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Sunday 21 October 2018
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Manufacturer & Business Association Announces 2018-2019 Board of Governors

ERIE – The Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) recently announced its 2018-2019 Board of Governors, including members of its Executive Committee.

Mark Rose, director of Erie Operations at LORD Corporation, has been named chairman of the MBA Board of Governors. Employed by LORD for 30 years, Rose began his career with the company in 1988 as a manufacturing engineer. His initial tenure included roles of increasing responsibility in manufacturing engineering and production management positions. Rose spent many years of his career involved in management roles within the New Product Introduction process for the Aerospace & Defense Industry Group. He subsequently held plant manager roles in several LORD facilities including Erie, Saegertown, and Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania and Dayton, Ohio.

Rose was born and raised in Erie and earned a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and further earned his master of science degree in industrial engineering, specializing in manufacturing engineering. He is an active supporter of the Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System, vice-chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Penn State Master of Manufacturing Management Program, an executive sponsor of the Community School partnership between LORD Corporation and McKinley Elementary School and is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Waterford.

Rose is joined on the MBA’s Executive Committee by Vice Chairman Mike Mankosa, executive vice president – Global Technology – Eriez Magnetics; Treasurer Mark Raimy, chief executive officer, Welders Supply Company; Immediate Past Chairman Harry Eighmy, chief operating officer at American Turned Products; and, Ex-Officio Scott Bonnell, owner of Bonnell’s Collision Center.

New MBA Board members who will serve three-year terms include:
Kathy Jones, business planning manager at GE Transportation. Jones has 26 years of service with General Electric, 15 years with GE Lighting and 11 years with GE Transportation. In her current role, she works cross functionality with Supply Chain, Commercial and Finance teams to align all organizations on business objectives and drive optimal execution. She has extensive experience in Planning, Inventory, Distribution Operations and Organizational Development. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in organizational and occupational behavior from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Jones is an active leader in GE Transportation’s annual Community Service Day and an executive representative for GE Transportation at the Neighborhood Art House. She is also an active leader in the GE Leadership Program for selection, evaluation, development and retention.

Colleen Moore Mezler, chief executive officer of Moore Research Services, Inc., and a second-generation researcher and seasoned professional with more than 30 years in the market research industry. Mezler has significant experience in both quantitative and qualitative research, which has made Moore Research a reputable global research company.

Mezler is a past chairman for the Insights Association and is certified by the Insights Association as an expert in market research. She also is an advocate of women in business. She is the recipient of the Gannon University’s Small Business Development Corporations Legacy Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Insights Association and was honored by the Mercy Center for Women as one of Erie’s Women Making History. She also received the ATHENA International Leadership Award, the SBA Woman Owned Business of Western PA and the Distinguished Service Award from the Insights Association. Mezler is a 2009 ATHENA PowerLink Recipient and serves on the ATHENA International Board of Directors.

Other members of the MBA Board of Governors include: Andrew Foyle, president of H&H Machined Products Co.; Jim Greenleaf, president and chief executive officer of Greenleaf Corporation; Steve Jones, president of Ron Jones Hardwood Sales, Inc.; Phil Katen, president and general manager of Plastikos Inc.; and Mike Weber, chairman of Smith Provision Company, Inc.