Tuesday February 14, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM EST
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University of Dayton Research Institute 
1700 S. Patterson Blvd., Rm. S1050
Dayton, OH 45409

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Melissa Cutcher 
Better Business Bureau 
(937) 610-2273 

Women in Manufacturing

 Breakfast Series

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Have you been searching for a group of women in manufacturing? A resource similar to Women in Business Networking, but with women who understand the manufacturing industry? BBB and FASTLANE have forged a partnership to bring you what you are looking for - Women in Manufacturing Breakfast Series. The series goal is to increase the number of women in manufacturing. We aim to do this by facilitating real conversations that are focused on topics that matter to women in your industry; create informal mentorships, provide best practice sharing, and foster collaboration within the local supply chain. We will leverage what is awesome about this industry and share that as well as address tough issues and identify solutions to the challenges you face in an environment that lifts and strengthens one another both personally and professionally. All of this will strengthen the manufacturing industry as a whole.

February 14, 2017

 University of Dayton Research Institute
1700 S. Patterson Blvd., Rm. S1050, Dayton, OH

8-9:30 a.m.

$10 for women in manufacturing industry

$30 for women outside of manufacturing industry

Join us for a panel discussion on:

Thriving In A Male-Dominated Industry 


Shelly Heller, President, Allied Shipping and Packaging Supplies, Inc.

Shelly Heller has experience in the  custom design packaging industry  since 2000. ASAP was founded in  1982 by her father, James E.  Robinson. Shelly began her career  with ASAP in sales, working her way  up to district sales manager before  becoming president in 2008. Shelly  has a marketing and public relations background, having spent 11 years  with a PR firm in Chicago, as well as manufacturing and sales experience. She holds a BS in Communications from The Ohio State University. Shelly is a member of the Dayton Rotary Club, is involved with Bogg Ministries and supports the recovery of women of the addiction epidemic.

 Debra Ghysels, Executive Vice President, Millennium  Metals, Inc

Debra has been the executive vice president of Millennium Metals, I  Inc. since 1995. Millennium Metals is a faith-based metal and  industrial plastics service center in Southwest Ohio supplying customers all over the United States with the best in both quality products and superior customer service. Debra’s vision and creativity  assists her husband, Tim Ghysels, president and CEO of Millennium  Metals in communicating and implementing the organization’s vision,  mission and overall strategic direction. Debra and Tim have lived in  the area for over 26 years and raised their three children in  Springboro. Debra is a member of the Springboro Chamber of  Commerce, a past Toastmaster’s president of Downtown Morning  Toasters and operations advisor on WiBN Advisory Board. She also  serves as a WiBN ambassador. Certified Inductive Bible Study  teacher  and Biblical Counselor, Debra also serves at Springboro Baptist Church as the Director of ReNewed Women’s Ministries. She loves spending time with her family and the joys of having a bushel of grandbabies to play with and love on!

Mary R. Miller, Manufacturing Growth Specialist, FASTLANE program – University of  Dayton Research Institute

Mary is a manufacturing growth specialist with FASTLANE,  an Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) affiliate  located within the University of Dayton Research Institute.  Mary is a specialized manufacturing and engineering  consultant. Mary helps small and medium size manufacturing  companies grow. Mary has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical  Engineering, an MBA and is a Certified Small Business  Coach. She has more than 20 years of successful  manufacturing and technology experience. Mary worked her  way up the ladder, holding a variety of positions from  technician to the chief operating officer. Mary uses her eclectic experience to help manufacturing companies pass their competition by moving quickly to find solutions. She leverages her connections throughout the region to find the right resources and remove barriers to deliver results that help manufacturers achieve success. 

Beth Graves, President, Prime Controls

Beth Graves is the president at Prime Controls, Inc., which designs and  manufacture sensors and controls for the canmaking, automotive,  appliance and other metal-forming industries. The company is a second  generation, family owned business and was this past years’  Manufacturing Business of the Year. She is a graduate of Wright State  University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She also  teaches as an adjunct and volunteers at the University of Dayton in their  Marketing and Management Department. Beth began her career in a  marketing capacity of the manufacturing industry over 14 years ago,  when she worked as a marketing coordinator for Rittal Corporation. She  has experience working in the business to business, as well as business to consumer sectors. She has gone from working for a company with  thousands of employees to working for a company with just a dozen.  What she enjoys most about her current role is the opportunity to lead  and grow each and every member of her team. She is also a mom of three little ones, ages ten, eight and five. When she is not at work, she can be found on the sidelines of a soccer field or a basketball court, in support of her children’s many activities.

Katie Tramel, Adaptive Development

Katie Tramel joined Dayton, Ohio based Adaptive Development Corp., an engineering and manufacturing company, in 2012. She attended the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Equestrian Studies & a Bachelor’s in Marketing. Katie went on to Texas State University in San Marcos, TX where she earned her MBA with an emphasis in Economics  and Finance. After that she pursued a career in advertising and print media. Switching gears to a manufacturing career had its  challenges. But, Katie had the opportunity to be a part of growing her family’s business. In her role as VP of Sales and Marketing she has successfully grown ADC’s customer base, sales and increased their marketing efforts to gain the attention of OEM’s, making ADC a tier 1 supplier. Being a part of a small manufacturing company also means wearing many hats while helping to run a business. Katie assists in the day to day running of the company, makes sales calls, assists in quoting and processing jobs & analyzes project performance when a job ships. This has given her the ability to truly understand all the faucets of a manufacturing business and the fantastic opportunities in the manufacturing industry. As they continue to grow their tooling, production and machinery business, Katie has directed her focus to expanding their cutaway and standard ergonomic products division. Katie is currently on the Board of Directors for FastLane, an affiliate of  Ohio’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and a committee member for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours networking events. She also dedicates her time as a program and fundraiser coordinator and volunteer for Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Riding Stable. In addition, she is also very active in her church. Katie lives with her husband on their farm where they grow crops and raise livestock. She enjoys riding horses, skiing and working around the farm.