Executive Director: Opening a New Door

September 7, 2017 No Comments
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To Advance Your Voice In Manufacturing

by Amy Walstien

I am thrilled to have been selected to lead the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association as the new Executive Director! Thank you to the members of the MPMA for this exciting opportunity.

A little bit about my background – I’ve spent 17 years at the intersection of public policy and business in various roles as a lawyer, lobbyist, policy director, and legislative staffer. I’ve worked for the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and most recently, as a contract lobbyist. When I’m not hard at work, you can find me playing with my two kids, running with my husband, or lost in a good book.

During the interview and selection process, I had energizing conversations with MPMA leaders about the industry and the direction for the association. I am excited to be able to help advance the ideas being generated and to build on opportunities on the horizon. The MPMA is in a great position to capitalize on recent successes, seize the momentum to further advance our strategic plan, and drive the organization forward.

In my first 100 days as Executive Director, I will continue to work with members to define key initiatives to further define the MPMA as the voice of manufacturing in Minnesota. As the only statewide manufacturing association engaging in lobbying, we will look to expand our presence at the Minnesota Capitol, and build deeper relationships with our Congressional delegation. We will continue to lead efforts to develop the next generation of talent for the industry, such as the Youth Skills Training Program and PIPELINE Project. We’ll also continue to facilitate networking and engagement opportunities, and look to engage new members and build leadership within the organization.

To help me define what’s next, I ask you to open your doors! I want to tour your facilities, talk to your leadership and employees, and learn more about current opportunities and challenges in the manufacturing industry. These conversations will help me better understand what issues we should advance at the Capitol, what education and training challenges you are facing, and what you need from your industry association.

Feel free to contact me at any time: amy@mpma.com, 952-564-3041, or 651-238-9264.pm_endmarkgrn-e1320337194716


Amy Walstien is the Executive Director for Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association. She can be reached at amy@mpma.com.

Copyright © 2017 Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association. For permission to use or reprint this article please contact Nancy Huddleston, publications manager for Precision Manufacturing Journal.

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