Manufacturer & Business Association Announces 2019-2020 Board of Governors


ERIE – The Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) recently announced its 2019-2020 Board of Governors, including members of its Executive Committee.

Chairman Mike Mankosa, is executive vice president of Global Technology, Eriez Magnetics, a world authority in separation technologies, headquartered in Erie. Mankosa is responsible for guiding Eriez’ product technology focus, leading the collaboration of Eriez’ technical expertise across global enterprises and directing the development of technology solutions to enhance Eriez’ strategic goals worldwide. Mankosa joined Eriez in 1997, beginning his career as the company’s technical director in the Erie-Division Research and Development Lab. He earned his doctorate in mining and minerals engineering from Virginia Tech.

Mankosa is joined on the MBA’s Executive Committee by Vice Chairman Mark Raimy, chief executive officer of Welders Supply Company; Treasurer Steve Jones, president, Ron Jones Hardwood Sales Inc.; Immediate Past Chairman Mark Rose, director of Erie Operations at LORD Corporation; and, Ex-Officio Colleen Moore-Mezler, president and chief executive officer of Moore Research Services.

New MBA Board members include:

For a one-year term, Dave Carlson, vice president of Sales & Marketing at Creekside Springs, LLC, a water bottling business headquartered in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Beginning in 2008, he was an investor in the company and assumed an active day-to-day role in operations in November 2010. Focused on producing contract package and private label water products for brand owners, grocery retailers, convenience stores and home office delivery companies, Creekside Springs has been in operation since 2003 and operates three production facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio employing more than 70 people. Carlson’s responsibilities include sales, marketing and human resources, as well as evaluation of new business opportunities and strategic partnerships.

Prior to business ownership, Carlson was employed for 30 years primarily in brand management and marketing roles for Clorox and PPG Industries and held senior management positions in two Pittsburgh-based advertising and marketing communications firms, Mullen and Dymun and Company. He also served as chairman of SMC Business Councils (SMC), which recently merged with the Manufacturer & Business Association. A native of Rochester, New York, Carlson earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA (Economics and Political Science) and Master of Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

For a three-year term, Debbie Uht, president of Professional Communications Messaging Service, Inc. (PCMSI), a family owned answering service with a nationwide customer base and nearly 90 associates headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania. Uht attended Gannon University and graduated from St. Vincent School of Nursing.

As a registered nurse, she practiced in the area of Critical Care before leading PCMSI. She is a former board member for the Telescan Users Network (TUNe), an organization of business owners involved in the telecommunications industry. She is also a proud member of the board of directors for Erie Dawn, a local nonprofit that advocates for women in need. Uht was inducted into the Villa Maria Presidents Hall of Fame in 2015.

Other members of the MBA Board of Governors include: Harry Eighmy, chief operating officer, American Turned Products; Andrew Foyle, president of H&H Machined Products Co.; Jim Greenleaf, chief executive officer of Greenleaf Corporation; Kathy Jones, executive and business planning manager, GE Transportation; Phil Katen, president and general manager of Plastikos Inc.; and Mike Weber, chairman of Smith Provision Company, Inc.