If it’s not born, hatched or grown, it’s manufactured (made). From the molds for the cell phones you carry to automotive, aircraft parts and dental implants, technology continues to advance and amaze me. The breadth of opportunities abound within the manufacturing industry, whether you want to make parts or design them or measure them or build them using 3D additive technology, the sky is truly the limit. I have met and worked with (and learned from) industry leaders around the world and visited over 35 countries and 46 states in the process.
My first paying job was at 10 years old, working weekends and some evenings for neighborhood farmers until I was 16, when I worked at Wayne’s Hardware. During my high school years, I was compelled to be a leader and was class president grades 8-11 and Student Council president my senior year.
After graduation from high school, I was accepted into Columbia School of Broadcasting. My father encouraged me to wait to see if I was accepted into GE’s Machinist Apprentice Program before signing the paperwork. That day, when we arrived home, the acceptance letter was in our mailbox. The program exposed me to every aspect of machining, welding, assembly, forge shop, metal fabricating and more with 4 years of 40+ hours per week in 6 month rotations and classes 4 nights a week.
Upon graduation, my first role was as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer and then I was offered a position as Production Foreman. At the age of 22, I had 68 people reporting to me on 2nd and 3rd shifts in a factory. When things slowed at GE, I was interviewed by Carboloy, GE’s cutting tool division. I accepted a job in Technical Marketing and went into sales a year later. In 4 years, I was promoted to Regional Sales Manager before moving on to a role in sales management in machine tool distribution. I had never been exposed to “technical sales” and I loved being able to solve problems and help people improve their production as my vocation.
I have been blessed to work for some great people during my years and they exposed me to other leaders through involvement in trade associations. Eventually, I served on the Board and as an officer in AMTDA and then AMT for a combined total of 11 years, serving as Chairman of AMT in 2015-16. Throughout my career, I have made it my mission to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist in manufacturing.
My father encouraged me to go through the machinist apprentice program. I said, “I don’t want to run a machine my whole life” and his response was, “That’s why you want to join this program.” It was the start of a 40+ year career that introduced me to fantastic people, incredible technology and was much more lucrative than I could have dreamed at the time.
|2020 - Present||iTSpeeX, LLC||Chief Revenue Officer|
|2016 - 2019||Methods Machine Tools||President & CEO|
|2015 - 2016||Concept Machine Tools||Executive VP|
|2013 - 2015||Morris Midwest (Hegman)||President|
|2002 - 2012||Morris South (MTS)||President|
|1995 - 2002||J & H Machine Tools||Regional Sales Manager|
|1992 - 1995||Gosiger, Inc.||Vice President|
|1990 - 1992||GE Carboloy/Seco||Regional Sales Manager|
|1986 - 1990||GE Carboloy||Sales Engineer|
|1981 - 1986||General Electric||Production Foreman|
|1980 - 1981||General Electric||Advanced Manufacturing Engineer|
|1976 - 1980||General Electric||General Electric Apprentice|
North East High School
General Electric Machinist Apprentice Graduate
Negotiation Skills Workshop
Dale Carnegie Courses
Various Technical Training
Masters of Milling training in Sweden (Seco Tools)
1975 – Dennis Lowe’s Citizenship Award
1975 – AFS Foreign Exchange Student to Switzerland
1988 – Carboloy Sales Award ($2 Million Club) – quite a bit for 1 year in cutting tools in ‘88
2016 – AMT Chairman outgoing presentation – Flag flown over US Capitol and clock presented
I have had the pleasure of working with Jerry Rex for a number of years. We have enjoyed making many successful sales calls together. Traveling together you have the chance to learn about the person, his passion for our industry and his willingness to give his all to meet his business goals, his partnership with his suppliers and above all, meeting the needs of his customers. He is a good people person and willing to help people in need.