which manufactures highly engineered metal and cover systems and designs custom fabric solutions for nearly any problem or industrial application. Previously he served as President of Shur-Co and the Wahpeton Canvas Company.

Mr. Shorma serves as a member of several Boards of Directors, including the South Dakota Junior Achievement, the Sioux Corporation, MMI in Montgomery AL, and the South Dakota Youth Business Adventure Camp. He is also a Board Member and Past State Chair of the South Dakota State Chamber of Commerce. He was named South Dakota Businessman of the Year by the University of South Dakota  School of Business. Mr. Shorma earned his degree at the North Dakota State College of Science.

August 2015