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Angus McLeod

Angus McLeod (WHIN Education Consultant, VP of Coaching at AMA)

In his position with Purdue, he brings together a wealth of experience in corporate leadership at Board Director level, in thirteen companies in the UK and USA., with development and manufacturing experiences including roofing, membranes, adsorbents, wound-dressings, nano-engineering including sensors, thick-film electronic printing, environmental technologies and magnesium melting/casting. His consultancy work includes national Government, CBRE., Johnson & Johnson Medical, British Aerospace and Glencore-Xstrata where he has delivered management & leadership development as well as leadership coaching. He does ongoing work with leadership on four programs at Wharton College.
He is author of books, now in many languages including ‘Performance Coaching’, Self-Coaching Leadership and Me, Myself, My Team’. He supervises PhD students at the Business School of Birmingham City University, UK. He has over 20,000 graduates from his web-based trainings and designs digital apps for leadership and for Small & Medium-Sized Manufacturing Enterprises via



Ananth Iyer (Senior Associate Dean, Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management and Operations Management)

Professor Iyer is the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at the Krannert School of Management. He is the Department head of the management department. He is currently the Director of DCMME (Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises) and the GSCMI (Global Supply Chain Management Initiative). From 2012 to 2016, he was the Director of Purdue NExT - a University wide modular online interactive courses for global distribution. He was the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (2011-2013) and Director of DCMME and the founding Director of GSCMI (2006-2011) at the Krannert School of Management. Previously, he was Purdue University Faculty Scholar from 1999-2004.

His teaching and research interests are operations and supply chain management. Professor Iyer's research currently focuses on analysis of supply chains including the impact of promotions on logistics systems in the grocery industry, and analysis of the impact of competitors on operational management models and the role of supply contracts. His other topics of study include inventory management in the fashion industry, effect of supplier contracts, and use of empirical data sets in operations management model building.


Bryce Brumm

Bryce Brumm (President, Standard Industrial Supply & Standard Manufacturing Inc.)

Bryce Brumm the President of Standard Industrial and considers himself fortunate to lead his team towards the goal of providing "Solutions for Manufacturing".  He loves the Lord, his family, and his community and is a 1995 Graduate of Purdue.



John Funcheon (President, Kokusai Inc.)

John Funcheon is the President of Kokusai, Inc, where he has been since 2002. Prior to that he has been responsible for Manufacturing and Operations at companies making products ranging from Recreational Vehicles to complex million-dollar machinery. John has implemented 80/20 methodologies as well as InLining techniques. John graduated from Purdue University in 1984 with a degree in BSIM and later added and MBA from Indiana University.


Mike Ryba

Mike Ryba (Senior Manager, RPA Practice Lead, Centric Consulting)

Mr. Ryba is currently the Senior Manager and RPA practice lead for Centric Consulting. Mike attended Roosevelt University where he received a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. Prior to working at Centric Consulting, Mike had many positions. He worked as the Executive Services Senior Manager for NCR Corporation in 2015, and worked as Manager of Governance and Configuration Management at Gogo. He has been working at Centric Consulting since 2017.


Natalie Huestis

Natalie Huestis (Manager Employee Initiatives, Skillful Indiana)

Natalie Heustis is the Manager of Employer Initiatives for Skillful Indiana working with partners and employers to adopt skills-based talent management practices. Natalie has extensive knowledge of the workforce system, employer engagement, and career pathways from her experience at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. She also serves as President of the Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and a school board member for Invent Learning Hub in Indianapolis, IN.

Natalie holds a Masters in Public Administration from John Jay College, City University of New York,  as well as dual Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Dance from Indiana University, Bloomington.


Tim Lawrence

Tim Lawrence (Senior Vice President)

Tim Lawrence was appointed senior vice president, Operations in September 2017. Prior to joining Hillrom, Mr. Lawrence spent 15 years in various positions with increasing responsibility at Baxter International Inc., including most recently as corporate vice president for Operations where he oversaw 60 manufacturing plants spanning 30 countries. Earlier in his career, he served as a general manager for Precision Components International, part of The Wertheimer Group, and for Pratt and Whitney. Prior to his business career, Mr. Lawrence was a commissioned infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He holds a bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master's degree in management from Purdue University.


Monique Apter
Roy Vasher

Monique Apter (Vice President of Sales, HDS Global)

Ms. Apter is currently the Vice President of Sales for HDS Global. Monique attended the University of Delaware where she received a degree in psychology. Prior to working at HDS, Monique was the Vice President of Enterprise Sales & Marketing at Dasan Zhone Solutions for 4 years. She was also a National Sales Director at Rethink Robotics for three years prior to that. She has been working at HDS since 2018.

Roy Vasher (WHIN Education Consultant)

In his roles at Purdue, Roy is a consultant that is responsible for development of next-Gen educational programs for manufacturing companies in 10 county area adjacent to Purdue University. Roy is also an assistant professor for Purdue’s Executive Management of Business Administration program and is the instructor for the course “AI for Lean Business”.

Roy also provides technical assistance to HDS Mercury, a Silicon Valley start-up company, that is developing a robotics solution for fulfillment centers and manufacturing material handling operations.

Roy’ previous experience included 19+ years at Toyota Motor Manufacturing & Engineering, North America in Kentucky. His roles at Toyota included the General Manager of Information Technology for Toyota’s North American Manufacturing business as well as Project General Manager for Toyota’ Supply Chain reengineering program.

Roy co-authored the book Toyota's Supply Chain Management: A Strategic Approach to Toyota’s Renowned System.


Dilip Chhajed

Dilip Chhajed (Associate Dean of Online Programs & Strategic Innovations)

Dilip Chhajed is Associate Dean for Online Programs and Strategic Innovations at Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Professor Chhajed is leading the development and launch of all online programs and new initiatives that have long term implications for the Krannert School.

Prior to joining Krannert, he was Professor of Information, Operations, Supply Chain and Analytics in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Illinois, he has been Associate Head and Executive Director of Masters Programs. In this administrative role, he managed four and lead the formation of three new Master of Science programs: MS in Technology Management, MS in Management and the fully on-line MS in Strategic Brand Communication, which jointly offered with the college of Media.

He earned his PhD at Purdue University, MS from UT-Dallas and B. Tech from IIT Bombay. He has taught at the University of Warsaw, Poland; Sogang University, South Korea; Purdue University; and GISMA in Hanover, Germany. His current research and teaching interests are in product design and healthcare operations. He is an associate editor of Decision Sciences, and has served on the editorial boards of INFOR, MS&OM and International Journal of Operations, and Quantitative Management. He has co-edited (with Tim Lowe) the book titled, "Building Intuition: Insights from Basic Operations Management Models and Principles."