SME Leaders Named as Crain’s Notable Women in Manufacturing

February 12, 2018 | Categories: Member News

Sandra Bouckley, Debbie Holton and Jeannine Kunz recognized among Michigan’s most influential female manufacturing leaders

(DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 12, 2018) – SME is proud to announce that three of the organization’s leaders are among 36 women named to “Crain’s Detroit Business’” 2018 list of Notable Women in Manufacturing. SME’s 2017 President Sandra Bouckley, Vice President of SME’s Events & Industry Strategy Debbie Holton and Vice President of Tooling U-SME Jeannine Kunz were selected for their leadership in industry, at the workplace and within the community. All the honorees are featured in a special Feb. 9 edition of “Crain’s Detroit Business.”

SME’s 2018 Notable Women in Manufacturing:

  • Sandra Bouckley, FSME, P.Eng., served as SME’s president in 2017. Prior to this role, she had a long and distinguished career focused on global business operations and manufacturing engineering at companies including GKN, Eaton, Tyco, FCA and GM.
  • Debbie Holton currently serves as SME’s vice president of events and industry strategy. In her role she leads the team responsible for 20 manufacturing tradeshows and conferences, including industry leading events FABTECH, RAPID + TCT and EASTEC. She also collaborates with major manufacturers, suppliers, industry organizations, SME members, and technical experts to identify key manufacturing challenges and develop potential solutions.
  • Jeannine Kunz joined SME in 2000, and became vice president of the organization’s training and development arm, Tooling U-SME, in 2004. Under her leadership, Tooling U-SME has become a nationally recognized authority on workforce development and training for the manufacturing community.

“We are extremely proud of Sandi, Jeannine and Debbie for their accomplishments in the manufacturing sector, and especially pleased that they are being recognized for their tireless work,” said Jeff Krause, executive director and CEO, SME. “The contributions they are making to bring technology advancements and learning and development initiatives to the forefront are an important part of advancing manufacturing.”

The Crain’s Notable Women in Manufacturing report is the publication’s first recognition dedicated to women in the manufacturing industry. Honorees were nominated by their peers and chosen for making a difference in manufacturing in Michigan. The women are selected based on their career achievements as well as their activities outside of work, e.g., mentoring others within the field and contributing to their communities.

To see the full list of Crain’s Notable Women in Manufacturing, click here.

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