Jane Brock-Wilson is a Managing Director of Boston-based Berkshire Partners. Berkshire is a private equity investment firm focusing on the acquisition and management of growth companies. Berkshire is capitalized with over $6.5 billion of equity in seven investment funds. Berkshire’s investors are well-known institutions -- endowments, foundations, public and private pension funds, insurance companies and financial institutions. Berkshire has invested in over 70 companies. Ms. Brock-Wilson has been a director of several of Berkshire’s manufacturing and service companies.
Director, DCMME and GSCMI
And Susan L. Bulkeley Chair in
Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1987
M.S., Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Syracuse University, 1983
B. Tech., Mechanical Engineering, India Institute of Technology (Bombay), 1982
Professor Iyer was named Purdue University Faculty Scholar in 1999. His teaching and research interests are operations management and logistics. Professor Iyer's research currently focuses on analysis of the impact of promotions on logistics systems in the grocery industry, and analysis of the impact of competitors on operational management models. His other topics of study include inventory management in the fashion industry, effect of supplier contracts, and use of data sets in operations management model building.
Pacific Writing Instruments
Partners and college friends from Cal Poly, Colin Roche and Bobby Ronsse, decided to take a fresh look at the dynamics of hand control in writing, which yielded a surprisingly different pen.
JOHN S. SOFIA
Vice President, Engineering & Product Development
American Axle & Manufacturing
John S. Sofia joined AAM in March 1994 as an area manager at Detroit Gear & Axle. He has served as manufacturing manager at Detroit Gear & Axle; manager of the Current Production & Process Engineering Group; director, Manufacturing Engineering; plant manager, Detroit Forge; and director, Advanced Quality Planning. Prior to assuming his current position, Sofia served as vice president, Quality Assurance & Customer Satisfaction.
William A. Strauss
William A. Strauss is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which he joined in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He also produces the monthly Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index, organizes the Bank's Economic Outlook Symposium and its Auto Outlook Symposium. He also conducts several economic workshops and industrial roundtables throughout the year.
Roy Vasher retired from Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America, effective August 2006.
At Toyota, as Project General Manager, Production Control, Roy had extensive experience in supply chain reengineering. He participated in Toyota’s global effort to streamline the supply chain to reduce Order-to-Delivery Lead-Time.